Attacq announces multi-billion strategic investment in Waterfall City from the GEPF

Waterfall City

Attacq Limited has entered into a non-binding term sheet with the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), represented by the Public Investment Corporation), whereby the GEPF will acquire a 30% interest in the ordinary shares and shareholder loans held in Attacq Waterfall Investment Company (AWIC).

The investment will be made through issuing new AWIC equity, acquiring AWIC shareholder equity and shareholder loans from Attacq and the extension of an additional pro-rata shareholder loan by the GEPF. The conclusion of the transaction will result in the GEPF owning 30% of AWIC for an estimated cash consideration of R2.8 billion.

We are pleased by this transformative transaction for Attacq, to introduce the GEPF as a long-term strategic investment partner to AWIC. Working closely alongside our new partners, we remain committed in fulfilling our strategic purpose of creating sustainable value for all stakeholders,” comments Attacq CEO, Jackie van Niekerk.

The transaction aligns with Attacq’s strategy to optimise the group capital structure by creating a significant de-leveraged balance sheet with the capacity to fund the Waterfall City development pipeline with no additional capital required from shareholders in the medium term. Furthermore, Attacq will benefit from numerous cost savings and efficiencies, while retaining its REIT status. Attacq will retain full control of AWIC through its majority stake and will continue to provide asset management and administration services to AWIC at market-related fees.

The proceeds will be utilised to optimise the capital structure of both AWIC and Attacq by de-leveraging the group’s balance sheet, enhancing the liquidity position of Attacq, and improving investment capacity.

We are truly excited about this milestone transaction for Attacq and Waterfall City. It also provides the GEPF with a unique investment opportunity in the co-ownership of a world class city. Once implemented, Attacq will see its gearing reduce from 37.2% to c. 24.0% on a pro-forma basis providing the balance sheet to develop out Waterfall City. Attacq’s capital structure will also be optimised resulting in a reduced cost of capital thereby enhancing returns for Attacq’s shareholders. It’s a win-win for all stakeholders.” says Attacq Chief Financial Officer, Raj Nana.

The transaction is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions. Since the transaction is classified as a Category 1 transaction in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements, majority shareholder approval is required.