Investec announces ASX listing and capital raising plans

Investec announces ASX listing and capital raising plans
Investec announces ASX listing and capital raising plans

Investec Australia Property Fund has announced plans to pursue an ASX listing and associated capital raising.

The fund plans to raise approximately $100 million through the issue of 76.9 million new units.

IAPF CEO Graeme Katz said that following the ASX listing, the fund will delist from the BSX and will be dual primary listed on the JSE and ASX.

“Following the recent acquisition of 24 Wormald Street in Canberra, and given the current favourable conditions in the Australian REIT market, Investec Property Limited as responsible entity of the Fund has decided to pursue the ASX listing and associated capital raising,” Katz said.

“The proceeds from the capital raising will be used to repay debt and pay the costs associated with the offer, and will result in the Fund’s gearing reducing to approximately 29%n.

“If the ASX listing proceeds, the Fund will be dual primary listed on both the ASX and the JSE. We believe this is an important strategic initiative which will provide the Fund with a more diversified pool of capital to allow it to grow and diversify its property portfolio.”

Further information on the ASX listing and the offer, as well as a special distribution, has been published on the fund’s website.

The announcement was contained in the fund's financial results statement which declared a final distribution of 5.18 cents per unit, pre-withholding tax, headlining the figures.

Post withholding tax, the cents per unit distribution was 4.75.

Both were slightly higher than the 2018 distributions of 5.08 and 4.65 respectively.

This total distribution for the year was 10.23 cents per unit pre-withholding tax and 9.40 cents per unit post withholding tax.

IAPF said this represents growth for the full year of 2.0% pre-WHT and 1.2% post-WHT, which is in line with guidance given to the market.

Katz said the financial result reflects the fund’s strategy of acquiring properties in established office or industrial precincts supported by key infrastructure, optimising returns through active asset management and the efficient management of the balance sheet and interest rates.

“We are continually looking at ways to improve the tenant experience, whether by improving our management processes or investing in the portfolio through planned or discretionary capital expenditure,” Katz said.

“Ensuring our portfolio remains relevant and understanding users’ occupancy requirements is critical in retaining existing tenants and attracting new tenants which ultimately drives revenue growth.

“During the year we entered into leases over approximately 12%a of the portfolio with only 1 417m2 remaining vacant and 48% of leases expiring after five years.”

IAPF’s portfolio now comprises 28 assets valued at $1063 million, with a gearing ratio as at 31 March 2019 of 38.1%.

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