- Hammerson collects only 16% of Q3 rents in the UK due to COVID-19 challenges.
- The mall operator gains access to £300 million under the state-backed CCFF scheme.
- Goldman Sachs sells its significant stake in the British property development company.
Hammerson plc (LON: HMSO) revealed to have collected only 16% of rents in the United Kingdom that were due in the third quarter. The company said on Wednesday that the majority of retailers were unable to make rent payments due to the Coronavirus pandemic that weighed heavily on their sales. In the first two quarters combined, Hammerson had collected about 75% of the due rents in the UK.
Shares of the company are currently about 2% down on Wednesday. At 79.50 pence per share, Hammerson is roughly 75% down year to date in the stock market after recovering from a low of 43.50 pence per share in May. Learn more about why prices rise and fall in the stock market.
Hammerson gains access to £300 million under the CCFF scheme
The company, however, expressed confidence that things will improve in the upcoming months. As per Hammerson:
“The company is confident that collection rates will continue to improve materially in all regions as agreements are progressed with brands.”
In mid-June, Hammerson’s chairman, David Tyler, announced his resignation. The London-based company named Rob Noel as its next chairman. Noel has previously served at Land Securities in a similar capacity.
In a bid to cushion the economic blow from COVID-19 that has so far infected more than 300,000 people in the UK and caused over 43,500 deaths, the British mall operator recently approached the government for financial support. On Wednesday, the company announced to have gained access to £300 million under the state-backed CCFF (COVID Corporate Financing Facility) scheme.
Following the government support, Hammerson now boasts its liquidity at £1.5 billion.
Goldman Sachs sells its significant stake in Hammerson
Hammerson’s competitor, Intu Properties, went into administration last week as it failed to strike a deal with its creditors. The news had weighed on Hammerson’s stock as well that tanked 15%. Goldman Sachs, sold its significant stake in Hammerson in the second week of June only a day after the US bank made its investment.
Intu had been struggling with rising debt in recent years, and the Coronavirus outbreak that massively disrupted rent payments turned out to be the final nail in its coffin.
Hammerson’s performance in the stock market was also reported downbeat in 2019 with an annual decline of more than 10%. At the time of writing, the British property development company has a market capitalisation of £609.51 million.