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Redefine strengthens board with the appointment of Amanda Dambuza as an independent, non-executive director
10 October 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa – 10 October 2018: JSE listed diversified real estate investment trust (REIT) Redefine Properties has appointed experienced IT professional Amanda Dambuza to its board with effect from 2 November 2018. Ms Dambuza's wealth of experience within technology and information governance was a crucial match for Redefine which deepens the board's skills base and enhances its multi-disciplinary knowledge.Ms Dambuza, a highly accomplished technology executive and a seasoned entrepreneur served as Barclay Africa's CIO before venturing to start Uyandiswa, a consulting firm where she is the CEO. Ms Dambuza brings more than 18 years of experience in technology and digital disruption to the board.Uyandiswa, a firm she founded five years ago provides end-to-end project management and business consultancy services to the public and private sector in Southern Africa. She was, until recently, the Financial Services Director of JSE listed software firm Adapt IT. Ms Dambuza is a Wits University and Duke Corporate Education graduate and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), PRINCE2®, AGILE and ITILL practitioner.Ms Dambuza has extensive board experience and currently serves as non-executive director of MAC Consulting, CloudLeap Technologies, Dynamic Visual Technologies and Grindrod Bank where she sits on the IT Steering Committee as well as the Social and Ethics Committee."We are delighted to welcome Amanda to the Redefine board. In addition to her technology background, Amanda also brings a broad array of business experience which we believe will add significant value to the board. With her appointment, the crucial need for a non-executive director with appropriate experience in technology and information governance is fulfilled," says Andrew Konig, CEO, Redefine Properties."The appointment significantly enhances the strength and diversity of the board and we look forward to capitalising on her fresh perspective. Amanda comes to Redefine with a distinguished career and proven business leadership skills. It will be important for Redefine to leverage these attributes as we continue to execute on our strategic priorities."The new appointment takes female representation on Redefine's board to over 40%. This is a voluntary target Redefine set for itself. It has also set itself a voluntary target for 50% black representation on its board."We believe a board that is diverse is effective, accountable and better at governance leadership, making gender diversity key to creating sustained value for our stakeholders. Amanda joins us as we enter an exciting period in our business and we wish her all the best and look forward to tapping into her expertise as we execute our strategic objectives," says Konig in conclusion.ENDS

Redefine appoints industry veteran Pieter Prinsloo to head new Europe division
03 October 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa – 3 October 2018: JSE listed diversified real estate investment trust Redefine Properties has appointed Pieter Prinsloo to head up Redefine Europe with effect 1 February 2019. Prinsloo arrives from Hyprop Investments where he was the CEO. “The new role was necessitated as Redefine advances its geographic diversification strategy through direct investment in Central and Eastern Europe. Pieter is a seasoned industry veteran with more than 21 years of relevant experience and is a fantastic addition to our leadership team," says Andrew Konig, CEO, Redefine Properties. “We are confident that Pieter will build on our presence in Poland and continue to expand the strong global brand that Redefine investors have come to expect. The appointment demonstrates Redefine’s strong commitment to expand its operations in Europe across different sectors.” Redefine recently acquired 95% share in a portfolio of nine operating logistics properties located throughout Poland for €185.8 million (R2.9 billion). It has also entered into a five-year exclusive priority right involving a pipeline of 24 new warehousing and logistics developments with Panattoni, a market leader in the leasing and development of logistics properties in Europe.   Redefine has the right but not the obligation to acquire and develop these assets. Whilst Redefine will continue to work closely with its local partners, Pieter, who will be based in Europe, will be responsible for representing all aspects of Redefine’s interests in its European investments. Konig had said during the announcement earlier this year that the move into the rapidly expanding Polish logistics sector was an exciting opportunity to expand Redefine’s European brand by building a significant logistics platform.  The Polish industrial market, which has a total supply of 13.9 million square meters of modern industrial and logistics space, is benefiting from a significant increase in demand for logistics space on the back of robust retail growth. The sector is also underpinned by strong long-term fundamentals due to recently introduced limitations on agricultural land trades, which is slowing down the development pipeline and increasing the value of zoned land holdings. Redefine late last year acquired a strategic 25% stake in Chariot Top Group for R907.9 million, giving it direct access to a retail portfolio of 28 quality, established and well-located assets across Poland. Prior to this Redefine had acquired a majority interest in EPP, marking the largest ever real estate investment transaction in Poland, as well as the largest ever single South African transaction in Central Eastern Europe. “We aim to continue making inroads into markets that offer sustained growth potential, both at home and abroad, and we welcome Pieter to this new role and look forward to the value he will bring to the table,” concludes Konig.ENDS

Redefine builds on popular Mentorship TV show to launch Innovation Challenge and Challenge Conventions to spur growth, jobs and entrepreneurship
02 October 2018

