EPRA EPS for 2019 is € 2.64, of which € 1.24 in the first half and € 1.40 in second half of 2019. The EPRA EPS is stable compared to last year, despite the net disposals of assets in 2019 and the higher number of weighted average shares outstanding.
The EPRA NAV per share is up € 8.22 or 20.7% per share, primarily driven by a positive revaluation of the portfolio which accounts for € 7.79 per share. Additionally, the NAV is positively impacted by the result on disposals and retained earnings.
Gross rental income is down 1.1% in 2019 compared to the prior year. Gross income is positively impacted by acquisitions (€ 6.2 million) and positive like-for-like rental growth (€ 4.7 million), but was negatively impacted by disposals (-€ 12.1 million). On a like-for-like basis gross rents are up 7.8% overall and up 9.5% for the assets in target cities.
The NRI margin, at 81.2%, has deteriorated by 1.5pp compared to last year, as a result of higher maintenance costs in 2019. Net rents are up by €2.6 million or 5.2% on a like-for-like basis, with the target cities up by 7.5%. These results are largely driven by the positive leasing momentum in the portfolio in both 2018 and 2019.
Non recoverable service charges are up in 2019 versus 2018, both in absolute terms (€ 0.4 million ) and on a like-for-like basis (€ 0.9 million). Asset rotation and lower vacancy had a positive effect on the non-recoverable service charge in 2019, with the negative effect largely due to a one-off service charge reconciliation in the second half of 2018.
Operating costs are 5.6% (€ 0.7 million) higher compared to 2018. This is primarily due to higher maintenance expenses (€ 1.4 million). These higher costs and slightly lower gross rental income explain the increase in the EPRA cost ratio in 2019 (+1.9pp).
Administrative expenses are stable compared to 2018. Staff costs have slightly increased because of higher provisions for variable compensation for the management board. This is largely offset by a reduction in other administrative costs.
Net financing costs
Financing costs are down € 2.7 million (21.3%) compared to 2018. In 2018 financing costs were negatively impacted by a € 2.1 million one-off related to a debt refinancing. Furthermore, the average amount of debt outstanding was lower in 2019 compared to the previous year.
Indirect costs and results
In 2019 the portfolio is appraised to be 11.6% higher by the external valuers, resulting in a € 144.6 million positive revaluation. This positive trend is also confirmed by our disposals in 2019, which were done at a € 8.7 million or 7.3% premium to book value.
A fall in interest rate swap rates in 2019 has resulted in a € 5.1 million negative mark-to-market effect relating to NSI’s interest rate swaps. The total indirect result for 2019 is € 146.9 million or € 7.83 per share.
Post-closing events and contingencies
In January our interest in retail asset ‘De Hagenborgh’ in Almelo was sold. Furthermore, in two separate transactions, office assets in Zoetermeer (1) and Amersfoort (1) were sold in January and February 2020.
Income segment split 2019 (€’000)