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Mercialys: 2016 Full-Year Activity: Excellent Performance in a Challenging Market Environment

Mittwoch, 11.01.2017 17:40


Regulatory News:

Eric Le Gentil, Mercialys’ (Paris:MERY) Chairman and CEO, commented: “Mercialys has achieved a very satisfactory level of organic rental income growth in a challenging market environment. Rental income for the Casual Leasing business has once again made strong progress this year, representing 4.8% of invoiced rents.
In addition to positive reversion on relettings, Mercialys is benefiting from the impact of its projects, including the transformation of cafeterias, the delivery of the Sainte Marie retail park in Réunion in December, and the first effects of the hypermarket transformation operations. Rental income is also benefiting from the new Espaces Fenouillet center, which was inaugurated in November and has already attracted one million visitors since opening.
Lastly, to further strengthen its financial profile and move forward with its development pipeline, Mercialys has sold Euro 101 million of assets in December 2016 and January 2017”.

I. Change in rental revenues

Like-for-like invoiced rents at December 31, 2016 came in +3.4% higher than December 31, 2015, with +3.5% growthexcluding the impact of a slightly negative level of indexation.
This performance, significantly higher than the trend from end-September (+3.0% excluding indexation), has benefited from a positive impact (0.6 points, vs. 0.2 points at end-June and end-September 2016) for spreading the rent caps and deductibles resulting from transactions from the fourth quarter of 2016 over the firm period of leases. This effect was historically not significant in terms of Mercialys’ organic growth and reflects the change in the structure of transactions carried out with certain mid-size stores.

Rental revenues came to Euro 189.8 million at December 31, 2016, up +12.3% from the end of 2015.

(In thousands of


Year to end-
December 2015



Year to end-
December 2016*

  Change (%)   Like-for-like change (%)
Invoiced rents   165,958   187,621   +13.1%   +3.4%
Lease rights 2,998 2,175
Rental revenues   168,956   189,795   +12.3%

*Unaudited figures

The change in invoiced rents primarily reflects the following factors:

- Sustained organic growth in invoiced rents: +3.4 points
- Acquisitions in 2015 and 2016: +12.8 points
- Impact of assets sold in 2016: -1.0 points
- Other effects primarily including strategic vacancies linked to current redevelopment programs: -2.2 points

Like-for-like, invoiced rents are up +3.4%, including:

+2.9 points for actions carried out on the portfolio. It is important to note that the impact of rent caps and deductibles being spread over the firm period of leases (IAS 17), which has historically not been significant, accounts for 0.6 points of this change (vs. 0.2 points at end-June and end-September 2016). This factors in the change in the structure of transactions carried out with certain mid-size stores.
+0.6 points for the development of the Casual Leasing business, which represented Euro 9.1 million in rental income for 2016, achieving a further year-on-year increase of +13.0%,
-0.1 points for indexation.

Lease rights and despecialization indemnities received over the period1 totaled Euro 2.3 million, compared with Euro 1.1 million at December 31, 2015. After factoring in the deferrals applicable under IFRS, lease rights for 2016 came to Euro 2.2 million, compared with Euro 3.0 million in 2015.

II. Sustainable performance by market-leading local-format assets supported by effective marketing developments - milestone of one million visitors passed for Espaces Fenouillet

For the year to end-December 2016, footfall levels in Mercialys shopping centers2 increased by +1.2%, giving a positive 240 bp differential compared with overall footfall levels for the market (CNCC3, down -1.2%).

For the year to end-November 2016, the sales figures for retailers in Mercialys centers2 show +0.1% growth, with a positive differential of 140 bp versus the change in sales figures for the overall shopping center market (CNCC3, down -1.3%).

Lettings activities continued to perform very well during the fourth quarter of 2016, throughout the portfolio. For instance, Mercialys’ teams set up new leases with stores such as Ambiance & Styles in Albertville, Le temps des cerises in Quimper, Parfois in Niort and Quimper, JD Sports in Angers, LPB Women in Carcassonne and Brut Butcher in Annecy. Alongside this, leases have been signed with attractive mid-size stores: La Foir’Fouille in Millau (first store in Mercialys' portfolio), Cultura in Rennes (third store in Mercialys' portfolio, after Toulouse and Brest), New Yorker in Poitiers (third store in Mercialys' portfolio, after Angers and Toulouse), and Darty in Arles.

Lastly, the Espaces Fenouillet center in Toulouse is confirming its success: it reached the milestone of one million visitors in January, with the eight-screen Kinépolis cinema opened in December further strengthening the site's merchandising mix.

III. Euro 101 million of mature or non-core business assets sold in December 2016 and January 2017

The delivery of projects mapped out in 2014 and 2015 has rapidly achieved impacts in terms of both organic growth (projects carried out on a constant surface area basis, such as the hypermarket transformations and the Sainte Marie retail park in La Réunion), and the change in FFO (delivery of the Toulouse Fenouillet extension).

