Klépierre: FIRST-QUARTER 2022 BUSINESS REVIEW

PRESS RELEASE

FIRST-QUARTER 2022BUSINESS REVIEW

Paris — April 28, 2022

Klépierre, the European leader in shopping malls, today reported its first-quarter business update(1). The main highlights include:

  • Total revenues up 4.7% at €359.5 million
  • Shopping center gross rental income up 9.7% like for like
  • Net rental income up 88.3% like for like
  • Rent collection rate for Q1 expected to reach 96.7%
  • Strong leasing activity with 372 leases signed, delivering flat reversion, stable occupancy at 94.7%
  • February-March retailer sales(2) in line (98%) with the level of sales of the undisturbed period of 2021 (June to December)
  • Extension of Gran Reno (Bologna, Italy) due to open in June 2022 (99% pre-leased)
  • Strong balance sheet: net debt down to €7.9 billion, 87%-hedged at fixed rates in 2022; net debt to EBITDA of 8.7x, LTV of 38.3%; no refinancing needs before end-2024
  • Cash distribution for fiscal year 2021 of €1.70 per share on May 16, 2022
  • Guidance confirmed for 2022 with net current cash flow per share of between €2.30 and €2.35

KEY FINANCIALS

  Q1 2022 Q1 2021 Reported Change Like-for-like Change
In millions of euros, total share        
Gross rental income — Shopping centers 272.9 262.5 +4.0% +9.7%
Gross rental income — Other retail properties 3.8 4.0 -3.9%  
Total gross rental income 276.7 266.4 +3.9%  
Service charge income(a) 64.5 62.1 +3.8%  
Management and development fees 18.3 14.7 +24.1%  
Total revenues 359.5 343.3 +4.7%  
         
Net rental income – Shopping centers 217.8 127.3 +71.0% +88.3%

(a) Service charge income corresponds to service charges invoiced to tenants and cover general maintenance and repairs, security, heating, cooling, lighting and cleaning of common areas. Service charge income is included in total revenues (IFRS 15). The figures for Q1 2021 were restated accordingly for a total amount of €62.1 million.

OPERATING PERFORMANCE

Revenues

Over the first quarter of 2022, gross rental income generated by shopping centers reached €272.9 million on a total share basis, up 9.7% on a like-for-like basis.Management and development fees amounted to €18.3 million, up 24.1%, mainly due to the resumption of development projects.Overall, total revenues for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022 amounted to €359.5 million, a 4.7% increase compared to the same period last year.Net rental income generated by shopping centers amounted to €217.8 million, up 88.3% on a like-for-like basis, reflecting the fact that the first quarter of 2021 was adversely affected by store closures lasting an average of 1.5 months.Based on actual rent collection figures (93.1%, as of April 27), the rent collection rate for the quarter is expected to reach 96.7%.

Leasing update

In a similar vein to the rebound observed in the second half of 2021, leasing activity returned to normal over the quarter with 372 leases signed, more than double the number concluded in the first quarter of 2021. Reversion on renewals and relettings was virtually flat (-0.3%) over the period. Occupancy rate is stable at 94.7% compared to December 31, 2021.Klépierre continued to cement its longstanding partnerships with key accounts, notably through deals with Inditex for the opening of two new enlarged and refurbished Pull & Bear stores at Plenilunio (Madrid, Spain) and Aqua Portimão (Portimão, Portugal), which also bolstered its fashion offering with the latest Stradivarius format. Highlights for the period also included two important deals with Nike for the opening of its first stores in our Swedish (Emporia) and Danish (Bruun’s) malls. In addition, Rituals is set to join Poznan Plaza (Poland) in September, while Calzedonia selected Blagnac (Toulouse, France) and Sadyba Best Mall (Warsaw, Poland) for its latest Tezenis and Intimissimi boutiques. Meanwhile, shoe retailer Group Deichmann continued to roll out its concepts in Europe with the opening of Deichmann stores at Belle Epine (Paris, France) and Marieberg (Örebro, Sweden). Skechers also continued its expansion with the opening of a new store at Porta di Roma (Roma, Italy). In addition, the Group seized opportunities to develop on-trend concepts through deals with Xiaomi, Danish brand Flying Tiger Copenhagen and value retailer Normal, while Chinese lifestyle brand Miniso signed up to open its first store in Klépierre’s French portfolio at Créteil Soleil (Paris, France). Lastly, the Group concluded a deal with Vans for two new stores in France (Jaude in Clermont-Ferrand and Grand Place in Grenoble), while hip eyewear specialist Jimmy Fairly is set to unveil a new flagship at Blagnac in June.

Retailer sales and footfall

Due to store closure, comparison with Q1 2021 is irrelevant. In the absence of significant seasonality, we compare operational KPIs of Q1 2022 with the undisturbed period of 2021 (June to December).Over the first quarter of 2022, retailer sales were resilient at 95% of 2021 while footfall were at the same level. Retailer sales in January 2022 were hindered by certain ongoing restrictions and historically high contaminations levels. In February and March 2022, retailer sales are in line (98%) with 2021.By geography, Scandinavia once again led the way, with retailer sales peaking in February. Conversely, the recovery tended to be slower in France and Italy. The Netherlands & Germany were also impacted by the Dutch lockdown through mid-January and the German “2G” law limiting access to certain activities.On a segment basis, household equipment again outperformed the Group average, followed by culture, gifts & leisure and health & beauty. The fashion segment was buffeted by headwinds in January due to the Omicron variant but rebounded in February. Food & beverage registered similar trends in January due to restrictions on restaurants and accelerated in February.

