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Intu Announces Launch and Pricing of £800m Bonds

Released 16:37 07-Mar-2013

RNS Number : 5257Z
Intu Properties plc
07 March 2013







7 MARCH 2013




Intu Properties plc today announces a £800 million debut bond issue for Intu (SGS) Finance plc, the company's new secured group structure.  The issue is divided into two tranches of £450 million 3.875 per cent bonds due 2023 and £350 million 4.625 per cent bonds due 2028, priced at spreads of 210 bps and 205 bps respectively over the relevant reference gilts.


The notes will be rated A(sf) by Standard & Poor's.  Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC and UBS Investment Bank acted as joint bookrunners. Rothschild provided independent debt advice to Intu.


The bond transaction forms the major part of the overall £1,150 million refinancing of intu Lakeside, intu Braehead, intu Watford and intu Victoria Centre announced on 27 February 2013. The remainder of the debt is provided by a five year term loan with the strong demand for the bond transaction removing the need for a bridge facility component. In aggregate and including amortisation of fees, the estimated blended cost of borrowing of the new structure is circa 4.4 per cent per annum.


Matthew Roberts, Finance Director of Intu Properties plc, commented


"I am pleased to announce the terms of this successful bond transaction, which is the inaugural issue for our new debt funding platform. I am delighted with the level of demand shown for this 'A' rated debt secured on four of Intu's prime shopping centres. This issue diversifies our sources of funding beyond the banking markets and significantly extends our debt maturity profile. I am confident that the new debt platform will provide flexible and ready access to debt markets on an ongoing basis, enabling issue of a range of instruments at competitive margins."






Intu Properties plc

Matthew Roberts

Finance Director

+44 (0)20 7960 1353

Kate Bowyer

Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0)20 7960 1250

Public relations


Michael Sandler/Wendy Baker, Hudson Sandler

+44 (0)20 7796 4133


Nick Williams/Vanessa Hillary, College Hill

+27 (0)11 447 3030



A copy of this announcement is available for download from our website





Intu Properties plc (formerly Capital Shopping Centres Group PLC) owns and operates some of the very best shopping centres, in the strongest locations right across the country, including ten of the UK's top 25.  You can find every one of the UK's top 20 retailers in our shopping centres, alongside some of the world's most iconic global brands.


With 16.6 million sq ft of retail space, valued at £7 billion, our centres attract over 320 million customer visits a year and two thirds of the UK population live within a 45 minute drive time of one of our centres.


At the forefront of UK shopping centre evolution since the 1970s our focus is on creating compelling destinations for consumers, with added theatre.


On 15 January this year, we announced the creation of a nationwide consumer facing shopping centre brand - intu - and the transformation of our digital proposition including a transactional website, to provide the UK's leading shopping centre experience on and off-line.


We have an investment plan of £1 billion over the next ten years on active management projects and major extensions of existing assets involving most of our centres.


Over 80,000 people are employed at our centres across the UK and we are fully committed to supporting our local communities and the wider environment through meaningful and hands-on initiatives.


We changed our name from Capital Shopping Centres Group PLC to Intu Properties plc on 18 February 2013.



This announcement contains "forward-looking statements" regarding the belief or current expectations of Intu Properties plc, its Directors and other members of its senior management about Intu Properties plc's businesses, financial performance and results of operations.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.  Rather, they are based on current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Intu Properties plc and are difficult to predict, that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from any future results, performance or developments expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement.  Except as required by applicable law, Intu Properties plc makes no representation or warranty in relation to them and expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Intu Properties plc's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.


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