The Interested Party is a real estate company based in Stockholm that has historically acquired and developed sustainable, high-quality housing in attractive locations in the Stockholm region. The Interested Party has however diversified the portfolio since the start and also focuses on acquiring land and developing areas for light industry. At the end of 2022, the Interested Party’s project portfolio was expected to be worth approximately SEK 1,500 million.
The intention is to structure the Transaction as a so-called “sale-leaseback” where Humble directly, or indirectly through subsidiaries, enters into new market lease agreements with the Interested Party. The arrangement ensures that Humble’s subsidiaries can continue to run their respective businesses in existing premises without interruption. Through the Transaction, Humble’s subsidiary also gets a long-term landlord who has good knowledge and experience in running and managing properties for commercial use.
Humble has historically acquired the Properties in connection with acquisitions. The Properties have had a good value development and as a natural step in Humble’s strategy to streamline the business, the board and management make the assessment that a sale of the Properties will benefit the Company in the long term. Through the Transaction, Humble will be able to focus to a greater extent on the core business, while the Company frees up capital that can be allocated to other value-driving initiatives and projects.
If the Transaction is carried out at the preliminary property values, it will imply a positive profit effect of approximately SEK 73 million, which will be reported in connection with the completion of the Transaction. The Transaction would mean that Humble’s net debt, after deducting Humble’s share of deferred tax, decreases by approximately SEK 290 million and that the net debt in relation to adjusted EBITDA pro forma decreases by 0.3x. After the completion of the Transaction, Humble’s EBITA will decrease by approximately SEK 14 million and the net effect for Humble’s liquidity and after amortization of the property-related loans is expected to amount to approximately SEK 210 million.
|Deduction of deferred tax
|Gross proceeds (reduced net debt)
|Amortization property loans
|Net proceeds (cash increase)
The Interested Party will carry out a customary due diligence review of the Properties and the parties will, in parallel with the review, negotiate the terms of the transfer agreement. The parties intend to enter into a binding transfer agreement regarding the Transaction during the second half of 2023. In light of the nature of the information and the time plan for the Transaction, Humble makes the assessment that the information has to be published before a binding transfer agreement has been executed.
“We are proud of the property portfolio that we have established over time and that the investments have created value for Humble. There has been a great deal of interest in the properties and with the Transaction we are bringing in a professional real estate partner and streamline the operations of the ten subsidiaries concerned. I am convinced that the sale of the Properties is strategically right for the group and that it gives us an increased focus on the core business, while ensuring continued operations and the opportunity for future expansion. The completion of the transaction also implies a positive one-off effect on the result of approximately SEK 73 million and we strengthen our cash position as well as reduce the interest-bearing liabilities. We look forward to a continued smooth process together with the Interested Party.“ says Simon Petrén, CEO Humble Group AB.
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