NEPI Rockcastle has raised the equivalent of €143 million equity from its latest scrip dividend, corresponding to approximately 85 percent of the final dividend payment for the year ended 31 December 2022. As a result, NEPI Rockcastle’s total issued share capital will increase by 4.75 percent to approximately 636 million ordinary shares and its capital base will be strengthened for investment in future growth.
The Group has also completed a secured green financing of €200 million for a 5-year term with Erste Group Bank AG and Raiffeisen Bank SA. This is in line with the Group’s strategy to access different sources of funding and strengthen its relationships with banking partners. The funding was secured at a competitive level of pricing, in the current market conditions, by reference to Euribor rates. NEPI Rockcastle was advised by law firm Dentons Europe – Zizzi-Caradja si Asociatii SPARL and Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & Co KG advised the banks.
Eliza Predoiu, CFO, said “Market conditions have been demanding over the past twelve months, at the same time, offered a great context to strengthen our strategic partnerships. The €200 million green financing enhanced our liquidity position and proved our long-term commitment to sustainability. A big ‘thank you’ to all the parties involved, making this successful project happen.”
The loan proceeds will be used to repay the revolving credit facilities used for the acquisitions of Forum Gdansk and Copernicus Shopping Centre, which were completed in December 2022. Subsequently, the Group’s total revolving credit facility capacity will be restored to €620 million.
Rüdiger Dany, the CEO, said: “The scrip dividend take-up equivalent of €143 million is a strong endorsement of the Company’s business strategy and confidence in our future prospects. Together with the new €200 million secured green financing loan, we have established a diversified and well-balanced capital structure that will support the momentum of growth in the business. We believe it is important to maintain a conservative gearing ratio, which has now been reduced to below 35 percent, during challenging economic periods. The Company has adequate and diversified resources to finance its current development and investment plans.”