Financial position at the end of December 2018
Caverion’s cash and cash equivalents amounted to EUR 51.2 (29.2) million at the end of December. In addition, Caverion has undrawn revolving credit facilities amounting to EUR 100.0 million and undrawn overdraft facilities amounting to EUR 19.0 million.
On 14 June 2018, Caverion announced the launch of a directed share issue of new shares in order to maintain a strong balance sheet and to retain strategic flexibility after the payment of the anti-trust fine. On 15 June 2018, the Company announced that it had directed a share issue of 9,524,000 new shares in the Company to institutional investors, corresponding to approximately 7.36 percent of all the shares and votes in the Company immediately prior to the share issue. Approximately 17 percent of the shares were allocated to international investors. The share issue was priced at EUR 6.30 per share, raising gross proceeds of EUR 60 million. The subscription price represented a discount of 6.5 percent on the closing price on 14 June 2018. The total number of issued shares in the Company following the share issue is 138,920,092, and the number of shares outstanding is 135,655,641.
The Group’s gross interest-bearing loans and borrowings amounted to EUR 58.1 (93.2) million at the end of December, and the average interest rate after hedges was 2.59 percent. Approximately 86 percent of the loans have been raised from banks and other financial institutions, and approximately 11 percent from insurance companies. A total of EUR 27.2 million of the interest-bearing loans and borrowings will fall due during the next 12 months. The Group’s net debt amounted to EUR 6.9 (64.0) million at the end of December. At the end of December, the Group’s gearing was 2.7 (27.2) percent and its equity ratio 30.2 (25.8) percent. On 9 June 2017, Caverion issued a EUR 100 million hybrid bond, an instrument subordinated to the company's other debt obligations and treated as equity in the IFRS financial statements. In June 2018, Caverion paid EUR 4.6 million in annual interest on this hybrid bond (no interest was paid in 2017).
Caverion’s external loans are subject to a financial covenant based on the ratio of the Group’s net debt to EBITDA. The financial covenant shall not exceed 3.5:1. At the end of December, the Group’s Net debt to EBITDA was 0.2x according to the confirmed calculation principles. Caverion agreed with its lending parties in June that the German anti-trust fine and related legal and advisory fees are excluded from the calculation of EBITDA related to the Group’s financial covenant Net Debt to EBITDA.
Caverion refinanced its bank loans and revolving credit facilities at the beginning of February 2019. More information is presented in Financial Statement Release under “Events after the reporting period”.