McDonald’s developmental licencee Premier Capital plc launches 10-year €65 million bond issue
Premier Capital plc, the McDonald’s division of Hili Ventures, has launched a €65 million bond issue maturing in 2026. The unsecured bonds, at a nominal value of €100 per bond issued at par, bear an annual interest rate of 3.75 per cent.
Premier Capital plc is giving preference to holders of the current €24.6 million 6.8 per cent Bonds 2017-2020 who were on the register on 21 October 2016 to subscribe to this new bond issue by surrendering their exchangeable bonds. Existing bondholders opting to exchange their holding will continue to earn an effective rate of 6.8 per cent until 15 March 2017. Bonds remaining in issue as at 16 March 2017 will be redeemed.
Proceeds from the new bond issue will be used to repay bank facilities in Malta and Latvia, partly repay bank facilities in Romania and part-finance the projected capital expenditure to open new McDonald’s restaurants and renovate existing stores in 2017.
Premier Capital plc is the Developmental Licencee for McDonald’s in the Baltic States, Greece, Malta and Romania. It currently operates 133 restaurants in six countries. The restaurant network includes 68 Drive Thru and 40 McCafe operations.
More than 100 million customers are served at McDonald’s restaurants operated by Premier Capital plc every year, thanks to an international team of 7,000 people. The Premier Capital Group realises €230 million in annual turnover.
The first three McDonald’s restaurants opened in Malta in 1995, growing to win a 70 per cent market share in the quick service restaurant sector. Premier Capital was established in 2005 and took over the Malta operation before acquiring the developmental licence for McDonald’s in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2007 and in Greece in 2011.
In January this year, Premier Capital plc was granted the Developmental Licence for McDonald’s in Romania, its largest market to date, with a network of 68 restaurants in 21 cities and 4,000 people.
More information about Premier Capital plc’s bond issue is available from the prospectus dated 21 October, which is available from authorised financial intermediaries or can be downloaded from www.premiercapital.com.mt
Application forms are available from 26 October from authorised financial intermediaries. Subscriptions open on 14 November and close on 16 November or earlier, if the bond issue is over-subscribed.
Interest on the bonds commences on 23 November, and refunds of unallocated monies will be made by 30 November. The bonds are expected to be admitted to The Malta Stock Exchange on 30 November and trading is expected to commence on 1 December. Premier Capital plc will announce the basis of acceptance of applications and the allocation policy to be adopted by not later than Friday, 23 November.