DGAP-News: Grand City Properties S.A. / Key word(s): Rating/Real Estate
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GRAND CITY PROPERTIES S.A. RECEIVES RATING UPGRADE TO 'BBB+' BY STANDARD & POOR'S RATING SERVICES
Luxembourg, November 23 2016 - Standard and Poor's Rating Services ("S&P") increased Grand City Properties S.A.'s ("GCP" or the "Company") long term corporate credit rating to 'BBB+' after assigning the rating of 'BBB' with a positive outlook in June 2016. The rating of GCP's senior unsecured and subordinated perpetual instruments increased by one notch as well to 'BBB+' for the senior unsecured bonds and 'BBB-' for the subordinated perpetual notes.
The rating upgrade is the result of an improvement in GCP's business profile to strong which is the result of a further matured property portfolio reflected through lower vacancy rates to currently 8.1%. Further, S&P acknowledged GCP's lower leverage with a debt-to-cap ratio of 45% as of September 2016 combined with GCP's revised financial policy to limit the leverage at this level. Additionally, S&P mentions that GCP's geographic presence is well-balanced between growing regions with healthy rental growth prospects with solid demographic trends and sees the demand continuing to outpace supply in GCP's core regions, further facilitating improvements in occupancy rates.
S&P also positively reassessed GCP's management and governance to reflect the very good track record of GCP's management in executing successfully its strategy, and the strong expertise and experience within its operating market and industry.
The Standard & Poor's Ratings Services Research Update on Grand City Properties S.A. is available on the Company's website:
About the Company:
Further information: www.grandcityproperties.com
Grand City Properties (ISIN: LU0775917882) is a public limited liability company (société anonyme) incorporated under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, having its registered office at 24, Avenue Victor Hugo, L 1750 Luxembourg and being registered with the Luxembourg trade and companies register (Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés Luxembourg) under number B 165 560. Since May 2012, Grand City Properties is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Grand City Properties S.A. 24, Avenue Victor Hugo
L-1750 Luxemburg T: +352 28 77 87 86
Grand City Properties S.A. T: +49 (30) 374-381 5218
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|Company:||Grand City Properties S.A.|
|24, Avenue Victor Hugo|
|Grand Duchy of Luxembourg|
|Phone:||+352 28 77 87 86|
|Fax:||+352 28 77 87 84|
|ISIN:||LU0775917882, XS1036325527, XS1130507053, XS1191320297, XS1199992196, XS1220083551,|
|WKN:||A1JXCV , A1ZD10, A1ZRRK, A1ZW4K, A1ZYA8, A1ZZ49|
|Listed:||Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange; Open Market (Entry Standard) in Frankfurt ; Luxemburg|
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