Acquisition Of The Liberty Life Building, Century City, Cape Town
SPEAR REIT LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 2015/407237/06)
Share code: SEA
(Approved as a REIT by the JSE)
(“Spear” or “the Company”)
ACQUISITION OF THE LIBERTY LIFE BUILDING, CENTURY CITY, CAPE TOWN
Shareholders are advised that on the 31 October 2019, the Company entered into a sale
of letting enterprise agreement (“Agreement”) with Liberty Group Limited and 2 Degrees
Properties Proprietary Limited (together, the “Sellers”), in terms of which the Company
will acquire the property known as The Liberty Life Building, Century City Boulevard,
situated at Erf 6281 Montague Gardens, City of Cape Town, Cape Division, Western Cape
Province and held by the Sellers under Title Deeds T86167/2005, T9011/2019 and
T9012/2019, with all improvements thereon (“Property”), and the rental enterprise
conducted by the Sellers on the Property (“Rental Enterprise”), as a going concern
(“Acquisition”), for a purchase consideration of R370 000 000 (“Purchase
2. RATIONALE FOR THE ACQUISITION
The Acquisition is in line with Spear’s stated strategy to own high quality assets within
well-established nodes in Cape Town. Century City stands out positively amongst many
other factors as a sought-after commercial office precinct attracting high quality corporate
office users within the highly successful mixed use environment. The Liberty Life Building
is a AAA grade, green star rated office building with premium grade tenancies in
occupation for the long term.
Spear will continue to invest into high quality nodes within the Western Cape that offer
value and that will be accretive to the fund on a sustainable basis.
3. PURCHASE CONSIDERATION AND VALUE-ADDED TAX
The Purchase Consideration is an amount of R370 000 000 and is inclusive of value-
added tax at a rate of 0%.
If registration of transfer of ownership in the Property into the name of the Company
(“Transfer”) does not occur within 90 calendar days of the date on which the Conditions
Precedent (as defined in paragraph 4 below) are fulfilled or, where permissible, waived
(“Escalation Date”), due to delays outside of the Company’s or its financiers control, then
the Purchase Consideration will escalate at a rate of 0.5% per month calculated from the
Escalation Date up to and including the date of Transfer (“Additional Amount”), provided
that the Additional Amount shall not exceed R175 000 000.
The Purchase Consideration will be secured by a bank guarantee and will be paid to the
Sellers or their nominee in cash on the date of Transfer.
In terms of the Agreement, the Company may, at any time up to 10 business days after
the date on which the Conditions Precedent (as defined in paragraph 4 below) are fulfilled
or, where permissible, waived, undertake an equity capital raise in order to raise or
refinance an amount of up to 100% of the Purchase Consideration.
4. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT
The Acquisition is subject to the fulfilment (or, where permissible, waiver) of the following
conditions precedent (“Conditions Precedent”):
- the parties to the Agreement (“Parties”) obtaining, within 90 business days of the
date of signature of the Agreement (“Signature Date”), the written and unconditional
approval for the Acquisition from the relevant competition authorities in accordance
with the Competition Act, No. 89 of 1998; and
- the Sellers ensuring that, within 10 calendar days of the Signature Date, or such
longer period as the Parties may mutually agree to in writing, an addendum to the
Liberty Group A and B leases (attached as an annexure to the Agreement), is signed
by the relevant parties and a copy thereof is transmitted to the Company.
The Conditions Precedent must be fulfilled by not later than the aforementioned dates,
which dates may be extended by written agreement amongst the Parties.
5. EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ACQUISITION
The effective date of the Acquisition will be the date of Transfer, which date shall be as
soon as practically possible after the date on which the Conditions Precedent are fulfilled
or, where permissible, waived and which date is anticipated as being 1 January 2020.
6. WARRANTIES, INDEMNITIES AND OTHER SIGNIFICANT TERMS OF THE
The Agreement contains representations and warranties by the Sellers in favour of the
Company which are standard for a transaction of this nature.
Subject to such warranties, the Rental Enterprise and the Property are sold “voetstoots”.
7. THE PROPERTY
Details of the Property are as follows:
Property Geographical Sector Gross Weighted
Name and Location Lettable Area Average
Address (m2) Gross Rental /
The Liberty Life Century City, Commercial 18 244 R171
Building, Cape Town
situated at Erf
of Cape Town,
Details regarding the Property, as at the anticipated date of Transfer, are set out below:
Purchase Yield Weighted Average Weighted Average Vacancy % by
Attributable to Escalation Lease Duration Gross Lettable
Shareholders (years) Area
9.31 % 7% 4.3 0%
a) The Liberty Group lease will be extended in order to run for a full 5-year period from
Transfer, with a further renewal option to be negotiated between the parties at the
b) In addition to the Purchase Consideration, the costs associated with the Acquisition
are estimated at R5 500 000. No agents’ commission is payable in respect of the
c) The Purchase Consideration payable in respect of the Rental Enterprise (which
includes the Property) is considered to be its fair market value, as determined by the
directors of the Company. The directors of the Company are not independent and are
not registered as professional valuers or as professional associate valuers in terms
of the Property Valuers Profession Act, No. 47 of 2000.
8. FORECAST FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF THE ACQUISITION
The forecast financial information relating to the Acquisition for the 2-month period ending
29 February 2020 and the 12-month period ending 28 February 2021 are set out below.
The forecast financial information has not been reviewed or reported on by a reporting
accountant in terms of section 8 of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements and is the
responsibility of the Company’s directors.
Forecast for the 2-month Forecast for the 12-
period ending 29-Feb-20 month period ending
Revenue 8 543 710 52 288 020
Straight-line rental accrual 944 040 5 050 636
Gross revenue 9 487 750 57 338 656
Property expenses (2 613 433) (16 761 306)
Net property income 6 874 317 40 577 350
Administrative expenses (128 156) (784 320)
Operating profit 6 746 161 39 793 030
Finance cost (5 278 281) (31 669 688)
Profit before taxation 1 467 880 8 123 342
Taxation - -
Net profit after taxation 1 467 880 8 123 342
Straight-line rental accrual (944 040) (5 050 636)
Distributable profit 523 840 3 072 706
a) Revenue includes gross rentals and other recoveries but excludes any adjustment
applicable to the straight-lining of leases.
b) Property expenses include all utility and council charges applicable to the Property.
c) The forecast information for the 2-month period ended 29 February 2020 has been
calculated from the anticipated date of Transfer, being on or about 1 January 2020.
d) Contractual rental revenue constitutes 100% of the revenue for the 2-month period
ended 29 February 2020 and 94% of the revenue for the 12-month period ended 28
e) Near-contracted revenue constitutes 0% of the revenue for the 2-month period ended
29 February 2020 and 6% of the revenue for the 12-month period ended 28 February
f) There is no uncontracted revenue.
9. CLASSIFICATION OF THE ACQUISITION
The Acquisition constitutes a category 2 transaction in terms of the JSE Limited Listings
1 November 2019
Corporate Adviser and Sponsor Legal Advisor Funder
PSG Capital STBB Standard Bank
Date: 01/11/2019 12:05:00
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