Annual Report 2019

Financing

According to the publication dated May 8, 2019, Vonovia’s credit rating as awarded by the agency Standard & Poor’s is unchanged at BBB+ with a stable outlook for the long-term corporate credit rating and A-2 for the short-term corporate credit rating. At the same time, the credit rating for the issued and unsecured bonds is BBB+.

On December 13, 2019, Vonovia received an A- rating from the largest European rating agency Scope Group for the first time.

A European medium-term notes program (EMTN program) has been launched for the Group via Vonovia Finance B.V., allowing funds to be raised quickly at any time using bond issues, without any major administrative outlay. The prospectus for the EMTN program has to be updated annually and approved by the financial supervisory authority of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (CSSF).

As of the reporting date of December 31, 2019, Vonovia Finance B.V. had placed a total bond volume of € 14.2 billion, € 13.7 billion of which relates to the EMTN program. With effect from January 29, 2019, and as part of its EMTN program, Vonovia placed a bond with a nominal volume of € 500 million and a coupon of 1.800% maturing on June 29, 2025. The first interest payment date was June 29, 2019.

Vonovia issued two bonds for € 500 million each via its Dutch subsidiary Vonovia Finance B.V. on September 16, 2019. The two bonds were issued with a coupon of 0.50% and a maturity of ten years and a coupon of 1.125% and a maturity of 15 years, respectively.

Via its subsidiaries SÜDOST WOBA DRESDEN GMBH and WOHNBAU NORDWEST GmbH, Vonovia took out a 10-year loan of € 500 million from Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg in January 2019. It is secured by a real estate portfolio in Dresden.

In January 2019, Vonovia assumed an existing loan agreement between BUWOG and Berlin-Hanoversche Hypothekenbank and Hessische Landesbank in the amount of € 461.8 million. This had previously been recognized as a BUWOG mortgage and, following assumption, is shown separately as a portfolio loan. The loan agreement had originally been concluded between the banking consortium and an Austrian subsidiary of what was BUWOG Group GmbH.

On April 8, 2019, Vonovia repaid the subordinated debenture (hybrid) of € 700 million issued by Vonovia Finance B.V. in full.

Victoria Park informed all bondholders on June 17, 2019, and repaid the corporate bond (Bond Sweden) in the amount of € 58.5 million in due form effective June 10, 2019.

On July 25, 2019, Vonovia repaid the subordinated debenture of € 600 million issued by Vonovia Finance B.V. in full.

Via its Dutch subsidiary Vonovia Finance B.V., Vonovia took out a 10-year loan for € 168 million in September 2019, secured by a real-estate portfolio in Berlin and Hamburg.

By means of buybacks in September 2019 through Vonovia Finance B.V., the bond due in December 2020 was reduced by € 498.3 million to € 751.7 million, and the bond due in March 2020 was reduced by € 199.4 million to € 300.6 million.

Vonovia issued bonds for € 1,500 million each via its Dutch subsidiary Vonovia Finance B.V. on October 7, 2019. The three bonds of € 500 million each were issued with a coupon of 0.125% and a term of 3.5 years, with a coupon of 0.625% and a term of eight years and with a coupon of 1.625% and a term of 20 years.

On November 20, 2019, Vonovia repaid the debenture of € 500 million issued by Vonovia Finance B.V. in full.

The debt maturity profile of Vonovia’s financing was as follows as of December 31, 2019:

Maturity Profile

Maturity Profile (Barchart)

In connection with the issue of unsecured bonds by Vonovia Finance B.V., Vonovia has undertaken to comply with the following standard market covenants:

  • Limitations on incurrence of financial indebtedness
  • Maintenance of consolidated coverage ratio
  • Maintenance of total unencumbered assets

The existing structured and secured financing arrangements also require adherence to certain standard market covenants. Any failure to meet the agreed financial covenants could have a negative effect on the liquidity status.

The LTV (loan to value) is as follows as of the reporting date:

in € million

Dec. 31, 2018

Dec. 31, 2019

Change in %

 

 

 

 

Non-derivative financial liabilities

20,136.0

23,574.9

17.1

Foreign exchange rate effects

-33.5

-37.8

12.8

Cash and cash equivalents

-547.7

-500.7

-8.6

Net debt

19,554.8

23,036.4

17.8

Sales receivables

-256.7

21.4

Adjusted net debt

19,298.1

23,057.8

19.5

 

 

 

 

Fair value of the real estate portfolio

44,239.9

53,316.4

20.5

Shares in other real estate companies

800.3

149.5

-81.3

Adjusted fair value of the real estate portfolio

45,040.2

53,465.9

18.7

 

 

 

 

LTV

42.8%

43.1%

0.3 pp

 

 

 

 

The financial covenants have been fulfilled as of the reporting date.

in € million

Dec. 31, 2018

Dec. 31, 2019

Change in %

 

 

 

 

Non-derivative financial liabilities

20,136.0

23,574.9

17.1

Total assets

49,387.6

56,497.7

14.4

 

 

 

 

LTV bond covenants

40.8%

41.7%

0.9 pp

 

 

 

 

Maintenance
Maintenance covers the measures that are necessary to ensure that the property can continue to be used as intended over its useful life and that eliminate structural and other defects caused by wear and tear, age and weathering effects.
Rating
Classification of debtors or securities with regard to their creditworthiness or credit quality according to credit ratings. The classification is generally performed by rating agencies.
Covenants
Requirements specified in loan agreements or bond conditions containing future obligations of the borrower or the bond obligor to meet specific requirements or to refrain from undertaking certain activities.