OUE Commercial REIT's OUE Bayfront in Singapore. (Photo: REITsWeek)

OUE Commercial REIT announced on 9 March that it will proceed to issue a total of 233,281,400 new units in respect of a private placement exercise that was first announced the previous day.

The new units will be issued to qualified investors at SGD0.643 each.

OUE Commercial REIT filed a disclosure with the Singapore Exchange close to midnight on 8 March, announcing that it was executing the private placement exercise to raise total proceeds of up to SGD150 million (USD105 million), including an ‘upsize option’ for an additional SGD50 million.

The REIT subsequently announced early the next morning that order book for the placement exercise has closed.

“The placement attracted strong demand, with expressions of interest coming from institutional and local investors and the upsize option has been exercised”, said OUE Commercial REIT in its announcement on 9 March.

Approximately SGD148.5 million from the proceeds will be used to partially repay the REIT’s existing borrowings, while the remaining SGD1.5 million will be used to pay placement commissions, fees, and expenses.

“Notwithstanding its current intention, the manager may, subject to relevant laws and regulations, use the net proceeds from the private placement at its absolute discretion for other purposes, including without limitation, for working capital requirements”, said the office REIT.

OUE Commercial finished the trading day about 2.1% lower from its previous close on the Singapore Exchange to end at SGD0.685.

By Ridzwan Rahmat

Ridzwan has been analysing REITs and business trusts since 2008, and personally manages a portfolio comprising mainly of SGX-listed REITs. He founded REITsWeek in 2013.