Johannesburg – 2 October 2018 – Listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties continues to play a leading role in stimulating growth, opportunities and entrepreneurial development in the local economy with the launch today of two compelling initiatives that, in line with its higher purpose “to manage spaces in a way that changes lives”, build on the success of the popular The Mentorship Challenge with Marc Wainer.With South Africa facing an unemployment crisis, the corporate sector has a greater role to play in creating sustainable employment opportunities by doing things differently, while remaining relevant in order to ensure the delivery of long-term value for all stakeholders.Redefine today launched the Innovation Challenge – demonstrating how serious it is about identifying new, innovative solutions by opening up to the public (and potential future stakeholders) to submit innovative ideas within the commercial, retail and industrial space – and stand a chance to win R1million. The winner will also have the opportunity to negotiate start-up support to the value of up to R9 million in the form of either monetary support, education, commercial space or concept acquisition.“The magnitude of the prize signals not only Redefine’s commitment to fresh thinking in order to identify new, innovative solutions to address community needs, but also promises to expose finalists to opportunities, such as access to mentorship. The overall winner is given a unique chance to start a new business or advance their career,” says Redefine CEO Andrew Konig.The Mentorship show invited leaders from all industries in South Africa and challenged them to offer hours to mentor young professionals and entrepreneurs. The phenomenal response from both mentors and mentees has further stoked Redefine’s spirit of social responsibility and it is therefore taking these lessons from the studio to drive deeper community engagement through the Challenge Convention, also launched today.The convention will be held in one of Redefine’s buildings and creates a platform for two-way engagement between Redefine and all of their stakeholders in and around that space. The agenda will include a line-up of inspirational speakers, alternated with facilitated discussions where stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, express their concerns and in a collaborative effort co-create solutions to fully integrate the local community needs into Redefine’s spaces.A live production of The Mentorship Challenge Season 2 will also be broadcast at the convention – giving all of these stakeholders exposure and the opportunity to participate in this great initiative. Invitees include tenants, key community leaders and role-players, students, young entrepreneurs and NGO’s.The Innovation Challenge competition will open for public participation at the Challenge Convention giving participants the opportunity to enter the new ideas formulated in their collaborative discussions. The first Challenge Convention will be held at Maponya Mall in Soweto in October.“The three individual concepts are connected and underpinned by the ethos: of Our People. Our places, Our way. While business can easily get caught up in the hype of new technology, the era of digitalisation, of artificial intelligence we believe we that we need to remain relevant and forward-thinking, while still considering our people in and around our properties, the spaces in which we operate, and how best we utilise them to overcome the real needs of society in a truly South African context…the Redefine way”, explains Konig.“The three concepts open the door for true collaboration between Redefine Properties and the communities in which we operate to show that we are truly vested in making a difference,” he says.This echoes Redefine’s business goals, which include developing skills and provide opportunities for future business owners who may become tenants requiring as well as developing skills and create a pipeline of future property industry professionals across the demographic spectrum.This season, The Mentorship Challenge will be filmed live to tape, with a live audience. The audience will interact with the presenters and the guest in Q&A sessions, turning the TV show into an event of its own. Season innovations include a new co-host and mentee, Seth Mulli who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Youth Bridge Trust that aims to create opportunities for young people to be successful in the workforce, develop livelihood skills and further their education, through partnerships and collaborations. The show will also be travelling on the road, and new graphics will be introduced that evolve the show look. “The pursuit of purpose is the key ingredient to a strong, sustainable and scalable organisational culture and Redefine Properties continuously strives to tailor its business approach to stay a step ahead through purposefully-enabled agility. We continue to innovate to succeed and believe that our new initiatives will help spark the type of ground-up business success to create sustainable employment opportunities,” says Konig.ENDS

Redefine brings best minds in industry to its strategic team with appointment of Sindi Zilwa as an independent non-executive director
01 October 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 October 2018 – Listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Redefine Properties has appointed seasoned business and accounting expert Sindi Zilwa to its board with effect from 2 November 2018.Sindi, who is a CA(SA), holds an Advanced Taxation Certificate, an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and an Advanced Diploma in Banking and is well regarded in the areas of accounting, auditing and business management. She was the youngest woman to win the 1998 Business Women of the Year Award. A previous CEO of Nkonki, she has also had extensive exposure to a property owning and managing company during her 4 years on the board at Rebosis, where she also chaired the Audit Committee.She is also the author of “The ACE Model-Winning Formula for Audit Committees”, used by the Institute of Directors to train audit committee members in South Africa. Her second book is titled “Creating Board and Committee Effectiveness”.“We welcome Sindi to our team and have no doubt she will make an invaluable contribution as we embark on an exciting new phase in our journey. Redefine is managed by an exceptional and seasoned team of visionaries who have become renowned for their astute ability to look through and be ahead of property cycles and this new appointment ensures that the best minds in the industry are applied to our investment strategy,” says Redefine CEO Andrew Konig.Sindi currently sits on the board of directors of a number of listed companies and is a member of the audit committee and chair of the social and ethics committee of both Discovery Limited and Aspen Limited. She is also the chair of the audit committees of Metrofile Limited and Tourvest Limited and is a member of the audit committees of Mercedes Benz (South Africa) Limited and AngloGold Ashanti Limited. “It is through people-centricity that Redefine is able to remain finely attuned to the ever-changing needs of all our stakeholders so that we can continuously tailor our business approach to remain relevant. We wish Sindi well as we look to work together as a team to maintain our edge, while developing new avenues for growth,” adds Konig.ENDS

Redefine Properties unveils revamped Benmore Centre
03 September 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa - 03 September 2018: JSE-listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties’ (JSE: RDF) welcomed shoppers to the new revamped Benmore Centre, Sandton’s popular neighbourhood shopping destination when it officially opened during end August. Redefine had started work on the ZAR252 million refurbishment programme during late 2016 and was completed on schedule. Established in 1964, Benmore Centre is one of the oldest malls in Sandton’s commercial neighbourhood, often dubbed the richest square mile on the continent. The updated look and feel includes an iconic skylight which allows natural light to flood all levels of the mall significantly enhancing the architectural language of the existing building. Furthermore resource efficiency has been built into the centre with energy efficient lighting, water saving taps and flushers.  The centre has also installed a “green living wall” outside the new parking entrance by Woolworths and is one of the biggest of its kind in Sandton. The wall is a visual feast of lush greenery and contributes to the new look while improving air quality. This living feature wall is hydroponically irrigated and provides a landscaped entrance to Woolworths. The entire second floor was remodelled to create a “services” level by removing redundant office space to accommodate the Post Office and banking institutions like ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank. The two new entrances off the first and second floors will provide seamless access from the parking area to shopping levels on these floors.   The revamped Benmore Centre has 22 820sqm of gross lettable area (GLA) of retail space anchored by Pick ‘N’ Pay group with 5 331sqm and Dis-Chem with 1 845sqm. Food retailer Woolworths has already relocated to a new space in the centre covering over 3 330sqm and have added Woolworths Café to their offering. Tenants that were relocated include Step Ahead, Kozi Kids, Post Net, Rain, Ala Juliette and Handmade by Bev. In its new avatar, the centre will play host to some 70 retailers with Exclusive Books, Big Blu, Wellness Warehouse, Zifferelli, Birkenstock, Motherland Coffee, Miladys, The Bagel Zone and Sorbet Man debuting for the first time in the centre. Another notable change on Benmore Centre’s dining front is the new under cover seating areas for Mio Col’cacchio, Nando’s, Simply Asia and Fourno’s.  Nashil Chotoki, Retail Asset Manager at Redefine Properties says, “We are confident that this refresh will enhance the overall shopping experience for our customers and boost the trading environment for our tenants.” “Our efforts at revitalising the centre are aimed at positioning Benmore Centre for convenience to the surrounding offices and residential, offering shoppers a new, varied experience at their doorstep,” says Chotoki in conclusion.ENDS 

