Soros Will Inject €37M Into Hispania’s €231M Capital Increase

12 May 2016 – El Economista

Hispania has resolved to launch a capital increase amounting to €230.7 million, with the aim of raising funds to allow it to continue investing in the purchase of new real estate assets, according to reports by the Socimi.

The company’s largest shareholder, George Soros, has already expressed his attention of participating in the operation, in line with the 16% stake that he holds in the firm. That means he will inject another €37 million into the business.

By virtue of the increase, Hispania will issue 25.8 million new shares at €7.95 per share, a price that represents a 37.5% discount with respect to the closing price on the stock market on Wednesday (€12.74).

The company expects that the increase will be completed by 9 June, when the new shares should start trading. The operation will begin within the next few days, just as soon as Spain’s National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) gives the green light to the information brochure.

This is the second capital increase that Hispania has launched within the last year, following the accelerated capital increase that it completed in April 2015, through which it raised €337 million.

In this case, the Socimi is resorting to its existing shareholders once again, given that “it has already committed all of its investment capacity” and because it has already identified investment opportunities amounting to €1,500 million and is in “advanced negotiations” to complete the purchase of new real estate assets amounting to around €200 million.

In this way, the company chaired by Rafael Miranda expects to continue increasing its asset portfolio, which comprises hotels, offices and residential properties, worth €1,425 million at the end of 2015, up by 14.8% on the purchase price.

Original story: El Economista

Translation: Carmel Drake