New sustainability-linked banking facilitySource: RNS
Mediclinic International plc
(Incorporated in England and Wales)
Company Number: 08338604
LSE Share Code: MDC
JSE Share Code: MEI
NSX Share Code: MEP
("Mediclinic", the "Company", or the "Group")
21 September 2021
New sustainability-linked banking facility at Mediclinic Southern Africa
· Five-year ZAR8 450m facility replaces existing debt
· Aligns the Group's financial and sustainability goals
Mediclinic, the diversified international private healthcare services group, announces that its Southern Africa division has successfully completed the refinancing of existing debt through a new sustainability-linked banking facility.
The new facility comprises ZAR7 950m senior secured debt and a ZAR500m revolving credit facility ("RCF"), replacing the previous facilities. The new five-year agreement is priced initially at three-month JIBAR plus 1.54% and 1.60% on the senior secured debt and RCF, respectively.
By achieving pre-agreed sustainability performance targets, Mediclinic Southern Africa will benefit from a reduced facility margin through an incentive-based pricing mechanism. The targets are directly linked to key Group environmental and social goals of progressing to becoming carbon neutral with zero waste to landfill by 2030 and improving water efficiency and patient experience.
Commenting today, Jurgens Myburgh, Group Chief Financial Officer, said:
"The timely and successful refinance of our debt facilities in Southern Africa is in line with our Group financial strategy and approach to responsible leverage. We are appreciative of the ongoing support from our Southern African funding partners and their role in this syndicated sustainability-linked loan, the first of its kind arranged by a bank in Africa.
"In our commitment to ensure that every day we improve sustainability by managing our resources responsibly and efficiently to the benefit of our stakeholders and the environment, this innovative mechanism allows us to align our Group financial and sustainability goals."
Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, acted as the Lead Arranger for the transaction.
This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements relating to the business of the Company and its subsidiaries, including with respect to the progress, timing and completion of the Group's development; the Group's ability to treat, attract and retain patients and clients; its ability to engage consultants and healthcare practitioners and to operate its business and increase referrals; the integration of prior acquisitions; the Group's estimates for future performance and its estimates regarding anticipated operating results; future revenue; capital requirements; shareholder structure; and financing. In addition, even if the Group's actual results or development are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement, those results or developments may not be indicative of the Group's results or developments in the future. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "could", "should", "may", "expects", "aims", "targets", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", or similar. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the Group's current expectations as of the date of this announcement and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In particular, the Group's expectations could be affected by, among other things, uncertainties involved in the integration of acquisitions or new developments; changes in legislation or the regulatory regime governing healthcare in Switzerland, South Africa, Namibia and the UAE; poor performance by healthcare practitioners who practise at its facilities; unexpected regulatory actions or suspensions; competition in general; the impact of global economic changes; the impact of pandemics, including COVID-19; and the Group's ability to obtain or maintain accreditation or approval for its facilities or service lines. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements made in this announcement will in fact be realised and no representation or warranty is given as to the completeness or accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement.
The Group is providing the information in this announcement as of this date, and disclaims any intention to, and makes no undertaking to, publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
About Mediclinic International plc
Mediclinic is a diversified international private healthcare services group, established in South Africa in 1983, with divisions in Switzerland, Southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia) and the United Arab Emirates ("UAE").
The Group's core purpose is to enhance the quality of life.
Its vision is to be the partner of choice that people trust for all their healthcare needs.
Mediclinic is focused on providing specialist-orientated, multi-disciplinary services across the continuum of care in such a way that the Group will be regarded as the most respected and trusted provider of healthcare services by patients, medical practitioners, funders and regulators of healthcare in each of its markets.
At 30 June 2021, Mediclinic comprised 74 hospitals, five subacute hospitals, two mental health facilities, 18 day case clinics and 18 outpatient clinics. Hirslanden operated 17 hospitals and four day case clinics in Switzerland with more than 1 900 inpatient beds; Mediclinic Southern Africa operations included 50 hospitals (three of which in Namibia), five sub-acute hospitals, two mental health facilities and 12 day case clinics (four of which operated by Intercare) across South Africa, and around 8 600 inpatient beds; and Mediclinic Middle East operated seven hospitals, two day case clinics and 18 outpatient clinics with more than 900 inpatient beds in the UAE. In addition, under management contracts, Mediclinic Middle East operates one hospital in Abu Dhabi and will open a 200-bed hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in mid-2022.
The Company's primary listing is on the London Stock Exchange ("LSE") in the UK, with secondary listings on the JSE in South Africa and the Namibian Stock Exchange in Namibia.
Mediclinic also holds a 29.9% interest in Spire Healthcare Group plc, a leading private healthcare group based in the UK and listed on the LSE.
For further information, please contact:
Investor Relations, Mediclinic International plc
James Arnold, Head of Investor Relations
+44 (0)20 3786 8181
Ben Atwell/Ciara Martin - UK
+44 (0)20 3727 1000
Sherryn Schooling - South Africa
+27 (0)21 487 9000
Registered address: 6th Floor, 65 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ, United Kingdom
Corporate broker: Morgan Stanley & Co International plc and UBS Investment Bank
JSE sponsor (South Africa): Rand Merchant Bank (A division of FirstRand Bank Limited)
NSX sponsor (Namibia): Simonis Storm Securities (Pty) Ltd