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BALWIN PROPERTIES LIMITED - Acquisition of prime property in Mooikloof

Release Date: 20/07/2020 14:48
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Acquisition of prime property in Mooikloof

Balwin Properties Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Registration Number: 2003/028851/06
Share code: BWN
ISIN: ZAE000209532



Shareholders are hereby advised that Balwin has concluded a Sale Agreement (the “Agreement”),
with Century Property Developments Proprietary Limited (the “Seller”) in terms of which Balwin has
agreed to purchase Part of the Remainder of Portion 1077 of the Farm Rietfontein 375 JR, measuring
93 hectares in extent (the “Property”) on favourable payment terms which include a R94,000,000
deposit and a payment per apartment over the next 7 years to settle the outstanding balance as
explained at paragraph 4 below (the “Transaction”).


     2.1. Balwin has been negotiating with the Seller over the past five years to acquire The Hills
          Proper, situated on the Property. The Property measures approximately 93 hectares in
          extent of which approximately 70 hectares is developable.
     2.2. The number of apartments to be developed on the Property is currently, at a minimum, of
          3,776 and the development will follow Balwin’s Classic collection. Balwin is confident that
          the total number of apartments could exceed at least 5,500 through rezoning and relaxation
          on height restrictions on the Property.
     2.3. The Property is situated in Pretoria East within the upmarket area of Mooikloof which is a
          rapidly developing family-friendly suburb. The Property is close to the N4 and N1 highways.
          The Property will be accessible from Atterbury and Garsfontein roads via the K147, which
          provides easy access into Pretoria East and various amenities such as Woodlands Boulevard,
          Woodhill Country Club, Parkview Shopping Centre and the Pretoria East Hospital.
     2.4. The Property will be designed for clients looking for affordable living combined with a
          unique lifestyle offering complemented by breath-taking sceneries, quality schools, medical
          facilities and shopping centres. The vernacular design of the apartment blocks is focused on
          blending into the surrounding natural beauty, with no negative impact on the existing
          scenery. The “Old Transvaal-style” architecture, is commonly associated with the east of
          Pretoria. Balwin is also planning to incorporate a Generation School and Montessori School
          as part of its lifestyle offering within the development.
     2.5. The vision of the development is to create an Eco Estate focussing on outdoor living and
          utilising the abundance of green space for leisure activities.
     2.6. The Lifestyle Centre will be developed as a Lifestyle Village Concept, which fits well with the
          Pretoria East market and will allow for direct public access, increasing the commerciality of
          the Lifestyle Village and its operators.
     2.7. Balwin will phase the development, with the first phase estimated to be approximately
          1,000 apartments and it is estimated that top structure construction should commence
          during March 2021, with the first handovers following approximately 6 months later during
          September 2021.
     2.8. The acquisition of The Property will permit Balwin to establish a new development in the
          high demand area east of Pretoria which fits in with its overall vision for Gauteng. Balwin
          believes that the acquisition of the Property will support its goal of expanding within the
          Pretoria region.


     3.1. The total consideration payable by Balwin to the Seller in terms of the Agreement is at a
          minimum of R301,680,000 (excluding VAT) (prior to applicable CPI adjustments and based
          on an assumed 3,776 units) and at a maximum of R303,000,000 (excluding VAT) (prior to
          the applicable CPI adjustments and based on an assumed 3,800 units) (“Purchase
          Consideration”), which is to be paid by Balwin as follows -
         3.1.1. R94,000,000 (excluding VAT) deposit is payable to the Seller on date of registration of
                transfer of the Property; plus
         3.1.2. R55,000 (excluding VAT) per apartment is payable as and when the apartments are
                registered in the name of third party purchasers.
     3.2. The R55,000 (excluding VAT) will only be payable in respect of 3,800 apartments, at
          maximum, irrespective of whether Balwin achieves a higher density of approximately 5,500
          apartments. Accordingly, the minimum purchase consideration payable will be
          R301,680,000 (R55,000 x 3,776 apartment) (prior to applicable CPI adjustments) and the
          maximum purchase consideration will be R303,000,000 (R55 000 x 3,800 apartments) (prior
          to applicable CPI adjustments).
            3.3. The balance of the Purchase Consideration outstanding from time to time will escalate at
                 the lower of CPI or 6% per annum calculated from the date of transfer of the Property.
            3.4. The total Purchase Consideration is payable within 7 years from date of transfer of the
            3.5. The R94,000,000 deposit will be funded from a combination of existing cash reserves and
                 new bank debt. The bank debt will be ring-fenced to the development to be completed on
                 the Property being acquired. Balwin has already obtained 60% bank funding from Investec
                 Bank Limited in respect of the R94,000,000 deposit and will pay the difference of
                 R37,600,000 in cash.
            3.6. Subsequent to the new bank debt in 4.5 above being obtained, Balwin’s total debt to equity
                 ratio will remain comfortably within the 50% target threshold as mandated by the Balwin

         The value of the land to be acquired is at maximum R303,000,000 (excluding VAT) (prior to
         applicable CPI adjustments). The land will not generate profits in isolation as the land will be
         developed into sectional title residential apartments and profits will be attributed to the sale
         of the respective apartments.


        At the date of this SENS announcement, the Board of Directors have approved the Transaction and
        there are no conditions precedent.


      In terms of the Agreement, the effective date of the Transaction will be 20 July 2020.


      The Transaction is categorised as a Category 2 transaction in terms of paragraph 9.5(a) of the JSE
      Listings Requirements and accordingly no shareholder approval is required.

20 July 2020

Investec Bank Limited

Date: 20-07-2020 02:48:00
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