2 October 2015
The Board of Tritax Big Box REIT plc (ticker: BBOX) is pleased to announce that the Company has agreed a new five year £500 million secured debt facility (the “Facility”) with a syndicate of four lenders.
The Facility comprises a £320 million Term Loan which will be drawn in full immediately, a further £80 million Term Loan available to draw up until the first anniversary of the Facility, and a £100 million Revolving Credit Facility which includes a £10 million Overdraft component.
The Facility has an opening margin of 1.40% above three-month LIBOR and will reduce the Group’s average margin payable on its debt facilities, when fully drawn, from 1.77% to 1.42%.
The Facility will refinance £253.34 million of the Group’s existing debt currently provided by Barclays Bank PLC and Santander UK plc. The Group’s existing loans with Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale, London Branch (“Helaba”) will remain outside the Facility and are unaffected.
The drawing of the initial Term Loan will increase the portfolio’s loan to value ratio (“LTV”) to approximately 35%. When taking into account the funding requirements of the Group’s existing commitments, it will be looking to increase the LTV towards the targeted level of 40% in the near term. The Facility extends the Group’s average unexpired loan term to five years.
Subject to lender support, the Facility has two, twelve month, extension options exercisable after year one and year two respectively. The Facility can also be increased to £700 million, again subject to lender support.
The Company is required to put in place interest rate hedging in respect of a minimum of 75% of aggregate drawn debt under the Facility, which it will look to execute in the near term.
The syndicate for the Facility consists of Barclays Bank PLC, Helaba, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and ING Real Estate Finance (UK) B.V., who also all acted as mandated lead arrangers. Barclays Bank PLC will act as co-ordinator, facility agent, book runner and Security Agent for the Facility.
Colin Godfrey, Partner of Tritax, commented:
“This is a very attractive loan package that will immediately reduce the Group’s average cost of borrowing by 35 bps, extend our average unexpired loan term and bring the Group’s LTV ratio more in line with the Group’s stated medium term target.
The Facility will also provide the debt resource needed to support our ongoing growth plans, building upon our strong financial performance. The Facility offers the Group substantial operational flexibility and includes an option to draw against our current and future forward funded investment assets at the same margin. We are pleased to be welcoming both Wells Fargo and ING as new lenders to the Group, alongside Barclays and Helaba.”
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About Tritax Big Box REIT plc
Tritax Big Box REIT plc is a real estate investment trust to which Part 12 of the UK Corporation Tax Act 2010 applies (“REIT”). The Company invests in a portfolio of well-located, modern “Big Box” assets, typically greater than 500,000 sq. ft., let to institutional-grade tenants on long-term leases (typically at least 12 years in length) with upward-only rent reviews (giving inflation linked earnings growth), and with geographic and tenant diversification throughout the UK. The Company seeks to exploit the significant opportunity in this sub-sector of the UK logistics market owing to strong tenant demand in high growth areas of the economy and limited stock supply. The Company is the first listed vehicle to give pure exposure to the “Big Box” asset class in the UK.
Further information on Tritax Big Box REIT is available at www.tritaxbigboxreitplc.co.uk
Formed in 1995, Tritax is a market leader in originating, syndicating and managing commercial property investments for private equity capital and pension funds. It is active in both the mainstream commercial property market and in the specialist area of tax efficient property investments.
As at the January 2015 Tritax’s portfolio under management has an acquisition value of approximately £1.49bn, consisting of over 12m sq. ft. of real estate assets including Big Box distribution warehouses, industrial, office, retail and hotel properties. Since 2000, the Tritax has delivered it’s investors an average IRR across all its exited vehicles of over c.18.0% pa. Further information on Tritax is available at www.tritax.co.uk