Sonae Sierra's accumulated Consolidated Net Profit (after minority holdings) was 65.51 million in the third quarter of 2005. This figure represents an increase of 45% compared to the 45.32 million in the same period last year.
At the end of the third quarter of 2005, Sonae Sierra had achieved a Direct Profit of 46.54 million, which was 31% up on the same period in 2004. EBITDA was 89.28 million, i.e. 18% more than in the third quarter of last year. These increases can be explained by a rise in the number of shopping centres managed and in the number of development projects from 2004 to 2005.
Sonae Sierra's performance in this period was marked particularly by the growth in its profitability in Spain, with the opening of Luz del Tajo, Zubiarte and Plaza Éboli, with the respective improvement in occupancy rates, and the renewal of many key contracts in Portugal.
The company acquired 25% of Parque Principado (Oviedo, Spain) and
Valecenter (Venice, Italy) in June. Profitability on business in Brazil improved, thanks mainly to the increase in occupancy at Parque D. Pedro and contributions from Boavista Shopping and Penha Shopping. Penha Shopping was enlarged in the last quarter of 2004.
National and international expansion continues
Sonae Sierra has continued to pursue its expansion strategy and before the end of year it will be opening Serra Shopping in Covilhã in central Portugal.
On 26 October, the company opened LoureShopping in Loures. The
key ceremony will soon be taking place at Rio Sul Shopping (Seixal), while the development of Setúbal Retail Park and São João da Madeira Shopping continues.
In Spain, projects currently in the development stage are Plaza Mayor Shopping (Malaga), in partnership with Castle City (75/25), and El Rosal (Ponferrada), in partnership with Grupo Mall (70/30).
In Italy, Sonae Sierra has four ongoing projects at present: Biella (Biella) and Caselle (Turin), of which it is the sole owner, and Freccia Rossa (Brescia) and La Spezia (Spezia), in partnership with AIG/Coimpredil (40/50/10) and ING Real Estate Development (50/50), respectively.
In Germany, the undertakings currently being developed are 3Do
(Dortmund) of which Sonae Sierra owns 100%, and Alexa (Berlin) in
partnership with Foncière Euris (50/50).
In Greece, Mediterranean Cosmos opened on 19 October as part of the
development of Aegean Park (Athens) in partnership with the Charagionis Group.
Finally, in Brazil, Sierra Enplanta is building Shopping Campo Limpo (São Paulo) in partnership with Tivoli EP.
Source: Sonae Sierra