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Premarket London: Ocado Issues Convertible Bonds to Fund Expansion

Investing.com -- Here is a summary of regulatory news releases from the London Stock Exchange on Monday, 2nd December. Please refresh for updates.

Ocado (LON:OCDO) said it will issue around 500 million pounds ($646 million) in convertible bonds to fund the expansion of its Ocado Solutions automated warehousing technology, following recent big deals with U.S. supermarket chain Kroger (NYSE:KR) and Sweden’s ICA.

Terms of the bond offering will be finalized later today. JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) Cazenove and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) are joint bookrunners.

Separately, Ocado (LON:OCDO) also gave a brief update on Ocado Retail, the U.K. operations that it is folding into a joint venture with Marks and Spencer (LON:MKS). It said it expects sales to be up by 10%-11% in the 13 weeks to Dec. 1.

Gold and silver miner Fresnillo (LON:FRES) said this year’s output of gold and silver would be at the bottom of the range it had previously announced, at 885,000 ounces of gold and 55 million ounces of silver. It also pushed back the timeline for developing its Orisyvo and Ciénega mines, so as to focus on its current operations.

Fresnillo (LON:FRES) had already cut its guidance forecast in July due to lower-than-expected ore grades and construction problems at the Herradura mine in Mexico. The updated guidance is as follows:

2020: c. 54moz ±5% of silver and c. 857koz ±5% of gold.

2021: c. 66moz ±5% of silver and c. 785koz ±5% of gold.

2022: c. 71moz ±5% of silver and c. 665koz ±5% of gold

Fresnillo (LON:FRES) also said it expects capital expenditure of $585 million this year, as it defers $65 million in spending at its Juanicipio mine into 2020. That means 2020 capex will total around $670 million, falling to $475 million in 2021 and $415 million in 2022.

Real estate developer Capital & Counties Properties (LON:CAPCC) said it will revert to REIT status by the end of the year after agreeing the sale of its vast Earls Court development site.

The company will receive 211 million pounds up front with the remaining 156 million pounds (after adjusting for net debt and other items) to be paid in two installments over the next two years.

The sale leaves Capco with 900 million pounds in cash overall at a time when economic weakness and structural change in the commercial market have created some rare opportunities in the prime London market.


Premier Oil (LON:PMO) said had produced the first gas find from its BIG-P project in Indonesia.

The oil and gas company has revised its estimate of gas reserves at the project higher after discovering additional productive sands during the drilling process.

Beleaguered fashion brand Ted Baker (LON:TED) said it had identified that the value of inventory held on its balance sheet had been overstated.

Based on preliminary analysis, the Board estimates an impact on value of £20m to £25m.

The company, whose shares have fallen by 74% already this year after losing its CEO to a governance scandal, said there would be no cash impact from the revaluation, which would relate only to prior years.


Production at the BIG-P site is part of a wider long-term oil and gas expansion project in Asia.

The oil and gas company said the find was completed below budget and on schedule.

"This is further evidence of Premier's ability to execute full cycle projects from exploration through to production. BIG-P increases the deliverability from our operated Natuna Sea Block A enabling us to meet a growing market share within our existing gas contracts." CEO Tony Durrant said.


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