March 2021 quarter day rent collection
13 April 2021
In response to the continued impact of Covid-19 on Landsec’s operations, the Company has issued the following information on March rent collection. Footfall and sales performance for the year to 31 March 2021 will be provided in our annual results announcement which will be published on 18 May 2021.
Cash collection and customer support
We continue to take a proactive approach to addressing the challenges the pandemic presents to our people, our customers and our business. Our marketing and operations teams have been working with our brand partners to prepare for yesterday’s re-opening of non-essential shops in England and Wales and the expected re-opening in Scotland on 26 April.
In early April 2020, we established a customer support fund of £80m for occupiers who most need our help to survive. To date, £39m of rent concessions has been allocated to customers. We expect this figure to increase as some of our customers, who have not yet paid their rent, enter into discussions with us following the Government’s announcement about re-opening non-essential retail and the lifting of the rent moratorium at the end of June. We will update on this at our annual results on 18 May.
£110m of rent was due on the 25 March payment date. The table below shows the amount and percentage of this rent collected within five working days after adjusting for the impact of customers having entered CVAs and administrations, concessions agreed out of the fund and agreed monthly and deferred payment terms. 67% of this net rent was paid within five working days, compared with 65% for the equivalent period last year.
Of the £33m of rent outstanding, £10m relates to customers who have withheld payment pending documentation of agreed concessions. Assuming all agreed concessions are completed and the £10m of withheld rent is received, the rent collection rate for the quarter would increase from 67% to approximately 77%.
For the period from 25 March 2020 to 24 March 2021, 84% of the net amounts due for this period has been received.
The reported collection rates for the net amounts due at each quarter day during the 2020/21 financial year are as follows (all as at day five):