New bridge over R300 will improve access to Brackengate 2
24 August 2018

Cape Town, South Africa, 24 August 2018: JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust (REIT) Redefine Properties and VDMV Property Group today officially opened the newly improved Cilmor road bridge over the R300. The bridge is expected to further improve access to Brackengate 2, a logistics and light industrial business park located adjacent to the Shoprite Cilmor Distribution Centre in Brackenfell South.Brackengate 2 is a joint venture between Redefine Properties and VDMV Property Group. Construction on the ZAR27 million bridge started in April 2017 and was completed on schedule during August 2018.With the bridge now open, Brackengate 2 will enjoy improved road access from the N1 and N2, via La Belle Street being the extension of Old Oak Road.Importantly, the new bridge connects Stikland and Brackengate on either sides of the R300 and assists with easing the traffic pressure on the R300 itself. The bridge will also alleviate traffic on internal roads within the Stikland and Brackengate precincts. Grant Elliott, general manager, coastal of Redefine Properties says, “The build forms part of planned upgrades and construction to accommodate future growth in the area. It is also another step in providing the required road infrastructure, alternate access points to and from Stikland and Brackengate to surrounding road networks.”“In addition to its phenomenal location and easy access points, Brackengate 2 offers tenants unmatched visibility from the R300 freeway as well as Bottelary road and lies well outside the high-congestion zones of Montague Gardens and Epping Industria.”  At 56,33Ha, Brackengate 2 is designed according to the latest urban planning and architectural principles to achieve maximum efficiency, security and comfort and will provide tenants with world class accommodation including features such as high speed fibre connectivity, ample loading docks, plenty of parking space and sustainability initiatives including LED lighting and rainwater harvesting.The first hi-tech industrial and modern warehousing facilities within Brackengate 2 were completed during the first half of 2018. While the JV is engaging with business on various levels to negotiate further development opportunities, the completion of Planet Fitness and Brights Hardware are expected during end 2018 and early 2019 respectively.Brackengate 2 features mid-sized to large units that will accommodate value adding businesses likely to benefit from the location. The much sought after site is ideally situated for logistics and warehousing, and business relocating to Brackengate 2 are set to benefit greatly from easy access to the N2 and N1 freeways which link to the Cape Town Port, Cape Town International Airport and the nearby Stikland and Brackenfell railway stations.“The bridge is an important milestone for the envisioned development of Brackengate 2. Investing in this project is an investment in the region to unlock economic opportunities and support sectors like warehousing and distribution,” adds Craig Myburgh, VDMV.ENDS

Redefine ranks 2nd in SA for excellence in integrated report at prestigious 2018 EY awards
03 August 2018

3 August 2018 – Our commitment to excellent integrated reporting continues to bear fruit with a consecutive second ranking among the top 100 JSE listed companies for the excellence of our integrated reporting.After consistently placing in the top 10 in the EY Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards since 2015, we broke through to reach second place last year – a feat we are proud to have replicated this year, with honours. Redefine was the only REIT that featured in the top 10.The rankings are based on how well companies explain to stakeholders how they create value over time.At Redefine, transparent disclosure forms a key cornerstone upon which trust is built and keeps us on course to live the Redefine values and generate sustained value for all our stakeholders.This accolade shows that sustainability is not just a buzz word for us, but a dedicated business approach that is centred on balancing short-term decisions and long-term outcomes to create meaningful, sustained value for all our stakeholders. Our integrated report provides us with a one-stop platform to engage with all our stakeholders and offer them a window into how we are creating value both inside and outside of the company. According to the adjudicators, the best reports need to provide an understanding of short- to long-term risks while providing an excellent description of the group’s business model, including primary business activities as well as the outcomes. We are delighted to have met these high international benchmarks and are more motivated than ever to continuously align our business to meet the needs of all our stakeholders in an impactful way.ENDS

Redefine continues expansion drive into fast-paced Polish market with €185.8 million logistics deal and priority right to pipeline of 24 new developments
05 July 2018

Johannesburg – 5 July 2018 – JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust Redefine Properties continues to expand into the exciting Polish market with the acquisition of a 95% share for €185.8 million (R2.9 billion) in a portfolio of nine operating logistics properties located throughout Poland. It has also entered into a five year exclusive priority right for a pipeline of 24 new warehousing and logistics developments with Panattoni, a market leader in the leasing and development of logistics properties in Europe.The developed properties are in established logistics locations and were bought from a fund managed by one of the largest United States global asset management companies. The properties have a gross leasable area of 313,507 square metres, are 98% occupied and have a weighted average lease expiry of 3.5 years. Griffin Real Estate, which sourced the transaction, will own the other 5%. The well-located, modern, high specification portfolio has attracted sought after tenants such as Kaufland, Carrefour, Saint Gobain, Hellmann, Terg (Media Expert), Eurocash, CEVA, BRANDBQ and DSV to name just a few.Panattoni has to date developed 35% of the modern industrial facilities in Poland and developed the nine operating properties that have been acquired.The development pipeline consists of 24 identified development opportunities, which total gross leasable area of 1.9 million square meters. Redefine will have the right but not the obligation to acquire and develop these assets.“This move into the rapidly expanding Polish logistics sector is an exciting opportunity to expand our European brand by building a significant logistics platform,” says Redefine CEO, Andrew Konig.The developed assets being bought have an initial income yield 7.1%, while interest rate and currency volatility has been mitigated through full hedging.“We accessed offshore funding at competitive pricing and productively deployed a portion of recycled offshore capital, while there is no additional burden to Redefine’s resource base. Incremental distributable income will be applied towards our stated intention of phasing out non-recurring income,” says Konig.The Polish industrial market, which has a total supply of 13.9 million square meters of modern industrial and logistics space, is benefiting from a significant increase in demand for logistics space on the back of robust retail growth. National vacancies were at historical lows of 4.8% at the end of the first quarter in 2018.The sector is also underpinned by strong long-term fundamentals due to recently introduced limitations on agricultural land trades, which is slowing down the development pipeline and increasing the value of zoned land holdings. An increase in construction costs of about 20% during the past year has increased market rentals and is expected to improve the re-letting potential of current supply.Redefine late last year acquired a strategic 25% stake in Chariot Top Group for R907.9 million, giving it direct access to a retail portfolio of 28 quality, established and well-located assets across Poland. Prior to this Redefine had acquired a majority interest in EPP on 1 June 2016, marking the largest ever real estate investment transaction in Poland, as well as the largest ever single South African transaction of income generating real estate assets in Central Eastern Europe.“This transaction enhances the geographic and sectoral diversification of our portfolio as we continue to invest strategically in exciting geographies, engage talent, optimise capital, operate efficiently and grow our reputation,” concludes Konig.ENDS 

