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Risks and opportunities management system

Principles, methods and objectives of risk management

Our approach to risk is in line with our strategy of increasing the value of our company and of sustainable growth. Our policy is to minimise risks as far as is possible. Risk management is therefore an integral part of the planning and implementation of our business strategies. Due to the small number of staff our Company employs, the Executive Board is directly involved in all risk-relevant decisions.

Under existing service contracts, the Executive Board of Deutsche EuroShop is continuously briefed about the business performance at individual property holding companies. Financial statements and financial control reports are submitted on a quarterly basis, and medium-term corporate planning is submitted annually for every shopping center. The Executive Board regularly reviews and analyses these reports, using the following key information to assess the level of risk:

  1. Portfolio properties
    • Trends in accounts receivable
    • Occupancy rates
    • Retail sales trends in the shopping centers
    • Variance against projected income from the properties
  2. Centers under construction
    • Pre-letting levels
    • Construction status
    • Budget status

Risks are identified by observing issues and changes that deviate from the original planning and budgets. The systematic analysis of economic data such as consumer confidence and retail sales trends is also incorporated in risk management. The activities of competitors are also monitored continually.

The Company’s risk management activities are documented once a quarter and the results submitted to the Supervisory Board at its meetings.

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