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Icg-longbow Senior Secured Uk Property Debt Investments Limited LSE:LBOW London Ordinary Share GG00B8C23S81 ORD NPV
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 73.00 72.00 74.00 - 0.00 01:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Nonequity Investment Instruments 8.5 6.1 5.0 14.5 89

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Director buys 50K
Interims: "...Despite the overall resilience of the loan portfolio, the Company's share price has fallen to a material discount to NAV as a result of the wider market re-rating following the onset of Covid-19. The Board believes the current share price discount is unwarranted given the security offered by the Company's loan portfolio, with exclusively first mortgage investments at an average LTV below 70%. With shorter-dated gilts providing a negative yield currently, the attraction of a fully covered 6.0 pence per share annual dividend, offering a yield of approximately 7.8% on the current share price, is in the Board's view a compelling investment. As a measure of their confidence in the Company and its prospects, the Directors collectively acquired 182,500 shares in the Company during the period..."
Liberum; Dividend target to be maintained LBOW: Mkt Cap £92m | Prem/(disc) -22.7% | Div yield 7.9% Event ICG-Longbow's NAV per share at 31 July was 98.3p, reflecting a 1.4% return in the quarter and 6.1% over 12 months. The portfolio comprised 11 investments at 31 July with a total balance of £121m. A new £16.9m commitment to a loan secured on an office property in St James's, London competed in the quarter. Following completion of the new loans, the weighted average coupon on the portfolio is 7.3%. The average portfolio LTV is 69.3% (April 2020: 68.2%). The weighted average remaining term on the loan portfolio is 2.0 years. The manager previously reported it had received 82% of interest payments due for quarter to 31 July 2020. The company agreed to capitalise a further quarter's interest relating to the Southport hotel loan (13% of NAV). The hotel has now re-opened and interest is now expected to be covered from operating cash flows. The largest loan, RoyaleLife (21% of NAV), is secured on a portfolio of bungalows home sites on the South Coast. Interest is serviced from new home sales. Interest has been substantially paid for Q2, with the balance due in September and the deferred interest expected to be caught up over the coming quarters. The properties have been revalued upwards by 15% since the loan was agreed, reflecting continued investment in the sites and new planning permissions. The Quattro loan (8% of NAV) is secured on three assets in Kingston. The loan has fallen into arrears with interest only partially covered by rental income. A payment plan has been agreed with the borrower to rectify the situation over the next two quarters. The LTV on the loan is currently 85.8%. Contracts have been exchanged for one of the assets and the borrower also intends to add eight new apartments above one of the properties. Liberum view The portfolio update is broadly positive with the manager reiterating its view that it does not expect any impairments. The dividend target is also expected to remain unchanged at 6p. The dividend has been fully covered for the last three quarters, following a 2.5 year period in which dividends had been partly funded from capital. The main concern at this stage is the Quattro loan. The borrower had fallen behind on interest payments in 2019 due to working capital issues following a capex programme. We note however the sale of one of the portfolio assets should reduce LBOW's exposure.
