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Retail Charity Bonds PLC
20 June 2017
 

 

 

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LAUNCH OF RETAIL CHARITY BOND

 

THE DOLPHIN SQUARE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION RETAIL CHARITY BOND 4.25% DUE 2026

 

Retail Charity Bonds PLC today announces the launch of The Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation Retail Charity Bond offering 4.25% due 6 July 2026 (the "Bonds").

 

The Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation (the "Charity") is a housing charity that seeks to provide well-designed, good quality housing at market and sub-market rents for people on modest incomes who live or work in the City of Westminster and surrounding boroughs.  The Charity and its subsidiaries (together, "Dolphin") operate in inner London and generally all of Dolphin's properties are within 30 minutes' travel time of the City of Westminster. The Charity works closely with Westminster City Council in both determining the needs of those living and working in Westminster and planning to help meet those needs. Dolphin currently owns and manages 600 homes and has a further 196 homes under development.

 

The Bonds will be issued by Retail Charity Bonds PLC (the "Issuer"), a special purpose issuing vehicle created and managed by Allia, a charity that supports individuals and organisations who create social benefit. The vehicle connects charitable organisations seeking unsecured loan finance with investors looking for fixed income bonds listed on the London Stock Exchange. The funds raised will be loaned, via a loan agreement, to The Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation.

 

The Bonds are available to wholesale and retail investors and will pay a fixed rate of interest at 4.25% per annum until 6 July 2026, payable twice yearly on 6 January and 6 July of each year with the first coupon payment being made on 6 January 2018. The Bonds are expected to mature on 6 July 2026 with a final legal maturity on 6 July 2028.

 

At any time during the life of the Bonds, investors are permitted to sell the Bonds (within market hours and in normal market conditions) on the open market through their stockbroker.

 

Authorised Offerors

 

·      AJ Bell Securities Limited

·      Barclays Bank PLC

·      Equiniti Financial Services Limited

·      Hargreaves Lansdown

·      Redmayne-Bentley LLP

 

Peel Hunt is acting as Lead Manager (the "Lead Manager") on the issue.

 

The Bonds have a minimum initial subscription amount of £500 and are available in multiples of £100 thereafter. The offer period is expected to close at 12pm on 30 June 2017. The Issuer retains the right to close the offer early, in conjunction with the Lead Manager.

 

The Bonds are expected to be listed on the UK Listing Authority's Official List and admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange's regulated market and through the electronic Order book for Retail Bonds.

 

This is the fifth Retail Charity Bond to be launched by the Issuer, following successful issues for Golden Lane Housing (the housing arm of Mencap), Hightown Housing Association (formerly Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association), Charities Aid Foundation and Greensleeves Homes Trust.

 

Commenting on the launch, Olivia Harris, Chief Executive of Dolphin, said:

"Dolphin is playing a key role in solving London's housing crisis by providing homes at genuinely affordable rents for workers that keep London ticking, such as chefs, nurses, drivers, teachers and actors. The funds raised through this Retail Charity Bond will be used to invest in more housing in London to take us closer to our strategic target of providing 1,000 affordable rental homes in the capital by 2020."

 

Ram Gidoomal CBE, chair of Allia, said

"This latest Retail Charity Bond follows four successful issues which have between them raised £91m for four different charitable organisations. Allia's Retail Charity Bonds platform is enabling charities to access the finance they need to create greater social benefit, and we are grateful to the support of Peel Hunt and the volunteer directors of the Issuer."

 

Henrietta Podd, Director, Peel Hunt, said:

"Today's launch is a further example of a high quality and proven charity with a clear social aim looking to access a new source of medium-term, unsecured loan finance through the issuance of a Retail Charity Bond. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for investors to invest for income in a quality organisation with clear social benefits in an easily accessible and transparent manner."

 

John Tattersall, chair of Retail Charity Bonds plc, said:

"This fifth issue shows that the uniformity of our structuring and on-lending process is proving to be as efficient as I and my fellow volunteer directors had anticipated."

 

 

For further information about Dolphin, please go to http://dolphinliving.com/

 

-ENDS-

 

For enquiries, please contact:

 

Dolphin Living                                                   Tel: 0203 667 7870           
Olivia Harris

 

FTI Consulting                                                   Tel: 020 3727 1000
Dido Laurimore

Richard Gotla

Phillippa Cantrill

 

Peel Hunt LLP                                                    Tel: +44 (0)20 3597 8676

 

 

Henrietta Podd

 

Retail Charity Bonds PLC / Allia                    Tel: +44 (0)1223 781303

Phil Caroe                                                          

 

 

About Dolphin and the Charity

 

The Charity was founded in June 2005 and has been funded by a total of around £125 million that was gifted to it from the proceeds of the sale of leasehold interests in the Dolphin Square mansion block in Pimlico by Westminster City Council and Dolphin Square Trust.

 

The Charity is a housing charity that seeks to provide well-designed, good quality housing for people on modest incomes who live or work in the City of Westminster and surrounding boroughs.  The Charity works closely with Westminster City Council in both determining the needs of those living and working in Westminster and planning to help meet those needs.

 

The first five years of the Charity's existence saw its public benefit works focused on grant making activity for a range of community-based projects with the aim of alleviating the affordable housing shortage.

 

From 2010, the Charity accelerated its plans for building its own portfolio in order to directly address the need for more affordable housing stock, resulting in a significant growth in completed homes from 2013.  As at 31 March 2013, the Charity had 16 completed homes.  As at 31 March 2017, Dolphin had 600 completed homes and 196 under development.

 

Dolphin provides homes to rent at market and sub-market rents.  Sub-market rent housing is provided at intermediate, affordable and social rents.  Intermediate rents are capped at 80% of the market rent. Affordable rents are also capped at 80% of market rent and take into account local housing needs. Social rents are based on a target rent using a formula set by Government. Dolphin also has a small number of homes (seven) let under regulated tenancies where rents are set by a local rent officer.  Eligibility for homes at sub-market rents varies by scheme but, generally, prospective tenants must have an annual household income of no more than £90,000 and be unable to access a suitable home on the open market.  Dolphin operates in inner London and generally all its properties must be within 30 minutes' travel time of the City of Westminster.

 

Dolphin manages 600 homes, has a target for 1,000 homes by 2020, and employs 14 staff at its office in Westminster.

 

About Retail Charity Bonds and Allia

 

Retail Charity Bonds is a platform that issues retail eligible bonds for UK charities. It was created by Allia, a UK charity and social investment specialist that has been creating bonds for social benefit since its launch in 1999.

 

The Issuer, Retail Charity Bonds PLC, is a public limited company; it was established as a special purpose issuing vehicle but is not itself a charity. It is governed by an independent and experienced board of directors from the financial and charity sectors who are acting on a pro-bono basis. The administration of the Issuer and the origination of charitable borrowers is carried out by Allia Impact Finance Ltd, a subsidiary of Allia Ltd.

 

Other charities to have successfully raised finance through Retail Charity Bonds include Golden Lane Housing (the housing arm of Mencap), Hightown Housing Association (formerly Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association), Charities Aid Foundation and Greensleeves Homes Trust.

 

For more information please see www.retailcharitybonds.co.uk

 

About Peel Hunt

 

Peel Hunt is an independent corporate broking/advisory house that has highly rated, sector-aligned Research, Sales and Corporate teams, with a current retained corporate client list of over 115 listed companies and a trading platform that makes markets in c.3,500 equity and fixed income products.

Peel Hunt ranked 1st with the UK's largest Fund Managers and received more 'Top 3' sector teams than any other broker in the 2016 Thomson Reuters Extel Survey of UK Small & Mid Cap Brokerage Firms.  At the influential Starmine Awards, the firm's research team ascended into the top three for the first time, coming in second between Goldman Sachs (1st) and Bank of America (3rd) Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards.

 

Peel Hunt's Debt Capital Markets is part of a collaboration with debt advisory, risk and hedging specialists JC Rathbone Associates.

 

For more information please see http://www.peelhunt.com

 

About the Bonds

 

·     The Bonds may not be suitable for all investors. Investors should ensure they fully understand the risks and seek independent financial advice.

·     Investors should note that the market price of the Bonds can rise and fall during the life of the investment and the price of the Bonds could fall below the issue price of £100.

·     In the event that Retail Charity Bonds PLC or The Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation, becomes insolvent or goes out of business, investors may lose some or all of their investment.

 

This announcement is an advertisement and is not a prospectus for the purposes of EU Directive 2003/71/EC, as amended, and/or Part VI of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the "FSMA"). A prospectus dated 20 June 2017 (the "Prospectus") has been prepared and made available to the public as required by Part VI of the FSMA. Investors should not subscribe for any bonds referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the Prospectus. Full information on Retail Charity Bonds PLC and the offer of the bonds is only available on the basis of the combination of the Prospectus and this announcement which have been published by Retail Charity Bonds PLC on the Regulatory News Service operated by the London Stock Exchange.

 

The restriction on financial promotions contained in section 21(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 does not apply to this announcement by virtue of article 70(1A) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended.

 

The offering and the distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with the offer in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

 

This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any Bonds. Any purchase of Bonds pursuant to the offer should only be made on the basis of the information contained in the prospectus dated 20 June 2017 (the "Prospectus". The Prospectus is available on the website of Retail Charity Bonds PLC and Dolphin, as above, and the website of the London Stock Exchange plc (www.londonstockexchange.com/newissues).

 

The Bonds have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (as amended) (the "Securities Act") and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered or sold within the United States or to United States persons. The Bonds are being offered and sold outside of the United States in reliance on Regulation S of the Securities Act.

 

 

 


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