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ATTACQ LIMITED - Update to Edcon restructure

Release Date: 01/03/2019 17:45
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Update to Edcon restructure

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1997/000543/06)
JSE share code: ATT  ISIN: ZAE000177218
(Approved as a REIT by the JSE)
("Attacq" or "the company")


Attacq initiated a proactive and solution-driven approach to address its Edcon Limited ("Edcon") exposure with
engagements starting in April 2018.

This early approach included evaluations of trading densities, rent to turnover ratios as well as taking into 
consideration the tenant mix, size and location of Edcon stores within each mall.

As a result, Attacq was able to introduce new tenants in prime locations across the portfolio which provided 
additional diversity in the tenant mix and supported Edcon’s intent to reduce its overall footprint.

From a South African operational point of view (including 50.0% of Newtown Junction), Attacq's effective Edcon
exposure will settle at 22 945m² of primary gross lettable area (PGLA) by 1 October 2019, which is estimated at 
3.0% of the effective PGLA. This follows a reduction from 29 262m² effective PGLA as at 30 June 2018 to 25 499m²
effective PGLA as at 31 December 2018.

Highlights of the restructure process across the portfolio includes:
-     H&M introduced into Eikestad Mall’s Edgars store with trading commencing on 1 November 2018.
-     Mall of Africa
      -      Edgars store reduced by consolidating trading area from two levels to the top floor;
      -      Pick n Pay introduced as a new food anchor tenant on the bottom level with trading commencing on
             1 October 2019;
      -      Coricraft expanded into the River Island space on the top level on 6 November 2018; and
      -      PNA replaced the Boardman’s store with trade commencing on 1 December 2018.

SA Edcon exposure
 As at                                Effective PGLA m²                Effective contractual gross monthly rental

 30 June 2018                         29,262                           4,1
 31 December 2018                     25,499                           3,6
 1 October 2019                       22,945                           3,2

Attacq is a participating landlord in Edcon's recapitalisation plan as announced today by Edcon. Attacq has included 
the reduction of gross rental income for the 24 months commencing 1 May 2019 arising from the Edcon recapitalisation 
in its property valuations.

As a consequence of the proactive engagements and early restructure at individual malls as highlighted above, the impact 
on our property portfolio yielded positive results. Attacq was also able to support Edcon as one of South Africa's largest 
retailer's during this critical time, thereby ensuring business continuity for a significant employer in the retail sector.

Detailed information will be disclosed at our interim results presentation scheduled for 5 March 2019 at the Johannesburg 
Stock Exchange.

1 March 2019

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