Friday 18 January 2019

French firm walks away from bid for Dundrum shopping centre co-owner

The Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin attracts more than 17 million shoppers a year
The Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin attracts more than 17 million shoppers a year

Ravender Sembhy

French shopping centre firm Klepierre has said it does not intend to make a formal offer for Hammerson, paving the way for the Dundrum Town Centre co-owner to seal a tie up with Intu.

Klepierre said on Friday that its chairman Jean-Marc Jestin held a meeting with his Hammerson counterpart David Tyler on Monday to table a £5bn proposal worth 635p per share.

However, following the meeting, it is walking away because Hammerson "did not provide any meaningful engagement".

Klepierre said in a stock exchange announcement: "The board of Hammerson did not provide any meaningful engagement with respect to the increased proposal and, after careful consideration, Klepierre has concluded that it does not intend to make an offer for Hammerson."

The latest figure, an advance on Klepierre initial 615p cash-and-shares bid worth £4.88bn, represented a premium of 45pc to Hammerson's share price March 16.

But Hammerson has branded Klepierre's overtures as "wholly inadequate" and "entirely opportunistic".

Mr Tyler said earlier this week: "The board has considered the revised proposal from Klepierre carefully.

"At 635p, it is only a 3pc increase on the previous proposal and continues very significantly to undervalue the company."

Klepierre's decision to back off paves the way for Hammerson's preferred option of a £3.4bn tie-up with rival Intu, which operates the Trafford Centre in Manchester UK.

Hammerson is now expected to press ahead with an all-share takeover of Intu, which would create Britain's biggest property company with £21bn worth of assets across Europe that includes Bicester Village and Brent Cross shopping centres.

Press Association

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