Increase in debt facilities

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Big Yellow Group PLC
14 October 2021


14 October 2021


Big Yellow Group PLC

("Big Yellow", "the Group" or "the Company")


Increase in debt facilities

The Group is pleased to announce an increase of £100 million in its loan facilities with Aviva Investors ("Aviva") and M&G Investments ("M&G").

Aviva loan facility

The Group has secured an additional £50 million seven year debt facility with Aviva. 

As part of this refinancing the expiry of the existing loan has been extended from April 2027 to September 2028.  This has reduced the fixed cost of the total Aviva loan facility from 4.0% to 3.5%.

Sustainability KPIs have been incorporated into this additional borrowing.  These include the continued installation of solar panels across the security stores which will reduce emissions and running costs, and the business being on-track to achieve 'Net Renewable Energy Positive' status by 2030.  The Group will benefit from a margin reduction on the new £50 million loan, conditional on achieving these targets. 

The total debt facilities from Aviva are now £163.4 million of which £18.4 million amortises to nil by April 2027.

M&G loan facility

The Group has increased the facilities of its M&G loan by £50 million to a total facility of £120 million.  £35 million of the total M&G loan is fixed by a way of swap, with the balance floating.  The average cost of the M&G loan is now 2.4%, with the loan expiring in June 2023.  The Group intends to commence discussions on refinancing this loan next year. 

John Trotman, Chief Financial Officer of Big Yellow commented:

"We are pleased to have continued our long-standing relationships with Aviva and M&G by agreeing these increases to our existing facilities. 

We have put in place our second green loan with Aviva, which will reward the Group via a margin reduction as we implement our Net Renewable Energy Positive plan that was published in June this year.

These new facilities provide the Group with total facilities of £576 million, with current headroom of cash and undrawn bank facilities of over £175 million.  In addition, the Group has land surplus to its needs which will be realised over the medium term, generating net cash proceeds estimated currently at over £100 million.  The average cost of debt on drawn facilities is now 2.8% and the marginal cost of RCF bank debt remains at 1.35%."



Nicholas Vetch,

Executive Chairman

01276 477811

James Gibson,

Chief  Executive Officer

01276 477811

John Trotman,

Chief Financial Officer

01276 477811


0203 603 5221

Ben Foster

Matt Denham


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