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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield SE
Societas Europaea
Traded as
Industry Commercial real estate
Genre
Founded June 27, 2007; 11 years ago (2007-06-27)
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people
1.318 billion (2012)
Total assets €39.3 billion (2016)
Total equity €17.83 billion (2013)
Number of employees
3700 (2018)
Website urw.com

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield SE (previously Unibail-Rodamco SE) is a European commercial real estate company headquartered in Paris, France. Its history originates with the formation of two separate shopping centre operators, Unibail (founded in France in 1968) and Rodamco Europe (founded in the Netherlands in 1999), which merged in 2007 and became a societas Europaea in 2009. The company merged with the Australian shopping centre operator Westfield Corporation, created with the split of Westfield Group, in 2018.

As of 2018, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is the largest commercial real estate company in Europe,[1] and is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.[2] Its portfolio consists of retail property, office buildings, and convention centers within Europe and North America.[2] Many of its shopping centres are named with the Westfield branding that was originated by Westfield Group in 1960 and has been shared with Scentre Group for properties in Australia and New Zealand since 2014. Retail properties owned by Unibail-Rodamco before the merger will be converted to the Westfield naming convention.[3]

History

Background

Unibail was founded as a finance leasing unit in 1968 by the company then known as Worms & Cie. In 1991, the company started to focus on the property investment sector, and to phase out involvement in lease financing. Unibail built up a portfolio of property with close to 30 shopping centres across France - including the Forum des Halles and the arcade within CNIT - and substantial office properties in Paris and La Défense - including the Tour Ariane, and the Paris Expo group of convention centres.[4][5] Rodamco Europe was formed in 1999 when Rodamco, a property investment fund set up by the Dutch asset management group Robeco in 1979, was broken up into various independent listed companies covering different parts of the world. Rodamco Europe subsequently collected a portfolio primarily consisting of shopping centres and other retail spaces across 14 European countries, along with some office property in France and the Netherlands, acquiring smaller European rivals in the process.[6]

2007–2017: Unibail-Rodamco

Unibail-Rodamco logo, used until 2018

On April 10, 2007, Rodamco Europe announced an agreement to conduct a merger of equals[7] with Unibail to create the largest publicly traded property company in Europe.[8] The merger was confirmed on June 21, 2007, after Unibail announced the acquisition of 80% of Rodamco's shares, making its offer for the remainder unconditional.[9] The merged entity took effect as a société anonyme under the new name Unibail-Rodamco on June 25, 2007.[10]

On June 1, 2011, Unibail-Rodamco hired former FNAC CEO Christophe Cuvillier as the new COO. In collaboration with CEO and Chairman of the Board Guillaume Poitrinal, he has led the company to 5 years of growth in spite of the tough economic conditions.[11]

In May 2015, Unibail revealed it had signed an agreement with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to sell its 46.1 percent stake in German shopping mall operator MFI AG for €394 million.[12]

2018–present: Merger with Westfield

Westfield logo, in use from 1960–present

In December 2017, Unibail took over Westfield Corporation, which operates 35 shopping centres in the US and the UK, for a reported price of US$24.8bn. The Australian shopping centres branded as Westfield and held by Scentre, were not acquired by Unibail.[13]

Corporate affairs

Management

  • Christophe Cuvillier – Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer
  • Jean-Marie Tritant – Chief Operating Officer
  • Armelle Carminati-Rabasse – Chief Resources Officer
  • Jaap L. Tonckens – Chief Financial Officer
  • Olivier Bossard – Chief Development Officer
  • Fabrice Mouchel – Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Shareholders

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is 100% free float, no shareholder holds more than 10% of the share capital:[14] Shareholder structure as of October 31, 2012:[15]

Indexes

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is listed in several indexes, including:[16]

  • FTSE4Good (since 2008)
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index (World since 2008 and Europe since 2010)
  • Advanced Sustainability Performance Eurozone Index (since 2010)
  • Ethibel Sustainability Index (since 2011)
  • ECPI Index (since 2011)
  • STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Index (since 2011)
  • Standard Ethics French Index (since 2015)

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is rated A by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.

In 2015, Standard Ethics Aei has given a rating to Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in order to include it in its Standard Ethics French Index.[17]

Assets

Centrum Chodov, largest shopping mall in Prague owned by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

To conceive and design its buildings, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield works with high-end architectural firms like Thomas Mayne of Morphosis firm,[18] Herzog & de Meuron,[19] RIADH group (De La Hoz, Cottrell, Michelangeli), the firm Architecture Farshid Moussavi, Cuno & Jean Brullmann Crochon-Luc,[20] Jean-Paul Viguier,[21] Epstein & Glaiman / Recevki Architecture, Araldo Cossutta & Ponte, and Arte-Charpentier.

References

  1. ^ "Europe: Largest Real Estate Companies 2018". Statista. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Group At A Glance". Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Danziger, Pamela (December 19, 2017). "Will Unibail-Rodamco Give Westfield Malls A European Makeover". Forbes. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Unibail-Rodamco. "Unibail Historical Data". Retrieved 2007-06-26. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Unibail-Rodamco. "List of properties". Archived from the original on 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
  6. ^ Rodamco Europe. "History". Archived from the original on 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
  7. ^ Rodamco Europe. "Rodamco and Unibail merger". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  8. ^ "Unibail, Rodamco to create European property leader". Reuters. April 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  9. ^ "Unibail secures merger with Rodamco Europe". Reuters. June 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  10. ^ "Amsterdam shares close slightly lower; Hagemeyer carries the day". AFX News. June 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
  11. ^ "Unibail-Rodamco SE". Bloomberg. March 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  12. ^ James Regan (15 May 2015). "Unibail sells German mall operator stake to Canada's CPPIB". Reuters. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  13. ^ Thakur Mahrotri, Pooja; Burgess, Matthew (12 December 2017). "Unibail Buys Westfield for $16 Billion as Mall Owners Merge". Bloomberg. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  14. ^ UNIBAIL-RODAMCO (UL), 4-traders.com
  15. ^ Shareholding Structure as of October 31, 2012, Unibail official Website / Shareholders, October 31, 2012
  16. ^ Sustainability, awards and ratings, Unibail-rodamco.com
  17. ^ http://www.standardethicsindices.eu/standard-ethics-french-index.html
  18. ^ Le Phare (The Lighthouse), Paris, France, Designbuild-network.com
  19. ^ Joseph Ayoub, Tour Triangle, Whitezine, 7 June 2012
  20. ^ Towers, buildings and consultations in La Défense, Nxtbook.fr
  21. ^ Lyon Confluence / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associes, Arch Daily, 8 June 2012

External links

  • Unbail-Rodamco-Westfield corporate website
  • Westfield commercial website
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