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NEPI ROCKCASTLE N.V - Reviewed condensed consolidated financial results for the year ended 31 December 2023

Release Date: 20/02/2024 17:45
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Reviewed condensed consolidated financial results for the year ended 31 December 2023

NEPI Rockcastle N.V.
Incorporated in the Netherlands
Registration number: 87488329
Share code: NRP
ISIN: NL0015000RT3
("NEPI Rockcastle" or "the Group" or "the Company")


"In 2023 NEPI Rockcastle generated the highest distributable earnings per share (DEPS) in its history, exceeding the
previous record set in 2019. This marks not only a complete recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also
a sustainable step-up in performance determined by continuing investments in our portfolio. Throughout the year we
updated our guidance to the upside as we took note of the strong results coming in. Even so, the 17% increase in recurring
DEPS achieved (9.3% on a nominal basis) exceeded our latest update.

The bedrock of our results is the operational performance of the property portfolio. Several factors explain the jump in
Net Operating Income (NOI) by 21% year-on-year to €491 million. The acquisitions made in late-2022 contributed
significantly to performance as did a 13% increase in like-for-like NOI. Inflation protection through the indexation clauses
embedded in our lease agreements has served NEPI Rockcastle well during the high inflationary environment in CEE over
the past two years. Active asset management achieved rental uplifts averaging 8% above indexation on new lettings and
renewals. The growth in turnover rents and short-term income outpaced that of base rents in 2023. The recovery of
operating expenses through tenant contributions improved, leading to lower unrecovered costs than in 2022.

The Company's robust results were underpinned by strong sales from our tenants and a confident CEE consumer. We saw
a significant improvement in all key trading data, with tenant sales up 12.6% and consumer spend per basket rising 7.8%,
while footfall was 4.6% higher. The strong trading performance has helped to maintain balance between the Company's
and our tenants' results, reflected in a stable occupancy cost ratio (OCR) of 12.2%. The drop in vacancy to 2.2% further
proves the appeal of our properties for retailers.

We continued to strengthen our balance sheet to protect against macroeconomic risks and ensure the resources for future
growth. To this end, we offered shareholders the option for scrip dividends, which increased liquidity and reduced the
loan to value ratio (LTV) to 32.2%, well below our upper threshold of 35%. We also contracted a €387 million unsecured
green loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to enable the redemption of bonds maturing in November
2024 irrespective of the conditions in the capital markets. The strong operating performance of our properties led to a
valuation uplift of €165 million, overcoming a negative shift in market yields.

Sustainable growth remains a key focus for NEPI Rockcastle. In 2023 we delivered Promenada Craiova in southern
Romania, the largest new retail scheme to open in CEE in 2023, and completed the Group's first residential project, both
on time and on budget. Sustainability lies at the core of our operations and developments and we are making significant
progress to reduce emissions and increase the energy efficiency of our assets, as part of a comprehensive sustainability
strategy launched in 2022. The shining example of our progress in this area is the fact that we are now producing solar
energy at 27 of our Romanian properties. NEPI Rockcastle has delivered remarkable results in 2023. The markets that
we operate in are forecast to have some of the strongest GDP growth in Europe in 2024, which bodes well not only for
consumer confidence and the performance of our tenants, but also for NEPI Rockcastle's continued growth."

Rudiger Dany, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Distributable earnings per share (DEPS) for the second half (H2) of 2023 was 28.46 euro cents, which, when combined
with the interim DEPS of 28.52 euro cents, results in annual DEPS of 56.98 euro cents, 9.3% higher than in 2022 (52.15
euro cents).

DEPS for 2022 included the non-recurring positive impact of 3.51 euro cents from the reversal of a provision for litigation
related to the discontinued acquisition of the Serenada and Krokus shopping centres in Poland, recognised in 2021. On a
recurring basis, i.e. excluding the impact of accounting for these litigation claims, DEPS for 2023 were 17.1% higher than
for 2022.


The Board has declared a dividend of 25.61 euro cents per share for H2 2023, corresponding to a 90% dividend pay-out
ratio, to be settled as capital repayment (default option). NEPI Rockcastle shareholders can also elect for the settlement of
the same dividend amount as ordinary cash dividend out of distributable profits.

In line with Dutch legislation, the capital repayment will be paid to shareholders unless they elect to receive the ordinary
cash distribution option.

A circular containing full details of the dividend settlement, accompanied by announcements on the Stock Exchange News
Service (SENS) of the JSE, A2X and Euronext Amsterdam will be issued in due course.


Distributable earnings per share for 2024 are expected to be approximately 4% higher than the 2023 distributable
earnings per share of 56.98 euro cents, with no change in the company's current 90% dividend payout ratio. This guidance
does not consider the impact of potential further political instability in the region, or systemic macroeconomic
disruptions, and assumes a continuation of the trading trends observed to date. This guidance can be modified or
withdrawn in the future if material changes unfold.

