The highly inflationary economic environment and the consequences of the strategic and financial review conducted, currently being finalized by the new management team since the Company’s last publications, have led the Company in a situation requiring to renegotiate its debt, including the covenants contained in many of its financing lines, which may not be met as they stand at 31 December 2022. In addition, the current context also impacts the asset disposal program as envisaged in the financing plan agreed with the main banking partners in May of this year, which aimed at ensuring the Group’s liquidity. The amount of gross debt due as of 31 December 2023 (as calculated as of 30 June 2022, pro forma for drawings made as of 27 September 2022) is €2.439 billion.
ORPEA S.A therefore received yesterday approval regarding the opening of an amicable conciliation procedure2 by the President of the Nanterre specialized Commercial Court. The purpose of this procedure is to enable ORPEA S.A to engage in discussions with its financial creditors on the restructuring of its financial debt, to obtain new financial resources and to adjust its covenants, within a stable and legally secure framework. The conciliation procedure only concerns the financial debt of ORPEA S.A as legal entity and will not involve operational creditors (such as suppliers). It will have no impact on operations, employees, patients, residents and their families.
This new step, which has the Board of Directors’ unanimous approval and support, is a prerequisite for the implementation of ORPEA’s transformation plan that will be presented on 15 November.
Following the suspension on 24 October 2022, the trading of all financial instruments (shares, debt securities and related securities) issued by ORPEA will resume on this Wednesday 26 October 2022, at the market opening.
Laurent Guillot, Chief Executive Officer, said: The new management team and all the ORPEA teams are fully mobilized on our main priorities: safety and working conditions for our employees; quality of care and support for our residents, patients and their families; ethical and responsibility principles inherent to our mission.
We have taken many decisions to restore good practices throughout the Company, in a spirit of ‘zero tolerance’. This has already led us to dismiss managers and employees who have behaved unethically, to implement reinforced control measures and to take an active approach to transparency, particularly financial transparency, in order to provide an accurate and sincere picture of ORPEA’s situation.
The malfeasance and ethical misconduct, combined with the excessive real estate and international development undertaken by the previous management team, have seriously affected ORPEA’s financial situation. All the elements relating to these acts have been and will continue to be brought to the attention of the Public Prosecutor, further to the complaint already filed by the Company in April 2022, and in a nominative manner when appropriate.
In order to ensure the implementation of the transformation plan that I will present on 15 November, in a challenging macroeconomic context that has impacted operating performance as well as the asset disposal program, and in view of the risk of depreciation on certain assets, I have requested the opening of an amicable conciliation procedure benefitting the ORPEA SA legal entity. This procedure allows us to better manage discussions with our financial creditors in the context of a restructuring of the Group’s financial debt and to obtain new financial resources, while ensuring the Company can operate normally.”
Guillaume Pepy, Chairman of the Board of Directors stated on his part: The Board of Directors unanimously supports the Chief Executive Officer’s decision to request the opening of an amicable conciliation procedure and expresses full confidence in ORPEA’s ability to transform itself and ensure the best support and quality of care for the most vulnerable.
Evolution of financial covenants
Given the highly inflationary economic environment and the consequences of the strategic review currently being finalized, ORPEA must amend the “R1” and “R2” covenants (see definition recalled in Appendix 2) contained in many of the Group’s financing lines (representing, together and to date, an outstanding amount of €3.3 billion).
- With regard to the R1 ratio: the downward trend in the activities’ financial performance observed in the first half of 2022 is continuing in the second half of the year, in particular due to the significant increase in the Group’s purchasing costs, particularly for energy and catering; and
- With regard to the R2 ratio: the new business plans drawn up by the operational teams at facility level as part of the strategic review suggest, to date and on the basis of unaudited internal works carried out, significant impairments of certain assets recorded in the Company’s balance sheet, with a decrease estimated at:
- Between €0.8 and €1.0 billion before tax, of the value of the revalued real estate assets subject to an independent annual appraisal, and estimated at €5.8 billion at 31 December 2021. The total value of the real estate assets reported, including the part not revalued by independent experts, amounted to €8.1 billion on the same date; this decrease in the value of the real estate assets is solely the result of the evolution of the business plans, excluding any other parameter (real estate yields, etc.)3 and will be recorded mainly as a reduction in equity;
- Between €1.3 and €1.5 billion before tax, of the value of intangible assets corresponding to goodwill and operating licenses that represented €4.7 billion on the balance sheet at 31 December 2021. This decrease in the value of intangible assets results both from the evolution of business plans and from the upward revision of the risk-free rate to 2.5% (compared to 0.2% previously).
- These figures are unaudited and will be reviewed by the statutory auditors as part of their audit of the accounts to 31 December 2022.
Furthermore, in the context of the preparation of its financial statements for the year to 31 December 2022, the Company may be led to recognize impairments in addition to those mentioned above. The latter could result from changes in certain calculation parameters not considered as of today in the approach used for the valuation of real estate and intangible assets (e.g. cost of capital, yield on real estate assets, etc.). As an indication, an increase of 0.25% in the yield on real estate assets would result in a decrease of approximately €240 million in the value of the real estate assets revalued by the independent experts. These additional impairments could also result from future work that the Company will carry out on the unappraised portion of the real estate assets held and on the value of financial receivables relating to partnerships, depending on the progress of negotiations undertaken with a view to their settlement. As a reminder, the amount of these financial receivables was €697 million at 30 June 2022.
Failure to comply with the “R1” and “R2” covenants could result in the acceleration of repayment of the relevant financing lines.
Financing plan and real estate disposals
The financing plan, agreed with the main banking partners in May this year and formalized in June 2022 by the approval of a conciliation protocol (protocole de conciliation), included the achievement of a property disposals program. A first transaction involving assets in the Netherlands was announced in July 2022 for an amount of €126 million and resulted in an initial receipt of €94 million in September.
Meanwhile, the recent context and the resulting wait-and-see attitude in the real estate transaction market are jeopardizing the continuation of this program within the specified timeframe and necessarily impact the liquidity conditions of such assets.
Conciliation procedure and contemplated financial restructuring
ORPEA has obtained yesterday the opening by the President of the Nanterre specialized Commercial Court of an amicable conciliation procedure. The purpose of this preventive procedure is to reach amicable solutions with ORPEA S.A’s main financial creditors, under the aegis of a conciliator, in order to achieve a sustainable financial structure by drastically reducing its debt and securing the liquidity necessary to continue its activity.
At this stage, options under consideration include equity conversion of ORPEA S.A’s unsecured debt, amounting €4.3 billion, amendment of the “R1” and “R2” financial covenants contained in multiple financing agreements not impacted by the conversion of debt into equity, and certain modifications to existing secured debt to facilitate the injection of new sources of financing, notably in the form of new secured debt on assets of the group free of any security interests and capital increase.
Creditors holding unsecured financial debt of ORPEA S.A are invited to organize themselves in order to facilitate future discussions with the Company. The appointed conciliator, Maître Hélène Bourbouloux (FHB), invites the financial creditors concerned to come forward at the following e-mail address (email@example.com). They are requested to provide, among others proof of debt holding at that time and sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to participate in a meeting scheduled for 15 November 2022, the logistical details of which will be communicated later.
The Company has appointed Rothschild & Co and Perella Weinberg Partners as financial advisors and White & Case LLP and Bredin Prat as legal advisors.
The Company will continue to keep the market informed of progress of the ongoing discussions through its corporate communication, in compliance with its legal and regulatory obligations.News Source: Businesswire