Proposed c.£552 million Rights Issue, and c.£274 million disposal of VIA Outlets
(Incorporated in England and Wales)
(Company number 360632)
LSE share code: HMSO JSE share code: HMN
(“Hammerson” or “the Company”)
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN) IS NOT FOR RELEASE,
PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR FORWARDING, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN,
INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, CANADA, JAPAN OR ANY
JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PROSPECTUS OR
PROSPECTUS EQUIVALENT DOCUMENT. IT IS NOT AN OFFER OF SECURITIES FOR SALE TO U.S. PERSONS
OR IN ANY JURISDICTION, INCLUDING IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN,
NEW ZEALAND OR ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH IT WOULD BE UNLAWFUL TO DO SO.
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THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION
6 August 2020
("Hammerson" or the "Group" or the “Company”)
LSE share code: HMSO / JSE share code: HMN
Proposed c.£552 million Rights Issue, and c.£274 million disposal of VIA Outlets, to raise total gross
proceeds of c.£825 million
Transactions to strengthen Hammerson’s financial and strategic position
Hammerson today announces a proposed rights issue to raise gross proceeds of approximately £552
million (the “Rights Issue”) and the sale of substantially all of the Company’s 50% interest in VIA Outlets
(“VIA”) to a mutual fund managed by APG Asset Management N.V. (“APG”) for estimated cash proceeds
of approximately €301 million (equivalent to approximately £274 million) (the “Disposal”), to raise a
combined total gross proceeds of approximately £825 million (the “Transactions”).
• The Transactions will significantly strengthen Hammerson’s financial position, reducing absolute
indebtedness and providing liquidity headroom and financial flexibility as it continues to refocus its
portfolio towards flagship destinations in the UK and Ireland and, over the medium term, invests in its
mixed-use City Quarters development opportunities.
• Hammerson is pro-actively taking measures to deal with the substantial impact on its business driven
by major structural changes to the retail industry, which have been exacerbated by the effects of
• The Disposal represents a strategic opportunity for the Group to realise cash from the sale of its interest
in VIA in challenging markets and in conjunction with APG’s support for the Rights Issue.
• Hammerson has received irrevocable undertakings from its two largest shareholders, APG and
Lighthouse Capital Limited ("Lighthouse"), who hold approximately 20% and 14% of the current issued
share capital of the Company respectively, to vote in favour of the Rights Issue, and to take up their
rights in full. Lighthouse has also undertaken to vote in favour of the Disposal, which APG is not entitled
to do as it is a related party of Hammerson for these purposes.
• In light of the scale of uncertainty and challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hammerson
remains focused on reducing further its financial leverage and increasing its overall liquidity. It
therefore intends to increase the scope of its disposal programme as soon as market conditions
stabilise, with the aim of achieving an appropriate capital structure for the long-term.
• Hammerson is also introducing a new leasing model in the UK based on experiences with brands, its
existing lease structures in Continental Europe and the more collaborative approach of premium
outlets. This new approach will include more flexible leases, rebased rents at more affordable levels,
indexation replacing the existing rent review system and an omnichannel top-up element. This new
approach will provide a sustainable, growing income stream, which in turn will stabilise capital values.
• The Directors expect to use the entire estimated net proceeds of the Transactions of approximately
£794 million to reduce Hammerson’s outstanding net debt. Following completion of both Transactions,
the Group’s net debt would reduce to £2.2 billion on a pro forma basis as at 30 June 2020 and LTV
would fall to 41.7% on a fully proportionally consolidated basis. Assuming completion of the Rights
Issue only, net debt and LTV would fall to £2.5 billion and 44.7% respectively on the same basis.
Rights Issue and Capital Reorganisation
Hammerson is proposing to raise gross proceeds of approximately £552 million by way of the Rights Issue.
In conjunction with the Rights Issue, Hammerson will implement a capital reorganisation, comprising a
sub-division and share consolidation (the “Capital Reorganisation”) to reduce the nominal value of
Hammerson’s existing ordinary shares (the “Existing Shares”). This should result in a higher market price
for the consolidated ordinary shares (the “Consolidated Shares”) and, accordingly, a more appropriate
issue price in the Rights Issue.
