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Oceania Healthcare full-year profit

Oceania Healthcare full-year profit, underlying earnings ahead of IPO forecast

By Rebecca Howard

July 27 (BusinessDesk) - Oceania Healthcare, which listed in May, said full-year net profit and pro forma underlying earnings exceeded its forecasts on the back of a lift in the valuation of its care and retirement village assets.

The Auckland-based aged-care operator said its reported net profit was $44.9 million in the year to May 31, ahead of the $25.3 million forecast in its product disclosure statement when it carried out its initial public offering. Pro forma underlying earnings before interest, income tax, depreciation and amortisation, were $45 million, ahead of the forecast $44.3 million.

Total assets increased by $135 million to $918 million following a material increase in development capital expenditure and acquisition of sites, it said. Net debt fell to $84 million from $274 million, giving it a low gearing of 15 percent.

The company said it had used proceeds from a $200 million capital raising to reduce debt and forge ahead with its development programme. According to chief executive Earl Gasparich over the past year a block of 44 new apartments was completed at its Milford, Auckland site and a further 316 units and care suites are currently under construction across five sites.

Oceania has a pipeline of 1,708 units and care suites of which 63 percent or 1,072 are currently consented, he said.

Gasparich also said there is "good momentum" in existing businesses. He noted the care segment is ahead of its IPO forecast with an ebitda per bed (excluding its decommissioned sites) of $12,648 versus a forecast of $12,614. Also, its village segment resales margins were 27.4 percent, in line with forecasts, while resale volumes were 151, versus a forecast of 142.

The stock last traded at 96 cents and has gained 21.5 percent since listing.



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