Redefine’s agile industrial property strategy helps unlock value
04 July 2018

Cape Town, South Africa – 04 July 2018: JSE listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties remains firmly focused on delivering customised solutions in the industrial property sector despite constrained economic conditions.Two primary drivers of potential growth for the industrial sector are capital investments into automotive and mining-related industries and South Africa’s ability to develop its infrastructure as a transit hub to serve the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.In this regard, the government is placing emphasis on infrastructure development by offering tax incentives for businesses operating within the eight Special Economic Zones (SEZ), with three additional SEZs being planned by the Department of Trade and Industry.Transnet’s 10 year, R350 to R380 billion worth of capital projects to national ports and rail has seen the recent R4.2 billion upgrade of the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) at an estimated   40% increase in container handling capacity.  As a result, occupiers of port bound warehouses are relocating to new industrial nodes outside the congestion zone around Paarden Eiland and Montague Gardens.Brick-and-mortar retailers continue to drive demand for warehousing and logistics space and show increasing investment into warehousing management systems for improving supply chain capabilities to e-commerce business.“These projects bode well for future growth in the industrial sector,” says Johann Nell, National Asset Manager, Industrial, Redefine Properties.Manufacturing continues to face strong headwinds with erratic demand and policy uncertainty.“As a result of these trends, tenants are looking to consolidate manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities to reduce overheads, which dictate changes to business requirements down the value chain,” says Nell.“Our ability to put together bespoke developments affords us the opportunity to increase the quality of our value offering. In the Western Cape we are accommodating mixed use offerings at Brackengate 2 Business Park by adding a 3,000sqm Planet Fitness and 8,200sqm Brights Hardware into the precinct.”Favourable lending terms is another big driver as owner occupiers who wish to exit the leasing market are taking on debt, freeing Redefine’s capital for reinvestment. This trend is particularly driven by businesses setting up supply chain networks in South Africa. To take advantage of the trend towards owner-occupancy, Redefine has entered into joint venture agreements on certain developments e.g., Bidvest at Brackengate 2. Brackengate 2, a joint venture with VDMV Property Group is a newly established business park located next to Shoprite’s Cilmor Distribution Centre. At Brackengate 2, mid-sized units are being planned to accommodate value adding businesses that will benefit from the location.  Redefine’s focus on refurbishment and improvements of existing assets has been key to maintaining relevance through sustainable asset retention within the primary industrial nodes on a national basis. Furthermore, incorporating green design elements such as LED lighting, daylight harvesting, solar power and grey water systems on new and existing properties has reduced operating costs for tenants. Atlantic Hills, Redefine’s JV with Nedbank CIB and Abland, is situated on the Potsdam Interchange and together with the City of Cape Town this extends the M12 motorway from Giel Basson Drive onto the N7. The new cold storage facility owned and occupied by SA Fruit Terminals will be the first major development at Atlantic Hills to break ground.Located near Durbanville, Montague Gardens and Welgelegen, Phase 1 of Atlantic Hills is completely sold out.  Negotiations continue for sale and leasing on the balance of Phase 2 and Phase 3, in all totalling 44.4 hectares of developable land.“We remain committed to working with the best local partners and providing the highest quality space available in the market. Brackengate 2 delivers on the promise and offers the warehousing and logistics market quality industrial land that links with intermodal infrastructure,” says Nell.“Our continued focus on people-centric property management is testament to our sustained tenant retention.”Recently completed projects at Brackengate 2 include Bidvest’s Plumblink 6,791sqm and Spec 5,642sqm buildings as well as the new GEA facility measuring 8,973sqm. Having sold most of the Stikland erven Redefine’s focus is to optimise the main business park precinct for lease driven developments, offering prime highway exposure to a large portion of the scheme. “The outlook for industrial property remains promising and we expect an increase in market share in prime industrial nodes through acquisition and development,” concludes Nell.ENDS

Redefine wins prestigious IAS corporate reporting award
22 June 2018

JSE-listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) has been voted as the leader in corporate reporting in the property sector for the 2017 financial year. This award was made during an auspicious Investment Analysts Society (IAS) function held in Sandton yesterday.The IAS is a non-profit making liaison body for the investment analysts profession and currently boasts 1,300 members across all walks of the profession - Investment Banks and Houses, Fund Managers, Brokers, Insurance Companies, Pension Funds.“We take our role as custodians of capital very seriously and continue to strive to maintain the highest possible standards in corporate reporting. We are therefore encouraged to have been recognised by such an important professional body and by those within the profession who need to make very important investment choices based on the transparency and veracity of our value creation story,” says Redefine CEO, Andrew Konig.At Redefine, sustainability is not just a buzz phrase, but a dedicated business approach that is centred on balancing short-term decisions and long-term outcomes to create meaningful, sustained value for all stakeholders.The company remains firmly focused to deepen stakeholder engagement throughout the business.“We create sustained value for all our stakeholders, by placing people at the heart of what we do and are therefore not only driven by the pursuit of profit, but also by the pursuit of purpose, which is a key ingredient to a strong, sustainable and scalable organisational culture,” says Konig.ENDS

Redefine attracts big box retailers to its centres
06 June 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa, 06 June 2018: JSE listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) has finalised leases with two international big box retailers set to debut at its centres later this year. International retailers looking to open and expand their presence in the country have already snapped up more than 37 000sqm of prime retail space across Redefine’s portfolio. One of the world’s largest home improvement retailers, French based Leroy Merlin will open its first store in South Africa at Redefine’s Stoneridge Centre in Modderfontein while international sport goods retailer Decathlon will be opening at Centurion Lifestyle Centre and Wilgeheuwel, Little Falls to further grow its footprint in the country. Leroy Merlin will occupy some 17 000sqm of space at Stoneridge Centre covering two floors, parking and materials yard on the lower level and showrooms, trading floor, storage area, office space as well as a pick up zone on the upper level. Redefine’s development team had to substantially remodel the specification document designed for an European environment to provide a new two level configuration to suit  the South African environment and ensure consistency of look and feel across Leroy Merlin’s global stores. Nashil Chotoki, National Asset Manager, Retail at Redefine Properties says, “The area surrounding Stoneridge Centre represents a prime location for an offering like Leroy Merlin. Over and above the established estates and precincts, massive housing growth is predicated for areas like Greenstone, Modderfontein and Linbro Park.” Leroy Merlin stores offer a variety of internationally-sourced products with specialised advice and training for customers of any level of DIY expertise. Their stores normally carry anywhere between 30,000 – 60,000 products with Leroy Merlin’s customer focused employees able to offer sound advice on solutions, products and installations. Cedric Sennepin, CEO of Leroy Merlin SA, says, “It is important for Leroy Merlin to work with serious partners such as Redefine and we are confident that we developed a first store that will attract customers from far.”The run off benefits of bringing big box retail to communities is more jobs for local people as well as spill over traffic for other outlets in the area. Directly and indirectly the home improvement retailer will create jobs for more than 200 people.“Big box retail solutions offer a greater diversity of options for shoppers. Consumer trends point to greater support for such convenience centres and we feel that retailers like Leroy Merlin & Decathlon enhances the “convenience” of some of our assets and create a point of differentiation,” says Chotoki. “Leroy Merlin in combination with other new retailers at the centre will change the profile of the node.” Spending on home improvement continues to remain resilient despite a sluggish economy as consumers favour DIY options to save money. Millennials and baby boomers are choosing to update their homes instead of trading up and in the process fast fashioning a new trend.  “Technology has inspired DIY projects. Millennials today simply google a solution, buy products from home improvement stores to save time and money,” adds Chotoki. “We are proud to be leasing space to global brands like Leroy Merlin & Decathlon. The combination of top quality assets and unique locations is an irresistible proposition for tenants in any economic cycle. We hope to further build a lasting partnership with these brands and are currently exploring other opportunities in the Redefine portfolio.” Redefine’s two lease agreements with Decathlon cover approximately 5 000sqm. The sports lifestyle category has been the fastest growing retail category in terms of sales and is largely driven by a healthier lifestyle being adopted by South Africans. “Decathlon’s offerings - products and price points, suit local tastes while the instore “experiential” environment like mini football field and netball courts is fast proving to be a crowd pleaser,” says Chotoki in conclusion.“Retailers continue to seek new neighbourhoods where they can achieve great revenue and our projects in burgeoning nodes like Modderfontein and Little Falls offer that density of new traffic that can support their businesses.” Redefine is also in talks with H&M and other international retailers across the larger retail formats.ENDS 