The Capital Reorganisation will result in Hammerson shareholders holding:
1 Consolidated Share of 5 pence nominal value for every 5 Existing Shares of 25 pence nominal value
Taking into account the Capital Reorganisation, the Rights Issue will be made on the basis of:
24 new Consolidated Shares (“New Shares”) for every 1 Consolidated Share
The Rights Issue will result in an offer of 3,678,209,328 New Shares, representing approximately 2,400% of
the Company’s Consolidated Shares that will be in issue immediately following the Capital Reorganisation
and approximately 96% of the enlarged share capital following completion of Capital Reorganisation and
the Rights Issue.
Taking into account the Capital Reorganisation, the UK issue price of 15 pence per New Share represents:
• a discount of 94.6% to the LSE Closing Price of 279.80 pence per ordinary share on 5 August 2020
(being the last business day prior to the date of this announcement, the “Latest Practicable Date”)
• a 41.4% discount to the theoretical ex-rights price of 25.59 pence per ordinary shares calculated
by reference to the LSE Closing Price on 5 August 2020
Taking into account the Capital Reorganisation, the SA issue price of ZAR3.41 per New Share represents:
• a discount of 94.6% to the JSE Closing Price of ZAR63.50 per ordinary share on 5 August 2020
(being the Latest Practicable Date)
• a 41.4% discount to the theoretical ex-rights price of ZAR5.81 per New Share calculated by
reference to the JSE Closing Price on 5 August 2020
Where the Capital Reorganisation results in any shareholder being entitled to a fraction of a Consolidated
Share, that fraction will not be allotted to such shareholder and arrangements will be put in place for any
such fractional entitlements to be aggregated and sold in the market on behalf of the relevant
shareholders. Amounts of less than £5.00 (or the equivalent in ZAR) will not be paid to such shareholders
and will instead be retained by the Company.
APG and Lighthouse have irrevocably undertaken to take up their rights in full in connection with the Rights
Issue. The Rights Issue is fully committed and underwritten, taking into account the APG irrevocable, the
Lighthouse irrevocable and the underwriting agreement.
The Rights Issue and the Capital Reorganisation are subject to shareholder approval and are conditional
on all resolutions, including the resolution to approve the Disposal, having been passed by shareholders
at the General Meeting. However, the Rights Issue is not conditional on completion of the Disposal
(“Completion”), which is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Disposal of VIA
Hammerson also announces today the proposed disposal of its 50% interest in VIA (excluding the Retained
Minority Stake, as described further below) to the APG Strategic Real Estate Pool (the “Purchaser”), a mutual
fund managed by APG, for estimated cash proceeds of approximately €301 million (equivalent to
approximately £274 million).
The Disposal consideration is based on a gross asset value for Hammerson’s share of the VIA portfolio of
approximately €641 million and represents a net initial yield of 6.5% and an 18.7% discount to gross asset
value as at 30 June 2020. The final consideration is subject to a number of customary balance sheet
adjustments at completion.
As part of the Disposal, Hammerson has agreed to assign at par (for cash consideration) to the Purchaser
at completion of the Disposal a shareholder loan advanced by Hammerson to Zweibrücken Lux Holdco S.à
r.l. (under which approximately €120,000 is owing).
Completion of the Disposal is subject to a number of conditions including shareholder approval and
obtaining merger control approvals in Germany, Spain and Portugal.
The Directors are confident that the Purchaser will receive the necessary regulatory approvals for the
Disposal in the first phase and without any requirement to give undertakings to any regulatory authority,
and expect the Disposal to complete in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Because of its size, the Disposal constitutes a Class 1 transaction for the purposes of the Listing Rules and
requires the approval of Shareholders. The Disposal also constitutes a related party transaction under the
Listing Rules, as APG is a substantial shareholder in the Company, and therefore requires approval of
Shareholders (excluding APG and its associates). The Disposal is conditional on all resolutions, including
the resolutions to approve the Rights Issue and Capital Reorganisation, having been passed by
shareholders at the General Meeting, and admission of the New Shares to the Official List becoming
VIA is a 50:50 joint venture between Hammerson and APG. VIA operates eleven premium outlets in nine
European countries providing over 267,000 m 2 of floor space and over 1,130 stores. VIA is one of the leading
premium outlet operators in Europe, with the third largest portfolio by area. As at 30 June 2020, the market
value of the VIA portfolio was approximately £1.4 billion, of which the Group’s 50% interest was
approximately £716 million. For the six months ended 30 June 2020, the loss attributable to VIA was £20.9
million. VIA is managed by a management team led by Chief Executive Officer Otto Ambagtsheer and
Peter Stals, Chief Financial Officer.
Retained Minority Stake
As part of the Disposal, Hammerson has agreed that the Group will retain an indirect 7.26% stake in Via
Outlets Zweibrücken B.V (the “German Propco”) (the “Retained Minority Stake”). The Retained Minority
Stake represents approximately 4% of the Group’s current interests in VIA, based on its net asset value of
approximately €17 million as at 30 June 2020.
In order for the Company to retain an indirect 7.26% stake in the German Propco, on 5 August 2020, the
Company acquired, through Hammerson Via No 2 Limited (“Hammerson Via 2”), 16% of the shares in one
of the German Propco holding vehicles, Zweibrücken Lux Holdco S.à r.l. (previously held 50:50 by
Hammerson Via 2 and the Purchaser) from the Purchaser for cash consideration of approximately €3
million, such that the shares in Zweibrücken Lux Holdco S.à r.l. are now held, and will be held following
completion of the Disposal, by Hammerson Via 2 (66%) and the Purchaser (34%). The consideration of €3
million is based on the same terms as the Disposal consideration. This acquisition is a smaller related party
transaction under Listing Rule 11.1.10.
The acquisition set out above will be unwound in the event that the Disposal does not complete, to restore
the 50:50 shareholding of the Purchaser and Hammerson Via 2 in Zweibrücken Lux Holdco S.à r.l. that was
in place prior to such acquisition.
As part of the Disposal, at any time following Completion, the Purchaser will have a call option to acquire
the Retained Minority Stake from the Group at the net asset value at the time of exercise of the option.
The Group will also have a put option to sell the Retained Minority Stake on the same terms after a lock-
in period of three years from Completion, or earlier in certain circumstances. In addition, as part of the
Disposal, there will be customary drag and tag provisions.
The call option and the drag provision are related party transactions and will be included in the resolution
to approve the Disposal at the General Meeting.
Directors’ Participation in the Rights Issue
Each of the Hammerson Directors who is a Shareholder has irrevocably undertaken to take up in full his or
her rights to subscribe for New Shares and/or sell a sufficient number of his or her nil paid rights during
the nil paid dealing period to meet the costs of taking up the balance of his or her entitlement to New
Shares. As at 5 August 2020, the holdings of the Hammerson Directors amounted to in aggregate 916,656
Existing Shares (representing approximately 0.1% of the Company’s existing issued share capital).
Expected summary timetable of principal events in the UK
Publication of the Prospectus Thursday 6 August 2020
Restrictions on transfers between the UK Register and SA Monday 24 August 2020 (6:00 p.m. UKT)
Latest time and date for receipt of Forms of Proxy Thursday 27 August 2020 (9:00am UKT)
General Meeting Tuesday 1 September 2020 (9:00am UKT)
Record date for the Capital Reorganisation Tuesday 1 September 2020 (5:30pm UKT)
Effective date for the Capital Reorganisation (new ISIN: Wednesday 2 September 2020 (8:00am
Record Date for entitlements under the Rights Issue Monday 7 September 2020 (5:30pm
Despatch of Provisional Allotment Letters Wednesday 9 September 2020
Dealings in New Shares, nil paid, commence on the London Thursday 10 September 2020 (8:00am
Stock Exchange (ISIN: GB00BK7YQL71 and LSE code HMON) UKT)
Shares marked ex-Rights Thursday 10 September 2020 (8:00am
Latest time and date for acceptance and payment in full and Thursday 24 September 2020 (By
registration of renounced Provisional Allotment Letters 11:00am UKT)
Dealings in the New Shares to commence on the London Stock Friday 25 September 2020 (08:00 UKT)
Exchange fully paid (ISIN: GB00BK7YQM88 and LSE code
Restrictions on transfers between the UK Register and SA Friday 25 September 2020 (6:00 p.m.
