Wereldhave acquires shopping center Polderplein in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, and enters growth phase of its LifeCentral strategy

5 December 2023, 05:40 PM CET

Wereldhave has reached agreement with DELA Vastgoed B.V. (‘DELA’) regarding the acquisition of shopping center Polderplein and its parking garage in Hoofddorp (The Netherlands), with a total gross lettable area of c17,000 m² (excluding parking). The acquisition perfectly fits within Wereldhave’s strategy and acquisition criteria such as location, value creation opportunities and synergies with the recently delivered Full Service Center Vier Meren. Combined, Vier Meren and Polderplein will create one dominant Full Service Center in the best location of the city, with 49,100 m² lettable area and 105 shops, with Wereldhave as sole owner. The total purchase price amounts to € 74m (€ 82m including transaction costs), reflecting a net initial yield of 7.6%. As the transaction is 70% equity financed, the loan-to-value will improve by c30bps.

Matthijs Storm, CEO of Wereldhave commented: “This acquisition marks the start of the growth phase of Wereldhave’s LifeCentral strategy and completes a busy and successful year in which we also accessed the US Private Placement market for the first time since 2017, with USD 100 million in new long-term debt, and in which we raised equity for the first time since 2015.”

The transaction is partially settled in 3,605,208 newly issued ordinary shares of Wereldhave N.V. following a contribution in kind by DELA to Wereldhave. The remainder is paid in cash.

The 3,605,208 new ordinary shares of Wereldhave N.V. issued today are expected to be admitted to trading on the regulated market of Euronext Amsterdam. Following the transaction, the number of issued ordinary shares of Wereldhave N.V. amounts to 43,876,129 shares.

About shopping center Polderplein
Shopping center Polderplein opened in 1992 and is fully occupied. Polderplein benefits from its strategic location in the economically advanced Haarlemmermeer catchment area, positioned near Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and Leiden. The center is directly connected to Wereldhave-owned Vier Meren center and comprises of c17,000 m² GLA and an underground parking garage with 417 parking spaces. With 55 tenants, including notable brands such as Action, HEMA, Kruidvat, Normal, Only, Rituals and Ziengs, Polderplein contributes to the dynamic commercial landscape of the region.

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Webcast for analysts and investors
Wereldhave will host a live analyst and investor webcast tomorrow, December 6, at 10:00 AM CET. Access to the webcast is available on: https://channel.royalcast.com/wereldhave/#!/wereldhave/20231206_1 or by clicking this link

Investor Presentation
An investor presentation with details of the transaction is available on our website here: https://www.wereldhave.com/investor-relations/reports-publications/presentations/

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