Embassy REIT Successfully Raises Debt of ₹1,000 crores From Bajaj Housing Finance
- First-time debt raise from an NBFC at the REIT level; primarily to refinance existing debt
- Achieves ~60 basis points refinancing spreads, thereby driving interest savings
Bangalore, India, February 16, 2023
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 raised a term loan of ₹1,000 crores from Bajaj Housing Finance Limited. Embassy REIT will use the proceeds of this debt raise primarily to repay existing construction debt and for general corporate purposes. With this refinance, Embassy REIT achieves interest savings through a ~60 basis points (“bps”) positive refinancing spread, and the long tenor loan helps extend its debt maturity profile.
Atul Jain, Managing Director of Bajaj Housing Finance Limited, said,
“We are delighted to partner with Embassy REIT, and we hope to continue with this mutually beneficial partnership and look to strengthen the relationship further.”
Vikaash Khdloya, Chief Executive Officer of Embassy REIT, said,
“Amidst a rising interest rate environment, we’re pleased to announce this debt raise of ₹1,000 crores from a marquee NBFC at industry-leading terms. With this refinance, our entire debt book is at fixed rates for an average of 18 months, demonstrating our active capital management to the benefit of our unitholders. Embassy REIT continues to be well-positioned to finance its growth, given its access to an expanding capital pool that includes banks, mutual funds, insurers, FPIs and now NBFCs.”
- Loan tenor of 12 years enables Embassy REIT to extend the maturity of its debt book
- Proceeds to be used mainly for early refinance of construction debt, resulting in a ~60bps positive refinance spread
- Post this debt raise, 100% of the debt book will be at fixed rates with an average maturity of 18 months. In effect, 65% of the debt book will have fixed rates for 2 years on an average, and the balance 35% for 7 months on an average
Talwar Thakore and Associates served as the legal counsel on the transaction.
On January 25, 2023, the Board of Directors of Embassy Office Parks Management Services Private Limited (“Manager”), the Manager to the Embassy Office Parks REIT (“Embassy REIT”), had approved availaing a term loan of ₹1,000 crores for refinancing of debt availed by SPVs of the REIT and general corporate purposes.
About Bajaj Housing Finance Limited
Bajaj Housing Finance Limited is a 100% subsidiary of Bajaj Finance Limited — one of the most diversified NBFCs in the Indian market, catering to more than 58 million customers across the country. Headquartered in Pune, Bajaj Housing Finance Limited offers finance to individuals as well as corporate entities for the purchase and renovation of homes, or commercial spaces. It also provides loans against property for business or personal needs as well as working capital for business expansion purposes. The Company also offers finance to developers engaged in the construction of residential and commercial properties as well as lease rental discounting to developers and high-net-worth individuals. Bajaj Housing Finance Limited enjoys the highest credit ratings from CRISIL as well as India Ratings. The Company is rated AAA/Stable for its long-term debt programme and A1+ for its short-term debt programme from CRISIL and India Rating.
About Embassy REIT
Embassy REIT is India’s first publicly listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Embassy REIT owns and operates a 43.6 msf portfolio of eight infrastructure-like office parks and four city‑centre office buildings in India’s best-performing office markets of Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and the National Capital Region (‘NCR’). Embassy REIT’s portfolio comprises 34.3 msf completed operating area and is home to around 230 of the world’s leading companies. The portfolio also comprises strategic amenities, including four operational business hotels, two under‑construction hotels, and a 100 MW solar park supplying renewable energy to tenants. Embassy REIT’s industry leading ESG program has received multiple accolades from renowned global institutions and was awarded a 5-star rating both from the British Safety Council and GRESB. Embassy REIT was also recognised as the world’s largest ‘USGBC LEED Platinum-Certified’ office portfolio (v4.1 O+M) by Green Business Certification Inc. For more information, please visit www.embassyofficeparks.com.
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