HAMMERSON TO SELL TWO UK RETAIL PARKS; PINS HOPES ON MEGA MALLS
Hammerson has announced its reshaped strategy to elevate and accelerate performance with a higher quality portfolio of winning destinations, enhanced by greater levels of operational excellence and capital efͤciency. The new focus will solely be on two winning retail segments with enhanced LFL NRI growth prospects – Flagship retail destinations and Premium Outlets. Hammerson is planning to exit retail parks sector over the medium term and has a target of disposal of £1.1 billion by end of 2019, with £300 million already achieved this year and an increased overall 2018 target of £600 million. Hammerson established New City Quarters concept to maximise value from the highly attractive land surrounding the shopping centres. David Atkins, Chief Executive of Hammerson said, “Our reshaped strategy sees us taking decisive action to further reposition our portfolio. Through increasing the level of disposals, including exiting the retail parks sector, we will now focus solely on winning destinations of the highest quality: Flagship retail destinations and Premium Outlets. These are the venues we believe will maintain relevance and outperform against the shifting retail backdrop. Our customer and retailer offer will be ampliͤed, and this includes a step change in our retailer line up. We will reduce the amount of floor space let to department stores and high street fashion as we actively focus on the latest consumer trends and take bolder steps to provide the best retail mix. Our results today demonstrate the resilience of our business.