BUSINESS REVIEW FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2020
Paris — October 23, 2020
Klépierre, the European leader in shopping malls, today reported earnings for the first nine months of 2020(1). The significant events of the period include:
- Continued improvement in retailer sales over the third quarter, reaching 90% of prior-year level
- 90.3% collection rate for third-quarter rents, 81.7% over 9 months
- 9-months revenues of €918.5 million, 92% of prior-year level
- Strict control of cash outflows with only €162 million left to cash out by 2022 on extension/refurbishment projects already launched
- Net debt of €9,181 million at end-September, strong liquidity position (€2.8 billion) covering upcoming refinancing needs through June 2022
Jean-Marc Jestin, Chairman of the Executive Board, commented, “Amid unprecedented uncertainty and new challenges, Klépierre’s business activity has been recovering over the last three months. A resumption in retailer sales and footfall has driven an encouraging improvement in rent collection. This is the result of the incredible work of Klépierre’s staff and their high commitment alongside all the communities we serve and I salute them for their dedication. Our teams are currently working closely with tenants to provide them with the necessary flexibility and new opportunities to grow their businesses. However, in a health and economic environment that remains highly unpredictable, the Group will preserve and capitalize on its unique combination of strengths: a high-quality portfolio and strong balance sheet. We are committed to financial discipline.”
|In € millions, total share basis||9M 2020||9M 2019|| Reported|
|Gross rental income — Shopping centers||852.9||917.9||-7.1%|
|Gross rental income — Other retail properties||15.0||18.0||-16.9%|
|Total gross rental income||867.8||935.9||-7.3%|
|Management, administrative and related income (fees)||50.7||61.2||-17.2%|
Total retailer sales at Klépierre’s malls reached 90% of the prior-year level during the third quarter of 2020, compared to 85% in June and 76% in May, benefiting from a consistent and better-than‑anticipated recovery(2). Over the period, all of the Group’s shopping centers posted improving performances, except those located near transport hubs that continue to be impacted by the lack of commuters and tourists.
The acceleration in the retailer sales recovery during the third quarter was driven mainly by the fashion segment, which recorded a substantial 13-percentage point improvement compared to June (89% of the prior-year level in September). Over the last three months, household equipment (up 5%, including a 7% increase in electronics), supermarkets (99% of the prior-year level) and sports (98% of the prior-year level) continued to post strong performances while food & beverage (78% of the prior‑year level) and to a lesser extent health & beauty (92%) continued to be impacted by persistent unfavorable health measures.
By geographic area, Scandinavia remained close to pre-Covid levels (98% of the prior-year level), while Italy and France-Belgium experienced the strongest improvement with respective sales reaching 89% and 94% of the prior-year level (compared to 79% and 87% in June). Conversely, retailer sales in Iberia remained sluggish due in particular to the lack of tourists, which weighed on the third-quarter performance, and the persistence of Covid-19 in Barcelona and Madrid which has given rise to new restrictions.
Footfall has also continued to improve during the period, albeit at a slower pace than sales, standing at 82% of the prior-year level in September, compared to 80% in July (and 75% in June).
Over the first nine months of 2020, gross rental income generated by shopping centers amounted to €852.9 million on a total share basis, down 7.1% compared to the same period last year.
This reflected the combined impact of the following factors:
− A €33.0 million decrease due to disposals, foreign exchange effects and other elements;
− A €25.2 million decrease in variable revenues (including sales-based rents, specialty leasing and car park revenues) as a consequence of the lockdown; and
− A €6.9 million impact from the straight-line amortization (in accordance with IFRS 16) of €24.7 million in rent abatements signed as of September 2020 for the second-quarter rents.
Gross rental income from other retail properties amounted to €15.0 million, down 16.9%, mostly as a result of disposals.
Management, administrative and related income (fees) decreased from €61.2 million to €50.7 million, mainly due to the postponement of certain development projects.
Overall, total revenues for the first nine months of 2020 amounted to €918.5 million, down 7.9% year on year.
Rent collection and leasing update
Over the first nine months of 2020, the Group invoiced rents and service charges for a total amount of €1,044.6 million(3). As of October 20, rent collection rate reached 81.7% over the first nine-months (i.e., €853.2 million collected)(4), out of which 96.4% in the first quarter.
Out of the €334 million in rents and service charges invoiced over the second quarter, Klépierre has collected 56.6%. Based on well-advanced negotiations with tenants, the Group estimates that the collection rate is expected to reach 60%-65% by year end. The outstanding amount of uncollected rents is expected to reflect:
- Minimal bad debt allowances for insolvencies (€11 million);
- A government recommendation in France to waive second-quarter rents for small businesses (€9 million);
- Government measures to defer rents in Spain and Portugal (€2.3 million); and
- The balance (€94 million to €111 million) comprising rent and service charges abatements (one month on average at Group level) that will be amortized on a straight-line basis over the remaining lease term (in accordance with IFRS 16).
Regarding the third quarter, the collection rate came out at 90.3%, which only includes 1.0% of rent abatements and 2.9% of security deposits exercised. The Group is confident that the third-quarter collection rate will continue to improve.
Although discussions were mostly focused on reaching deals in respect of the lockdown period, the Group has also signed 300 renewal/releasing/reletting agreements (compared to 400 over the third quarter of 2019). The reversion rate on renewals and relettings stood at a positive 3.7% for the period, in line with the first half of the year (3.9% uplift over the first nine months of the year), with estimated rental values showing good resilience in the current environment.
