Great Portland Estates plc (GPE or the Group) announces that it has agreed with certain institutional investors to issue £150 million new unsecured US private placement notes. The Sterling denominated notes cover 12 year and 15 year maturities (weighted average of 14.5 years) and have a weighted average fixed rate coupon of 2.77%.
The new issue priced on 5 August and, subject to contract, funds will be drawn on 5 November. The notes were placed with six investors, including two new lenders to GPE, and have identical financial covenants to the Group’s other unsecured debt.
The relatively long-dated nature of the notes will significantly extend the Group’s weighted average debt maturity to 7.5 years once drawn (5.6 years at 30 June 2020) and increase available liquidity to more than £500 million. The Group’s LTV at 30 June 2020 was only 15.0%.