Stifel; ICG Longbow – Manager on track to be fastest in de-risking legacy portfolio VPC Specialty Lending – New loans extend international reach Blackstone GSO – Webinar highlights Key Points ICG Longbow – Manager on track to be fastest in de-risking legacy portfolio Since the Covid lockdown, all of the property debt funds (ICG Longbow, Real Estate Credit and Starwood European Real Estate) have been trading at double digit discounts. In this new environment, it is clear that all three managers will become more discerning in their underwriting standards and loan selection given the wide-ranging impact of the virus on businesses. We view new loans that have been committed post-February as potentially being more robust than the pre-Covid portfolio, as these new standards are incorporated into the investment process. ICG Longbow as the smallest and most concentrated of the three funds (typically this would be viewed as a negative) has committed just under 20% of the portfolio post-February which is materially higher than its larger diversified peers. This is a significant positive in our view, and at least on a fundamental basis should mean ICG Longbow trades closer to NAV than its peer, whereas currently it has the widest discount of -24% and a historic dividend yield of 8%. With regards to new loans, the manager states that declining LIBOR has relatively little impact on their potential return profile as they are guided by underlying project returns and an equitable split between debt and equity. While return potential has certainly gone up following lockdown, the manager will continue to target between 8-10%, but will also look to reduce risk (i.e. upgrade quality of portfolio). We think both points are valid and sensible. We reiterate our Positive recommendation. (Analyst: Sachin Saggar). VPC Specialty Lending – New loans extend International reach This week VPC released the Q2 letter. We were looking for two key elements. The first was the extent of de-leveraging that has taken place. While there is no clear metric disclosed we note the gross portfolio has fallen from c.£430m at 31/03/20 to c.£380m at 30/06/20, largely through the fund repaying company level debt. The second element was new investments and whether capital has been deployed into securities versus private loans (previously flagged). We have mixed feelings on the announcement of one new UK loan, one Asian and a potential third in Australia. While we can understand the desire to expand outside of the US, the fund’s track record abroad has been mixed with a UK loan to Borro encountering difficulties and the recent announcement of the UK subsidiary of Elevate being placed into administration (although no NAV impact is expected). The expansion into Asia and potentially Australia is another matter, as culture, time differences and logistics are clearly more complex. In our experience, rapid expansions outside your home market are fraught with issues and many funds have tended to stumble. (Analyst: Sachin Saggar).
yes indeed positive
Update this morning They claim 82% collection (or expected to be collected) for this quarter and expect the hotel to restart payments now that is has reopened. So that should take collection up to over 95%
20 JUL 2019. The brand new Bliss Hotel in Southport unveiled its new look last night as guests enjoyed their first taste of the venue’s £15million transformation....
The Southport hotel is quite high end and is well located close to the beach, pier, theme park etc. So the fact the adjacent conference centre is closed may not be too detrimental.
New factsheet hxxps:// New loan: Knowsley. Current balance of 3.5m and LTV of 60.30%, implying a valuation of £5.8m. However £4.25 is balance undrawn so that loan could be for a total balance of £7.75m (i am assuming that additional properties will be securing this as £5.8m of valuation is lower than total loan balance...) Industrial in North West, not clear if it has a diversified tenant base. would have been good to know. Lets hope so. Drawn in feb 20 so likely not priced to post Covid markets. Existing loans: Halcyon, Carrara are now showing an unexpired team of 0.6yrs so likely extended. BMO still there with no unexpired term, but not a concern as the LTV is low at 51.50%. Could be a new loan with better interest rate? Quattro: 0.71 year left to the term, company stated in the past that they are monitoring carefully. High LTV at 80.60%, not clear to me if it can be refinanced/ will rely on the planned sale of an asset. One to watch. Affinity loan: LTV has reduced from 70.8% (Factsheet 31.01.2020 ) to 66%, while the loan outstanding has not changed. Not clear what happened here (New valuation going up during covid?? additional properties securing the loan??). If confirmed, positive for shareholder as this loan is one of the largest (15.8%) Southport: LTV increase to 70% as the loan amount increased (draw on the undrawn commitment). Balance undrawn of 0.31m suggesting that the works are nearly completed. Secured on hotel (see links below) so v likely got full impact of Covid. The theatre and convention centre next door is in liquidation (was owned by a company related to the hotel). Highlighted by the asset manager as adversely impacted. Not clear how the loan interest is capitalised as it doesn’t add up to the ltv calculation. Clearly one loan to watch for potential losses. Probably needs the theatre /convention centre to reopen to have sustainable level of occupancy and room revenues. It is 14% of the asset base so not a small exposure. hxxps:// hxxps:// RoyaleLife Secured on high end bungalows, from Royale Life (apparently largest provider in UK). Was part of a larger loan , syndicated to other ICG funds. Covid impacted sales but would expect this to restart. Largest loan (22.5%) and high ltv (80.8%) in a specialised sector. hxxps:// Overall, the weighted average loan to value increased to 68.20% (from 66.40%), with the weighted coupon softening to 7.48% (from 7.51%). 70% of the loans have unexpired term >2 years so limited risk there as long as valuation have not reduced significantly (Southport hotel?) and loan interest covered. Short term concern seems to be the quattro loan close to expiry/refinance, and Halcyon/carrara/BMO loans already extended but those have lower LTV. Southport doesnt look great. would be helpful to get more disclosed in the factsheet.
