18 April 2018 16:29

Completion of the acquisition from Eurocommercial Properties of a portfolio of 4 shopping galleries and a retail park for a total investment equal to approximately Euro 195.5 million



Following the press release published on 15 December 2017, Immobiliare Grande Distribuzione SIIQ S.p.A. (“IGD”) announces that today it signed the final agreement for the acquisition of 4 going concerns encompassing 4 shopping galleries and a retail park (the “Portfolio”) located in Northern Italy, part of significant shopping centres in their respective catchment areas (“Centro Commerciale Leonardo” in Imola, “Centro Commerciale Lame” in Bologna, “Centro Commerciale and retail park La Favorita” in Mantova and “CentroLuna” in Sarzana).


On the same day of early ending of offer to the market of the unexercised option rights, we completed the acquisition of the Portfolio, which will immediately generate a positive cash flow for our Company“, Claudio Albertini, IGD’s Chief Executive Officer statedWe are very satisfied with the result of the share capital increase, where approximately 98% of the offering to the shareholders has been subscribed, confirming the appreciation of the market and our shareholders for the proposed transaction that will lead us to almost reach Euro 2,5 billion of assets in June 2018, while providing greater visibility and liquidity to IGD’s shares and opening a new cycle for the Company”.


The Pootfolio, owned by the group headed by Eurocommercial Properties N.V. (“ECP”), has been acquired for a total value of Euro 187 million, plus transfer taxes and ancillary costs (equal to approximately € 8.5 million)[1]. It is expected that the acquisition of the Portfolio will result in a gross yield equal to 6.8%[2] including transfer costs.

The acquisition of the Portfolio will enable IGD to further consolidate its leadership in the management of locally dominant shopping centres in mid-sized Italian cities with high spending power. Besides, this transaction will allow IGD to re-unite the ownership of the entire shopping centre (hypermarket + gallery) with regard to two of the four assets to be acquired, as well as reinforcing the operational synergy with the “Coop” brand, food anchor in all of the shopping centres of the Portfolio, thus ensuring a leaner and more flexible asset management.

More in detail, the properties of the Portfolio, featuring an aggregated total leasable area of almost 37,500 sqm, are part of larger shopping centres with an aggregated total leasable area of 91,000 sqm. The Shopping Galleries and the retail park included in the Portfolio register in aggregate over 14 million[3] visitors per year and an annual net operating income of Euro12.5 million[4].


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[1] The purchase price has been determined taking into account the assets and liabilities related to the going concerns transferred to the Company, including the mortgage loans whose amount as of the date of the transfer is equal to approximately € 88.5 million. The mortgage loans are in place with UBI Banca S.p.A., a financial operator with a leading track record in the Real Estate sector, which through this transaction consolidates the commercial relationship with IGD Group.
[2] Gross yield is calculated based on the lease contracts, stabilized and annualized, divided by the total value of the investment. Net Yield (6.4%) is calculated by deducting the non-recoverable costs, stabilized and annualized, from the calculation base of the gross yield.
[3] Data related to 2016.
[4] Calculations based on lease contracts/ non-recoverable costs, stabilized and annualized.