UK Canary Wharf Group gets Qatari Fund boost

Gulf Times reports, “Qatar Holding, a strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), will extend debt finance to part fund Songbird Estates’ purchase of additional 8.45% equity in the London’s realty developer Canary Wharf Group (CWG). Songbird Estates, in which the Qatar Holding seeks to be one of the largest shareholders, has invested £112.5mn in buying another 54mn shares in CWG, a leading real estate and development company with more than 7mn square feet of office and retail space. The purchase of additional stake will increase the share of Songbird, which is incorporated in England and Wales, in the CWG to 69.3% from 60.8%.

‘Qatar Holding will be a leading participant in a new debt facility to help fund the purchase by Songbird Estates of the additional shares in CWG,’ said a spokesman of Qatar Holding, which has agreed to fully participate in the offering to the extent of its 14.8% stake in Songbird.

However, he did not disclose to what extent Qatar Holding will partake in the debt facility. The CWG is an integrated property development and investment entity focused exclusively on Grade-A office space and high retail facilities at the Canary Wharf Estate, a 97-acre development which is part of the Central London Office Market.

‘We fully support the management of Songbird in undertaking this transaction, which we believe is a good opportunity to create value for all Songbird shareholders,’ said Ahmad al-Sayed, CEO of Qatar Holding, which will also be the lead participant in the previously announced £275mn preference share issue.”

read more: Gulf Times

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