The Baloise Group is more than just a traditional insurance company. The changing security, safety and service needs of society in the digital age lie at the heart of its business activities. The 7,900 or so employees of Baloise therefore focus on the wishes of their customers. The best possible customer service, combined with innovative products and services, makes Baloise the first choice for people who want to feel ‘simply safe’. Located at the heart of Europe, with its head office in Basel, the Baloise Group is a provider of prevention, pension, assistance and insurance solutions. Its core markets are Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Switzerland, the Group also operates as a specialised financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. The Group offers innovative pension products to retail customers throughout Europe from its competence centre in Luxembourg. Bâloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.
On 18 June 2021, Baloise announced that the fund management company of the Baloise Swiss Property Fund was examining the purchase of a property portfolio with a market value of around CHF 185.2 million. To finance the purchase of these properties, the fund management company has decided to conduct a capital increase of around CHF 135 million from 10 August 2021 until 12 noon CEST on 19 August 2021. In addition, the fund management company plans to borrow around CHF 50 million of external capital for this property purchase.
The new units will be issued on a best-effort basis as part of a rights offering in Switzerland. A maximum of 1,243,895 new units will be issued. This will increase the number of outstanding units from 4,714,285 to a maximum of 5,958,180 units. Any units not taken up by subscription will not be issued and the total issuance amount will be reduced accordingly. The fund management company reserves the right to either acquire units that have not been taken up by the end of the subscription period or to place these in the market in collaboration with the custodian bank or a third party subject to appropriate due diligence.
The fund management company will use the issue proceeds and the additional external capital for the cash purchase of a property portfolio from Baloise Insurance Ltd and Baloise Life Ltd (both based in Basel) for the Baloise Swiss Property Fund. On 9 June 2021, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) granted the fund management company a special exemption from the prohibition of acquisitions from related parties pursuant to article 63 (4) of the Swiss Collective Investment Schemes Act (CISA) in conjunction with article 32a of the Swiss Collective Investment Schemes Ordinance (CISO) for the purposes of the acquisition of these properties.
The real estate portfolio to be purchased comprises 15 residential properties, one commercial property and one mixed-use property that are spread across ten cantons. The proportion of residential use comes to 83 per cent, while 5 per cent of the portfolio is used as office space, 1 per cent as commercial premises and 11 per cent for ancillary purposes (parking, storage space and craft rooms). In geographical terms, the portfolio comprises properties in north-western Switzerland (29 per cent), the area around Lake Geneva (25 per cent), the Zurich area (21 per cent), the Swiss Plateau (8 per cent), central Switzerland (7 per cent) and eastern Switzerland (10 per cent). The acquisition of this portfolio will maintain a broad level of geographical diversification in the fund in keeping with its investment strategy.
The issue prospectus pertaining to the capital increase for the Baloise Swiss Property Fund will be published at www.swissfunddata.ch in good time before the start of the subscription period and can also be obtained from the fund management company or the custodian bank free of charge.
About the Baloise Swiss Property Fund
The Baloise Swiss Property Fund is a contractual investment fund under Swiss law that falls into the ‘real estate fund’ category and is designed for qualified investors.
The primary investment objective of the Baloise Swiss Property Fund is to generate a steady level of current income through direct investment in Swiss core/core-plus real estate in good locations that offers high stability in terms of earnings and value. The fund pursues a strategy of purchasing properties all over Switzerland with the aim of holding these for a prolonged period and optimising their earnings potential. It strives for broad regional diversification and, in the medium to long term, sectoral diversification targeting at least 50 per cent residential use and no more than 50 per cent commercial use.
Details of the capital increase
|Name||Baloise Swiss Property Fund|
|SIN / ISIN of outstanding
|41455103 / CH0414551033|
|SIN / ISIN of the
|112.042.387 / CH1120423871|
|Legal form||Contractual investment fund|
|Group of investors||Restricted to qualified investors within the meaning of article 10 (3) and (3ter) CISA|
|Number of units outstanding||4,714,285|
|Subscription ratio||Entitlement to purchase 5 (five) new units for every 19 (nineteen) pre-emption rights|
|Newly issued units||Maximum number of 1,243,895|
|Issuance volume||Around CHF 135 million|
|Type of placement||The issue will be placed on a best-effort basis|
|Subscription period||Tuesday, 10 August 2021 to Thursday, 19 August 2021, 12 noon (CEST)|
|Subscription payment deadline||Wednesday, 1 September 2021|
|Issue price &
|CHF 110.70 net per new unit including an issuing commission of 2.0 per cent for the fund management company|
|Rights trading||Pre-emption rights cannot be traded during the subscription period.|
|Formula for the calculation of
the pre-emption price
|The compensation that new investors and those seeking to subscribe to more units than their entitlement have to pay for pre-emption rights that have not been exercised by the end of the subscription period is calculated using the following formula: average bid price of the fund unit (price in the secondary market) during the subscription period minus the issue price divided by 19 times 5. If the result is not a positive value, the value of the pre-emption right will be zero.|
|Use of the
|The proceeds from the issue will be used to acquire a property portfolio with a market value of around CHF 185.2 million.|
|Fund management company / sales||Baloise Asset Management AG, Basel|
|Custodian bank||UBS Switzerland AG, Zurich|
Disclaimer: The real estate fund described in this press release is designed exclusively for qualified investors within the meaning of article 10 (3) and (3ter) CISA. Full information on the real estate fund mentioned herein can be obtained from the latest annual report and the documents that form the basis of a potential investment. These documents can be requested free of charge from the fund management company (Baloise Asset Management AG, Aeschengraben 21, 4051 Basel, Switzerland) or from the custodian bank (UBS Switzerland AG, Bahnhofstrasse 45, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland).