Rights issue of preference shares with 10.5% direct return
Quartiers Properties is carrying out a rights issue of approximately SEK 25.5 million by issuing new preference shares at a subscription price of SEK 9.15 per share, corresponding to a yield of around 10.5%.
The Board of Quartiers Properties AB (publ) (‘Quartiers Properties’ or ‘the Company’) has taken the decision to carry out a new share issue, with preferential rights for existing shareholders (irrespective of share class) of up to 2,786,875 preference shares. In the event of full subscription this would generate total issue proceeds of approximately SEK 25.5 million (‘the Rights Issue’). The Rights Issue is intended to finance investment relating to Boho Club.
Subscription for preference shares will be based on subscription rights. The right to receive rights to subscribe for preference shares will fall to those who are registered as shareholders at the record date; they will be allocated subscription rights in relation to their shareholding at the record date. Each existing share (irrespective of share class) entitles the holder to one (1) subscription right. Twenty (20) subscription rights entitle the holder to subscribe for one (1) new preference share.
Background and reason
Quartiers Properties develops and improves properties on Spain’s Costa del Sol with a focus on the area around Marbella. In the property development segment the Company markets and sells apartments and villas with an emphasis on the premium segment. In the property refinement segment the Company develops properties through refurbishment, concept design and market launch with a focus on creating value growth in the property portfolio. Quartiers Properties currently has two primary properties in this segment; Boho Club and Quartiers Apartment Hotel in Benahavís. Quartiers Properties has generated value growth of almost 100 percent in its apartment complex in Benahavís since it was acquired in 2016. Over the course of 2019 Boho Club has been refurbished, the restaurant has opened and the will hotel will also open by the end of the year.
The Company’s increase in the number of actively managed and cash flow-generating properties in the portfolio has boosted interest among international operators in refinancing the Company on terms that Quartiers Properties finds attractive. The Company has therefore begun a refinancing process with JLL’s London-based specialist hotel department with the aim of completing refinancing in the first half of 2020, thereby freeing up capital both immediately and on an ongoing basis as a result of higher LTV, a lower cost of capital and longer-term repayment terms. See the press release of 3 December 2019.
Proceeds from the Rights Issue are intended to be used as follows:
- Instalment payment of approximately SEK 4.5 million of a promissory note (corresponding to 50% of the amount of debt) for the acquisition of shares in connection with the buyout of a financial partner in Boho Club.
- Lending of approximately SEK 13.5 million to the subsidiary Boho Club (of which Quartiers Properties owns 80%) regarding operation and development of the hotel and restaurant project on Marbella’s Golden Mile.
- Annual instalment of approximately SEK 3.5 million for a plot next to Boho Club intended to be used for the construction of more hotel rooms in connection with a new local development plan in Marbella municipality.
- Other small investments in the property portfolio of approximately SEK 3.7 million.
- Coverage of issue costs of approximately SEK 0.3 million.
Preliminary timetable for the issue
|Record date for shareholders||11 December 2019|
|Information brochure/offering documentation available on the Company’s website||12 December 2019|
|Subscription period begins||13 December 2019|
|Trading in rights and BTA begins||13 December 2019|
|Last date for trading in rights||2 January 2020|
|Subscription period ends||7 January 2020|
|Estimated date of publication of outcome||8 January 2020|
|Settlement date for subscribed non-preferences shares||13 January 2020|
Information brochure regarding the Rights Issue