BEACHWOOD, Ohio, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) today announced that Ulta Beauty (Nasdaq: ULTA) will open 12 new stores in the Company's prime power centers by year-end 2013. Year-to-date, Ulta and DDR have opened six new stores, and are scheduled to open an additional six stores prior to year-end, bringing Ulta's total store count to 43 locations across DDR's portfolio.
"Ulta continues to be very focused on securing prime locations in market dominant power centers, and we are excited to expand our relationship with this best-in-class retailer," said Paul Freddo, senior executive vice president of leasing and development for DDR. "Ulta brings a complementary and unique merchandise offering to our shopping centers while simultaneously increasing credit quality of cash flow."
Through the combination of small shop consolidation, backfilling underperforming and expiring tenants, and new construction, DDR has proactively facilitated Ulta's growth plans by creating space in assets that were collectively already 97% leased. The 12 new locations at DDR shopping centers represent nearly 10% of Ulta's current 2013 store growth guidance. These stores solidify DDR as Ulta's largest landlord, and elevate the retailer into DDR's top 25 tenant ranking as measured by annual base rent.
About DDR Corp. DDR is an owner and manager of 435 value-oriented shopping centers representing 115 million square feet in 39 states, Puerto Rico and Brazil. The Company's assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable populations and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the company is available at www.ddr.com, as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Pinterest.
Safe Harbor DDR considers portions of the information in this press release to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended, with respect to the Company's expectation for future periods. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, local conditions such as oversupply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; constructing properties or expansions that produce a desired yield on investment; our ability to buy or sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to complete acquisitions or dispositions of assets under contract; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; and the success of our capital recycling strategy. For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, as amended. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.