Embassy REIT Announces Successful Raise of ₹2,600 Crores ($351 Million) Debentures at 6.40% Quarterly Coupon
Bengaluru, India, January 15, 2021
Embassy Office Parks REIT (NSE: EMBASSY / BSE: 542602) (“Embassy REIT”), India’s first listed REIT and the largest office REIT in Asia by area, announced today that it has successfully priced and allotted by way of a private placement, ₹2,600 crores (Indian Rupees Twenty-six hundred crores only) or $351 million of rupee-denominated, listed, rated, secured, redeemable, transferable non-convertible debentures (“NCDs”) at a 6.40% quarterly coupon. The NCDs will be listed on the Wholesale Debt Market of BSE Limited (“BSE”).
Mike Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Embassy REIT said, “The strength of our balance sheet and the underlying covenants of our 200+ occupiers are key advantages for Embassy REIT. The attractive rate at which we have raised this bond and our execution timelines have, once again, demonstrated market confidence in high-quality borrowers like Embassy REIT. We will use the funds raised to refinance a portion of the in-place Embassy TechVillage debt. Post this bond raise, we continue to maintain conservative leverage ratios and retain our flexibility to finance future growth.”
On January 12, 2021, the Debenture Committee of the Board of Directors of the Manager to Embassy REIT approved an issue of NCDs for a principal aggregate amount of up to ₹2,600 crores to be utilized towards refinancing existing Embassy TechVillage debt and for general corporate purposes. Earlier today, the Debenture Committee approved the allotment of these NCDs at a 6.40% quarterly coupon.
On December 24, 2020, Embassy REIT announced the successful completion of the Embassy TechVillage acquisition for ₹97.8 billion ($1.3 billion) with a ₹36.8 billion ($501 million) equity raise through an institutional placement. The current debt raise is part of the financing strategy for the above acquisition.
Issuance of ₹2,600 crores of Embassy REIT Series III NCDs 2021 at 6.40% quarterly coupon; bonds mature in February 2024
Transaction witnessed strong demand from both existing and new investors, with prominent domestic financial institutions participating in the issuance
“Provisional CRISIL AAA/Stable” rating assigned by rating agency CRISIL to the NCDs
Proceeds to be used to refinance existing Embassy TechVillage debt and for general corporate purposes
Given the attractive 6.4% quarterly coupon, the proposed refinancing of ₹2,641 crores of existing debt at Embassy TechVillage would result in a 328 bps positive refinancing spread
Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Kotak Mahindra Bank served as arrangers and advisors on the private placement and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas served as the legal counsel on the transaction.
About Embassy REIT
Embassy REIT is India’s first publicly listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Embassy REIT owns and operates a 42.4 million square feet (“msf”) portfolio of eight infrastructure-like office parks and four city‑centre office buildings in India’s best-performing office markets of Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, and the National Capital Region (“NCR”). Embassy REIT’s portfolio comprises 32.3 msf completed operating area and is home to over 200 of the world’s leading companies. The portfolio also comprises strategic amenities, including two operational business hotels, four under‑construction hotels, and a 100MW solar park supplying renewable energy to tenants.
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