URW to sell 45% stake in €1bn Paris shopping centre

URW to sell 45% stake in €1bn Paris shopping centre
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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield(URW) has agreed to sell a 45% stake in the Westfield Carré Sénart shopping centre, Greater Paris to Societe Generale Assurances and BNP Paribas Cardif.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield signed an agreement with Societe Generale Assurances and BNP Paribas Cardif(the Investors) to enter into a long-term joint venture. URW will provide asset and property management services.

The implied offer price at 100% is in line with the last appraisal value of c. €1 Bn. As part of the transaction, a consortium of banks has underwritten a secured financing package of up to €310 Mn for the joint venture. The IFRS net debt reduction for URW is expected to amount to €280 Mn.

URW has granted the Investors a rental guarantee of up to €13.5 Mn (at 45%) for a duration of up to three years from closing of the transaction.

Westfield Carré Sénart is a 117,000 sqm shopping and leisure destination. Following two extensions delivered in 2017 and 2019, the centre attracted close to 12 million visits in 2019 and is the 10th most visited shopping centre in France. The centre also benefits from a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Commenting on the announcement, Jean-Marie Tritant, Group CEO of URW, said: “We are pleased to announce the completion of this transaction and the creation of a long-term partnership with two leading French institutional investors. The agreement is fully in line with our European disposal strategy to find the right joint venture partners for select assets, allowing us to release capital while continuing to leverage our established management capabilities.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Q1-2022. Upon closing, URW will have completed €2.5 Bn of its planned €4 Bn European disposal programme.