25 May 2017 – Expansión
Colonial is going to propose to its shareholders that the firm turn itself into a listed real estate investment company (Socimi), according to a statement issued on Tuesday by the group to Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV).
The company has explained that the measure, which has already been adopted by the Board of Directors, will be subjected to a vote at the next General Shareholders’ Meeting, scheduled to be held on 29 June.
The real estate company explained that becoming a Socimi “would not involve any change in the group’s corporate strategy or in its business plan” and that, by contrast, it would mean that the profits and cash flow would increase “significantly”.
Specifically, Colonial wants to adopt this structure retrospectively, with effect from 1 January 2017.
In addition, the company states that becoming a Socimi would have a positive impact of €72 million on its own funds, as it would allow it to pull back some of the provisions accounted for in 2016.
Colonial also highlights that with this step, the effective tax rate would be reduced to 0% and also, that the group would be able to continue using a “tax shield”, amounting to more than €1,300 million to structure investment or divestment operations.
Moody’s assigns a Baa2 rating to Colonial
On the other hand, on Tuesday, the agency Moody’s assigned a credit rating of Baa2 (investment grade) to Colonial, with a stable outlook.
In this sense, it is worth noting that the company already saw its rating improve on 19 April this year, when S&P increased its debt rating to BBB (investment grade) from BBB- (low investment grade), also with a stable outlook, to become the Spanish real estate company with the highest credit rating in the sector.
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Translation: Carmel Drake