Register end UKT)
Expected summary timetable of principal events in South Africa
Publication of the Prospectus Thursday 6 August 2020
Restrictions on transfers between the UK Register and SA Register Monday 24 August 2020 (7:00 p.m.
Last day to trade to attend and vote at the General Meeting Monday 24 August 2020
Latest time and date for receipt of Forms of Proxy Thursday 27 August 2020 (10:00am
Record time and date for voting at the General Meeting Thursday 27 August 2020
General Meeting Tuesday 1 September 2020 (10:00am
Last day to trade in order to qualify to participate in the Capital Tuesday 1 September 2020
Finalisation and results of General Meeting Announcement on Tuesday 1 September 2020 (12:00 p.m.
SENS by SAST)
Date for trading in Consolidated Shares under the new ISIN Wednesday 2 September
Announcement released on SENS in respect of the cash payment Thursday 3 September 2020
applicable to fractional entitlements as a result of the Capital
Reorganisation, based on the volume weighted average price of
Shares traded on 2 September 2020, less 10%
Record date for the Capital Reorganisation Friday 4 September 2020 (9:00am
Last day to trade Shares in order to qualify to participate in the Friday 4 September 2020
Rights Issue on the JSE (cum rights)
Expected date that accounts of dematerialised shareholders at Monday 7 September 2020
their CSDP or broker will be updated and will receive fraction
Expected despatch of definitive share certificates for Consolidated Monday 7 September 2020
Shares in certificated form, provided that the previous share
certificates have been lodged by 12:00 p.m. on the Record date
for the Capital Reorganisation
Listing of and trading in the Letters of Allocation commence Monday 7 September 2020
under JSE code HMNN and ISIN GB00BMCZL472
Shares commence trading ex-rights on the JSE Monday 7 September 2020
Despatch of the Form of Instruction to Qualifying South African Tuesday 8 September 2020
Shareholders who hold their Shares in certificated form
Record Date for entitlements under the Rights Issue Wednesday 9 September 2020
Rights Issue opens Thursday 10 September 2020 (9:00am
Last day to trade in Letters of Allocation in order to participate in Friday 18 September 2020
In respect of Qualifying South African Shareholders who hold Friday 18 September 2020
their Shares in certificated form (or their renouncees) wanting to
sell all or some of their Letters of Allocation, to lodge Form of
Instruction with the Transfer Secretaries by
Listing and trading of New Shares on the JSE commences Monday 21 September 2020 (9:00am
In respect of Qualifying South African Shareholders who hold Wednesday 23 September 2020
their Shares in certificated form (or their renouncees) wishing to
exercise all or some of their Rights, payment to be made and
Form of Instruction to be lodged with the SA Transfer Secretaries
Record date for Letters of Allocation Wednesday 23 September 2020
Rights Issue closes Wednesday 23 September 2020
New Shares issued Friday 25 September 2020
Restrictions on transfers between the UK Register and SA Register Friday 25 September 2020 (7:00 p.m.
The Combined Prospectus and Circular
• The combined Prospectus and Circular containing full details of the Transactions is expected to be
made available on the Company's website (www.hammersontransaction.com) later today.
• The combined Prospectus and Circular in relation to the General Meeting will also be submitted to
the Financial Conduct Authority via the National Storage Mechanism and will be available for viewing
shortly at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.
Hammerson’s Interim Results
Hammerson's results for the period ended 30 June 2020 have also been released today in a separate
announcement, which includes an update on the strategic priorities for the Group and on the steps taken
by Hammerson to date to reduce its capital expenditure and other costs following the outbreak of COVID-
19. That announcement also outlines plans for the resumption of dividend payments, initially in the form
of scrip with a discounted cash alternative.
