azrieli center 88 298.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Real-estate and industrial company Azrieli Group Ltd. has reported strong
third-quarter results for its income-producing real-estate operations as the
company benefits from Israel’s thriving economy.
The holding company,
whose core businesses include malls in Israel, energy and industrial interests
through Granite Hacarmel Investments Ltd.and a 20 percent holding in credit-card
company Leumi Card Ltd., went public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange six months
Net operating income (NOI) from the company’s real-estate operations
rose 11% to NIS 224 million for the third quarter, from NIS 201m. for the third
quarter last year.
Same-properties NOI in the malls sector rose 9% to NIS
150m., from NIS 137m., and same-properties NOI in the offices sector rose 3% to
NIS 66m., from NIS 64m. Funds from operations (FFO) rose 9% to NIS 155m., from
Azrieli Group reported a NIS 125m. net gain on the revaluation
of real-estate properties. The gain refers only to the rise in the Consumer
Price Index-linked rental contracts, and does not include other factors
affecting property values.
The company said the increase in NOI and other
factors would be reflected in the annual financial report.
income-producing real estate rose to NIS 283m. for the third quarter, from NIS
252m. for the third quarter last year. Total net profit was NIS 251m., and total
profit was NIS 425m. The company attributes most of the difference to a NIS
176.9m. increase in net fairvalue assessments of financial assets available for
sale (an investment in Bank Leumi).
Azrieli Group’s consolidated revenue
rose to NIS 255m. for the third quarter, from NIS 243.6m. for the third quarter
last year. Its consolidated net profit fell nearly twothirds to NIS 243.1m.,
from NIS 640.1m.
Azrieli’s share price rose 1.4% by mid-afternoon to NIS
92.84, for a market cap of NIS 11.1 billion.