Enterprise Inns continues to investigate a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and is holding informal discussions with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to determine whether it could qualify.
In an interview with Thomson Financial News, Ted Tuppen, chief executive at Enterprise Inns, said while a REIT conversion was “appealing” it had to avoid the need for a material restructuring of the business.
Deutsche Bank has urged pub companies to lobby HM Revenues & Customs (HMRC) to evaluate its definition of rent income, which at present doesn’t define beer sales and property rent as a combined income.
In the six months ended 31 March, Britain’s second largest pub owner saw its turnover dip to £453m (2006: £473m) after the sale of its Scottish estate last autumn but pre-tax profit increase from £176m to £183m.
Enterprise said it would continue to enhance the quality of its portfolio through investment, acquisitions and disposals claiming it had pumped £35m into the estate during the six-month period to “improve the quality and potential” of the business.
It also said it was “too early” to drawn definitive conclusions from the impact of the 2 April smoking ban in Wales but expected to gain new customers and market share after the introduction of the ban in England on 1 July.
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By Christopher Walton
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