This guidance has not been reviewed or reported on by NEPI Rockcastle's auditors and is the responsibility of the Board of

                                                                   31 Dec 2023         31 Dec 2022           % Change

    Net rental and related income (€ thousand)                         491,209             404,565                21%

    Distributable earnings (€ thousand)                                369,444             317,055                17%

    Distributable earnings per share (€ cents)                           56.98               52.15               9.3%

    Distribution declared (€ thousand)                                 332,500             308,155               7.9%

    Distribution declared per share (€ cents)                            51.28               50.68              1.18%

    Basic earnings per share (€ cents)                                   75.31               71.60              5.18%

    Diluted earnings per share (€ cents)                                 75.18               71.51              5.13%

    Headline earnings per share (€ cents)                                52.72               51.53              2.31%

    Diluted headline earnings per share (€ cents)                        52.63               51.47              2.25%

    EPRA Earnings (€ thousand)                                         365,593             317,870             15.01%

    EPRA Earnings per share (€ cents per share)                          56.38               52.29              7.82%

    EPRA Net Initial Yield ('NIY')                                       6.94%               6.80%              2.06%

    EPRA topped-up NIY                                                   6.97%               6.86%               1.6%

    EPRA vacancy rate                                                     2.2%                2.7%           (18.52%)

    EPRA Net Reinstatement Value ('NRV') (€ per share)                    6.98                6.84                 2%

    EPRA Net Tangible Assets ('NTA') (€ per share)                        6.95                6.81              2.06%

    EPRA Net Disposal Value ('NDV') (€ per share)                         6.52                6.58            (0.91%)

    EPRA Cost ratio (including direct vacancy cost)                      10.2%                11.7%          (12.82%)

    EPRA Cost ratio (excluding direct vacancy cost)                      10.1%                11.6%          (12.93%)


-   Net rental and related income (referred to as 'Net Operating Income' or 'NOI') was up 21% from 2022 at €491 million.
    Like-for-like (LFL) NOI growth was 13% excluding the impact from the three acquisitions made in 2022.
-   Gross rental income increased by 21%, from €422 million in 2022 to €510 million in 2023. Base rent was up 18%,
    driven by indexation, rental uplifts and higher occupancy. Strong tenant sales led to a 29% increase in overage and
    turnover rent, while short-term income grew by 26%.
-   The collection rate was 98% of 2023 reported revenues as of 31 December 2023, increasing to over 99% by mid-
    February 2024.
-   Investment property as of 31 December 2023 was valued at €6.8 billion, compared to €6.6 billion at the end of 2022.
    The increase is due to investments in developments, as well as positive fair value adjustments of €165 million.
    Investment property held for sale were €152 million on 31 December 2023 (up from €19 million at the end of 2022),
    bringing the total value of the Group's portfolio to €6.9 billion.
-   The Group's liquidity position as of 31 December 2023 was €909 million, including €339 million in cash and €570
    million in undrawn committed credit facilities.
-   Loan-to-value (LTV) was 32.2% as of 31 December 2023, comfortably below the strategic upper threshold of 35%.


The review report on the Group's condensed consolidated financial statements has been issued by Ernst & Young Inc. (EY
South Africa), who expressed an unmodified review report thereon.

The consolidated and separate financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2023 are scheduled for publication on
20 March 2024, together with the annual integrated report. The audit report on the consolidated and separate financial
statements is expected to be issued by Ernst & Young Inc. (EY South Africa) together with Ernst & Young Accountants LLP
(EY Netherlands).

A copy of the review report, together with the underlying reviewed condensed consolidated financial statements is available
on the Company's website at:

This results announcement is the responsibility of the Board of Directors of NEPI Rockcastle. This results announcement
is only a summary of the information in the full announcement and does not contain complete details. Any investment
decision by investors and/or shareholders should be based on consideration of the reviewed condensed consolidated
financial statements published on the Company's website at:

and on the full announcement of the reviewed condensed consolidated financial statements available on the Company's
website at:

and on the JSE's website at:

The full announcement is also available for inspection at the registered offices of the Company (Strawinskylaan 563, WTC
Zuidas, Tower Ten, 5th Floor, 1077 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands) and at the offices of the JSE sponsor, Java Capital (6th
Floor, 1 Park Lane, Wierda Valley, Sandton, 2196) at no charge during normal business hours from Tuesday, 20 February
2024 to Wednesday, 28 February 2024.

Stakeholders may follow the results presentation via webcast or conference call on Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 09:00
Central European time / 10:00 South Africa time. Webcast registration link and dial-in details are available on the home
page of the Company's website,
For further information please contact:

NEPI Rockcastle N.V.
Rudiger Dany/Eliza Predoiu                +31 20 237 4770

JSE sponsor
Java Capital                              +27 11 722 3050

Euronext Listing Agent
ING Bank                                  +31 20 563 6685

Media Relations                 

20 February 2024

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