What is the news?
Soilbuild Business Space REIT (SBREIT) announced the launch of a 1-for-10 Preferential Offering to raise gross proceeds of up to c.S$59.4mn. Up to 94.35mn New Units to be issued in the Preferential Offering at S$0.63 per New Unit. The non-renounceable Preferential Offering is to part-finance the acquisition of Bukit Batok Connection from SB (Westview) Investment Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sponsor, Soilbuild Group. Major shareholder Mr Lim Chap Huat, has committed to take up his pro-rata entitlement of 25.16% which will raise S$15.1mn of new equity. In addition, Mr Lim may subscribe to excess unsubscribed Units, provided that the total number of Units he and his immediate family members own do not exceed 29.3% of the total issued Units following the Preferential Offering.
How do we view this?
For non-renounceable Preferential Offering (PO), provisional allotments of New Units cannot be renounced or traded on the SGX-ST. This is in contrast to a renounceable Rights Issue (RI), whereby the Rights can be traded on the SGX-ST up to the book closure date.
New Units created in an equity fund raising (EFR) through the PO will only be as a result of existing Unitholders electing to exercise their allotment. Existing Unitholders will not be able to exercise more than their pro-rata entitlement. This is in contrast to a RI whereby both existing Unitholders and non-Unitholders can trade and exercise the Rights during the cum-Rights period. New Units created in a RI will be as a result of both existing Unitholders and non-Unitholders exercising the Rights, leading to dilution of existing Unitholders by new Unitholders.
Minimum equity to be raised will be S$15.1mn; this is from Mr Lim’s commitment to take up his entire pro-rata entitlement. Total equity raised will be between S$15.1mn and S$59.4mn, depending on take-up rate by minority Unitholders. In the extreme case of only S$15.1mn being raised, SBREIT has the ability to fund the remaining S$85.4mn through debt.
As pointed out earlier, the non-renounceable PO is different from a renounceable RI. For a renounceable RI that is underwritten, the theoretical ex-rights price (TERP) can be determined because the number of new Units to be created is known upfront. This is not the case for the PO, because the number of new units created will only be known after Unitholders have chosen to subscribe to their allocations.
Maintain “Accumulate” rating with unchanged DDM valuation of S$0.79
We are keeping our target price unchanged, pending the outcome of the Preferential Offering, and the capital structure of the acquisition.