Deal covers five sorting centre locations in the Netherlands
PostNL has entered into a sale-and-leaseback agreement with Urban Industrial relating to four mail sorting centres in the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Zwolle, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the international sorting centre in The Hague.
Urban Industrial is a Dutch company. Its main activity is the acquisition and long-term exploitation of industrial real estate. Urban Industrial’s total real estate portfolio comprises approximately 750,000 m2. Through this transaction, PostNL is strengthening its balance sheet and releasing value for the company.
PostNL will receive proceeds of €150.0 million from the sale-and-lease-back transaction. The related book gain of around €61.0 million will be labelled as a one-off result and as such will not impact normalised EBIT and normalised comprehensive income. The net proceeds will improve the free cash flow for 2020.
Taking into account the long-term lease arrangements related to this transaction, the impact on the adjusted net debt position will be approximately €97.0 million, improving the leverage ratio.
The improved financial position allows PostNL to accelerate the digitalisation of the Company in a number of key areas as part of the transformation of PostNL. The transaction is expected to close in November 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.