22 Feb 2013

Vital Healthcare profit rises

1:47 pm on 22 February 2013

The completion of construction projects in Australia has boosted Vital Healthcare Property Trust's half year profit by a third.

The listed healthcare property investor made a profit of $14.6 million in the six months to December, compared with $5.8 million a year earlier.

Distributable income rose 44% to $13.9 million.

Rental income rose 18% to $29 million due to acquisitions, completed developments, higher rents and asset sales.

The company's medical centres are 95% full and the average lease term rose to more than 12 years.

The value of Vital's portfolio rose 10% to $623 million.