EQS-News: Aggregate Holdings SA
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Aggregate Holdings S.A. enters into binding agreement in relation to sale of VIC Properties to a consortium led by institutional investors
Luxembourg 17 March: Aggregate Holdings S.A. (“Aggregate”) announces that today it has entered into a binding agreement in relation to the sale of 100% of the share capital of its subsidiary VIC Properties S.A. (“VIC Properties”, or “VIC”), one of the largest real estate developers in Portugal, and other matters (the “Transaction”). The sale is to a consortium led by the institutional investors AlbaCore Capital Group, Mudrick Capital Management L.P. and Owl Creek Asset Management L.P., and the existing VIC management team. The Transaction forms part of Aggregate’s strategy to simplify its capital structure and asset base, and refocus on its core German markets.
The total enterprise value of the Transaction is more than €670 million, which will also result in a reduction in Aggregate’s consolidated net debt by more than €670 million upon the closing of the Transaction. As at 30 June 2022, VIC had net assets of €1,150 million and total assets of €1,882 million, including goodwill of €1,135 million. The sale of VIC will be at a premium to net tangible assets and a discount to net assets. Under the terms of the Transaction, Aggregate will receive an equity participation entitling it to receive 5% of all net distributions to the new investors in excess of €1 billion.
The Transaction contemplates the transfer of all assets of VIC, notably the following three projects under its ownership: Prata Riverside Village and Matinha, located on the Lisbon waterfront, and Pinheirinho, located near Comporta, in addition to all employees. The three developments have a combined total gross floor area of c.570,000 sqm and, once fully licensed and developed, will have provided approximately 3,000 new apartments for the city of Lisbon and a wide range of residential and tourism units, including a luxury high-end hotel offering, to the region of Comporta and Melides.
In combination with the sale, there will be a consent solicitation exercise for the holders of €250 million 3.00 percent secured Pre-IPO Convertible Bonds due 2025 (ISIN:XS1964739715) (the “VIC Convertible Bonds”) to approve certain amendments, including releasing Aggregate from its existing guarantee and any future obligations related to the VIC Bonds and permitting additional borrowing.
The Transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023 and is subject to closing conditions.
This Transaction demonstrates the increasing interest in Portugal as an investment market for international investors that has occurred since Aggregate acquired VIC in 2018. The existing VIC management team will remain in charge to lead VIC into the next phase of its development, with further capital to be committed by the institutional investors following the Transaction.
“With this transaction, Aggregate has successfully sold VIC Properties, Portugal’s leading residential developer, at a premium to net tangible book value, while simultaneously reducing its total debt and re-focusing fully on Germany. Aggregate has again proved its ability to undertake successful transactions even in a challenging macroeconomic environment. We wish the new shareholders and continuing management team every success in leading VIC Properties into the next phase of its development”, commented Cevdet Caner, Chief Executive Officer of Aggregate.
Benjamin Lee, Chief Financial Officer
Boris Lemke, Investment Director
About Aggregate Holdings
Such forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results and are based on certain key assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward looking statements. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Aggregate and VIC disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking or other statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law or regulation.
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