Since the onset of the pandemic, Hammerson has recognised the need to support brands, particularly while destinations were closed. We have worked hard to reach agreements on rent during the closure period that are fair and reasonable. This has involved a combination of rent deferrals, moving to monthly payments, and in some cases waivers, particularly for smaller and independent brands.
At a Group level, 41% of the Q4 rent has been received, with the UK collecting 38%, Ireland 33%, and France 51%. The level of Q4 collections is higher than at the same point following the June quarter date across all of the Group’s territories.
With most destinations having fully reopened in June and July, despite the extension of the rent moratorium in the UK, Hammerson expects Q3 and Q4 rent collection rates to continue to improve, and for occupiers to pay the agreed rent for these periods, even if discussions regarding Q2 are ongoing.
|Rent Net||Amount payable (£m)||Not yet due (£m)||Deferred (£m)||Collected (£m)||Outstanding (£m)||Collected of due (%)||Collected at 31 July (%)|
*Of the outstanding balance of £85.4m, we have waived £11.9m, principally relating to Q2 rents. Source: Hammerson PLC
Hammerson today confirms that the necessary clearances from the relevant competition authorities for the c.€301m (c.£274m) disposal of VIA Outlets to APG have been received. No further clearances or approvals are required and as a result the transaction is on track to complete in Q4 of this year.
Following the announcement on the September 30 of the appointment of Rita-Rose Gagné as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Hammerson can confirm that she will join the Company and Board on the November 2, 2020 and David Atkins will step down as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on this date.