NEWS

Hammerson confirms talks over sale of UK retail parks

Published on: 13th April 2021

Hammerson told investors that it is in discussions with Canadian private equity firm Brookfield over the potential sale.

Hammerson crowd checker toolThe property owner has confirmed that it is in talks over a deal to sell its portfolio of UK retail parks. The update comes after the Sunday Times reported that Brookfield will pay about £350m for seven retail parks, in Falkirk, Didcot, Middlesbrough, St Helens, Telford, Merthyr Tydfil and Rugby.

Hammerson also operates the Birmingham Bullring and the Bicester Village outlet mall.

The company has told investors that it is in discussions with Brookfield over the potential sale but there is no certainty that a transaction will take place. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, Hammerson added: “The company will provide a further update in due course, if appropriate.”

The retail property specialist recently wrote down the value of its shopping centres and stores by nearly £2b, as Covid-19 saw rental income suffer the biggest fall in its history. Last month, Hammerson said its properties were worth £6.34b at the end of 2020 compared with £8.33b a year earlier. Now, the company says it is continuing to dispose of some of its assets in an effort to further strengthen the balance sheet.

The sale talks are taking place despite Hammerson’s retail parks trading robustly compared to other areas of its estate during the pandemic, as they benefit from large supermarket sites and wide open spaces.

 

 

RECENT ARTICLES

Friday Blog

Tldr…. it’s the Friday Blog!

L.O.L. Surprise! movie to debut on Netflix

Roman’s Monopoly Mission to raise money for Make Some Noise

Kirsty Barr to work with Ravensburger marketing team

The Entertainer extends Quiet Hour to run daily across all of its stores

Lego unveils new Disney Mickey and Friends range for pre-schoolers

Dreamtex launches Liverpool FC bedding range

Exclusive: Just Play Products LLC announces opening of UK subsidiary from January 2022

Character unveils multi-licence Mash’ems TV campaign

Exclusive: Hello dolly – Toy World examines the Dolls category