Hammerson has its primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary inward listing on the
Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Investec Bank Limited
Josh Warren, Hammerson, Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +44 20 7887 1053
Catrin Sharp, Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +44 20 7887 1063
J.P. Morgan Cazenove +44 (0)20 7742 4000
(Joint Financial Adviser, Joint UK Sponsor, Joint Global Coordinator and Joint Corporate Broker to
Morgan Stanley +44 (0)20 7425 8000
(Joint Financial Adviser, Joint UK Sponsor, Joint Global Coordinator and Joint Corporate Broker to
Lazard +44 (0)20 7187 2000
(Joint Financial Adviser and Joint UK Sponsor)
Barclays +44 (0)20 7623 2323
Monica Griessel +72 72 110 9631
Robert Smith +27 82 885 7363
Karl Priessnitz +27 82 569 5240
FTI Consulting +44 (0)20 3727 1000
Dido Laurimore +44 (0) 7801 654 424
John Waples +44 (0) 7717 814 520
Richard Gotla +44 (0) 7904 122 207
This announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company. This announcement
is not a circular or a prospectus but an advertisement and investors should not acquire any nil paid rights,
fully paid rights or New Shares referred to in this announcement except on the basis of the information
contained in the combined prospectus and circular (the “Prospectus”) to be published by the Company
in connection with the Disposal and the Rights Issue in due course. The information contained in this
announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. A copy of
the Prospectus, when published, will be available on the Company's website, provided that the Prospectus
will not, subject to certain exceptions, be available to certain shareholders in certain restricted or excluded
territories. The Prospectus will give further details of the Disposal and the Rights Issue.
Any decision to participate in the Rights Issue must be made solely on the basis of the Prospectus to be
published by the Company in due course. The information contained in this announcement is for
background purposes only and no reliance may or should be placed by any person for any purpose
whatsoever on the information contained in this announcement or on its completeness, accuracy or
fairness. Recipients of this announcement should conduct their own investigation, evaluation and analysis
of the business, data and property described in this announcement. This announcement does not
constitute a recommendation concerning any investor's decision or options with respect to the Disposal or
the Rights Issue. The information in this announcement is subject to change.
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 where such offer
or sale would be unlawful. 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.
Neither this announcement nor any other document connected with the Rights Issue or Disposal has
been or will be approved or disapproved by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or by
the securities commissions of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States or any other regulatory
authority, and none of the foregoing authorities or any securities commission has passed upon or
endorsed the merits of the offering of nil paid rights, fully paid rights or New Shares or the accuracy or
adequacy of this announcement or any other document connected with the Rights Issue or Disposal. Any
representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.
The distribution of this announcement and any proposed offering and/or issue of securities referred to
herein in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken by the Company, J.P.
Morgan Securities plc, Morgan Stanley & Co International plc, Lazard & Co., Limited, Barclays Bank PLC,
Investec Bank Limited or any of their respective affiliates (collectively, the “Banks”) that would permit an
offer of securities or possession or distribution of this announcement or publicity material relating to
securities in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required. Persons into whose possession this
announcement comes are required by the Company and the Banks to inform themselves about and to
observe any such restrictions. Any failure to comply with any such restrictions may constitute a violation
of the securities laws of such jurisdiction.
JP Morgan Securities plc (which conducts its UK investment banking activities under the marketing name
J.P. Morgan Cazenove), Morgan Stanley & Co International plc and Barclays Bank PLC (together, the
“Underwriters”) are each authorised in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and
regulated in the United Kingdom by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct
Authority. Lazard & Co., Limited is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial
Conduct Authority. Investec Bank Limited is authorised and regulated in South Africa by, inter alia, the
Financial Sector Conduct Authority. Each of the Banks is acting exclusively for the Company and no one
else in connection with the Rights Issue and the Disposal and will not regard any other person (whether
or not a recipient of this announcement) as a client in relation to the Rights Issue and the Disposal and
will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their
respective clients or for providing advice in relation to the Rights Issue and the Disposal or any matters,
transactions or arrangements referred to in this announcement.
