News Article funding GTC investment issue Poland
by Property Forum | Investment

Subsequent to the shareholders' decision in June 2021 to increase the company’s capital, GTC offered 55,000,000 O-series bearer shares. On the back of strong demand, the company eventually sold as many as 88,700,000 shares at PLN 6.40 per share, raising new capital of approx. €123 million. 

The transaction was conducted in the accelerated book-build, which started on Tuesday, 14 December and closed on Thursday, 16 December. Over the two days numerous Polish and international investors placed their demand declarations significantly oversubscribing the base offer comprising of 55,000,000 new shares. On the back of strong demand, the Company decided to increase the offer size by more than 60% and finally to allocate 88,700,000 shares at PLN 6.40 per share, raising approx. EUR 123 million, which will be used to strengthen the capital structure of the Group and fund future growth.

“We are very happy to be able to conduct such a successful transaction at the year-end with such an enormous interest from our current but also new investors, which allowed us to upsize the transaction and limit the discount to the market price. It proves high demand for GTC’s shares and confirms our strategy and market position,” Yovav Carmi, President of Management Board of GTC commented.

Yovav Carmi

Yovav Carmi

President of the Management Board
GTC Group

President of the Management Board of  Globe Trade Centre S.A..  Yovav Carmi started his professional career in 1994 as an auditor at Ernst & Young, where he worked until 1996. In 1997, he worked for the Israel Securities Authority as an investigator. Between 1998 and 2001 he was a financial controller at the Kardan Group. Yovav Carmi has been a chief financial officer and member of the management boards of many of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries since 2001. Mr. Carmi was a member of the management board of the Company between 2011 and 2015. Starting 2015, he became Chief Operating Officer at GTC. Yovav Carmi graduated from Tel-Aviv University, where he obtained a B.A. degree in law and a B.A. degree in accounting. He also holds an MBA degree from Tel-Aviv University (1998). Moreover, Mr Carmi is a chartered public accountant in Israel. More »

“Proceeds from this very successful capital increase, together with the funds from the sale of our Serbian portfolio, will allow us to strengthen our capital structure, decrease our loan to value ratio but also will fund our future growth. We are more than satisfied with the outcome of this capital increase. I would like to congratulate the syndicate team and thank them for their efforts in this transaction,” added Ariel Ferstman, CFO and Management Board Member of GTC.

Ariel Ferstman

Ariel Ferstman

Chief Financial Officer

Ariel Ferstman is a member of GTC’s Management Board and Chief Financial Officer since July 2020. He joined GTC in 2011 and has been leading the finance departments as a chief financial officer for GTC in Hungary, Croatia and Slovakia. Prior to joining GTC, Mr Ferstman spent over three years as the Financial Controller for BSR Europe, formerly listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and five years as a senior auditor in Ernst &Young in Israel and Argentina. Ariel Alejandro Ferstman graduated cum laude from The University of Buenos Aires where he obtained a B.A. degree in accounting and finance. He also holds an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Moreover, Mr Ferstman is a chartered public accountant in Israel and Argentina. More »

“Despite challenging market conditions at the end of the year, both Polish and international investors contributed with a high-quality demand allowing GTC to upsize the transaction by as much as over 60% from the originally planned size and price it with a moderate discount of c. 6.6% to 10D VWAP. We are proud of being a part of this great success,” added Mateusz Kacprzak, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Santander Poland.

Santander, Erste Group and WOOD & Company acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners assisting the Company in this transaction.