3 August 2020
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EC NO. 596/2014) ("MAR")
Response to Press Speculation
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Hammerson plc (the 'Company') notes recent press speculation.
The Company confirms that it is in advanced discussions on the terms of a possible disposal of its 50% interest in VIA Outlets to its joint venture partner APG. It is also considering a possible equity raise by way of a rights issue.
The Company continues to take pro-active measures relating to the management of its cost base and cash-flow and in recent weeks it secured approval for the issuance of up to £300m under the Covid Corporate Finance Facility (CCFF) from the Bank of England. Following the reopening of its flagship destinations across Europe, footfall and sales continue to improve and Q3 rent collection in the UK (excluding monthly payments and deferrals) has increased to over 30%.
The Company will provide a further update in due course, if appropriate.
The announcement above has also been released on the SENS system of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
This announcement is for information purposes only and shall not constitute or form part of any offer to issue or sell, or the solicitation of any offer to purchase, subscribe for or otherwise acquire, any securities of the Company in the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia) (the "United States" or "US") or any other jurisdiction. No public offering of the Securities is being made in any such jurisdiction. The securities referred to herein (the "Securities") have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and accordingly may not be offered, sold, resold, pledged, taken up, exercised, renounced, delivered, distributed or transferred directly or indirectly, into or within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any relevant state or other jurisdiction of the United States. No public offering of the Securities has been or will be made in the United States.
For further information:
Josh Warren, Hammerson, Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +44 20 7887 1053
Catrin Sharp, Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +44 20 7887 1063
FTI Consulting (for Hammerson)
John Waples/ Dido Laurimore
Tel: +44 20 3727 1000/ 0780 1654424
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