Marc Wainer stepping down as Redefine’s executive Chairman in November
08 May 2018

At Redefine, we are committed to creating sustained value for our stakeholders. We've long believed that world-class, fit-for- purpose governance is the cornerstone of our business's success, which is why we continuously assess and enhance our Board's skills, diversity and independence.As a part of this ongoing process, Marc Wainer will be stepping down as Redefine's executive Chairman in November. This will enable the Board to appoint an independent non-executive Chair, in line with the recommendations of King IV, as well as ensure that there is adequate time to ensure a smooth transition.Going forward, Marc will remain an executive director of Redefine, and his day-to- day role remains unchanged."It's been a great privilege to have served as Chairman for the past four years. I have full confidence in our CEO, Andrew Konig, and the Board as a whole. In the years ahead, I look forward to continuing to be part of the executive team and the Board as we work towards realising our vision - to be the best South African REIT", concludes Marc Wainer.

Redefine delivers sustained value through operational efficiencies and executing its strategy to protect and expand its property portfolio
07 May 2018

Operating conditions may remain challenging but JSE-listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) continues to execute long-term strategic thinking and efficient management of its property portfolio to deliver sustained returns and value.Redefine, which recorded a 5.5% increase in its distribution to 47.30 cents per share for the interim period to 28 February 2018, remains firmly on track to harness the resources at its disposal and expects to maintain this growth rate for the full 2018 financial year.With local developments in progress to the tune of R5.9 billion, ongoing and value-enhancing redevelopment of existing properties, disposals and international acquisitions Redefine has the ammunition to advance its strategy of diversifying, growing and improving the quality of its property portfolio.During the reporting period Redefine acquired a strategic 25% stake in Chariot Top Group for R907.9 million, giving it direct access to a retail portfolio of 28 quality, established and well-located assets across Poland. On the local front, the highlight was the ongoing development activity to protect and expand the property portfolio with the completion of redevelopment projects amounting to R212.7 million and redevelopment projects in progress at R743.4 million. The property platform remains biased towards retail at 41% of its sectoral spread by value, while its offshore footprint contributed 25% to distributable income.Subsequent to the reporting period, Redefine entered into agreements to sell 19.5% of its interest in Cromwell for R3.7 billion and its equity interest in directly held Northpoint for R1.6 billion with the proceeds expected to be received this month subject to the approval of the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board. On the local front, the remaining 50% of 115 West Street (Alexander Forbes) was acquired for R750 million.“Our strategy is appropriate for the environment we are operating in. A strong feature of our approach has been to recycle capital and during this reporting period we raised R2.6 billion in terms of selling non-core assets, which bolsters liquidity,” says Redefine CEO, Andrew Konig.The new dawn brought about since Cyril Ramaphosa became President, together with support from global growth and commodity prices, are expected to lead to higher investment and economic growth opportunities going forward.While Konig says South Africa’s economic activity needs to double to make any significant inroads into property fundamentals – which are soft at present – he is excited about a new mood for the economy, which is evidenced by rising confidence levels.“Rising confidence levels are palpable and we welcome and are supportive of interventions introduced by President Ramaphosa to propel the economy forward. While we are noting some signs of this shift in sentiment in terms of leasing interest, sentiment must translate into economic growth at double the current rate to alleviate soft property fundamentals,” he says.For Redefine it is about remaining focused on what matters most – operating efficiently, investing strategically, optimising capital, engaging talent and growing reputation.Redefine’s Financial Director, Leon Kok, reports a healthy operating margin of 82.7% for the interim period, with the property cost ratio remaining stable at 33.9%. The overall occupancy rate improved to 95.8% and tenant retention measured 94.7% from 86% in the comparable half year in 2017.“I am happy to report very sound credit metrics, with our loan to value ratio dipping to 40.1%. We will look to reduce this even further to trend to below 40% over time. Our cost of debt funding reduced to 6.9%,” he says.Redefine’s total assets are valued at R93.4 billion – an increase of R1.9 billion since the year end in August 2017.Other highlights include gaining a level 4 BBBEE rating, a gold SAFMA award for solar PV implementation – total installed solar PV capacity is now 11,697kWp and Redefine has 43 Green Star certifications – and 47 learners being enrolled for its 2018 training intake.As part of strengthening Redefine’s Board governance role, Marc Wainer will be relinquishing the Chairman role during November, to allow for a smooth transition to an independent non-executive Chairman. Marc will continue to be an executive director of Redefine.“We are relentlessly focusing on what matters most to deliver sustained value and truly believe that to prosper over time all stakeholders in our company must benefit,” concludes Konig.EDITOR'S NOTESClick here to view May 2018 Intermin results  

