Delta Property Fund intents to list on the JSE

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Sandile Nomvete, Delta Property Fund CEO Sandile Nomvete, Delta Property Fund CEO

Delta Property Fund, a black-owned property loan stock company, announced on Monday its intention to list on the JSE before the end of the year, bringing to the market an R2.1 billion property portfolio.

The listing, and resultant capital raising, would allow the property group to reduce its gearing levels and provide various funding options for future acquisitions. 

Sandile Nomvete, Chief Executive Officer of Delta Property Fund said that over the last four years we have built Delta into a serious contender in the property space by concentrating on our core competencies such as our ability to refurbish buildings to high grade specifications and identifying scarce prime properties in nodes attractive to government

"The proposed listing is an exciting step forward for Delta. Our portfolio will offer investors stable, resilient cash flows and value creation potential. Management has a long-term view on the business and will manage it for capital growth and the delivery of superior shareholder returns," said Mr Nomvete.

Delta is a black-managed and substantially black-owned property loan stock company established by the founding shareholders and incorporated in March 2005. The Fund’s primary niche and springboard to success has been the ability to strategically identify and secure Government and South African Revenue Services (“SARS”)-leased properties, with the aim of outperforming the market within the context of global market volatility.

On listing, Delta will own a portfolio of 20 well-established, mainly AAA to B grade high-quality office buildings across the country in nodes attractive to various government departments and SARS. The portfolio has been independently valued at R2.1 billion and comprises a total gross lettable area of 203 261 m2, consisting of 92% office space and an 8% retail component.

The occupancy rate is 95,2%. Rental collections are managed very tightly and there are no bad debts. The Fund’s B-BBEE credentials positions it well to leverage the advantages of government tenanted buildings, such as single tenant occupancy, long-term leases, fixed lease escalations for the duration of the loan and a sovereign underpin.

Delta is externally managed by a 100% black-owned asset manager, qualifying the Fund for long-term government leases in terms of the provisions of the Department of Public Works. The asset management team has collectively over 75 years of property experience, and has been instrumental in establishing the property portfolio and positioning Delta as a landlord of choice to government and SARS.

The Fund’s management team has a 14 year track record with proven deal-making ability in property and have worked as a team for almost five years. The team offers a good balance of entrepreneurial drive and experience with long-standing working relationships with SARS and government.

Nedbank Capital has been appointed as the corporate advisor and sponsor, with KPMG as the independent sponsor to the Fund.


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