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Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Peterbrgh (Prg Hlth)

Announcement

RNS Number : 9725X
Peterborough (Progress Health) plc
11 May 2016
 

RNS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

PETERBOROUGH (PROGRESS HEALTH) PLC - RNS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

For immediate release

 

11 May 2016

 

PETERBOROUGH (PROGRESS HEALTH) PLC (the "Issuer")

£446,115,000, 5.58 per cent. Guaranteed Secured Bonds due 2042

(including up to £50,000,000 Variation Bonds) unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed as to scheduled payments of principal and interest pursuant to a bond financial guarantee issued by FGIC UK Limited (the "Bonds")

(ISIN XS0308856276)

Peterborough City Hospital (PCH)

Remedial works to the fire compartmentation issues at PCH are ongoing and progressing in line with the Action Plan issued by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) on 1 June 2015. The Action Plan provides for a completion date of 22 February 2019 which has been confirmed in an Enforcement Notice issued by CFRS on 22 March 2016.

The Standstill Agreements entered into between Progress Health and the Trust (Trust Standstill) and Progress Health and Brookfield (Brookfield Standstill) on 29 April 2015, as set out in the RNS Announcement of 1 May 2015, remain in force and unaffected by the Enforcement Notice.

The Standstill Agreements limit the Trust's and Progress Health's ability to claim Unavailability Deductions and award Service Failure Points from Progress Health and Brookfield respectively, during the period in which the Standstills are in force (the Standstill Period) in order to allow for any remedial works to be carried out. No Payment Deductions have been or will be made during the Standstill Period and the position remains that the total Deductions made by the Trust in the period 17 November 2014 to 27 March 2015 are £6,437,929.13, of which £5,309,123.24 has been passed down to Brookfield Construction and £1,128,805.89 has been passed down to Brookfield Services, offsetting the Deductions made by the Trust in full.

The Cavell Centre (TCC)

CFRS issued an Action Plan for TCC on 8 February 2016, which provides for Remedial Works to be completed by 30 August 2016. Remedial works are ongoing and are currently ahead of the programme agreed with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). 

On 14 April 2016, the Issuer received notice from CPFT of its intention to make deductions to the service payment due to Progress Health in April 2016 on the basis that TCC is, for the purposes of the applicable contractual documents, Unavailable but Used. CPFT confirmed on 29 April 2016 that it would be making such deductions.

CPFT deducted £225,757.50 plus VAT (£270,909.00 including VAT) from the payment due to Progress Health in April 2016, of which £37,440.77 plus VAT (£44,928.92 including VAT) was deducted from the Service Payment due to Brookfield Services on 29 April 2016. The net balance of £188,316.73 will be passed down to Brookfield Construction as a Reduction Amount in accordance with Clause 22A.7 of the Construction Contract.

CPFT's assertion that TCC is Unavailable but Used is based on alleged issues in respect of the fire compartmentation which have been identified as a result of surveys undertaken at TCC on behalf of CPFT. The Issuer does not accept that TCC has been at any time or is Unavailable.

The City Care Centre (CCC)

CFRS issued an Action Plan for CCC on 21 December 2015, which provides for Remedial Works to be completed by 31 December 2016. Remedial Works are progressing as planned and it is anticipated that they will be completed by the required completion date.

No Unavailability Deductions have been imposed at CCC.

Financial Obligations

The Issuer fulfilled its Debt Service Obligations on 2 October 2015 and 2 April 2016, without the need to utilise cash standing to the credit of such available reserve bank accounts or make a drawdown under the Liquidity Facility Agreement. The Issuer expects to be in a position to meet its next Debt Service Obligations, due on 2 October 2016, without recourse to such available reserve bank accounts or the Liquidity Facility Agreement.

The Issuer is taking legal advice with respect to the matters mentioned in this announcement and reserves its position.

Enquiries

The Issuer

Peterborough (Progress Health) PLC

8 White Oak Square

Swanley

Kent

BR8 7AG

 

Attention: Matt Rollings

 

 

The Principal Paying Agent

Bank of America, N.A.

3rd Floor, 2 King Edward Street

London

EC1A 1HQ

 

Attention: John Salmon

 

 

The Bond Trustee

 

BofAML Trustees Ltd

3rd Floor, 2 King Edward Street

London

EC1A 1HQ

 

Attention: John Salmon

 

Important information

This announcement is not a prospectus, is distributed for information purposes only and does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to issue, acquire or dispose of any securities in any jurisdiction. Nothing in this document is intended to amount to an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity. Nothing in this document amounts to the giving of advice. If you are in any doubt as to the action you should take, you should consult a professional adviser.


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