Jockey Club extends mini-bond

06 Dec 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

The Jockey Club has extended its mini-bond after five years, retaining 96% of original investors.

Investors in The Jockey Club's Racecourse Bond – which was the first 'mini bond' issued in British sport – have chosen to retain more than £23.6m (96%) in the financial product after they were offered the opportunity to rollover or extend their investment in the scheme.

The Jockey Club, which stages events including the Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby, raised nearly £25m from issuing its Racecourse Bond – almost £10m more than its original target.

This was used as capital towards development at its flagship Cheltenham Racecourse, which centred on the creation of The Princess Royal Stand.

The Racecourse Bond was initially issued for a period of five years, which concludes in June 2018. The Jockey Club has since decided to continue to support the mini bond, with bondholders given three options: firstly, to sign up for a further guaranteed three years, secondly to allow their investment to rollover until they give notice to withdraw or The Jockey Club closes the scheme or, finally, to withdraw their funds at the end of the five-year minimum term.

Bondholders chose to extend £14.61m for a further three years, rollover £9m and redeem just £1m when the original term ends. The Racecourse Bond instrument is not transferable or tradeable, therefore this extension offer was not open to new investors.

The Racecourse Bond provides quarterly cash interest payments at a rate of 4.75%, as well as a further 3% interest in the form of Rewards4Racing points. The nature of the product is such that bondholders have increased their frequency of visit and spend at Jockey Club Racecourses, which helps to fund the scheme, while they are being provided with excellent returns on their investment.

Nevin Truesdale, group finance director of The Jockey Club, said: "I'm very pleased we’ve been able to offer investors the opportunity to extend our relationship. The response has been fantastic as a result of the experience we've been able to provide, the excellent returns we have delivered and the continued trust in The Jockey Club as a good partner. It really is win-win because as well as those positives for bondholders, we as the issuer have enjoyed increased loyalty and them spending with us as customers, helping towards the financial equation involved.

"Bondholders were a huge part of our £45m development at the Home of Jump Racing and I’m delighted both they and British Racing will continue to benefit from their investment with us."

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