Redefine Properties puts auditor KPMG on notice
04 May 2018

JSE listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE:RDF) has announced its decision to place auditors KPMG on notice. Redefine’s board has resolved toterminate its association with KPMG. At the Company’s Annual General Meeting in February 2018, it was proposed that KPMG be re-appointed as the Company’s independent external auditors for the 2018 financial year, on the provisothat “the Audit and Risk Committee actively monitor the outcomes of the investigations underway andtake appropriate action as and when further information becomes available”. Subsequent to the AGM and the successful re-appointment of KPMG, the Board, through the Auditand Risk Committee, thoroughly assessed the continuing and more recent developments as werecommunicated by KPMG and reported on in the media.  Concerns over good governance and ethicscompliance motivated the decision. KPMG’s appointment as external auditors will terminate on conclusion of the audit relating to the 2018financial year, which is expected to be on or about 30 November 2018. Redefine CEO Andrew Konig said, “Redefine’s reputation is everything and our decision was madefor this reason. We will have a new auditor on board for the 2019 financial year.” Redefine CFO Leon Kok said the decision was not taken lightly. “Audit quality, consistency and continuity are of paramount importance to Redefine and we aremindful of the time and effort it takes to onboard new external auditors.  Given the currentcircumstances and in the best interest of all our stakeholders, we felt it appropriate to commence withthis change as soon as possible."  The Board remains satisfied with the real estate experience and technical expertise of KPMG and thedesignated audit partner will accordingly support its continuance as auditors duringthe transition period to assist in a smooth and efficient handover to the new auditors.

Redefine takes Silver at the PRISMs for The Mentorship Challenge with Marc Wainer
25 April 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 April 2018: In a major recognition, JSE listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) together with their creative agency BRAND et al, have bagged the Silver in the Sponsorship category at the prestigious PRISM Awards, Africa’s most sought after awards in the public relations industry for The Mentorship Challenge with Marc Wainer.Now in its 20th year, the PRISM Awards are presented to public relations and communication professionals who have successfully incorporated strategy, creativity and professionalism into communication programmes that showcase a successful campaign.The TV show hosted by the inimitable Marc Wainer unpacked the notion of mentorship, matching mentors and mentees in a remarkable partnership.Considered as one of the most influential voices of his era in the property sector, Marc encouraged, cajoled and dared captains of the industry on the show to pledge hours to guide and shape the future of many young minds waiting to break the mould.“The experience has been fulfilling as we have seen the progress and development of the mentees made over the past few months. This accolade would not have been possible without the pledges by the mentors whose efforts have laid the foundation of many success stories you will hear tomorrow,” says added Marc Wainer, host, The Mentorship Challenge.To date the show has banked 4444 hours from the likes of Grace Harding, CEO, Ocean Basket, entrepreneur Ntando Kubheka, Rene Otto, CEO, MiWay, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, singer Lira, Mike Coppin, Co-Founder, Fruit & Veg City, Nella Qata, Co-Founder, Yabasha Energy, Lebo Gunguluza, Executive Chairman, Gem Group of Companies, Yoni Titi, MD, Human Captial amongst others.Acknowledging the award, Andrew Konig, CEO, Redefine Properties said, “Mentoring can be both fulfilling and humbling. We are honored to be recognised for our efforts.”“We believe that, in our socio-economic climate, the show was particularly relevant given the unemployment challenge, especially amongst the youth, in South Africa. In The Mentorship Challenge we found an innovative way to make a real difference in people’s lives, and demonstrates our commitment to our country and its future leaders. Mentorship serves as a guiding hand out of poverty to success – securing a better and stronger future for South Africa.”

Solar powers Redefine’s sustainability efforts - Wins Gold at SAFMA 2018 for solar PV technology implementation
03 April 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2018: JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust Redefine Properties’ (JSE: RDF) strategy on solar energy is delivering cost efficiencies across the business and improving performance on key sustainability metrics. Redefine’s total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce approximately 35 754 600 kWh (kilowatt hour) of solar power per annum when fully operational.“This equates to an indicative saving of 32 819 tCO2 e which is roughly equal to 12 million litres of diesel combusted. If offset against Redefine’s total scope 2 carbon emissions of 46 761 tCO2 e in 2017, it is a 70% reduction, assuming a like-for-like portfolio of properties. Renewable energy is a major point in sustainability projects and besides the financial returns that accrue from these efforts, it is clean economy on the roof, says Ilse Swanepoel, Head of Utilities at Redefine Properties.Redefine’s scope 2 carbon emissions are essentially calculated as electricity consumption not recovered from tenants.Last year, 9% of electricity consumed at Alberton Mall, Boulders, 90 Grayston, 90 Rivonia, Black River Park, Observatory Business Park, Wonderboom Junction, Wembley and East Rand Mall came from renewable energy.Redefine owns and manages some of the country’s major retail, office and industrial parks including the celebrated Black River Office Park in Cape Town. Black River Office Park is the first office precinct in South Africa to receive Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) certified Green Star existing building ratings for all of its eight buildings, with a combined 75,000sqm of office space.Last year, Redefine rolled out a series of rooftop solar PV projects bringing its total installed capacity to 7.8 MWp. Once the power plants come on stream over the next 18 months, its total installed capacity will grow to 22 MWp. To date 4.2MWp of additional capacity has already come on stream delivering approximately 6 373 500 kWh annually.Redefine Properties was recognised by the South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) at its recently concluded awards gala and received Gold for this technology implementationSome of the key assets where Redefine has already installed rooftop solar PV plants include Langeberg Mall (Mossel Bay), Boulders Shopping Centre (Midrand), Centurion Lifestyle Centre (Centurion), Stoneridge Centre (Edenvale), East Rand Mall (Boksburg), Matlosana Mall (Klerksdorp), Moreleta Plaza and Wonderboom Junction in Pretoria.“We believe in making sustainability integral to our daily operations for as much economic reasons as environmental and are proud to be the recipient of this award,” says Ms Swanepoel.The total cost savings achieved from existing plants and plants commissioned during the course of the year will be over R32 million per annum.Given the increasing significance of sustainability issues, Redefine also completed an additional 2600 smart meter installations, achieved 43 Green Star ratings for buildings across its portfolio amongst which a recently completed project certifying 20 of its existing office buildings for Green Star SA ratings.Solar energy currently represents the cheapest and most sustainable way to generate renewable electricity. Besides producing no emissions and being silent, the panels furthermore shield large amounts of roof space from direct sun, leaving it cooler and further lowering energy consumption. In addition, technologies to further sustainable smart micro-grids such as efficient and cost-effective energy storage solutions is well within our sights to further enhance the benefits of our Solar PV plants.“Solar is no longer niche and is a well-entrenched renewable energy source underpinning the achievement of green-building goals. Demand has grown in recent years, with many large blue chip tenants prioritising their own sustainability efforts, expecting the developer to dovetail and help achieve their objectives,” adds Swanepoel. Besides tenants, Redefine’s strategic intent is to make its properties attractive for both shoppers and employees by locating new projects in close proximity to public transport directly reducing the impact on environment. Rosebank Link for example has a direct, convenient and safe access to the Gautrain Station through a ground level landscaped pedestrianised thoroughfare.Redefine has been an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for over four years now. Furthermore Redefine also participates in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). In 2017, it received an A+ rating for disclosure, well above the global average of a C rating.GRESB asses how companies perform on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) indicators such as energy and water consumption, carbon emissions, employee satisfaction, health and safety, and the supply chain. 

