Atrium European Real Estate Limited

EANS-Adhoc: Atrium European Real Estate Limited
FIRST QUARTER 2016 RESULTS SHOW CONTINUED STEADY OPERATIONAL PROGRESS

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Atrium European Real Estate Limited
                                   ("Atrium")
 
     FIRST QUARTER 2016 RESULTS SHOW CONTINUED STEADY OPERATIONAL PROGRESS
   -Plans announced for c.9,000 sqm extension to Targowek and second stage of

                              Promenada in Warsaw-
                                        
Ad hoc announcement - Jersey, 18 May 2016. Atrium European Real Estate Limited

(VSE/ Euronext: ATRS) (the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the
"Group"), a leading owner and manager of shopping centres and retail real estate
in Central and Eastern Europe, announces its results for the three months ended
31 March 2016.
 
Highlights:

* NRI in the Group's core markets of Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia
  increased by 1.2% to EUR36.3m; remaining stable at EUR31.4m on a like-for-like
  basis
* Group GRI was EUR48.6m (3M 2015: EUR51.8m), with EPRA like-for-like GRI of
  EUR43.3m (3M 2015: EUR47.0m)
* Group NRI was EUR47.3m (3M 2015: EUR49.0m), with EPRA like-for-like NRI of
  EUR42.3m (3M 2015: EUR45.0m)
* The decrease in income was primarily attributable to rental discounts provided
  in Russia
* Group operating margin increased from 94.6% to 97.3%
* EPRA occupancy steady at 95.8% (31 December 2015: 96.7%). Russian occupancy
  remained high at 91.8%
* Profit before taxation was EUR26.5m compared to EUR11.1m for the first three
  months of 2015. The change was mainly caused by


  o EUR3.7m revaluation (compared to a EUR4.4m devaluation in the same period
    last year)
  o EUR1.3m profit on the disposal of non-core assets in the Czech Republic
    (compared to a EUR10.6m loss in the same period last year)
  o offset by an increase of EUR4.3m in administrative expenses attributed
    mainly to the higher legacy legal expenses


* Company adjusted EPRA earnings per share of 7.6 EUR cents (3M 2015: 8.1
  EUR cents); with growth to 5.9 EUR cents outside of Russia (3M 2015: 5.6 EUR
  cents)
* EBITDA, excluding revaluation and disposals, was EUR35.1m (3M 2015: EUR41.1m)
* The Group's portfolio of 67 standing investments (31 December 2015: 77) stood
  at EUR2.6 billion, reflecting a 3.2% reduction, arising mainly from disposals,
  while the value of our core markets grew for the fourth consecutive quarter
  with a 1% improvement in the first quarter
* EPRA Net asset value ("NAV") per ordinary share remained relatively constant
  at EUR5.62 (31 December 2014: EUR5.64) after first quarter dividend of
  EUR0.0675 per share paid as capital repayment in March 2016
* Second quarterly dividend of EUR0.0675 per share due to be paid as a capital
  repayment on 30 June 2016 to shareholders on the register at 23 June 2016 with
  an ex-dividend date of 22 June 2016

Portfolio repositioning highlights during and after the period:

  Redevelopments and extensions:
* In March 2016, the first extension in stage one of the Atrium Promenada
  extension and redevelopment in Warsaw, Poland, was completed
* On 17 May 2016, the Board of Directors approved the second stage of Atrium
  Promenada which has an estimated cost of EUR51m and comprises a remodelling
  and renovation of an additional part of the shopping centre
* The Board has also approved the first phase of a c.9,000 sqm GLA extension to
  Atrium Targowek in Warsaw. This initial phase, which precedes construction of
  the main extension, is expected to cost around EUR11m and will comprise land
  assembly, project design and the construction of additional parking
   
  Sales:
* Completed the sale of a portfolio of ten retail assets in the Czech Republic
  for a consideration of EUR102.6m in February 2016. This represents
  approximately 8% over the fair value prior to the receipt of initial offers
* In April 2016 the Group signed a preliminary sale agreement for three Polish
  assets for EUR17.5m, which is expected to be completed in the second quarter,
  as well as a framework agreement for the sale of a wholly owned subsidiary
  which owns two land plots in Pushkino, Russia for a consideration of EUR10m
   
  Financing transactions:
* March 2016: completed the voluntary repayment of a bank loan, in Poland, for a
  total amount of EUR49.5m. 84% of the Group's standing investments are
  unencumbered as at 31 March 2016
* In April 2016, Atrium repurchased bonds issued in 2013 and 2014 and due in
  2020 and 2022 with a total nominal value of EUR15.0m and EUR1.4m respectively
* As at 31 March 2016 Gross LTV and Net LTV were 33.2% and 22.3% respectively.
  The company remains conservatively leveraged and well placed to support future
  redevelopments and growth opportunities when they may arise
   
Commenting on the results, Josip Kardun, Group CEO, said: 

"Following the extensive operational activity undertaken in 2015, during the
first quarter we have been active in our ongoing efforts to reposition Atrium's
portfolio towards larger scale and dominant shopping centres which produce
higher quality cash flow.  The results which, excluding Russia, show a 1.6%
increase in NRI, tell us our overall strategy is having a positive impact on the
rest of the portfolio. We remain committed to our strategic refocusing of the
portfolio through value enhancing acquisitions, disposals of non-strategic
assets and the ongoing upgrading of our existing centres, such as through the
extensions to Targowek and Promenada which we have announced today.  We will
also continue to strengthen our balance sheet and capital structure as we build
on the momentum we have already achieved across all these initiatives."

   
This announcement is a summary of, and should be read in conjunction with, the
full version of the Group's Q1 2016 results, which can be found on the Atrium
page of the Vienna Börse website at http://en.wienerborse.at/ and on the Group's
page of the Euronext Amsterdam website, www.euronext.com or on the Group's
website at www.aere.com.
   

Further information can be found on Atrium's website www.aere.com or from:
 
Analysts:
Ljudmila Popova 
lpopova@aere.com

Press & Shareholders:
FTI Consulting Inc
+44 (0)20 3727 1000
Richard Sunderland
Claire Turvey
Ellie Sweeney
atrium@fticonsulting.com
     
      
Atrium is established as a closed-end investment company incorporated and
domiciled in Jersey and regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Authority as
a certified Jersey listed fund, and is listed on both the Vienna Stock Exchange
and the Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Appropriate professional advice
should be sought in the case of any uncertainty as to the scope of the
regulatory requirements that apply by reason of the above regulation and
listings. All investments are subject to risk. Past performance is no guarantee
of future returns. The value of investments may fluctuate. Results achieved in
the past are no guarantee of future results.


Further inquiry note:
For further information:
FTI Consulting Inc.:
+44 (0)20 3727 1000
Richard Sunderland
Claire Turvey
Ellie Sweeney
atrium@fticonsulting.com

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issuer:      Atrium European Real Estate Limited
             Seaton Place 11-15
             UK-JE4 0QH  St Helier Jersey / Channel Islands 
phone:       +44 (0)20 7831 3113
mail:     richard.sunderland@fticonsulting.com
WWW:      http://www.aere.com
sector:      Real Estate
ISIN:        JE00B3DCF752
indexes:     Standard Market Continuous
stockmarkets: official market: Wien, stock market: Luxembourg Stock Exchange 
language:   English
 



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