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NEPI ROCKCASTLE PLC - Acquisition of Arena Plaza Budapest, Hungary

Release Date: 18/09/2017 17:30
Code(s): NRP     PDF:  
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Acquisition of Arena Plaza Budapest, Hungary

NEPI Rockcastle plc
(Incorporated and registered in the Isle of Man)
(Registered number 014178V)
JSE share code: NRP
Euronext share code: NRP
(“NEPI Rockcastle” or “the company”)



NEPI Rockcastle is pleased to announce that, on 15 September 2017, through its subsidiary, Arena Property KFT, it has
acquired all the issued shares in, and claims against, Symmetry Arena Ingatlankezelo Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag, the
owner of Arena Plaza Shopping centre in Budapest, Hungary (‘the Transaction”).


With a gross lettable area of 66,000m2, Arena Plaza is the second largest retail centre in Budapest, the capital city of
Hungary, the second most populous city in Central and Eastern Europe (“CEE”). Centrally located in the eastern part of the
city, close to the country’s main international railway station, the shopping mall was opened in November 2007 and has
since grown its annual footfall to more than 10 million people. Its modern layout over two floors, convenient parking and
attractive tenant mix has resulted in turnover growth exceeding 7% per annum over the last two years. The shopping centre
is fully let to major national and international tenants such as Bershka, H&M, IMAX Cinema City, KFC, Massimo Dutti,
McDonalds, Media Markt, New Yorker, Peek & Cloppenburg, Pull & Bear, Sports Direct, Starbucks, Stradivarius, Tesco
and Zara. Several envisaged asset management initiatives, including major improvements to the leisure and entertainment
offering, the introduction of new international tenants and a major refurbishment, will further strengthen its dominant
market position.

Further to the recovery of its investment grade rating in 2016, Hungary is on a growth path, with GDP growth forecast to be
2.8% in 2017 and 2.9% in 2018, compared to 1.4% and 1.5% respectively in the European Union (according to the
Economist Intelligence Unit). Budapest is the economic centre of Hungary, with over 1.7 million inhabitants, being the
most populous and wealthiest city in the country. It has a unique location advantage from its proximity to Vienna (250 km)
and Bratislava (200 km), the three cities creating one of the leading clusters of cross-border activities in the entire CEE. 
The city boasts high quality infrastructure and is an attractive head office destination for international companies. NEPI
Rockcastle is the largest listed retail centre owner in CEE and this acquisition, in the fourth largest CEE economy,
completes the company’s entry into the eight largest markets in the region.


The Transaction was completed on 15 September 2017 (“Effective date”).

The aggregate purchase price paid for the transaction was EUR 275 million, resulting in an acquisition yield of
approximately 6.2%. This acquisition has initially been funded by a combination of NEPI Rockcastle’s existing cash
resources, debt facilities, vendor finance and sale of various listed securities held, in line with management’s strategy of
decreasing this exposure.


The transaction is not categorisable in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements and the information in this announcement is
presented for information purposes only.

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18 September 2017

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