Lok'n Store Group (LOK)

Sector:

Real Estate

Index:

FTSE AIM All-Share

725.00p
   
  • Change Today:
    -2.00p
  • 52 Week High: 733.00
  • 52 Week Low: 445.00
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 29.59m
  • Volume: 7,731
  • Market Cap: £214.55m
  • RiskGrade: 68

Occupancy growth boosts Lok'n Store's revenue

By Duncan Ferris

Date: Monday 29 Apr 2019

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Lok'n Store Group on Monday reported double-digit interim profit and revenue growth following growth to unit occupancy.
The self-storage group recorded revenue of £8.5m for the six-month period ended 31 January, an increase of 10% compared to the same period a year beforehand, which drove profit before tax up by 20% to £2.7m.

Consequently, the business increased its interim dividend by 10% to 3.67p per share.

This came as unit occupancy rose by a healthy 8%, up 2.4% from the same period last year, and unit pricing was up 1.4%, while the AIM-traded company's ninth managed store opened in Dover during the period.

Andrew Jacobs, chief executive of Lok'nStore, said: "Lok'nStore's trading is strong and our outlook remains confident. With low gearing helped by capital recycling, we will continue to build more landmark stores in a structurally under-supplied market."

"In the first half of this year we opened a new store, acquired an existing operation and added two more sites to our pipeline. We have opened two more sites since the period-end and two more sites are currently with lawyers."

The company acquired an existing trading store in Hedge End, Southampton, snapped up two new sites in Stevenage and Wolverhampton and said its current pipeline of eight contracted stores will add 27% of extra trading space to the overall portfolio, 32% to its owned portfolio and 10% to the managed portfolio.

This pipeline is intended to contribute towards the business' strategy of filling stores and improve pricing to increase cash flow from the existing stores, acquiring sites on which to build landmark stores, and increasing the number of stores managed for third parties.

Lok'n Store Group had cash and cash equivalents of £11.2m at the end of the period, up from £5.4m at the same point the year before.

"Our objective is to open more landmark stores while remaining conservatively geared delivering sustainable growth and consistently increasing dividends," said Jacobs.

Lok'n Store Group's shares were up 0.15% at 495.75p at 0855 BST.

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LOK Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 725.00p
Change Today -2.00p
% Change -0.28 %
52 Week High 733.00
52 Week Low 445.00
Volume 7,731
Shares Issued 29.59m
Market Cap £214.55m
RiskGrade 68

LOK Star Ratings

Compare performance with the sector and the market.
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Key: vs Market vs Sector
Value
98.59% below the market average98.59% below the market average98.59% below the market average98.59% below the market average98.59% below the market average
100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average
Price Trend
90.69% above the market average90.69% above the market average90.69% above the market average90.69% above the market average90.69% above the market average
83.33% above the sector average83.33% above the sector average83.33% above the sector average83.33% above the sector average83.33% above the sector average
Income
97.38% below the market average97.38% below the market average97.38% below the market average97.38% below the market average97.38% below the market average
90.48% below the sector average90.48% below the sector average90.48% below the sector average90.48% below the sector average90.48% below the sector average
Growth
67.76% below the market average67.76% below the market average67.76% below the market average67.76% below the market average67.76% below the market average
32.14% below the sector average32.14% below the sector average32.14% below the sector average32.14% below the sector average32.14% below the sector average

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LOK Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Final Interim
Ex-Div 28-Nov-19 09-May-19
Paid 10-Jan-20 14-Jun-19
Amount 8.33p 3.67p

Trades for 21-Feb-2020

Time Volume / Share Price
16:25 3,750 @ 724.00p
16:20 1,000 @ 727.00p
15:50 270 @ 727.00p
15:39 925 @ 727.75p
13:23 100 @ 727.95p

LOK Key Personnel

CEO Andrew Jacobs
Finance Director Ray Davies

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