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English sparkling wine producer Gusbourne (GUS) is aiming to raise up to £10m through a bonds issue to spend in its vineyards and increase its stocks.

The business intends to raise up to £8m with the secured deep discount bonds, but will increase the total amount to no more than £10m if there is demand.

Gusbourne’s said the production of premium sparkling wine from new vineyards is a long-term project and requires funding to support the investment in new vineyards, additional winery capacity and wine stocks.

It will use the proceeds from fundraising for:

  • Capital expenditure on immature vineyards planted between 2013 and 2015 in Kent and West Sussex
  • Capital expenditure on additional plant and equipment for the vineyards and winery;
  • Working capital to fund in particular the continuing increase in the Company’s sparkling wine stocks
  • Ongoing investment in the further development of the award winning Gusbourne brand;
  • Repayment of the existing convertible bond held by chairman and interim CEO Andrew Weeber and Caroline Weeber
  • Establishment of a cellar door sales facility including vineyard and winery tours

The bonds, when issued will have a five-year term with a discount rate of 9% per year. Deep discount bonds are usually purchased price that is significantly below face value allowing an investor to lock in a better rate of return for a longer period of time. However, these kind of bonds are perceived to be riskier than similar bonds.

Chairman Andrew Weeber intends to apply for at least £600,000 in the bonds issue. Tory peer Lord Ashcroft, who hold a 64.4% stake in Gusbourne, also said he would apply for 64.4% of the total amount raised.

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