Apart from the responsibilities and liabilities, if any, which may be imposed on any of the Banks by the
Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended ("FSMA") or the regulatory regime established
thereunder, or under the regulatory regime of any jurisdiction where the exclusion of liability under the
relevant regulatory regime would be illegal, void or unenforceable, neither the Banks nor any of their
respective subsidiaries, branches or affiliates, accept any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever
(whether direct or indirect) to any person for any acts or omissions of the Company as to the contents of
this announcement or make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the contents of this
announcement including its accuracy, completeness or verification or for any statement made or
purported to be made by it, or on its behalf, in connection with the Company, the nil paid rights, the fully
paid rights, the New Shares, the Rights Issue or the Disposal and nothing in this announcement shall be
relied upon as a promise or representation in this respect, whether or not as to the past or future. The
Banks and their respective subsidiaries, branches and affiliates accordingly disclaim, to the fullest extent
permitted by law, all and any duty, liability and responsibility whatsoever arising in tort, contract or otherwise
which any of them might otherwise have in respect of this announcement or any such statement.
The Underwriters, in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory provisions, may engage in
transactions in relation to nil paid rights, fully paid rights, the New Shares, letters of allocation and/or
related instruments for their own account for the purpose of hedging their underwriting exposure or
otherwise. In connection with the Rights Issue, the Underwriters and any of their respective affiliates,
acting as investors for their own accounts may acquire New Shares as a principal position and in that
capacity may retain, acquire, subscribe for, purchase, sell, offer to sell or otherwise deal for their own
accounts in such New Shares and other securities of the Company or related investments in connection
with the Rights Issue or otherwise. Accordingly, references in this document to the New Shares being
issued, offered, subscribed, acquired, placed or otherwise dealt in should be read as including any issue,
offer, subscription, acquisition, placing or dealing by each of the Underwriters and any of their respective
affiliates acting as investors for their own accounts. In addition, certain of the Underwriters or their
respective affiliates may enter into financing arrangements (including swaps or contracts for difference)
with investors in connection with which such Underwriters (or their respective affiliates) may from time to
time acquire, hold or dispose of New Shares. The Underwriters may also coordinate a sell-down in the
event that any underwriting crystallises as a result of the Rights Issue. Except as required by applicable
law or regulation, the Underwriters and their respective affiliates do not propose to make any public
disclosure in relation to such transactions.
In the event that the Underwriters acquire New Shares which are not taken up by Qualifying Shareholders,
the Underwriters may co-ordinate disposals of such shares in accordance with applicable law and
regulation. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, the Underwriters and their respective
affiliates do not propose to make any public disclosure in relation to such transactions.
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Company's website is incorporated in, or forms part of, this announcement.
This announcement does not constitute a recommendation concerning any investor’s options with
respect to the Rights Issue. The price of shares and any income expected from them may go down as
well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon disposal of the shares. Past
performance is no guide to future performance. The contents of this announcement are not to be
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Listing Rules, the Prospectus Regulation Rules, the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules and MAR,
the issue of this announcement and any subsequent announcement shall not, in any circumstances, create
any implication that there has been no change in the affairs of the Group since the date of this
announcement or that the information contained in it is correct as at any subsequent date.
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Company's control that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to
be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions
regarding the Company's present and future business strategies and the environment in which the
Company will operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this
announcement. None of the Company, the Banks or their respective affiliates undertakes or is under any
duty to update this announcement or to correct any inaccuracies in any such information which may
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to change without notice.
The New Shares will not be admitted to trading on any stock exchange other than the London Stock
Exchange and the JSE Limited.
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security issued by a company which is listed in South Africa (i.e. a disposal of a share). There is no STT
payable on the issue of a share by a company. STT at 0.25% will accordingly be payable upon a transfer
of beneficial ownership of shares in Hammerson. In the context of listed shares, STT is normally payable
by, inter alia, brokers and transfer secretaries (and recoverable from the transferee).
Information to Distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive
2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of
Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing
measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any
liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the
MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the New Shares have
been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such securities are: (i) compatible
with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and
eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution
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Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors (such term to have the same meaning as in the
MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) should note that: the price of the New Shares may decline and
investors could lose all or part of their investment; the New Shares offer no guaranteed income and no
capital protection; and an investment in the New Shares is compatible only with investors who do not
need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate
financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who
have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market
Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling
restrictions in relation to the Rights Issue. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market
Assessment, the Underwriters will only procure investors (in connection with the Rights Issue) who meet
the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of
suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or
group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the New
Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the New
Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.
Date: 06-08-2020 08:01:00
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