Rebosis surges over 34% on information of potential rescue deal

Rebosis Property Fund – the debt-burdened actual property funding belief (Reit) with a sector-high loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of over 75% – noticed its share worth surge 34.78% on Wednesday, on information of a potential rescue deal being negotiated with unnamed native and international traders.

The inventory closed at R0.31 per share, which amounted to a achieve of simply 8 cents per share on the day as it’s now thought to be a micro-cap, with a market capitalisation of round R161 million.


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However the Reit’s dividend-starved shareholders will probably be hoping a deal materialises to unlock some misplaced worth – the inventory has plunged over 96% within the final three years.

Rebosis issued a cautionary on Wednesday advising shareholders of talks underway. The announcement has fuelled hypothesis that the group, based by property entrepreneur Sisa Ngebulana, could possibly be delisted and successfully “taken personal”.

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“Shareholders are suggested that the corporate has signed non-disclosure agreements and [is] at the moment in negotiations with native and offshore establishments and pension funds for a transaction that, if efficiently concluded, may essentially change the monetary matrix of Rebosis and crystallise worth for shareholders,” the group notes within the cautionary.

“The proposed transaction will probably be topic to due diligence and numerous regulatory approvals and the conclusion of formal agreements,” it provides.

In response to Rebosis, if concluded, the proposed transaction will probably be labeled as a class 1 transaction, requiring a round and (majority) shareholder approval.

Ngebulana has misplaced management of the group as its largest shareholder to rival Zunaid Moti, a Joburg automotive dealership tycoon.

Moti and Ngebulana have been caught up in a courtroom battle after Ngebulana’s Amatolo Household Belief didn’t pay Moti for a stake within the group, which was introduced in November final 12 months and would have seen Ngebulana regain main management of the group.

Sisa Ngebulana, founder and CEO of Rebosis Property Fund. Picture: Equipped

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Ngebulana, who remains to be the group’s CEO, didn’t wish to remark additional on the talks at the moment underway with new traders. It’s unclear whether or not this potential deal includes Moti or one in every of his associates.

Some trade analysts imagine the deal could possibly be associated to the deliberate disposal of Rebosis’s workplace property portfolio to cut back the group’s LTV and debt burden, which stands at over R9 billion.

Most analysts didn’t wish to touch upon the most recent Rebosis cautionary when contacted by Moneyweb. Many now not cowl the corporate attributable to it being a micro-cap.

Nonetheless, Ian Anderson a portfolio supervisor and head of listed property at Counterpoint Asset Administration, factors out “it’s too early to invest” on what’s more likely to occur.

“Administration at Rebosis have indicated in earlier outcomes displays that one of many choices they might think about so as to unlock shareholder worth, could be to take the corporate personal,” he notes.

“As a listed property fund, the present LTV is just too excessive for many traders to abdomen…. A big variety of property would should be disposed of earlier than the LTV is in the appropriate vary, which at this time would most likely be someplace between 35% and 40%,” he says.

“The [group’s] earlier JSE Sens announcement concerning modifications in firm possession prompt, if Citax Investments is a Moti affiliate, that he now controls greater than 35% of the corporate, which ought to have resulted in a suggestion being made to shareholders. Rebosis did point out that that they had filed the required notices with the Takeover Regulation Panel,” notes Anderson.

In response to Sens statements, Citax Investments SA is now the second largest shareholder in Rebosis after Moti.

Citax has 24.71% of Rebosis’s “B” shares and 28.86% of the fund’s “A” shares. Little is understood in regards to the firm, nevertheless it appears to be a worldwide asset supervisor. Citax purchased a few of Arrowhead Properties’ stake in Rebosis in addition to shares from Moti.

Moti now owns 28.86% of Rebosis’s “A” shares and 12.48% of the fund’s “B” shares in  situation. Rebosis has a twin share construction, however the “A” shares are seen as extra helpful.

Anderson says Rebosis’s newest cautionary announcement itself “was fairly imprecise”. This has fuelled hypothesis.

Nonetheless, he reiterates that the fund’s instant drawback is its record-high LTV, which ought to be “the very first thing it wants to deal with”.

Wayne McCurrie, portfolio supervisor at FNB Wealth and Funding, says Rebosis’s cautionary could imply the group is ready to get one other investor that may inject much-needed capital into the fund, to carry down its LTV.

“This might see the group go personal, nevertheless it may additionally imply that it’s going to have a significant new shareholder and keep listed. It may additionally end in disposals,” he provides.

“Ignoring the spat between Ngebulana and Moti, in addition to the influence of Covid-19, the fund was having troubles round its excessive debt ranges and LTV lengthy earlier than these occasions,” McCurrie factors out.

“In unhealthy instances, with South Africa’s economic system being in recession earlier than the pandemic even hit, firms with excessive debt ranges will get into even deeper hassle. That is the place Rebosis finds itself,” he says.

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