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Circle Property PLC (CRC)

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Wednesday 22 June, 2022

Circle Property PLC

Repayment of Debt Facility

RNS Number : 8583P
Circle Property PLC
22 June 2022
 

22 June 2022

Circle Property Plc

("Circle", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Repayment of Debt Facility

 

Circle Property Plc (AIM: CRC), which invests in, develops and actively manages well-located regional office assets, is pleased to announce the following update in relation to its reduction in gearing and debt facility.

 

The Company has a financing facility in place with RBS and HSBC for £100 million. The senior revolving facility is for £60 million with an "accordion" option for a further £40 million (of which the Company had drawn £62.3 million) (the "Facility").

 

Following the disposal of Kents Hill Park Conference Centre which completed in March 2022 , the Board resolved to utilise 50 per cent. of the proceeds to reduce debt, leaving an outstanding amount under the Company's facility of approximately £21.4 million equating to an LTV of 29.4 per cent.  Moreover, on 26 May 2022, the Company disposed of 720 Aztec West in Bristol for a consideration of £2.52 million, the net proceeds of which were utilised to further reduce the Facility to £19.16 million.

 

The Company now announces that as at 22 June 2022, it has repaid the amount outstanding under the Facility of £19.16 million in full and has subsequently cancelled the Facility, leaving the Group with a cash balance of approximately £5.06 million as at 22 June 2022 and no debt.

 

The Company continues to make targeted asset sales in an orderly manner over a period of two to three years (if not sooner) in line with its recently updated strategy. Notwithstanding this disposals' programme, the team continues to actively manage the portfolio to achieve lettings at estimated rental values and will complete scheduled developments including at K3 Kents Hill, Milton Keynes (scheduled for completion in Autumn 2022) as well as other refurbishments and fit-outs as appropriate. 

 

The Board remains committed to maximising returns and delivering value to Shareholders, and as such, the Board will evaluate and determine returns of capital to Shareholders using a combination of existing cash resources and the proceeds of any future asset sales. The Board expects that a minimum of two returns of capital will be made to Shareholders, the first of which is expected to occur by March 2023.

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the UK version of the EU Market Abuse Regulation (2014/596) which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended and supplemented from time to time.

 

 

Circle Property Plc 

 +44 (0)20 7930 8503

John Arnold, CEO

Edward Olins, COO




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