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GPT Group (ASX:GPT) pulls guidance amid lockdown uncertainty
Melbourne Central, an asset in GTP’s $14 billion portfolio.
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  • GPT Group (GPT) has pulled its 2021 funds from operation and distribution guidance due to the uncertainty of the current lockdowns
  • In March it announced an estimated 2021 FFO per security of eight per cent and distribution growth of 12 per cent
  • GPT CEO Bob Johnston said yesterday that given the lockdowns it was wise to pull its guidance
  • Shares in GPT are up 1.73 per cent, trading at $4.70 at 3:42 pm AEST

Given the uncertainties surrounding the length and consequences of the lockdown in Sydney, the GPT Group (GPT) has removed its funds from operations (FFO) and dividend forecast for 2021.

In the company's March 2021 quarter operational update, the group posted a full-year 2021 guidance for funds from operations (FFO) per security growth of eight per cent and distribution per security (DPS) growth of 12 per cent on 2020.

It did warn, however, that the estimates were under the assumption that there were no further COVID-19 restrictions for the remainder of the year.

GPT CEO Bob Johnston said yesterday that with the lockdowns and uncertainty around how long the NSW restrictions would last, it was wise for GPT to pull its guidance.

"In line with strengthening economic conditions, we have seen a strong recovery across our retail portfolio during the course of the first six months of this year," he said.

"However, given the recent restrictions in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the uncertainty as to when these restrictions will be lifted and the ongoing risk of additional measures, we believe it is prudent to withdraw FFO and distribution guidance for the full year.

"GPT has a high quality diversified portfolio, an exceptionally strong balance sheet and liquidity position, and we expect that we will see a recovery once normal trading conditions resume as we have experienced previously."

The group enjoys a $14 billion portfolio spread out across retail, logistics and office assets. Its assets include well-known shopping locations such as Charlestown Square in Newcastle, Macarthur Square in Campbelltown and Melbourne Central.

On August 16, 2021, GPT will issue its 2021 Interim Result, which will include an update on trade circumstances.

Shares in GPT are up 1.73 per cent, trading at $4.70 at 3:42 pm AEST.

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