Aggregate sells Portuguese unit VIC Properties for €670m

Aggregate sells Portuguese unit VIC Properties for €670m

Aggregate Holdings has agreed to sell Portuguese residential real estate developer VIC Properties for €670 million to a group led by institutional investors and the existing VIC Management Team.

The transaction provides VIC Properties with a significantly strengthened and more flexible financial structure upon completion, said Aggregate in a press release. ”It demonstrates the long-term commitment of the new investors, led by AlbaCore Capital Group, Mudrick Capital Management, L.P. and Owl Creek Asset Management, L.P., to the Portuguese residential market and their confidence in the existing VIC Management Team to lead VIC Properties into a new growth phase.”

As part of a new strategic plan, VIC Properties will receive significant new funding, on terms and in a quantum to be agreed, to continue and further accelerate the development of its three large residential projects in and around Lisbon.

These projects comprise of Prata Riverside Village and Matinha, located on the Lisbon waterfront, and Pinheirinho, located in between Comporta and Melides. The three developments have a combined total gross floor area of c.570,000 sqm and, once fully licensed and developed, will have provided approximately 3,000 new apartments for the city of Lisbon and a wide range of residential and tourism units, including a luxury high-end hotel offering, to the region of Comporta and Melides.

VIC Properties’ new shareholders alongside its Management Team, led by Chief Executive Officer João Cabaça, will continue to work very closely with the various relevant stakeholders in order to develop new residential properties across its existing and future projects, a clear commitment in addressing the pressing need for new housing in Portugal.

“Today marks an exciting new chapter for VIC Properties. Alongside our new partners, and with an enhanced capital structure, we look forward to investing in the continued development of some of the most prominent residential projects in the country, providing much-needed, high-quality, sustainable and modern housing to those living in Portugal.” said João Cabaça, CEO of VIC Properties.

Jason Mudrick, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Mudrick Capital Management, L.P., said: “This transaction will enable VIC Properties to accelerate its plans, building on its strong foundations. Aggregate and the VIC management team have done a fantastic job in building the company from scratch and we are excited to be working with VIC management as they continue to develop their flagship projects to completion, delivering new homes to the people of Portugal.”

In combination with the sale of the Company, the agreement requires certain amendments to the existing financing arrangements of the VIC group, including, amongst others, a consent solicitation exercise for the holders of VIC’s outstanding bonds to approve certain amendments to the terms of such bonds in order to implement the Transaction, including releasing Aggregate from its existing guarantee and any future obligations related to the VIC convertible bonds.

The Transaction is subject to closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023.

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