Occupiers of its properties generally reported growth in turnover compared with the same period in 2017, the real estate investment trust assured the market.
“In contrast to reports of subdued leisure spending nationally, our restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars were particularly busy throughout the festive period,” it bragged.
Shaftesbury PLC (@Shaftesburyplc) February 6, 2019
The incessant delays to the Crossrail project and the construction of the Elizabeth Line were phlegmatically described by Shaftesbury as “disappointing” but the company said the delay is not having any noticeable impact on interest in leasing the company’s properties.
Net debt at the end of the year stood at £887.9mln.
"Very little new news in the update; however, the company did release a statement yesterday evening regarding press coverage that Samuel Tak Lee, who holds a 26% interest in Shaftesbury, intends to vote against the directors’ remuneration and re-appointment of CE [chief executive], Brian Bickell and FD [finance director], Chris Ward at the company's AGM," noted Peel Hunt.
Shares in Shaftesbury were down 2.1% at 864.5p.