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Aug 15, 2023

AREIT 1H23 net income up 27% to P2.04B; declares dividends of P0.53/share from 2Q23 operations

AREIT, Inc. (AREIT) posted total revenues of P2.97 billion and Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) of P2.10 billion, 26% and 23% higher year-on-year respectively, on account of stable operations. Net income registered at P2.04 billion, 27% higher year-on-year, excluding the net fair value change in investment properties. AREIT's properties recorded an occupancy of 98% at the end of the semester.

At its regular board meeting this afternoon, the Board of Directors approved the declaration of P0.53/share in cash dividends from second-quarter operations, a 2% increase from the previous quarter. The dividends are payable on September 13, 2023 to stockholders on record as of August 30, 2023. This declaration brings the total dividends to P1.05/share for the first half of 2023, 8% higher year-on-year.

AREIT filed with the SEC last June 2023 the Deed of Exchange on the infusion involving flagship offices and malls with an aggregate value of P22,479,697,060. The assets are mainly located in the Makati CBD, specifically, the newest One Ayala Avenue East and West BPO Towers at the corner of Ayala Avenue and EDSA, as well as the Glorietta 1 and 2 mall wing and BPO buildings at Ayala Center. Aside from these, the MarQuee Mall in Angeles, Pampanga, located close to the Angeles exit of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), will also be added to AREIT’s portfolio. AREIT is looking forward to securing regulatory approvals for this third property-for-share swap with its sponsor, Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI), within the year. This transaction will expand AREIT’s gross leasable area more than five-fold to 863 thousand square meters or Assets Under Management (AUM) to P87 billion – a three-fold increase since its IPO.

This month, AREIT marks its third anniversary as the first Philippine REIT since its listing on the Philippine Stock Exchange on August 13, 2020. AREIT delivered consistent growth throughout its first three years of operations, with dividends increasing by 89% in the past three years, from P0.28 per share for the first quarter of 2020 to P0.53 per share for the second quarter of 2023.

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