A new investment.
A non-exec purchased 100K at 75.7p yesterday
Thanks. I think there was an error in that fact-sheet. There is a new one on the website. Portfolio breakdown is; Mixed-use 28% Offices 21% Residential 20% Hotel 12% Cash 11% Industrial 8%
Announcement this morning of a new factsheet. Anyone find it?
I agree it reads confusingly and looks like its been spun to try and sound better. The majority in this case appears to refer to 55% of the interest or a greater percentage of the loans by number. Both technically being a majority but not a good way to use this language as the reality of the statement appears to be that 45% of the interest is currently not being paid! If they continue to pay the 1.5p quarterly dividend they will be partially paying it out of cash reserves rather than new cash receipts. From that perspective it is quite handy that the Meadows loan repaid shortly before lock down which does given them some flexibility, albeit reducing notional earnings.
09:08 Its unclear to me what they are trying to say. Paragraph 2 and paragraph 3 almost contradict each other unless I'm misunderstanding. However they have £15M cash and no debt (against market cap £82M) and say "..the Company has a satisfactory equity cushion on all of its investments and does not expect any shortfall in either total interest receipts during the term of each loan, or to capital repayments by loan maturity."
45% of the quarterly interest already not being serviced in line with original terms. Doesn’t mean it won’t be settled later, but that is higher than I would have expected with this portfolio.
The management say... Outlook Following the portfolio changes concluded after quarter end, the Company’s loan commitments total approximately £115 million, of which circa £104 million has been drawn to date. The Company and its investment portfolio are in a robust position to weather the challenges arising from the outbreak of the Coronavirus, given the diversity of underlying tenants and relatively low exposure to the most immediately vulnerable sectors such as travel, retail, leisure and hotels. Moreover the Company has access to cash and bank facilities of over £35 million and is well-placed to withstand disruptions and capitalise on any opportunities arising, such as lenders withdrawing from transactions. Nonetheless we continue to act with extreme caution; no-one can predict with certainty the overall effects of the outbreak on the UK economy, property and lending markets, and we believe the bar for new investing should be set much higher as a result. We believe our longstanding philosophy of supporting properties and sponsors which can deliver income and value growth outside of market cycles and shocks remains the best way to proceed in a period of uncertainty. htTps:// And even more recently... Recent developments and COVID 19 update As stated in the Company's announcement of 10(th) March 2020, the GBP21.5 million Pentavia loan has been repaid in full. A new loan commitment of GBP7.75 million secured by an industrial estate in Merseyside has been completed of which GBP3.5 million has been drawn down. All borrowings on the Company's working capital facility, totalling GBP5.2 million, have been fully repaid. As of 27(th) March 2020, the Group has cash balances of GBP15.1 million, of which approximately GBP9.9 million is committed against existing facilities, leaving the Group free, uncommitted cash balances of GBP5.2 million in addition to its available but undrawn GBP25 million working capital facility. Against the backdrop of uncertainty caused by COVID 19 the Group has a strong cash reserve, ample liquidity and no borrowings. The pro forma LTV of 67.9% as set out in the latest Fact Sheet is supported exclusively by senior secured loans backed by a first legal charge over a diverse portfolio of UK commercial and residential properties, with no junior, mezzanine or structured credit positions. Whilst it will be some time before the full impact of Covid-19 is known, each of the underlying loans is subject to close monitoring and strong collateral. T he Investment Adviser is actively engaging with the sponsors and supporting them as needed to preserve performance of the underlying real estate assets in what are challenging market conditions. The Board is in regular contact with the Investment Adviser to monitor portfolio performance, and the preparation of the Annual Report and Accounts for the Year Ended 31(st) January 2020 is progressing as planned.
