31 March 2013
Citycon continues to focus on increasing both its net cash flow from operating activities and its direct operating profit. In order to implement this strategy, the company is pursuing value-added activities, selected acquisitions and proactive asset management.
Initiation of planned projects will be carefully evaluated against strict pre-leasing criteria. Citycon intends to continue the divestment of its non-core properties, in order to improve the property portfolio and strengthen the company’s financial position. The company is also considering alternative property financing sources.
In 2013, Citycon expects to continue generating a solid cash flow and anticipates that its turnover will grow by EUR 5–20 million and its EPRA operating profit by EUR 5–20 million compared with the previous year, based on the existing property portfolio including recent acquisitions and divestments. The company expects its EPRA Earnings to increase by EUR 15–30 million from the previous year. Furthermore, it forecasts that its EPRA EPS (basic) will be EUR 0.19–0.24 based on the existing property portfolio and increased number of shares. The estimate for EPRA Earnings per share (basic) reflects the increased number of shares from the rights offering.
These estimates are based on already completed (re)development projects and those to be completed in the future, as well as on the prevailing level of inflation and the euro-krona exchange rate, and current interest rates. Properties taken offline for planned development projects will reduce net rental income during the year.