– GUERNSEY, St. Peter Port – Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited (AIM:GWI), the real estate investment company targeting opportunities in Romania and the broader SEE and CEE regions, announces the appointment today of four additional non-executive directors and a number of changes to its committees.
Three of the appointments are made pursuant to the new articles of association which provide that Growthpoint Properties Limited is entitled to appoint a non-executive director for every 8% of the issued share capital of the Company held by it. The three non-executive directors, whose appointments will take immediate effect, are Norbert Sasse, Peter Fechter and George Muchanya.
The fourth appointment is made pursuant to GRT’s right, also set out in the articles, to nominate one of the Guernsey resident directors. This appointment, which has been approved by the Board, is in addition to the two non-executive directors of the Company already resident in Guernsey. This director, whose appointment will take immediate effect, is Richard van Vliet. Mr van Vliet is independent within the meaning of the UK Corporate Governance Code.
The board has also resolved to make a number of changes to its committee memberships, with immediate effect, as follows:
Peter Fechter will join the remuneration committee, John Whittle will step down as Chair (and as a member) with Geoff Miller succeeding him as Chair, and Eli Alroy remaining on the committee;
Richard van Vliet will join the audit committee, Geoff Miller will step down, John Whittle will remain as Chair with Andreea Petreanu also remaining on the committee;
The newly formed investment committee will be made up of: Norbert Sasse and George Muchanya, as GRT’s nominees; Ioannis Papalekas and Dimitris Raptis, the Company’s executive directors; and Eli Alroy, independent non-executive director, who will also act as Chair.
The investment committee has been established to consider and approve or recommend to the board (in accordance with a specified delegated authority framework): proposed acquisitions, disposals and developments; capital expenditure budgets and financing arrangements; annual valuations; investment policies and strategy.
About Norbert Sasse
Norbert Sasse is Chief Executive Officer of Growthpoint.
He has 10 years’ experience in corporate finance with Ernst & Young Corporate Advisory (in South Africa and London) and Investec Corporate Finance (in South Africa) dealing with a broad range of activities including listings, de-listings, mergers, acquisitions and capital raisings. In 2001 Norbert joined Investec Property Group Limited (IPG) and became the CEO of Growthpoint, one of the companies externally managed by IPG, in October 2004. During this period, Norbert’s impactful achievement was to drive and implement the reverse listing of the physical property holdings of the Mine Pension Funds into Growthpoint as part of a growth strategy and to provide a “turn-key” solution to the Mine Pension Funds in relation to their physical property holdings. This transaction marked the turnaround of Growthpoint, then a company facing possible liquidation.
Since joining Growthpoint, Norbert has been instrumental in growing Growthpoint from a listed property fund having assets of ZAR 100 million and a market capitalisation of ZAR 30 million in 2001 to being South Africa’s largest listed property company with assets of over ZAR 112 billion and a market capitalisation of ZAR 73 billion as at January 2017.
One of Norbert’s notable successes was leading the 2007 management “buy-in” whereby Growthpoint was transformed from an externally managed company to a uniquely, fully integrated internally managed company which now employs close to 700 staff.
Norbert led Growthpoint’s first offshore investment in Australia in 2009 by investing AUD200 million in Orchard Industrial Fund, and subsequently renamed Growthpoint Properties Australia, (“GOZ”) a property company that was facing foreclosure. With a market capitalisation of AUD250 million following the recapitalisation of the company by Growthpoint, GOZ has now grown to a market cap of AUD2 billion.
Norbert was involved in establishing the Association of Property Loan Stock Companies (PLS Association) which has subsequently been renamed SAREIT (South African Real Estate Association), which is an umbrella body of the REIT sector in South Africa comprised of voluntary members, with the weight of nearly all of the listed REIT’s within the sector behind it. Norbert was appointed the inaugural Chairman, a position he held until the end of May 2014.
Norbert holds a BCom and Honours degree in Accounting from Rand Afrikaans University and is a Chartered Accountant (having qualified with Ernst & Young in South Africa in 1990).
About Peter Fechter: Independent Non-Executive Director GRT
Peter has deeply embedded entrepreneurial experiences of all aspects of the property space. After graduating as civil engineer in 1968, he worked in South Africa as a site agent and tendering estimator, becoming CEO of large private construction company in 1978. He formed his own business in 1980 which successfully engaged in general contracting and doing its own property developments for sale and selective own investment.
After 20 years, Peter’s business was voluntarily closed, with the property portfolio being sold to an IPO company. When this company merged with Growthpoint Properties in 2003, he was appointed as non-executive director of Growthpoint, serving on the audit and risk committees and as chairman of the property investment committee, all resulting in regular and close involvement in a merger, acquisition and investment deals in South Africa and Australia.
About George Muchanya
George is responsible for Corporate Strategy at Growthpoint and is a member of the Executive Committee.
After spending his initial career years as an engineer, George made a career change into banking in 2000 where he worked in retail product development, treasury and investment banking both in South Africa and UK. This was followed by a brief period at a global management consulting firm.
George joined Growthpoint in 2005, where he focuses largely on mergers and acquisitions. The period since he joined saw Growthpoint concluding transformational transactions including the expansion of Growthpoint into Australia, the acquisition of the iconic V&A in Cape Town, single and large property portfolio acquisitions, and the consolidation, through mergers and acquisitions, by Growthpoint of the South African listed property sector. George played an integral part in this transformation and was part of the front line deal negotiation and execution team.
George holds a BSc in Engineering from the University of Natal, MBA from Wales University, a certificate in Corporate Finance from the London Business School as well as a leadership certificate from Harvard Business School.
About Richard van Vliet
Richard van Vliet is a qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and England and Wales. On leaving Price Waterhouse in South Africa he became the sole proprietor of an audit practice in Johannesburg, with work biased towards international mergers and acquisitions, taxation and financial structures. From 1995 until mid-1997 he also represented the Jersey General Group, an offshore investment group of companies, in Johannesburg. He relocated to Guernsey in August 1997 as a founding member of Cannon Asset Management Limited and is now the managing director. He currently holds the chairmanship of The Cubic Property Fund, a Channel Islands Securities Exchange listed fund, and a number of board positions on companies and investment funds exposed to property, equity and alternative investments. He also held the position of a main board member of Thames River Capital Holdings Limited, a fund management company with USD 9bn prior to its disposal.
Globalworth is a real estate investment company active in the SEE and CEE regions with a prime focus on Romania. The Company is internally managed by c. 70 professionals and its portfolio currently comprises 15 high quality real estate investments currently valued at c. Euro 962.4 million, all located in Romania.
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