GEO Group closes refinancing for Ravenhall prison PPP

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The GEO Group has closed an offering of AUD461,558,749 (US$319.85 million) aggregate principal amount of non-recourse senior secured notes due 2042 (the Notes). The amortizing Notes were issued by Ravenhall Finance Co Pty Limited in a private placement pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Notes were issued with a coupon and yield to maturity of 4.23% and an expected final maturity date of March 31, 2042. The net proceeds from this offering were used to refinance the outstanding non-recourse senior secured debt balance associated with the development of the Ravenhall Correctional Centre in Australia.

The 1,300-bed Ravenhall Correctional Centre was developed by a GEO led consortium comprised of GEO’s wholly-owned subsidiary, The GEO Group Australia Pty. Ltd. (GEO Australia), John Holland Construction, and Honeywell under a contract with the State of Victoria. The US$700 million project was financed under a Public-Private Partnership structure, which included a capital investment from GEO of approximately US$90 million with returns on investment consistent with GEO’s company-owned facilities. GEO Australia operates the Centre, which opened in late 2017, under a 25-year contract with the State of Victoria.

Barclays acted as lead placement agent for the offering, while Allens has advised The Geo Group on the refinancing of the project by the way of long-term US Private Placement. 

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