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Bochum, 10.06.2013. Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE (“Deutsche Annington”), Germany’s largest privately held residential real estate company in terms of portfolio value and number of units owned, announces its intention to list on the Prime Standard of the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2013.
Deutsche Annington owned more than 180,000 residential units in Germany with an aggregate fair value of EUR 10.4 billion as of 31 March 2013. The Company operates nationwide with the majority of its portfolio being situated in the old German Federal States (Alte Bundesländer) including Berlin. Deutsche Annington is headquartered in Bochum and employs about 2,400 employees.
A post-IPO free float of around 25% of total shares in issue is planned, made up of new shares from a capital increase and secondary shares placed by its current sole shareholder Monterey Holdings I S.à r.l., Luxembourg, a holding company owned by funds advised by Terra Firma Holdings Limited (85.33%) and by funds advised by CPI Capital Partners Europe GP, LLC (14.67%). The expected gross proceeds to Deutsche Annington from the sale of the new shares will amount to approximately EUR 400 million. Deutsche Annington intends to use these proceeds to strengthen its balance sheet.
Financing strategy enhanced with preliminary investment grade corporate rating expectedIn the second quarter of 2013, Deutsche Annington decided to pursue a strategy to improve the efficiency and flexibility of its funding. Deutsche Annington intends to refinance maturing debt with new loans, by extending such debt and by potentially using other debt instruments, including the issuance of senior unsecured corporate bonds, in order to move towards a balanced mix of secured and unsecured funding over the near to mid-term future. To facilitate the issuance of such bonds at attractive conditions, Deutsche Annington expects to obtain a preliminary corporate investment grade rating from a leading international credit rating agency shortly.
In particular, Deutsche Annington has taken or intends to take the following steps to prepare for such bond offerings and accelerate the implementation of its financing strategy:
New supervisory board structure incorporated and new chairman electedOn June 9, 2013, the shareholder meeting of Deutsche Annington decided on the future structure of Deutsche Annington’s supervisory board. The new supervisory board of Deutsche Annington will consist of nine members, of which five were proposed by Monterey Holding I S.à r.l. and related with Terra Firma and four will be independent members. Dr. Wulf Bernotat, former CEO of the power and gas company E.ON, has been designated to act as chairman of the supervisory board. All supervisory board committees will be chaired by independent board members going forward.
“We are absolutely delighted that Dr. Wulf Bernotat has accepted to become the chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Annington. As an independent and highly experienced manager, Deutsche Annington will benefit from his tremendous expertise in leading positions, both on executive and non-executive levels”, says Guy Hands, chairman and chief investment officer of Terra Firma Capital Partners. “He also brings an in-depth understanding of international capital markets which will be of growing importance for Deutsche Annington in the future.”
“I am extremely pleased to become the chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Annington,” said Dr. Wulf Bernotat. “Deutsche Annington has made significant developments in recent years and is well positioned for the future. The market for affordable housing in Germany continues to be highly attractive and Deutsche Annington is set to capture the value of this market. I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of this development.”
Strong operational performance in 2012Deutsche Annington delivered a strong operational performance for the financial year ended 31 December 2012. Compared to the financial year ended 31 December 2011, the vacancy rate of the residential portfolio was further reduced from 4.1% to 3.9% and the residential in-place rent per square meter increased by 2.1% to EUR 5.28. At the same time, Deutsche Annington spent a total of EUR 217 million in maintaining and improving the quality of its portfolio. Deutsche Annington continues to focus on improving the service it offers to its tenants and has established a dedicated in-house craftsmen organization comprised of almost 800 people solely focused on the performance and maintenance work related to Deutsche Annington’s portfolio. Despite a reduction in portfolio size from 186,530 units to 181,669 in the course of 2012, Deutsche Annington reported a stable Adjusted EBITDA of EUR 474 million compared to EUR 477 million at year-end 2011 (-0.7%), and an improved FFO 2 (comprises results from Deutsche Annington’s rental and sales business) of EUR 198 million compared to EUR 179 million at year-end 2011 (+10.7%).
Continued improvements during first quarter of 2013 Deutsche Annington continued its strong performance in 2013 with all major key performance indicators further improving in the quarter ended 31 March 2013 when compared with the quarter ended 31 March 2012. Vacancy rates improved by 0.4 percentage points compared with the first quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA in Q1 2013 improved from EUR 119 million to EUR 121 million (+1.3%) compared with the first quarter of 2012 and FFO 2 grew to EUR 56 million, a nearly 17% increase compared to the first quarter 2012. As of 31 March 2013, the Net Asset Value amounted to EUR 4,253 million and the Loan-to-Value ratio (LTV) amounted to 54%.
“The investments and improvements in our operations and properties made by Deutsche Annington in recent years are currently paying off,” said Rolf Buch, CEO of Deutsche Annington. “We will continue to focus on providing affordable housing to our customers across Germany and believe we are extremely well positioned to continue to create value for all of our stakeholders.”
J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners. BofA Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank are acting as Joint Bookrunners, Berenberg Bank and Kempen & Co are acting as Joint Lead Managers, and COMMERZBANK, Erste Group Bank and SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE Corporate & Investment Banking are acting as Co-Lead Managers.
About GRAND CMBSDeutsche Annington has historically raised debt by issuing commercial mortgage-backed securities (“CMBS”) and by borrowing from commercial banks, mortgage banks, the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, and other lenders. In particular in 2006, several entities of Deutsche Annington raised debt capital in the total of EUR 5.8 billion through the issuance and sale of collateralized real estate funding notes (so-called “REF Notes”) to German Residential Asset Note Distributor P.L.C. (“GRAND”). GRAND funded the purchase price paid to the REF Note issuers by issuing independent secured notes to institutional investors (the entire transaction “GRAND Securitization”). Following successful negotiation with the noteholders, the Grand Securitization was restructured in December 2012. Thereby, the maturity of the outstanding REF Notes was extended to July 2018, including annual amortization targets.
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