Compared to the likes of SWEF this looks pretty good value at these levels. The link in post #97 compares the peer group. LBOW has a debt free balance sheet unlike some others. Also "Moreover, it is worth keeping in mind that while LBOW’s current portfolio is exclusively composed of senior secured loans with no exposure to mezzanine loans, both Starwood and RECI have significant exposure to higher-risk mezzanine investments, which for the former stood at 38.6% of the total portfolio at end-June 2019, while they made up c 34% of the latter’s top 10 investments at end-June 2019 (according to our estimates). Moreover, six of RECI’s top 10 investments are development projects, which also bear a higher risk."
Liberum; Full dividend cover expected following new investments Mkt Cap £119m | Prem/(disc) 1.2% | Div yield 6.1% Event ICG Longbow Senior Secured Property debt Investments has agreed a new £24.6m commitment to an affiliate of RoyaleLife, a provider of bungalow homes. The fund's commitment is part of a wider £142.7m facility alongside two other funds managed by the investment adviser. The loan will be secured on a portfolio of 10 assets in the residential bungalow homes sector. The initial level drawings will be £20.3m with the remainder to be drawn as part of a capex facility. Invested capital will rise to £112.5m following completion of the transaction. The company will also have £10m of undrawn commitments. Two further loan deals are due to complete in the coming weeks - a £15.3m loan secured on a hotel portfolio and £6.5m office loan. Following these expected investments, the fund will be fully invested and the revolving credit facility will be largely drawn. The credit facility will be paid back through new equity capital or loan redemptions. The company expects to achieve full dividend cover once fully invested. Liberum view The achievement of full dividend cover will come as a relief to shareholders. The dividend has not been covered since the quarter ending 30 April 2017. The portfolio transition to higher yielding loans is gathering pace following a slow period since approval of the change in investment policy in March 2017. Following the RoyaleLife loan, the weighted average coupon will be 7.06%. The fund will still need considerable upside from loan arrangement and exit fees in order to achieve full dividend cover the ongoing charges ratio has been c.1.9% for the last two years.
Edison have initiated coverage: Https://
Liberum; ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments (Mkt Cap £127m) 1.0% Q2 NAV return Event ICG-Longbow's estimated NAV at 31 July 2018 was 100.05p per share. We calculate a NAV total return of 1.0% in the quarter. There was relatively little portfolio activity in the quarter. The weighted average loan maturity is now 1.3 years. The company is in advanced negotiations with existing borrowers to extend loan term and the company is not expecting significant redemptions in the near term. The manager is also seeking to put a working capital facility in place to enable new investments ahead of expected loan repayments. Liberum view We calculate a NAV total return of 4.5% over the past 12 months. Dividends were not fully covered during the year and we expect that to continue in the near-term until more of the lower yielding investments have been extended (on more favourable terms) or repaid. 71% of the existing portfolio has less than a year remaining to maturity. The stock trades on a 4.4% premium to NAV (5.7% dividend yield).
If there were a bad loan (always a risk) that should have been announced by now. Very remiss if it hasn't. Lots of large trades today which I can't interpret.
A sudden spike down to the 100p level. No news that I can see. Must admit LBOW has been suitably boring for me, not much action and regular dividends.
The placing was to raise minimum gross proceeds of GBP5 million in order to fund near term opportunities and to acquire the balance of the Quattro Loan. "The price at which each New Share will be issued pursuant to the Placing will be 102 p/share. The Placing Price represents a premium of 2.0% to the latest published Net Asset Value of 99.96 pence per share as at 31 July 2017 (net of the 1.5 pence per Share dividend declared by the Company on 22 September 2017)." They actually issued 8.8m to raise £ well over-subscribed. The Chairman then goes into the Market to buy 15k @ 102.25p for his SIPP. All very positive...
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