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Share Price:
Down 706.50p
Change Today:
-3.00p
Market Cap:
1,793.58m
Sector:
Real Estate Investment Trusts

Hammerson to convert former Debenhams flagship into housing, shares rally

By Abigail Townsend

Date: Tuesday 16 Mar 2021

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Hammerson is seeking to convert a former flagship Debenhams in Leicester into housing.
The real estate investment trust, a specialist in retail properties, said on Tuesday that it had submitted plans to redevelop the former store at its Highcross shopping centre into 300 residential units, all of which will be available for rent.

Hammerson has submitted the application in conjunction with Packaged Living, a specialist in the private rental sector founded in 2018 and backed by investment management firm Fiera Real Estate.

Mark Bourgeois, Hammerson's UK and Ireland managing director, said: "Since opening its doors in 2008, Highcross has firmly established itself as an integral part of Leicester's city core.

"While the structural shift in retail and changing consumer shopping habits have meant that destinations such as Highcross need to adapt their offer and mix of uses, well-connected city centre locations such a this will always be places where people want to be."

As at 1245 GMT shares in Hammerson had rallied 14% to 42.13p. Trading was strong across London REITs, with Land Securities ahead 4% at 707.5p, British Land up 4% at 527.36p and Great Portland Estates 2% firmer at 696.2p.

Hammerson has been hit hard by the impact of Covid-19, with non-essential shops forced to close for much of 2020. However, its portfolio - which includes Birmingham's Bullring and London's Brent Cross - was under pressure before the pandemic, facing weak consumer confidence and an ongoing shift away from bricks and mortar in favour of online shopping.

Last week it reported a doubling in its annual loss, as the value of its properties fell and rental income plunged.

Department store chain Debenhams, meanwhile, went into liquidation in December, just days after high street giant Arcadia collapsed into administration.

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GPOR Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Price 706.50p
Change Today -3.00p
52 Week High 737.50p
52 Week Low 543.00p
Volume 180,423
Shares Issued 253.87m
Market Cap 1,793.58m
Beta 0.03

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What The Brokers Say

Strong Buy 6
Buy 0
Neutral 7
Sell 1
Strong Sell 3
Total 17
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GPOR Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Interim Final
Ex-Div 19-Nov-20 28-May-20
Paid 05-Jan-21 28-Jul-20
Amount 4.70p 7.90p

Trades for 13-May-2021

Time Volume / Share Price
16:35 87,933 @ 706.50p
16:29 28 @ 707.50p
16:29 39 @ 706.50p
16:29 121 @ 707.00p
16:28 67 @ 707.00p

GPOR Key Personnel

CEO Toby Courtauld
Finance Director Nick Sanderson