Over the last three months, the sports segment maintained its expanding momentum through the opening of a New Balance store at Porta di Roma (Roma, Italy), and of JD Sports stores at Centre Mayol (Toulon, France) and Tourville (Tourville-la-Rivière, France). At Rives d’Arcins (Bordeaux area, France), a new right-sized Zara store opened over 3,000 sq.m. in August, and Snipes unveiled a new flagship. More generally, Klépierre continued to support the expansion of growing retailers, illustrated by the signature of four new Normal stores and three Rituals in France. On the Jewelry segment, Swarovski opened a new boutique in Hoog Catharijne (Utrecht, Netherlands) and Pandora unveiled new flagships at Globo (Milan, Italy) and Sadyba Best Mall (Warsaw, Poland). Lastly, Huawei opened its first store in a French mall at Créteil Soleil (Paris region, France) at the end of September.
Debt and Liquidity
As of September 30, 2020, consolidated net debt totaled €9,181 million, versus €9,129 million as of June 30, 2020. The €52 million increase is mainly attributable to the second installment of the 2019 dividend paid in July, partially offset by cash inflows in the third quarter and the recovery of unpaid receivables related to the second quarter.
At the end of September, the Group’s liquidity position stood at €2.8 billion (revolving credit facility for €2,3 billion, bank overdrafts for €0.4 billion and cash for €0.1 billion), covering all refinancing needs through June 2022.
Current financial position is commensurate with S&P’s expectations related to Klépierre’s A-rating (negative outlook).
development and disposals
Since the beginning of the lockdown period, Klépierre has actively reduced capital expenditure in order to preserve liquidity.
During the third quarter, Klépierre has been focusing on its main committed projects:
− The completion of the redevelopment of Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht (Netherlands);
− The refurbishment of Créteil Soleil in Paris (France), which should be completed by the end of 2021; and
− The extension and refurbishment of Gran Reno in Bologna (Italy), slated to open in fourth‑quarter 2021.
Accordingly, over the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020, capital expenditure accounted for €77 million (versus €188 million over the full year in 2019). Only €162 million remains to cash out by 2022 on projects that have been already launched.
The Group has completed disposals totaling €79.6 million (total share, excluding transfer taxes) since January 1, 2020. As of September 30, 2020, taking into account sales under promissory agreements, total Group disposals amounted to €151.0 million.
During the third quarter of 2020, Klépierre observed an encouraging recovery in terms of sales, footfall and collection rates, marking a clear improvement compared to the first half of the year. Negotiations with retailers on the lockdown period are progressing well and the Group is confident in its ability to finalize the process by the end of the year, which will translate into even higher collection rates for the second quarter.
Concerning the fourth quarter, some countries have recently implemented temporary new restrictions. In the Czech Republic, the government has ordered the closure of all retail stores (except for stores providing essential goods) between October 22 and November 3. In Italy, the Piedmont, Lombardy and Basilicata regions have ordered the closure of shopping malls over the weekends until November 13, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies, tobacconists, food and beverage and cosmetics stores. These restrictive measures concerned 10% of our portfolio (in value). In light of this, Klépierre is maintaining a cautious stance regarding how the pandemic will evolve and impact its various geographies and the Group’s businesses. Against this backdrop, the Group will be seeking more than ever to capitalize on its core strengths: the high quality of its portfolio, its operational excellence and its financial discipline.
YEAR-ON-YEAR change in retailer sales – third-quarter 2020
|Q3 2020 change(a)|| % of total|
reported retailer sales
|CE & Other||-12%||6%|
|Q3 2020 change(a)|| % of total|
reported retailer sales
|Culture, Gifts and Leisure||-4%||19%|
|Health & Beauty||-8%||14%|
|Food & Beverage||-22%||10%|
(a) Change in retailer sales on a same store basis.
|In € millions||Total share||Group share|
|9M 2020||9M 2019||9M 2020||9M 2019|
|CE & Other||62.5||83.5||61.3||82.1|
| SHOPPING CENTERS|
GROSS RENTAL INCOME
|Other retail properties||15.0||18.0||15.0||18.0|
GROSS RENTAL INCOME
|Management, administrative and related income (fees)||50.7||61.2||46.9||58.5|
* Contributions from equity-accounted investees include investments in jointly controlled companies and investments in companies under significant influence.
|Q1 2020||Q2 2020||Q3 2020||9M 2020|
|CE & Other||94.4%||84.6%||79.6%||85.3%|
|TOTAL SHOPPING CENTERS||96.4%||56.8%||90.2%||81.7%|
|Other retail properties||98.3%||44.3%||91.2%||78.9%|
(a) As of October 20, 2020, on a total share basis, excluding VAT and equity-accounted companies.
|February 3, 2021||2020 full-year earnings|
|May 6, 2021||Annual General Meeting|
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Klépierre, the European leader in shopping malls, combines development, property and asset management skills. The company’s portfolio is valued at €22.8 billion at June 30, 2020 and comprises large shopping centers in 12 countries in Continental Europe which together host 1.1 billion visits per year. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext Paris and is included in the CAC Next 20, EPRA Euro Zone and GPR 250 indexes. It is also included in ethical indexes, such as DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120. These distinctions underscore the Group’s commitment to a proactive sustainable development policy and its global leadership in the fight against climate change.
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() The data disclosed in this release, including those set out in the appendices, have not been audited.
() Change in retailer sales on a same store basis, excluding closure days.
() Excluding VAT.
() All collection rates are as of October 20, 2020.
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