8 May 2018 – Expansión
The British investment fund Oceanwood is going to strengthen its position in the hotel chain NH Hotel Group, of which it is currently the second largest shareholder with a 12% stake, following the capital increase that the company is expected to carry out in the near future.
The hotel chain is going to increase its share capital to finance a convertible bond issue undertaken in 2013, which is due to expire at the end of this year, but which may be exchanged for shares before the end of that period, in accordance with the conditions of the issue.
NH will handover 50.8 million shares to the bondholders, equivalent to 14.5% of the existing share capital. The company already has 7.5 million own shares, and so the capital increase will involve the issue of 43 million new shares, which at current market prices represents a total sum of around €280 million. With this operation, NH will manage to reduce its debt with the issue of new shares and will thereby advance with its objective to improve its level of leverage.
Of NH’s major shareholders, Oceanwood was the only one to participate in the issue, subscribing almost 30% of the debt, which means that its stake will amount to 15.5%, whilst HNA, with 29.5% of the share capital and Grupo Hespería, in the hands of the businessman José Antonio Castro, with 9%, will see their stakes in NH diluted. The price of the conversion was set at €4.92 per share back in the day, whereas NH’s share price closed yesterday at €6.43, which implies a 30% appreciation over the conversion price.
Although the bond is not due to expire until November, the Board of Directors has the authority to force its conversion ahead of time given that one of the conditions included to that effect in the brochure has been fulfilled. Specifically, the conditions of the issue indicated that in the event that NH’s share price rises above €6.39 for more than 20 days during a 30 day period, then the company could force the conversion. That situation was achieved last week. The board met on Wednesday to present the company’s results.
Last October, NH announced that it had fully repaid and cancelled all of the senior debt obligations issued amounting to €250 million, with maturity in 2019 and whose principal pending payment amounted to €100 million.
The group’s gross debt amounted to €736 million at the end of last year and the bulk of that debt is due to mature in 2023.
Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)
Translation: Carmel Drake