Since the authorities in Romania, Serbia and Croatia have increased the safety measures to contain the spreading of COVID-19, NEPI Rockcastle has taken steps to limit the operations of some of our shopping centres’ tenants. Businesses deemed non-essential by the authorities which are located in the Group’s shopping centres in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia are now temporarily closed, while pharmacies, groceries and other food stores remain open in all locations. In some properties, the food court tenants are operating only for deliveries or pick-ups. All shops in the Group’s Hungarian properties are open, except for cinemas and entertainment operators.
Office properties are fully-functional, although many businesses (including NEPI Rockcastle) have implemented work-from-home policies to limit social interactions. The company’s priority remains the health and wellbeing of its customers, partners and employees, and the appropriate measures have been enforced in all properties. All buildings remain open and are serviced, with a continuous focus on cleaning and ensuring customer safety.
The Group notes that large international and national tenants (companies with assets and/or turnover in excess of €200m) occupy 67% of its lettable area, lowering the risk of tenant default. Also, Auchan and Carrefour, which are estimated to have higher-than-usual sales in the coming period, are two of its largest tenants. Approximately 91.2% of the Group’s gross rental income is fixed rent, and only 3.3% is overage rent (paid based on sales, on top of fixed rent). The occupancy cost ratio of its tenants was 11.9% in 2019, which is prudent by industry standards.