SM Prime Holdings to earmark PHP60 billion annually for the next three years to sustain its developmental goals

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), the Philippines’ leading integrated property company, will earmark at least PHP60 billion annually for the next three years to sustain its developmental goals.

“SM Prime’s expansion program for the malls remains focused on the provinces which present major opportunities for higher growth and where many areas remain unserved. In the housing sector, we will continue to serve the Metro Manila area but will slowly move towards the provincial areas in the medium term. The emergence of the Philippine economy will allow us to be of greater service to as many communities as we could possibly reach,” SM Prime President Hans T. Sy said.

The company is slated to open five new malls in the Philippines this year. These are SM City Trece Martires in Cavite, SM City San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan, SM Cherry Congressional, SM City East Ortigas and SM Cherry Antipolo. In addition to the new malls, the company will be expanding SM City Calamba and SM City Naga. By end 2016, SM Prime will have 61 malls in the Philippines and six malls in China with an estimated combined gross floor area (GFA) of 8.6 million sqm.

Over the past three decades, SM malls have become more than just a shopping experience for the Filipinos. These have become the destination malls that create a whole new experience. This year, SM Prime will also open the Galleon Museum in the MoA Complex, which will bring to life the country’s rich Manila – Acapulco, Mexico trade heritage.

In residential development, SM Prime, through SM Development Corporation (SMDC), will launch between 11,000 to 14,000 units in Quezon City, Bicutan and Sucat in Paranaque, Las Piñas and Pasay at the Mall of Asia (MoA) Complex. SM Prime also intends to gradually enter the economic housing market by launching new mixed-use developments in Cabanatuan, Pampanga and Cavite in the second half of this year.

The Commercial Properties Group of SM Prime will sustain the growth momentum and increasing demand for modern and innovative office buildings from the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies. ThreeE-Com and FourE-Com Centers are under construction and scheduled for completion in 2018 and 2019, respectively. When completed, these office buildings will add 236,000 sqm (GFA) and become the newest architectural landmarks in the MoA complex.

SM Prime’s hotel group will open the 347-room Conrad Manila in the second half which will  further enhance the value and foot traffic of Mall of Asia (MoA) Complex. Conrad Manila is the first 6-star hotel of the Hilton hotel brand in the country. This is the first certified U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® in the MoA Complex. Conrad Manila is inspired by the world-class sunset of the Manila bay, envisioned as a floating vessel that cruises on a stylish urban resort atmosphere, perched atop an upscale lifestyle mall called S’Maison.

During its Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held today, SM Prime declared a cash dividend of twenty-three (P0.23) centavos per share amounting to P6.64 billion in favor of all stockholders of record as of April 29, 2016 and payable on May 12, 2016. This is equivalent to 35% of last year’s Philippine Net Income, excluding one-time gain on marketable securities. On the same event, SM Prime shareholders elected Executive Vice President Jeffrey Lim as the newest member of its Board of Directors.

SM Prime recognizes the value of good governance in the operation of its business, and continues to foster its culture of good corporate governance through the continued review and development of its policies and programs.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

For further information, please contact:

Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

SOURCE: SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

Philippines: SM malls evolved into sustainable structures

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM malls, which now total 56 in the country, have evolved into sustainable structures that are proving to be valuable and sensible investments.

In the last few years, SM malls have consciously integrated disaster risk reduction into design and operations in the midst of worsening effects of climate change.

Speaking before the Annual General Meeting of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in London last November 5, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. President Hans T. Sy shared that the company has taken major steps to ensure the longevity of its developments and safeguard its host communities given this context.

SM malls, with a total gross area of over 7 million square meters, have an average daily foot traffic of over 4 million people and have approximately 15,000 tenants.

“My experience has proven that investing in resilience of our company’s assets makes good business sense. Depending on the location and assessment of the project, around 10% of CAPEX (capital expenditure) is allocated to Disaster Resiliency,” Sy said. Sy is the only Filipino to be part of the UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group.

“We see the entirety of our malls as a city in itself, with locators, employees, customers and the communities we serve,” Sy added.

The latest SM mall, SM City Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija, which opened last October 19, 2015 is a good example of how SM Prime has adapted to climate change by making its infrastructure more disaster resilient. Cabanatuan was affected by Super Typhoon Lando (International name: Koppu) which caused massive flooding, mudslides and power outtages that affected nine million people in the northern region. The mall’s design allowed the free flow of creek floodwater during extreme flooding while the lower ground structure served as a flood catchment, thereby reducing the risk of flooding and ensuring the safety of the surrounding communities. The mall likewise served as a refuge for over 400 customers and families in the area at the height of the typhoon.

Over the past several decades, SM Prime has made significant inroads in incorporating disaster resiliency in its malls. The best example is SM City Marikina which opened in 2008 and was built on concrete stilts to allow flood water from the nearby Marikina River to flow freely. When Typhoon Ondoy (International name: Ketsana) flooded most of Marikina City, the mall stood high above flood waters and all its tenants were undamaged and safe.

The roads surrounding the Marikina mall are at ground level. Anticipating floods during heavy rains at that level, SM Prime constructed the first two levels of SM Marikina as parking areas without wall enclosures. The upper parking level was constructed at an elevation of 20.5 meters. During extreme floods, the parking floors are vacated and the supportive stilts allow for the free flow of water through the lower levels, while the business units continue to operate safely as was seen at the onset of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) when a huge part of Marikina was flooded. The mall became a refuge for stranded people and food seekers. It also became a re-packing center for relief goods.

SM City Masinag in Antipolo, SM BF Paranaque, SM Angono and SM San Mateo both in Rizal province were provided with catch basins underneath the mall to hold water during flooding.

SM Muntinlupa in Alabang, was also designed to ensure the safety of the customers even if it was found to be located on a “discontinued major fault line”. Its design features a slab system that minimizes the effects of earthquakes.

The Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, one of SM Prime’s biggest investments located on 60 hectares of reclaimed property, has also been been designed for resiliency. He said that the main feature of the complex is that all structures were constructed at a height of 4.5 meters above the National Building Code requirements.

“SM Prime places crucial importance on disaster resilience, not as an additional cost, but as part of our core business strategy. It allows us to serve our communities better, to be competitive, to increase our value and bottomline. But most of all, disaster resilience ensures the safety of our customers and the communities where we operate,” Sy said.

Moreover, SM Prime and SM Megamall have been certified ISO 22301, the first in the Philippine Retail Industry for having provisions for Business Continuity Management.

Aside from introducing sustainable features in its malls, SM Prime also educates and updates its partners and stakeholders on disaster risk reduction (DRR) through internal procedures and various forums, such as the Green Retail Agenda, Business Case for Disaster Resilience, Top Leaders Forum and others. It also values and supports the government’s programs and initiatives in their information and educational campaigns such as the first Metro Manila Shake Drill for Earthquake Preparedness.

SM Prime also supports DRR projects such as the Weather Philippines Foundation’s Automated Weather Station (AWS) which specializes in local weather forecasting. All SM malls have also installed the AWS device which provides online 5-day local weather forecasts as a form of public service in support of the government’s weather forecasting.

SM has also donated 1,000 units of disaster resilient houses to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall in the southern part of the Philippines.

SM Prime set up its efforts to lead Philippine businesses and communities disaster-resilient through the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE), a worldwide initiative spearheaded by the UNISDR to create more resilient societies.

ARISE was introduced for the first time in Southeast Asia during the 2015 Top Leaders Forum at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

ARISE, which was launched in London last September, was created in order to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global roadmap adopted in March 2015 which aims to curb disaster mortality and economic losses substantially.

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For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation