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Empiric Student Property PLC
27 June 2017
 

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27 June 2017

 

Empiric Student Property plc

("Empiric" or the "Company" or, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group")

 

POSTING OF CIRCULAR TO SHAREHOLDERS

 

On 6 June 2017, the Board of Directors of Empiric Student Property plc (ticker: ESP), the owner and operator of premium student accommodation across the UK, announced that it was considering an equity fundraising to fund a pipeline of identified investment opportunities.  The Company has today posted a circular to shareholders (the "Circular") including a notice convening a general meeting (the "General Meeting") to consider, inter alia, the issue for cash of up to 140 million ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the Company ("Shares") in anticipation of a further issue of Shares (an "Issue"). The details of any proposed Issue will be contained in a prospectus to be published in due course. Any such Issue will include an open offer element available for the benefit of existing Shareholders. In addition, it is intended that all new Shares issued will be issued at a premium to the prevailing Net Asset Value per Share, after the related costs have been deducted.

 

The Company has identified a strong near-term pipeline comprising a mix of operating properties and properties under development across multiple locations in the UK representing in aggregate approximately 3,500 beds, including a London portfolio. The Directors consider that these investment opportunities are likely to be value-accretive to investors over the medium term.

 

The Circular will be available on the Company's website at www.empiric.co.uk and will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism shortly for inspection at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM.

 

For further information on the Company, please contact:

Empiric Student Property plc

(via Newgate below)

Paul Hadaway (Chief Executive)

 

Tim Attlee (Chief Investment Officer)

 

Lynne Fennah (Chief Financial Officer)

 

 

 

Akur Limited (Joint Financial Adviser)

Tel: 020 7493 3631

Tom Frost

 

Anthony Richardson

 

Siobhan Sergeant

 

 

 

Jefferies International Limited (Joint Financial Adviser and Broker)

Tel: 020 7029 8000

Gary Gould

 

Stuart Klein

 

 

 

Newgate (PR Adviser)

Tel: 020 7680 6550

James Benjamin

Em: [email protected]

Zoe Pocock

 

Lydia Thompson

 

 

Further information on Empiric can be found on the Company's website at www.empiric.co.uk.

 

Notes:

Empiric Student Property plc is a leading provider and operator of modern, direct-let, nominated or leased student accommodation across the UK. Investing in both operating and development assets, Empiric is a multi-niche student property company focused on, (i) providing good quality first year accommodation managed through its Hello Student® operating platform in partnership with universities, (ii) offering a variety of second and third year purpose built accommodation options for individual students and those wanting a group living environment, and (iii) continuing to expand the Group's existing premium, studio-led accommodation portfolio which is attractive to international and postgraduate students.

 

The Company, an internally managed real estate investment trust ("REIT") incorporated in England and Wales, listed on the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and was admitted to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange in June 2014.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

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This announcement does not contain or constitute an offer for sale of, or the solicitation of an offer or an invitation to buy or subscribe for, Shares to any person in the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand or Japan or in any jurisdiction to whom or in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful.

 


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