Attacq Limited last week posted its annual results for the year ended 30 June 2016. The year was a highlight year for Attacq and the company showed healthy results, despite a very challenging local climate and volatile international market conditions.

Attacq achieves good growth in results Attacq chief executive officer Morné Wilken confirmed the company’s vision to be the premier property fund in South Africa that delivers exceptional, sustainable capital growth through creative local and international real estate developments and investments.

Attacq achieved a 15,3% growth in Adjusted NAVPS to R21,89 per share for the full year, with the compound annual growth rate in Adjusted NAVPS being 29,4% since inception. Attacq’s total asset value grew by 18,6% to R27,6-billion, since June 2015 when it stood at R23,3-billion.

The international portion of Attacq’s assets showed positive growth both in value and percentage contribution to the overall net asset value with international assets increasing by 34,5% to R5,9-billion. The Waterfall bulk that has been completed increased by 49,5% to a total of 410 000 sqm.

The super-regional Mall of Africa in Waterfall City (80% owned by Attacq) opened on 28 April 2016 with more than 123 000 visitors on opening day. The 131 000 sqm mall is already trading above expectation and it is important to note that only two months of trading contributed to Attacq’s June 2016 results. “The mall has been designed to allow for an expansion of 25 000 sqm and we look forward to significant value upliftment in years to come,” says Wilken.

As part of growing the Attacq brand, the company unveiled its newly refreshed brand during the period. This was a key highlight in developing brand clarity and engaging well with all stakeholders. “The brand refresh was a salient step in rolling out the fully integrated Attacq marketing communication and stakeholder engagement strategy that was adopted early in 2016,” states Wilken.

“Waterfall remains the jewel in the Attacq crown as a catalyst for regional growth. We are very positive about the way ahead. Following the catalytic momentum created by the opening of the Mall of Africa, Waterfall City is rapidly becoming the favoured destination for beneficial corporate consolidation. Projections show that the Mall of Africa alone will attract more than 15 million people per year,” says Wilken. “Based on studies by Urban Studies, the projected growth in office space is expected to be almost 30% per annum until 2020. The opening of the 26-storey PwC Tower will accelerate this growth even further,” he continues.

If the past and the development of other cities are used as comparative case studies, the future of Waterfall City is bright. Wilken explains: “Sandton City was built in 1972 and, 44 years later, Sandton is a developed city with 4,5 million sqm of developed space in total. Gateway Centre today one of the best performing malls in the country and a catalyst for business growth in the Umhlanga Ridge area. Canal Walk in Cape Town is not only one of the best performing malls in the country, but was also the impetus for significant commercial development that led to Century City,” states Wilken.

Along its strategy of invest, develop and grow Attacq has made significant strides. New partnerships were formed in South Africa with Sanlam, Equites, Zenprop, Barrow and with Artisan in the UK and Atterbury Europe in Europe to invest in exciting development opportunities across Waterfall and beyond.

International investments increased by 34% to R5,8-billion.

• Net asset value per share adjusted for deferred tax (‘Adjusted NAVPS’) increased by 15.3% from R18,98 to R21,89
• Total assets increased by 18,6% to R27,6-billion
• Investments in international assets increased by 34.5% to R5,9-billion
• Completed Waterfall bulk increased by 49,5% from 274 860 sqm to 410 000 sqm
• Super-regional Mall of Africa opened in Waterfall City in April 2016 to record visitor numbers and continues to perform above expectation
• Attacq enjoyed compounded growth, since inception of 29,4% in Adjusted NAVPS