Intu Properties

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Intu Properties plc
Type Public limited company
Traded as LSEINTU, JSE: ITU
Industry Property
Founded 1980 (as Liberty International)
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Area served United Kingdom
Key people David Fischel (CEO)
Patrick Burgess (Chairman)
John Whittaker (Deputy Chairman)
Products Investment and development of shopping centres and other commercial property
Revenue £533.2 million (2013)[1]
Operating income £450.2 million (2013)[1]
Profit £364.0 million (2013)[1]
Employees 2,027 (2013)[1]
Website www.intugroup.co.uk

Intu Properties plc, formerly Capital Shopping Centres Group plc, is a British Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), largely focused on shopping centre management and development. Originally named Liberty International plc, it changed its name in May 2010 to that of its major subsidiary, Capital Shopping Centres, after demerging its Capital & Counties business unit to form an independent business. The company owns or part-owns 18 shopping centres in the UK. The firm's shares are listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges and it is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

The company renamed itself as Intu Properties plc on 18 February 2013, which was followed by the rebrand of the majority of its shopping centres under the "Intu" name from May 2013.[2]

History[edit]

Former Liberty International logo

The company was established by Sir Donald Gordon in 1980 under the name of Transatlantic Insurance Holdings plc as an offshoot Liberty Life Association of Africa, a business he had founded in 1957.[3] The Company developed into a leading investor in life assurance businesses in the 1980s and divested its remaining life assurance interests (a 29% holding in Sun Life) in 1991.[4] In 1992 it merged with Capital & Counties, a leading shopping centre developer, so securing itself a listing on the London Stock Exchange.[4] It changed its name to Liberty International in 1996[4] and, after demerging Capital & Counties Properties in 2010, renamed itself Capital Shopping Centres Group.

In 2011, CSC purchased the Trafford Centre undertaking £750 million of debt from owners The Peel Group and offered a 20% stake in CSC to Peel chairman John Whittaker. The 20% stake in CSC was worth approximately £700m at the time, thus valuing the Trafford Centre at approximately £1.65 billion.[5] Whittaker continued to purchase shares after the takeover and became the largest single shareholder in 2012 with a stake of 24.63%.[6]

Former Capital Shopping Centres logo

CSC purchased the Westfield Group's 75% stake in Westfield Broadmarsh in Nottingham in November 2011.[7]

The company disposed of a significant holding in its Californian subsidiary Capital and Counties USA, which was restructured as Equity One. Equity One is fully American owned and operated.

In January 2013, CSC announced its rebranding to intu, and the renaming of 12 of its shopping centres to incorporate that name.[8] A new orange and black brand identity was introduced at the same time, including a bird logo said to represent a "symbol of joy".[9]

The 2013 logo in landscaped form at the Trafford Centre.

The company announced on 27 February 2013 that it had agreed to purchase Midsummer Place in Milton Keynes from Legal & General for £250.5 million. The sale was completed by the end of March 2013.[10]

In March 2014 intu announced that they had purchased the Merry Hill Centre and Westfield Derby for a £867.8m property deal that sees intu take over complete ownership of Westfield’s Derby shopping centre and Sprucefield Park in Northern Ireland.[11]

Properties[edit]

As of 31 December 2013 the company's investment properties were valued at £7.6 billion.[1] Intu owns or part-owns 18 shopping centres in the UK, which are:[12]

Name Location Ownership (intu 100% unless stated)
intu Braehead Renfrew, Renfrewshire (near Glasgow)
intu Broadmarsh Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Nottingham City Council/ Intu
intu Bromley Bromley, Greater London Intu 63.5%, Aviva 21.5%, Bromley London Borough Council 15%
intu Chapelfield Norwich, Norfolk
intu Derby Derby, East Midlands
intu Eldon Square Newcastle, Tyne and Wear Intu 60%, Newcastle City Council 40%
intu Lakeside West Thurrock, Essex (near London)
intu Metrocentre Gateshead, Tyne and Wear Intu 54%, GIC Real Estate 36%, Church Commissioners 10%
intu Merry Hill Dudley, West Midlands Intu 50%, Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) 50%
intu Midsummer Place Milton Keynes
intu Potteries Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
intu Trafford Centre Trafford, Greater Manchester
Intu Uxbridge Uxbridge, Greater London
intu Victoria Centre Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
intu Watford Watford, Hertfordshire Intu 93%, Watford Borough Council 7%
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway Almondsbury, Gloucestershire (near Bristol) Intu/Prudential 66%, ? 34%
Manchester Arndale Centre Manchester, Greater Manchester intu/Prudential 95.3%, ? 4.7%
St. David's Cardiff St David's Partnership / intu 50%, Land Securities 50%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Report 2013". Capital Shopping Centres. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "CSC announces new consumer brand and new online shopping portal". Intu Properties plc. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Sir Donald Gordon - CV
  4. ^ a b c Liberty International: History
  5. ^ Thompson, Thomas (25 November 2010). "Trafford Centre set for £1.6bn sale to CSC group". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Whittaker spends £2m on CSC shares". Place North West. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Westfield sells Nottingham's Broadmarsh shopping centre". BBC. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Mall owner CSC to change name to intu properties
  9. ^ Trafford Centre staff get makeover as redcoats axed, Manchester Evening News, January 2013
  10. ^ "Acquisition of Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes". Intu Properties plc. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Merry Hill centre bought in £407.7m deal". 20 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Our centres". Intu Properties plc. 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 

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