GCP, the central London joint venture between Great Portland Estates plc (GPE) and Liberty International PLC announces that it has arranged a new £225 million credit facility to provide financial resources for asset repositioning and investment projects. Previously GCP, which held investment properties of around £650 million at 31 December 2007, had no external debt.
Following the recent property swap and lease extension transaction with The Crown Estate there are many refurbishment, development and asset management opportunities which could lead to significant rental income growth for the partnership. GCP's partners will also have the flexibility to use the credit facility to refinance their existing equity investment in the joint venture.
The credit facility has been structured as a non recourse, secured term loan maturing in 2013 and has been underwritten by Eurohypo, HSBC and Lloyds TSB. GCP will pay a margin which varies between 75-115bp depending on the level of loan to value and interest cover ratios. GCP anticipates operating at the bottom end of the margin range.