Construction on mixed-use project Loftus Park in Pretoria nears completion
27 March 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa – 14 March 2018: The first phase of Loftus Park, a new mixed-use precinct currently being developed by JSE-listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties’ (JSE: RDF) together with Abland, one of South Africa’s top property development companies is nearing completion. Phase One includes approximately 34 000 m 2 of A-grade office space, a premium gym, open air piazza with restaurants and a convenience retail offering. A new 152 room hotel by Marriott will alsodebut at the site.Located within walking distance from the University of Pretoria and the Pretoria Boys & Girls High Schools, the newly development precinct provides an integrated work and play environment in what will be a market defining mixed use concept.The retail component will be anchored by well-known brands like Checkers and Dis-Chem amongst others while Virgin Active will open a premium level health club at Loftus Park.The precinct lies within shadow’s length of the iconic Loftus Versfeld stadium, is centrally located, enjoys good access and is in the epicentre of Pretoria’s key suburb, Arcadia. With the Gautrain bus stop adjacent to the precinct, Loftus Park connects seamlessly to Centurion, Sandton, Rosebank and OR Tambo International Airport via Hatfield. “The precinct reflects our proven track record of creating bespoke communities that focus on connectivity, walkability and green spaces. Our investment in enhancing access to the Gautrain network was the final piece of puzzle that is going to unlock the true potential of the development,” says Pieter Strydom, Commercial Asset Manager, Redefine Properties.The precinct will be accredited as a 4-Star Green Star Building.“Abland worked closely with Redefine Properties to bring this unique development to life and will set a new standard for quality mixed use precincts in the node,” says Grant Silverman, Marketing Director, Abland.Loftus Park also enjoys excellent proximity to a vast number of embassies, the Union Buildings and museums. Phase Two, which will add another 7 600 m 2 to the development will see the inclusion of a hospital on the precinct’s footprint as well as 13 000 m 2 of office space in Phase Three. “Loftus Park offers tenants a unique work and play environment, a one stop avenue from convenience shopping to schooling as well as hosting unparalleled on-site amenities. The mixed-use precinct is ideally located to ignite the greater node around it,” adds Strydom.“The proximity of the precinct to the stadium will also energise retail and restaurants on game days as well as provide additional parking.”  “The precinct is a rare opportunity for tenants to acquire office space in one of Pretoria’s upcoming nodes. We are seeing robust interest given the attractive dynamics of Loftus Park and corporates can benefit from the unrivalled amenities including excellent linkages via the Gautrain feeder bus,” says Strydom in conclusion. 

Redefine refines offshore structure, bolsters liquidity with R3.7 billion sale of Cromwell stake in Australia
07 March 2018

Johannesburg – 7 March 2018: JSE-listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) has bolstered its liquidity and began a process to refine its international holdings following an agreement to sell a 19.5% stake in Australia-listed Cromwell to Singapore-based ARA Asset Management Limited.“This deal ticks a number of boxes for Redefine, which supports our mission to create sustained value for stakeholders. We create capital efficiency, refine our international holdings, reduce debt and have a lot of funding capacity should another investment opportunity arise,” says Redefine CEO Andrew Konig.Operating in a constrained and costly capital environment, recycling of capital has become a prominent feature of Redefine's funding strategy to efficiently source capital and improve credit metrics.“To sustain value creation for all stakeholders Redefine seeks to optimize its allocation of capital through active asset management. The sale of the majority holding in Cromwell significantly advances these strategic objectives,” says Konig.The deal is still subject to FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board) approval, and following the sale Redefine will retain 60m shares, or 3.09% of Cromwell securities in issue, offering it an opportunity to benefit from future pipeline deals in Australia.Brisbane-based Cromwell is a real estate fund manager listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and Konig said he only has the highest regard for the management of Cromwell in what he says “has been a fantastic partnership over the past ten years”.“All our offshore assets are actively managed to create sustained value for stakeholders and are therefore under constant review. When offers come through we critically evaluate the long-term value creation and in this case we saw an opportunity to optimise capital sourcing and the allocation of capital, while lowering debt,” says Konig.The deal forms part of the process of refining Redefine’s international holdings in various investments.Redefine has grown its offshore footprint significantly over the last six years, with one of those investments being a 23% stake in Cromwell Property Group in Australia. A R5 billion investment into Echo Polska Properties in Poland in 2016 and more recently a strategic 25% stake in a 692 million euro retail portfolio of 28 quality, established and well located assets across Poland further diversified rand hedge earnings.Konig says the Cromwell sale is “investor positive from a number of respects, most notably from a liquidity point of view and is balance sheet positive on the loan to value front”.As at 31 August 2017, the net asset value of Redefine’s total investment in Cromwell was AUD475 668 093 or R4 889 868 000. The proceeds on disposal of the sold Cromwell securities is AUD405 865 792 (AUD1.05 per share) or R3 725 847 971 and Redefine will retain 60 million Cromwell securities, which has a current market value of AUD60 600 000 or R556 308 000.  For the financial year ended 31 August 2017, Redefine received dividends of R380 069 000 in respect of its investment in Cromwell. “We will sell most of the holding and for us, it is about optimising capital efficiency while still benefiting from future distributions and the redevelopment of certain quality assets in Australia,” says Konig.Included among these will be the completion of North Point, which is in the process of being redeveloped and is anticipated to be completed sometime in the first half of 2018.“Our broader strategy remains growing our local portfolio while targeting a diversified stream of revenue in offshore jurisdictions with growth potential,” concludes Konig.

