Klepierre Says Revenues Started to Rebound in Q2 as Stores Reopened

Saint Lazare shopping mall, owned by Klepierre. Shutterstock.

France’s Klepierre said on Tuesday it started seeing signs of recovery in the second quarter despite reporting a fall in revenues as its shopping mall network reopened.

The Paris-headquartered group, which owns more than 100 malls across continental Europe, said all of its stores were authorized to trade after Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns were gradually lifted in April and May.

Revenues from shopping mall rents in the second quarter rose by 48 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis to €188.5 million ($222.94 million) but were still down 28 percent compared to a year ago due to longer lockdowns.

Klepierre, the main landlord for some of Europe’s biggest retailers such as Inditex, H&M and Sephora, confirmed its cash flow target for 2021 of €1.80 per share.

It cut its cash flow outlook in May from a previous target of €1.90 per share as store closures lasted longer than it had initially anticipated.

On-and-off coronavirus lockdowns over the past year have forced non-essential shops to shut for months at a time and landlords to renegotiate their rental agreements with retailers.

The company added that it was unable to estimate the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the second half of the year, as the fast spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 threatens to trigger another round of lockdowns.

Klepierre reported net debt of €9.15 billion at the end of June and said it had enough liquidity to cover its refinancing needs until May 2024.

By Silvia Recchimuzzi and Federica Mileo in Gdansk; Editors: Chris Reese and Paul Simao

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