HarbourVest Global Private Equity, a closed-end investment company, has extended its multi-currency credit facility with LloydsTSB Bank plc. The company’s existing $500 million credit facility expires in December 2014.
HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited (“HVPE” or the “Company”), a closed-end investment company, today announces that it has extended its multi-currency credit facility with LloydsTSB Bank plc. The Company’s existing $500 million credit facility expires in December 2014.
HVPE has refinanced the credit facility, which will remain at $500 million until December 2014 and reduce to $300 million thereafter. The new facility, which contains similar covenants as the existing facility, is now set to expire in April 2018.
The applicable Libor margin scales up from 210 basis points over Libor in 2013 to 290 basis points over in 2015 and beyond for borrowings of less than $100 million. In addition, a further 50 basis points will be payable on the total sum drawn if borrowings exceed $100 million, together with a further 25 basis points on the total sum drawn if borrowings should be greater than $200 million.
Stuart Howard, Chief Operating Officer of European Listed Products at HarbourVest, said “HVPE is pleased to announce the extension of its credit facility in partnership with Lloyds, which underpins the Company’s commitment to growing its NAV over the long term for the benefit of shareholders. The cash generative trending portfolio, and our proven ability to manage the balance sheet during challenging economic conditions, means we are comfortable with the step down to a $300 million facility beyond 2014. A strong balance sheet allows the Company the option to invest in new private equity opportunities in and alongside HarbourVest-managed funds and to maximise its future returns. The modest increase in fees and margin is a positive exchange for certainty and duration.”
HVPE’s Chairman of the Board, Sir Michael Bunbury, noted in HVPE’s Semi-Annual Report at 31 July 2012 that the Company was progressing with discussions to extend its current credit facility. Sir Michael Bunbury said “HVPE’s renewal and extension of the credit facility is key to the Company’s ongoing ability to access borrowings opportunistically to finance cash generative, mature investments. This is evidenced by the September 2011 purchase of part of Absolute Private Equity Ltd., after which the Company’s use of the Lloyds facility was at its highest drawn level of $195 million, and the December 2012 purchase of part of the assets of Conversus Capital, L.P., in both cases in conjunction with other HarbourVest managed funds. At 31 March 2013, total borrowing under the facility was $136.5 million.”
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About HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited:
HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited (“HVPE”) is a Guernsey-incorporated closed-end investment company which has a dual listing on both the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Amsterdam. HVPE is registered as an investment institution with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. HVPE is designed to offer shareholders long-term capital appreciation by investing in a private equity portfolio diversified by geography, by stage of investment, by vintage year, and by industry. It invests in and alongside HarbourVest-managed funds which focus on primary partnership commitments, secondary investments, and direct investments in operating companies. HVPE is advised by HarbourVest Advisers L.P., an affiliate of HarbourVest Partners, LLC.
About HarbourVest Partners, LLC:
HarbourVest is an independent global private equity investment firm and an SEC registered investment advisor, providing vehicles for institutional investors to invest in the venture capital and buyout markets in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere through primary partnerships, secondary purchases, and direct investments. The HarbourVest team began investing in 1982 and has committed more than $30 billion to investments over its more than 30-year history. Across its global investment platform, HarbourVest and its affiliates have more than 230 employees in Boston, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bogotá, and Beijing.
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