Notice of Redemption Price
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NOTICE OF REDEMPTION PRICE
to the holders of the outstanding
£90,000,000 6.125 per cent. bonds due 2020
(ISIN: XS0856594642; Common Code: 085659464)
issued by The UNITE Group plc
Capitalised terms used but not otherwise defined in this notice shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the trust deed dated 12 December 2012 and executed by the Issuer and U.S. Bank Trustees Limited (the "Trustee").
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the Bondholders that, further to the notice given to the Bondholders on 15 November 2019, the Issuer will fully redeem all of the Bonds outstanding on 19 December 2019 (the "Optional Redemption Date"). The Redemption Price (calculated by Conv-Ex Advisors Limited as independent financial adviser in accordance with Condition 5(c) (Redemption at the option of the Issuer) of the Bonds) is £102.38 per £100 principal amount of the Bonds. Interest accrued to (but excluding) the Optional Redemption Date of £0.12 per £100 principal amount of the Bonds will also be paid to the Bondholders.
Elavon Financial Services DAC, UK Branch (formerly known as Elavon Financial Services Limited, UK Branch)
5th Floor, 125 Old Broad Street, London, United Kingdom EC2N 1AR
Principal Paying Agent
For and on behalf of
The UNITE Group plc
17 December 2019
For further information, please contact:
Richard Smith / Joe Lister / Paul Richmond Tel: +44 117 302 7005
Justin Griffiths Tel: +44 20 7250 1446
About Unite Students
Unite Students is the UK's largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation serving the country's world-leading higher education sector.
Following our successful £1.4bn acquisition of Liberty Living's UK assets in November 2019, we now provide homes to c. 75,000 students across 175 properties in 27 leading university towns and cities.
Our people are driven by a common purpose: to provide the students who live with us a 'Home for Success' and to be the most trusted brand in the sector. We do this through quality service, quality people and quality properties, all designed on the basis of an excellent insight into students' needs and preferences.
Unite's accommodation is high quality, safe and secure, and located where students want to live. Students live predominantly in en-suite study bedrooms with rents covering all bills, insurance, 24-hour security and high-speed Wi-Fi. MyUnite, our mobile app, provides practical support such as instant messaging and maintenance requests.
Our commitment to customer service is powered by an innovative, in-house operating platform. It provides a wide range of benefits to our students, such as an optimised online booking process, as well as providing us with a unique ability to drive value from our portfolio through scale efficiencies and revenue management.
Alongside delivering quality service, our other strategic priority is delivering growing and sustainable earnings, underpinned by a strong capital structure. A key part of this strategy is growing the number of beds let through partnerships with mid and high tariff universities which are experiencing record levels of student demand. We currently partner with 35 universities across the UK, guaranteeing that approximately 60% of our rooms are let under 'nomination agreements' providing high visibility of forward occupancy and rental growth.
Unite is invested in and operates two specialist funds and joint ventures with institutional investment partners: the £3 billion Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund (USAF), and the £1 billion London Student Accommodation Vehicle (LSAV).
Unite is the founder of and major donor to the Unite Foundation, a charitable trust established to support talented students facing challenging financial circumstances through the provision of free accommodation annual scholarships. The Foundation has so far provided scholarships for 434 young people working in close collaboration with 27 partner universities.
Founded in 1991 in Bristol, Unite Group is an award-winning Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE 250 Index.
This announcement is for information purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy, subscribe for or otherwise acquire securities in any jurisdiction in which any such offer or solicitation would be unlawful. Any failure to comply with this restriction may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions.
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No statement in this announcement is intended to be a profit forecast, and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share of Unite or Liberty Living for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings or earnings per share of Unite or Liberty Living.
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