Invista seeks extra cash

INVISTA European Real Estate Trust is aiming to raise &pound;58.27m by selling shares to avoid a potential bank foreclosure as it sails perilously close to breaching a loan covenant.<br /><br />The property fund manager, which suffered a 23.4 per cent fall in the value of its assets between December 2007 and September, said its loan-to-value ratio at June 2009 had hit 74.4 per cent against a limit of 75 per cent.<br /><br />A breach of these terms would allow Lloyds Banking Group to foreclose on &euro;401m (&pound;357.3m) of drawn-down loans and take control of the company to recoup the loan amount, Invista said in a statement.<br /><br />It is proposing to sell about 146m new ordinary shares at 20p each &ndash; a 32.8 per cent discount to the closing price onFriday, and about 29m preference shares at 100p.