Out of the blue!
"HELICAL TO REDUCE DEBT AND LOWER FINANCE COSTS USING PROCEEDS OF RECENT SALES
Helical has today announced its intention to redeem its £80.0m 6.00 per cent bonds on 2 March 2018 in line with its plans to reduce debt and its annual finance costs.
The bonds were issued on 24 June 2013 with a maturity date of 24 June 2020. Based on the closing price of the benchmark gilt on 19 January 2018, the aggregate redemption price is expected to be circa £89.0m, a premium of £9.0m over the aggregate issue price of the bonds. The redemption price of the bonds will be calculated at 11.00 a.m. on 28 February 2018 based on the benchmark gilt at that time plus a 0.5 per cent. margin, in accordance with, and as described in further detail in, the terms and conditions of the bonds. Following the redemption of the bonds, the Company's future interest payments are expected to reduce by £11.1m (£4.8m pa) in the period to 24 June 2020, a net saving of £2.1m.
Helical has also increased an existing loan facility with Aviva Investors, adding its investment assets at The Loom, London E1 and Churchgate and Lee House, Manchester to Shepherd's Building, London W14. The £124m facility releases £45m of cash to Helical and is a mix of fixed rate and new floating rate debt. The loan is due for repayment in December 2024 and will carry an initial interest rate of 3.28%, with interest on £31m varying with movements in 3 month LIBOR.
Since 30 September 2017 Helical has also:
- Repaid its fully drawn £102m facility with Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG, previously due to be repaid in August 2020;
- Transferred its £60m facility (£45m drawn) with HSBC to the purchaser of its retirement village portfolio, previously due to be repaid in August 2020.
Once completed, the loan and bond repayments, net of the increased facility with Aviva Investors, will reduce annual finance costs by circa £8.9m.
Tim Murphy, Finance Director, said: "We have used the proceeds of recent sales to substantially reduce the Company's gross borrowings and annual finance costs. In addition, I am pleased to have secured longer-term debt with Aviva Investors for two of our core investment properties. These actions are part of our approach to maintaining capital discipline whilst providing flexibility to allow us to pursue our business strategy.""