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Thursday 30 November, 2017

AFI Development PLC

SALE OF TWO BUILDINGS AT AQUAMARINE III

RNS Number : 0037Y
AFI Development PLC
30 November 2017
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION

IN OR INTO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA OR JAPAN

 

 

AFI DEVELOPMENT PLC

("AFI DEVELOPMENT" OR THE "COMPANY")

 

AFI DEVELOPMENT AGREES TO SELL
TWO BUILDINGS AT AQUAMARINE III

(CLASS 2 TRANSACTION NOTIFICATION)

 

 

London, 30 November 2017 - AFI Development Plc announces that it has agreed to sell Building 2 and Building 4 at the completed Aquamarine III Business Centre in Moscow to one of the leading Russian banks (the Buyer) for total cash consideration of RUR7.89 billion (circa US$135 million), net of the applicable Russian VAT.

 

Subject of the transaction are office premises, underground parking and a share of commonly owned service areas at the Aquamarine (Ozerkovskaya) III Business Centre at 22-24, Ozerkovskaya embankment, Moscow, Russia. The transaction consists of two Russian law governed agreements: a sales-purchase agreement of 39,635.8 sq.m of gross buildable area (including 328 underground parking units) and a sale-purchase agreement of a circa 57% share in the title to the premises of 3,728.6 sq.m of gross buildable area ("the Transaction agreements").

 

The Aquamarine (Ozerkovskaya) III Business Centre is an office complex forming part of the "Aquamarine" mixed-use development, located on the Ozerkovskaya embankment in the historical Zamoskvorechie district of Moscow. The project consists of four Class A buildings with common underground parking. In 2013, AFI Development disposed of Building 1 in the complex to ALROSA mining company. After the disposal of Building 1, the Business Centre has 61,579 sq.m of gross buildable area and 466 parking units. Building 3 of the complex is leased to various tenants, including Brown-Forman and Deutsche Bank.

 

The transaction consideration shall be satisfied in three tranches as follows: 50% of the consideration shall be paid upon execution of the Transaction agreements ("Tranche 1"), the other 50% shall be deposited under a covered irrevocable letter of credit: 40% of the consideration ("Tranche 2") shall be released to the Company when the Buyer is registered as owner of the purchased premises and the remaining 10% of the consideration ("Tranche 3") shall be released when the Buyer is registered as co-lessor under the property land lease agreement (the land plot under the Aquamarine III complex is co-leased by owners of the respective buildings, in accordance with the Russian law). Tranche 1 is expected to be paid in the coming days.

 

The value of the gross assets subject of the transaction in the consolidated IFRS accounts of the Company is circa US$135 million. 

 

As the disposed buildings were vacant, they did not contribute to the profits of AFI Development.

 

Although the transaction will be subject to Russian profit tax estimated at RUR440 million (circa US$7.5 million), as a result of the transaction on the consolidated IFRS accounts, the Company expects to incur a loss of about US$12.4 million. The Company does not expect a property tax effect from the transaction.

 

The Aquamarine III Business Centre is currently mortgaged in favour of VTB Bank PJSC ("the Bank") under the Ozerkovskaya III loan agreement and the AFIMALL City loan agreement. The mortgages will be removed once Tranche 1 of the consideration has been transferred to the Bank as partial repayment of the Ozerkovskskaya III loan.

 

Most of the sale proceeds of the transaction will be transferred to the Bank as partial repayment of the Ozerkovskaya III loan. The Ozerkovskaya III loan expires in January 2018, the Company and the Bank had been negotiating its restructuring prior to the transaction. The Company assumes that, in case of successful completion of the transaction, it will be able to reduce the outstanding balance of the Ozerkovskaya III loan to approximately US$86 million. The Company's interest expense under the loan will be significantly reduced. However, the exact effect on future interest expense will be clear once the restructuring terms have been agreed with the Bank.

 

 

- ENDS -

 

For further information, please contact:

 

AFI Development, +7 495 796 9988

Ilya Kutnov, Corporate Affairs/Investments Director (Responsible for arranging the release of this announcement)

 

Citigate Dewe Rogerson, London +44 20 7638 9571

David Westover 

Sandra Novakov

 

This announcement contains inside information.

 

About AFI Development

 

Established in 2003, AFI Development is one of the leading real estate development companies operating in Russia.

 

AFI Development is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and aims to deliver shareholder value through a commitment to innovation and continuous project development, coupled with the highest standards of design, construction and quality of customer service.

 

AFI Development focuses on developing and redeveloping high quality commercial and residential real estate assets across Russia, with Moscow being its main market. The Company's existing portfolio comprises commercial projects focused on offices, shopping centers, hotels and mixed-use properties, and residential projects. AFI Development's strategy is to sell the residential properties it develops and to either lease the commercial properties or sell them for a favorable return.

 

AFI Development is a leading force in urban regeneration, breathing new life into city squares and neighborhoods and transforming congested and underdeveloped areas into thriving new communities. The Company's long-term, large-scale regeneration and city infrastructure projects establish the necessary groundwork for the successful launch of commercial and residential properties, providing a strong base for future.


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