The Malta Independent 12 May 2021, Wednesday

Von der Heyden Group reports increase of 29% to €4.3m in its 2020 end of year financial statements

Friday, 30 April 2021, 12:52 Last update: about 11 days ago

TIMAN Investments Holdings Limited (the "Company"), the Von der Heyden Group's holding company and the Von der Heyden Group Finance Plc guarantor, presented consolidated and audited annual accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2020, reaching a  revenue of €23,505,636 despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Company holds for capital growth and income generation, investments in 37 subsidiaries and associated companies around Europe.

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The Group recorded a strong cash position of €27,905,646 as at 31st December 2020, an increase of €21,587,445 for the previous year end. Given the arduous economic conditions caused by the continuing global pandemic, such a result is highly positive, considering the impact and ramifications of COVID-19 on the Groups' hospitality subsidiary IBB Hotel Collection.

With a significant improvement in the gearing ratio of the Group declining to 48.95% from 65.78% in 2019 and the borrowings of the Group dropping by 9.7% to €84,493,912, inclusive of €40,231,766 finance lease liabilities, the Group managed to exceed the €25 million closing cash position forecasted in the Financial Analysis Summary (FAS) in August 2020. This was achieved through a significant effort of cost control, property investment returns and cash management.

The Group also recorded a positive working capital position, inclusive of cash in hand, of €17,812,553 from a negative position in 2019 of €6,170,757 due to the positive cash flow generated in the year.

The year under review has in turn highlighted an EBITDA increase of 29% to €4,367,701 from €3,387,218 in 2019, an increase of €980,483. The year 2020 also showed an improvement in profitability of the Group, despite the loss before tax of EUR 483,791 managing a reduction of €1,465,678 from last year's losses, also through a significant effort to avert the forecasted loss before tax of slightly over €5 million as reported in the FAS.  Moreover, the Group reports a very successful year in the real estate development segment generating €12,255,267 (2019: €178,090) in revenue resulting in net fair value gains of €3,175,319 (2019: €422,557) in relation to the value of investment properties.

The sale of the fully occupied A Class Blue Tower, forming part of the Bavaria Towers project in Munich, Germany, as well as one of the Group's luxury  boutique hotels Cugó Gran Menorca in Spain has generated excess liquidity during the financial year that both restricted and obligated the halt of the hospitality and tourism industry at large for over 12 months. The subsequent returns, efficient timing when selling properties and the Von der Heyden Group's diversification in its real estate portfolio has ensured a strong and resilient position as an investment firm active in business in 8 markets across Europe. The Group's results indicate the stability and favourable returns enjoyed from its complementary subsidiaries in the experiential luxury industry and real estate investment during the year to successfully weather the storm.

The Group's boutique real estate agency in Sardinia, Von der Heyden Real Estate, operating since last summer, has registered healthy inroads  for luxury villa rentals in Costa Smeralda. This exclusive location, attracting niche and luxury vacationists coupled with the property team's know-how, inspired the off-shoot of its most recent subsidiary, Von der Heyden Yachting, specialising in equally artful experiences and customised journeys around the Mediterranean, specifically the Balearics, Malta and Sardinia. Launched on Easter Sunday, this luxury yachting charter company hosts an exclusive fleet of Italian luxury Ferretti Yachts.

During the third quarter of 2020, Von der Heyden Development announced the commencement of Andersia Silver, a modern A-class office building, that will complete the development of Anders Square in Poznań, one of the most prestigious locations in the city centre. Andersia Silver will have 40,000 square meters of usable office space spread over 25 floors. Upon completion, in 2023, it will be 117.5 meters high, making it the highest skyscraper in Poznań one of the larger cities in Poland a center of trade, sports, education, technology and tourism. The building will also include 244 parking spaces on 3 underground levels and will obtain an LEED certificate at the GOLD level, which will confirm the ecological solutions used at the design and construction stage.

Chairman of the Von der Heyden Group Sven von der Heyden said: "The unrelenting impact of the world pandemic on travel as a global economic sector has been felt by many over the past 12 months. It is a time that will go down in history for the challenging and emotional decisions that had to be made by the commanders at the helm of thousands of businesses. The Von der Heyden Group, hit like the majority, leveraged its invaluable experience in previous economic downturns and its vigour in successful real estate investments and developments to secure its force against this unprecedented wave.

Our sustainable growth strategy continues to be the driving force of our vision for the next decade, where we expect high returns on the Group's real estate developments and investment opportunities. The Von der Heyden Group is present from the West in Portugal, the south in Malta and Italy to the East in Poland and Ukraine. Our mission is to continue to thrive in economies that see the significance in restoring, rehabilitating or creating spaces that add value to these communities."

The Group's CEO Bob Rottinghuis adds: Last year's successful licensing of our asset management business and the resulting current launch of our first fund dedicated to the Ukrainian and Polish commercial real estate markets will make 2021 another exciting year for the Group. Despite the expected remaining economic headwinds we strive for sustainable growth of our subsidiaries and investments across Europe. At the same time, with the relentless dedication of our great team of people across all our companies and geographies, we keep looking for opportunities to gradually expand our solid capital base.

The Group will be launching its new website next week, www.vonderheyden group.com.


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