21 May - 3 min read

Trading update

Trading update

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 2009/016487/06)
JSE share codes:   FFA ISIN: ZAE000248498
                   FFB ISIN: ZAE000248506
Bond company code: FORI
LEI: 378900FE98E30F24D975
(Approved as a REIT by the JSE)
(“Fortress” or the “company”)


In its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2020 published on 10 March 2021, Fortress
provided dividend per share guidance for the six-month period ending 30 June 2021 (“2H2021”) of
78,79 cents per Fortress A (“FFA”) share and approximately 10 cents per Fortress B (“FFB”) share.
Shareholders and noteholders were further advised that the aforementioned guidance was based, inter alia, on
the assumption that NEPI Rockcastle plc (“NEPI Rockcastle”) achieves its expected distributable earnings
for its financial year ending 31 December 2021 as published by NEPI Rockcastle on 25 February 2021 and
adheres to its payout ratio policy.

Shareholders and noteholders are referred to the business update by NEPI Rockcastle published on SENS on
20 May 2021 (the “NEPI Rockcastle business update”), which included an update on operating performance,
tenant support and rent concessions. The NEPI Rockcastle business update further advised that, due to the
degree of uncertainty in relation to the future restrictions on NEPI Rockcastle’s operations, it withdrew the
previously provided distributable earnings guidance for its financial year ending 31 December 2021.

Fortress’ distributable income and dividends for 2H2021 are materially dependent on the interim dividend
declared by NEPI Rockcastle for the same period. Fortress has therefore reconsidered its guidance for 2H2021
taking into account the information disclosed in the NEPI Rockcastle business update. Accordingly, Fortress
withdraws its previously provided dividend guidance per FFA share and FFB share in respect of 2H2021.

The FFA share is entitled in any income period to a distribution equal to the prior comparative period’s
distribution escalated by the lower of the Consumer Price Index or 5% (“the FFA entitlement”) and the FFB
share is entitled to any residual distributable income in an income period. In terms of the company’s
memorandum of incorporation, should the company not earn sufficient distributable income to meet the FFA
entitlement, the board may not distribute any income to FFA shareholders and accordingly no distribution
may then be declared to FFB shareholders.

The financial information set out in this announcement has not been audited, reviewed or reported on by
Fortress’ auditors.

21 May 2021

Lead sponsor         Joint sponsor                                 Debt sponsor
Java Capital         Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking      Rand Merchant Bank 
                     (a division of Nedbank Limited)               (a division of First Rand Bank Limited)

Date: 21-05-2021 09:45:00
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