Redefine expands offshore presence with strategic stake in 1 billion euro, 28 property Polish retail portfolio
06 December 2017

Johannesburg – 6 December 2017: JSE-listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) continues to advance its geographic diversification strategy with a strategic 25% stake in a 1 billion euro retail portfolio of 28 quality, established and well located assets across Poland.Key locations in the portfolio stretch from Warsaw to growing regions across the country like Krakow and Zabrze. The 28 retail properties are comprised of 9 leading mid-market shopping centres anchored by Auchan Group hypermarkets, 4 smaller hypermarket anchored big-box retail centres, 12 standalone hypermarkets with small line-shop retail components and 3 standalone DIY stores. France's Auchan is one of the world's principal distribution groups with a popular presence in a growth market like Poland.  A variety of international and domestic brands like MediaMarkt, TK Maxx and H&M count among the other blue chip tenants in the portfolio.Pimco and Oaktree Capital Management, each holding 37.5% of the consortium, have teamed up with Redefine to purchase the prime properties from a partnership of investors managed by Apollo-Rida, a pioneer of the real estate market in Poland. Redefine's executive chairman, Marc Wainer says the deal presents Redefine with an opportunity for above-market returns and value-add opportunities. Redefine anticipates a pre-tax return on equity in the region of 15%."I am excited about the growth potential beyond the initial investment horizon. While this asset deal transaction is accretive to our earnings over 3-5 years from both an income and trading point of view, it also ushers in long-term growth and value-add potential," he says.Value-add opportunities include the redevelopment/extension of around 56,000m? of the portfolio.  The 25 Auchan leases represent approximately 35% of their total number of stores in Poland and provides a strong negotiation position for the ultimate renewal of the leases. Initially the portfolio was developed by affiliates of Metro AG and sold to a JV between Rida and Ares in 2003. Metro AG and the then purchasers concluded a triple net ?master lease' over the portfolio, which expires in April 2024, which provides a secure income stream."This is a great income play, with triple net blue chip anchor tenants, Auchan and OBI, comprising over 65% of the gross lettable area, while the rent review of the head lease is estimated at 6% in 2019," says Wainer.Redefine's equity contribution of 58 million euros will be funded from completed local asset sales, so it will not need to raise additional capital.A key feature of the deal is the onward sale of 12 earmarked properties to Echo Polska Properties in three annual tranches (once income generation is stabilised) with the first tranche to be acquired by them as part of the initial acquisition. EPP is dual listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and the JSE and of which Redefine owns 39.6%.Redefine remains confident in the outlook for Poland's retail sector, which continues to be buoyed by stellar sales."There are solid fundamentals in place in this market, driven by very strong retail sales growth of 8% and inflation of about 1%. So the macro environment is very solid as employment levels are high and consumers have low levels of household debt," says Redefine CEO Andrew Konig.Redefine lifted its full year distribution 7% to 92 cents per share for the full year to end August 2017, despite challenging local conditions."Our diversified asset platform has been structured to cope in an environment of prolonged uncertainty and low growth. Quality offshore acquisitions and an astute, investor-driven strategy continue to assist us to sustain value and drive growth for all our stakeholders," concludes Konig.

Redefine lifts full year distribution 7% to 92 cents a share
06 November 2017

Johannesburg – 6 November 2017: JSE-listed diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Redefine Properties (JSE: RDF) has reported a solid  performance for the full year to end August 2017, after lifting full year distribution 7% to 92 cents per share.Despite challenging operating conditions and general economic uncertainty, distributable income showed significant growth of 22.8% as a number of substantial quality acquisitions in recent years delivered sustained value to stakeholders."Our diversified asset platform has been structured to cope in an environment of prolonged uncertainty and low growth. Reducing leasing risk is very important in the current climate and we have also been investing strategically in what has been a busy year," says Redefine CEO Andrew Konig.Redefine, which stood out as one of the most active dealmakers in its sector during the year, has continued to grow and improve the quality of its local portfolio while targeting a diversified offshore stream of revenue.During the period Redefine continued to enhance its offshore earnings by expanding its presence in Poland and Australia."Locally, developments have been our primary focus in order to expand, protect and improve existing assets that are well located, with projects totalling R3.2 billion completed during the year," adds Konig.Tenant retention was an impressive 92.6% during the year, from 91.8% during the same period last year. Leases covering 536,310 square metres (FY16: 492 126m?) were renewed during the year at an average rental increase of 2.9% (FY16: 3.3%)."In a very competitive market tenant retention ranks supreme - high retention rates are absolutely critical in this environment," says Konig.Net arrears increased to R67.9million (FY16: 39.8 million) during the period, representing 7.5% (FY16: 6.3%) of gross monthly rental, largely due to the R13 billion Pivotal acquisition.Redefine has focused on optimising capital as the cost of debt crept upwards following South Africa's credit downgrade to sub-investment grade in April."Recycling of assets has been important to secure liquidity to fund expansion - we generated R3.5 billion in this financial period from asset disposals and deployed this into assets showing better long term growth prospects," says Konig. Notably, R5.2 billion of development is in progress and will still unfold in terms of expansion, growth and protection of existing assets. Developments in progress and recently completed include the Loftus mixed-use development (Interest: 50.0%) and the Kyalami Corner Shopping Centre which opened for trading in April 2017 (Interest: 80.0%) with a total project cost of R1.2 billion, which will add a further 89,123 m? of gross leasable area (GLA). The major land holdings acquired are two industrial sites, Atlantic Hills (Interest: 55%) and S&J Industrial (Interest: 90%).Redefine has, meanwhile, continued to build a diversified offshore footprint and income stream. The company's rand hedge earnings were bolstered by maintaining its 39.5% stake in Poland-focused Echo Polska Properties by investing R860 million in their ?150 million equity raise. It has additional exposure to the UK, Australia and the rest of Africa.Total assets increased markedly during the year with the diversified local property asset platform valued at R68.1 billion from R56.3billion a year ago.  The Group's international real estate investments, valued at R16.0 billion (FY16: R16.3 billion) represented 19.0% (FY16: 22.5%) of the total property asset platform.Financial director Leon Kok says while a potential further ratings downgrade is a major risk to the economy and business confidence in general, Redefine should be able to weather the storm and has hedged 88.7% of its debt and has sufficient liquidity headroom."Our conservative hedging policy on debt and the extension of hedging on our expected foreign income provide certainty going forward from a distribution per share point of view. It implies we are able to withstand undue increases in interest rates and volatility on the currency front," says Kok.A highlight during the year included the sale of a 22.8% stake in Delta Properties to a women-led BEE consortium in a R1.5 billion vendor funded transaction. "Apart from the commercial upside, this deal drives an urgent need to strengthen women and broad-based ownership in the property sector," says Konig.Redefine added to its offshore portfolio after acquiring another attractive development site for student accommodation in Australia, following its 90% equity investment in Journal Student Accommodation Fund and Operations, which is based in Melbourne, Australia.Redefine anticipates the growth in distributable income per share for 2018 to range between 5% to 6%."Relentlessly focusing on what matters most will ensure we stay ahead of the curve," concludes Konig.

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