10 December 2015 – El Economista
Quabit Inmobiliaria has successfully completed its capital increase amounting to €45 million, according to a statement by the company.
The company’s share capital increase was over subscribed, which means that it will need to adjust the offers received during the third round, discretionary allocation period, which concluded on Wednesday.
The President of the company, Félix Abánades (pictured above), committed €4,403,157.08 (97,847,935 newly issued ordinary shares) to the capital increase.
Following the operation, the President holds a 21.2% stake in the company, 3.37% directly and 17.83% indirectly through companies that are wholly owned by his companies Grupo Rayet (17.30%) and Restablo Inversiones (0.53%). In total, the President has subscribed 9.78% of the total capital increase amount.
During the period for preferential subscription and request for additional shares (the first round), €11,540,394.27 (256,453,201 newly issued ordinary shares) were subscribed and during the period for the allocation of additional shares (the second round), a further €13,759,835.04 (305,744,112 shares) were subscribed.
Through this increase, Quabit is strengthening its equity structure and will have the funds available to undertake the investments forecast in its business plan for 2015-2020. As a first step, the company is planning to allocate €35.6 million to repay its debt with Sareb before the end of the year, which will allow it to free up assets with significant potential for development in the short and medium term.
The capital increase marks the beginning of a new strategic cycle focused on the creation of value and a return to growth, according to the company.
The starting point for the business plan focuses on the promotion and development of its own portfolio of assets, as well as undertaking new investments. The combination of all of these lines over the next five years will result in the strengthening of net equity (increasing own funds by almost 800%) and a significant reduction in bank debt, according to the company.
“The confidence of the markets in the Spanish economy and the launch of the real estate sector have also reflected well on the completion of the operation”, explained Abánades, for whom “the excellent result demonstrates investors’ confidence in Quabit and a strong boost to the company’s strategy”.
Original story: El Economista
Translation: Carmel Drake