Mercialys has sold Euro 101 million of assets in December 2016 and January 2017. These operations have further strengthened its financial profile, while helping drive the deployment of its development pipeline (Euro 636 million at end-June 2016).

In December 2016, Mercialys ramped up the partnership established in 2013 with Amundi Immobilier by selling the Niort and Albertville centers to the real estate investment company SCI AMR (recorded in the accounts on an equity basis). This operation was based on a 100% valuation of Euro 99.8 million (including transfer tax), with an exit yield of 5.3%. The cash-in amount for Mercialys represents Euro 62 million.
Since 2013, the Niort and Albertville sites have benefited from various extension and refurbishment phases, establishing a framework for solid revenues in connection with this partnership.
Following this sale, Mercialys holds 39.9% of SCI AMR, with Amundi Immobilier holding 60.1% through two SCPI real estate funds and one OPCI real estate investment fund (compared with 56.6% previously). The SCI investment company now holds the Angoulême, Paris Saint-Didier, Valence 2, Montauban, Niort and Albertville centers. With this sale, Mercialys has retained the management mandates for the Niort and Albertville sites, and extended the agreements that were already in place.

In addition, Mercialys sold five service centers to the Casino Group in January 2017, representing a total area of around 14,600 sq.m, for a total amount of Euro 38.9 million (including transfer tax), with an exit yield of 5.8%. These sales are focused on assets that are geographically dispersed, with an individual scale (less than 5,000 sq.m) that is not suitable for global transformation projects. The Casino Group represents their natural buyer considering their locations close to Géant hypermarkets.

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About Mercialys

Mercialys is one of France's leading real estate companies, focused exclusively on retail property. At June 30, 2016, Mercialys had a portfolio of 2,240 leases, representing a rental value of Euro 176.8 million on an annualized basis.
At June 30, 2016, it owned properties with an estimated value of Euro 3.7 billion (including transfer taxes). Mercialys has had “SIIC” real estate investment trust (REIT) tax status since November 1, 2005 and has been listed on Euronext Paris Compartment A (ticker: MERY) since its initial public offering on October 12, 2005. At June 30, 2016, there were 92,049,169 shares outstanding.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements regarding future events, trends, projects or targets.
These forward-looking statements are subject to identified and unidentified risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the Mercialys shelf registration document available at for the year ended December 31, 2015 for more details regarding certain factors, risks and uncertainties that could affect Mercialys' business.
Mercialys makes no undertaking in any form to publish updates or adjustments to these forward-looking statements, nor to report new information, new future events or any other circumstances that might cause these statements to be revised.


Mar 31,


Jun 30,


Sep 30,


Dec 31,

      Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4
Invoiced rents 36,031 76,005 111,469 148,755 36,031 39,975 35,464 37,286
Lease rights 1,073 2,125 2,991 4,031 1,073 1,053 866 1,040
Rental revenues 37,104 78,131 114,460 152,787 37,104 41,027 36,329 38,236
Change in invoiced rents -4.6% 3.9% 3.3% 4.1% -4.6% 12.8% 2.1% 6.5%
Change in rental revenues -6.2% 1.9% 1.5% 2.6% -6.2% 10.5% 0.8% 5.7%

Mar 31,


Jun 30,


Sep 30,


Dec 31,

      Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4
Invoiced rents 38,713 80,558 121,394 165,958 38,713 41,845 40,836 44,564
Lease rights 880 1,698 2,377 2,998 880 818 679 621
Rental revenues 39,593 82,256 123,771 168,956 39,593 42,663 41,515 45,185
Change in invoiced rents 7.4% 6.0% 8.9% 11.6% 7.4% 4.7% 15.1% 19.5%
Change in rental revenues 6.7% 5.3% 8.1% 10.6% 6.7% 4.0% 14.3% 18.2%

Mar 31,


Jun 30,


Sep 30,


Dec 31,

      Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4
Invoiced rents 44,992 91,869 137,384 187,621 44,992 46,877 45,515 50,237
Lease rights 559 1,155 1,615 2,175 559 596 460 560
Rental revenues 45,551 93,025 138,999 189,795 45,551 47,474 45,974 50,796
Change in invoiced rents 16.2% 14.0% 13.2% 13.1% 16.2% 12.0% 11.5% 12.7%
Change in rental revenues 15.0% 13.1% 12.3% 12.3% 15.0% 11.3% 10.7% 12.4%

1 Lease rights received as cash before the impact of deferrals required under IFRS (deferral of lease rights over the firm period of leases)
2 Mercialys’ large centers and main market-leading local-format centers based on a constant surface area
3 CNCC index – all centers, comparable scope

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