DEVELOPMENT

During the first quarter of 2022, Klépierre continued to focus on its main committed projects (Gran Reno in Italy and Grand Place in France), representing the bulk of the €36 million total capital expenditure invested over the period.Following the completion of the refurbishment in the fall of 2021, work on the 16,700 sq.m. extension of Gran Reno (Bologna, Italy) is progressing well. Opening to the public is due for June 2022. Leasing is well on track with 99% of rents of the extension already signed (77%) or in agreed form (22%).In parallel, refurbishment work at Grand Place (Grenoble, France) was delivered in March, as planned. The construction of the 16,200 sq.m. extension started in July 2021, and while completion is not expected until the end of 2023, leasing is progressing well with 82% of rents of the extension already signed (56%) or in agreed form (27%).

DEBT AND FINANCING

As of March 31, 2022, consolidated net debt stood at €7,935 million, down slightly on the end-2021 figure (€8,006 million), with a net debt to EBITDA ratio of 8.7x and a loan-to-value(3) ratio of 38.3%. Meanwhile, the cost of debt declined by 10 basis points at a low level of 1.1%. The hedging profile(4) remains solid with 87% of net debt hedged at fixed rates in 2022, breaking down as 67% fixed-rate debt and payer swaps and 20% caps.Klépierre’s liquidity position(5) stands at €2.5 billion and covers all the Group’s refinancing needs for the next two years.

DISTRIBUTION

The Annual General Meeting, which took place on April 26, 2022, approved a cash distribution in respect of fiscal year 2021 of €1.70 per share. The distribution will take the form of an equity repayment(6) paid in a single installment on May 16, 2022.

OUTLOOK

In the context of the war in Ukraine and the international sanctions against Russia, Klépierre regularly monitors the impact of the situation on its business and the broader economy. The Group operates neither in Ukraine nor in Russia and does not expect that inflationary pressures created by the situation will have a material impact on its cost structure or on the costs of its committed development projects. Long-lasting inflation could potentially affect consumer spending for certain goods or services provided by tenants. Based on the current macroeconomic projections, the Group has however not identified the need to revise its financial forecasts for 2022.Accordingly, Klépierre confirms its 2022 guidance as stated in its February 16, 2022 earnings release and expects to generate net current cash flow per share(7) of between €2.30 and €2.35 in 2022.

TOTAL REVENUES(a)

In millions of euros  Total share   Group share
Q1 2022 Q1 2021   Q1 2022 Q1 2021
France 105.6 98.8   85.9 80.4
Italy 56.5 47.9   55.8 47.3
Scandinavia 36.9 41.5   20.7 23.3
Iberia 30.2 28.0   30.2 28.0
Netherlands & Germany 25.0 27.5   24.7 26.9
Central Europe 16.3 15.7   16.3 15.7
Other countries 2.4 3.2   2.1 3.0
SHOPPING CENTER GROSS RENTAL INCOME 272.9 262.5   235.8 224.6
Other retail properties 3.8 4.0   3.8 4.0
TOTAL GROSS RENTAL INCOME 276.7 266.4   239.6 228.6
Service charge income 64.5 62.1   54.9 52.5
Management and development fees 18.3 14.7   17.6 13.9
TOTAL REVENUES 359.5 343.3   312.1 295.0

(a) Service charge income is included in total revenues. The figures for Q1 2021 were restated accordingly for a total amount of €62.1 million on a Total share basis and of €52.5 million on a Group share basis (IFRS 15).

AGENDA  
May 12, 2022 Ex-distribution date
May 16, 2022 Distribution payment
July 26, 2022October 19, 2022 First-half 2022 earnings (after market close)Business review for the first nine months of 2022 (after market close)
INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS MEDIA CONTACTS
Arnaud Courtial, Group Head of IR and Financial Communications+33 (0)6 74 57 35 12 — arnaud.courtial@klepierre.comPaul Logerot, IR Manager +33 (0)7 50 66 05 63 — paul.logerot@klepierre.comJulia Croissant, IR Officer+33 (0)7 88 77 40 37 —julia.croissant@klepierre.com Hélène Salmon, Group Head of Corporate and Internal Communications+33 (0)1 40 67 55 16 – helene.salmon@klepierre.comDelphine Granier, Taddeo+33 (0)6 33 05 48 50 – teamklepierre@taddeo.fr

ABOUT KLÉPIERRE

Klépierre is the European leader in shopping malls, combining property development and asset management skills. The Company’s portfolio is valued at €20.7 billion at December 31, 2021, and comprises large shopping centers in more than 10 countries in Continental Europe which together host hundreds of millions of visitors 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 and EPRA Euro Zone Indexes. It is also included in ethical indexes, such as Euronext CAC 40 ESG, MSCI Europe ESG Leaders, FTSE4Good, Euronext Vigeo Europe 120, and features in CDP’s “A-list”. These distinctions underscore the Group’s commitment to a proactive sustainable development policy and its global leadership in the fight against climate change. For more information, please visit the newsroom on our website: www.klepierre.com 

This press release is available on the Klépierre website:www.klepierre.com

(1)  The data disclosed in this release, including those set out in the appendices, have not been audited.(2)        Change is on a same-store basis, excluding the impact of asset sales and acquisitions.

(3)  Based on end-December 2021 portfolio valuations.(4)  Calculated as the ratio of fixed-rate debt (after hedging) to gross borrowings expressed as a percentage.(5)  The liquidity position represents the total financial resources available to a company. This indicator is therefore equal to the sum of cash at hand at the end of the period (€0.4 billion), committed and unused revolving credit facilities (€1.7 billion, net of commercial paper) and uncommitted credit facilities (€0.4 billion).(6)  The distribution of €1.70 per share will take the form of an equity repayment within the meaning of paragraph 1 of Article 112 of the French Tax Code.(7)  Excluding the impact of amortizing Covid-19 rent concessions (IFRS 16).

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