Paul Leaf-Wright, CEO of Atlantic Leaf Properties, is confident there are good acquisition opportunities. Picture: HETTY ZANTMAN
Paul Leaf-Wright, CEO of Atlantic Leaf Properties, is confident there are good acquisition opportunities. Picture: HETTY ZANTMAN

Atlantic Leaf Properties had successfully closed its accelerated book build, it said on Thursday.

Demand was strong and the company raised £47m (equivalent to R815m), well in excess of the £30m target.

CEO Paul Leaf-Wright said: "We are extremely pleased to have achieved this level of investor support, which allows us to continue to advance our strategy.

"The majority of the proceeds raised will be used to fund the new acquisition of a 45% share in a portfolio of DFS properties in the UK, as per the communication released on Tuesday this week.

"We have a good pipeline of opportunities into which we plan to deploy the balance of the new capital."

About 46.3-million new shares were placed, at a price of £1.015 per share on the Mauritian register, and at R17.60 per share on the South African register.

"To raise capital at this price demonstrates the support for the company and we believe that the forward income projected at 9.1p per share will reward shareholders with a very competitive pound-based return, " said Leaf-Wright.

Atlantic Leaf said on Tuesday it had bought a 45% stake in a portfolio, via a joint venture with LMP Retail Warehouse, that is fully leased by DFS Trading, the UK’s largest upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer.

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