The South African market for properties that suit our portfolio is
limited, with few sales and transactions at high prices where they take
place. We disposed of a number of non-core assets during the period
and are considering approaches on some remaining non-core assets.
The non-South African portfolio performed in line with expectations.
Manda Hill and the Accra Mall traded well; West Hills Mall in Accra
opened during the period with strong footfall, but lower trading
densities than targeted, and the remaining developments are
proceeding. Although the current weakness in the Ghanaian economy
has had a minimal effect on our trading malls, we have elected to delay
further developments on existing properties.
We will continue to consider acquisitions in Africa and other emerging
markets where assets of appropriate quality become available at
Hyprop produced a strong financial performance for the year, with
the distribution for the second six-month period increasing by 16,3%
over the comparable period in 2014 and the annual distribution rising
by 15,0%. Results for the year benefited from increased income from
Rosebank Mall, the net benefit of income from the Somerset Mall
over the lost Sycom income, tight control of operating expenses and
effective management of the interest expense.
The level of foreign shareholding in Hyprop increased substantially
during the period. While this was common to many South African
REITs, it was also influenced by Hyprop’s inclusion in the Morgan
Stanley Capital International MSCI emerging market index from end-
Although certain international economic agencies are forecasting
slightly higher levels of growth for South Africa in the medium term,
current growth levels are concerning and predicted improvements are
well short of what is required to address the fundamental problems in
We will continue to invest in our portfolio to ensure our properties
remain destinations of choice for consumers. We have an enviable mix
of retailers and work hard to support their growth in our properties.
Demand for space in our malls remains strong and, with the right
investment, these assets should provide attractive returns for the
foreseeable future, despite constraints in the macro-economy.
We expect the African portfolio to perform solidly, particularly as
the West Hills Mall gains traction and trading densities improve. We
continue to investigate appropriate opportunities in Africa and other
The macro-economic context in which we operate dictates a cautious
outlook and a number of commentators on the listed property sector
are arguing for substantially more muted growth in future than in
recent years. Despite this, we believe our portfolio is well structured
with sufficient tenant depth to produce satisfactory returns over the
We recognise the importance of a sustainable business and of
sustainability in the different facets of our business.
Our commitment to being a good corporate citizen pervades our
approach to business and we endeavour to act in a responsible,
balanced and commercially sensible manner. As such, we ensure our
business model is sustainable and that it remains relevant to the
economies we operate in.
We are conscious of our impact on the environment and have been
measuring and mitigating that impact for a number of years. We have
made meaningful progress and our process has become increasingly
sophisticated, with demanding goals and tight accountability for
Transformation is a priority for successful South African businesses.
Hyprop has demonstrated regular improvement in this area and while
our rating will be affected by the new codes and their impact on the
property charter, we will continue to implement initiatives that yield
sensible and sustainable outcomes.
Hyprop is committed to the highest standards of corporate
governance. This integrated report sets out details of our governance
structures and the extent to which we comply with relevant codes of
corporate governance and regulatory requirements.
There were no changes to the board or to its committees during the
review period, other than Mike Lewin taking the chair of the social and
On behalf of the board, I thank our executives, management and staff
for their efforts during the year. I also thank our stakeholders for their
support, and my fellow board members for their contributions.
Hyprop Investments Limited
Integrated Report 2015