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Tuesday 21 March, 2017

Primary Health Props

Secured Note Issue

RNS Number : 0890A
Primary Health Properties PLC
21 March 2017
 

 

 

21 March 2017

 

 

Primary Health Properties PLC

£100 million Secured Note Issue

 

 

Primary Health Properties PLC ("PHP" or the "Company"), the UK's leading investor in modern primary healthcare facilities, today announces a wholly owned subsidiary has issued new senior secured ten year notes for a total of £100 million.  The notes will carry a fixed coupon of 2.83% and are guaranteed by the Company.

 

The notes have been issued to funds managed by UK institutional investors and represent PHP's first transaction in the private placement market.  The issue once again demonstrates the Company's ability to source funding from a broad range of alternative providers at attractive rates.  PHP was advised by IDCM Limited.

 

The proceeds of the issue will be partially applied to refinance PHP's existing "club" facility with The Royal Bank of Scotland plc ("RBS") and Santander Corporate Banking.  The £115 million club facility, that otherwise matured in August 2017, will be replaced by a new £50 million bi-lateral term loan with RBS, which will be fully drawn on completion with a reduced total cost of borrowing.  The new RBS facility will be for an initial four year term and will be extendable for a fifth year with the agreement of RBS.  PHP retains an option to increase the loan facility to a maximum total of £100 million also with the agreement of RBS. 

 

The Company has a strong pipeline of acquisition opportunities both in the UK and Republic of Ireland.  The balance of the proceeds of the note issue will be used to fund further acquisitions from this pipeline.

 

These debt transactions extend the average weighted maturity of PHPs debt facilities to 6.1 years (31 December 2016: 5.1 years).

 

This announcement contains inside information for immediate release.

 

Harry Hyman, Managing Director of Primary Health Properties, commented:

 

"Today's announcement demonstrates our continued ability to secure long-term funding from a variety of sources. We will use the funds to progress our long term strategy of growing PHP's portfolio through the acquisition of well-priced, strategic assets that will provide strong income returns and the potential for asset growth whilst maintaining a prudent level of gearing."

 

 

 

 

More information on Primary Health Properties PLC can be found on www.phpgroup.co.uk

 

The person responsible for arranging release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Paul Wright for Nexus Management Services, Company Secretary.

 

Further details:

 

Harry Hyman

Managing Director

 

Richard Howell,

Finance Director, Designate

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7451 7050

 

Phil Holland

Finance Director

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7104 5599

 

David Rydell / Elizabeth Snow

Eve Kirmatzis

Bell Pottinger

T +44 (0) 20 3772 2582

 


 


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