Alpine Global Premier Properties Fund Announces Approval of a Tender Offer
PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Alpine Global Premier Properties Fund (AWP) (the Fund) today announced that its Board of Trustees (the Board) has approved a tender offer (the Offer) to purchase up to 20% of its issued and outstanding common shares (or approximately 21,489,143 shares as of May 15, 2012), no par value per share. The Fund currently anticipates that it will commence the Offer this week.
In connection with the Offer, the Fund has suspended any purchases of common shares in the open market pursuant to its previously announced Share Repurchase Plan.
The Tender Offer
Under the Offer, shareholders will have the opportunity to tender some or all of their common shares at a price equal to 95% of the net asset value (NAV) per share, determined as of the close of the regular trading session of the New York Stock Exchange (the NYSE), the principal market on which the shares are traded, on the business day immediately following the day the Offer expires (the Purchase Price). If more than 20% of the shares are properly tendered and not properly withdrawn, the Fund will purchase shares tendered on a pro rata basis. Accordingly, shareholders cannot be assured that the Fund will purchase all of their tendered shares.
Shareholders whose shares are purchased in the Offer will be paid the Purchase Price per share, net in cash, less applicable withholding taxes and without interest, as promptly as practicable after the expiration of the Offer period. The Offer is not contingent upon any minimum number of shares being tendered, but is subject to a number of other terms and conditions specified in the offer to purchase that will be distributed to shareholders.
The information agent for the Offer is AST Fund Solutions, LLC and the depositary for the Offer is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC. None of the Fund, its Board, its investment adviser or the information agent is making any recommendation to shareholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their shares into the Offer. Shareholders, together with their tax and financial advisors, are solely responsible for determining how many shares they will tender, if any, for purchase by the Fund.
The Offer is the most recent action the Fund has taken to enhance shareholder value and pursue efforts to address the discount to NAV per share at which shares have traded. Earlier actions have included purchasing shares pursuant a Share Repurchase Plan approved earlier this year, implementing a new level distribution policy, and increasing distribution rates. The Board will re-evaluate the Share Repurchase Plan after the expiration of the Offer.
In approving the Offer, the Board considered a number of factors, including that the Offer could enable shareholders to tender a portion of their shares at a price that is greater than what they could realize in the secondary market at that time; that the Offer could increase liquidity for common shareholders; that the Offer is expected to have an accretive impact to NAV per share for common shareholders who remain invested in the Fund; and that the Offer may assist in narrowing the discount to NAV per share at which shares trade. The Board also considered whether the Offer would be consistent with the investment and other policies of the Fund; the potential impact the Offer may have on the asset size and expenses of the Fund; and the potential impact of the Offer on the Funds ability to implement its investment strategies and achieve its investment objectives. Additionally, the Board considered that the Funds investment adviser recommended the Offer to the Board and believed it should enhance shareholder value. In evaluating the advisers recommendation, the Board took into account that the adviser had entered into agreements with certain Fund shareholders, including Western Investment LLC, pursuant to which the investment adviser agreed to recommend a tender offer to the Board.
There can be no assurance that the Offer will cause the discount at which the shares trade to narrow or that the shares will trade at a price equal to their NAV per share. Likewise, there can be no assurance that the Funds Offer will not negatively affect its earnings per share.
This press release is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation, an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any shares. The solicitation and offer to buy shares will only be made pursuant to the offer to purchase and the other tender offer documents that the Fund will disseminate to its shareholders. A free copy of the tender offer documents that will be filed by the Fund with the SEC may be obtained, when filed, from the SECs website at www.sec.gov or from the Funds website at www.alpinecef.com, or by calling AST Fund Solutions, LLC at (866) 745-0267 (toll free). Shareholders are urged to read these materials carefully prior to making any decision with respect to the Offer.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the current expectations and beliefs of the Funds management and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this document include references to completion of the tender offer and the payment for shares related thereto. These statements, including their underlying assumptions, are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Results may differ due to various factors such as the possibility that shareholders may not tender their shares in the tender offer, or other conditions to completion of the tender offer are not satisfied. For further details of these risks, you should read our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission related to the tender offer, including our Schedule TO that we will file and the documents referred to therein. Except as required by law, the Fund is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
About Alpine Global Premier Properties Fund
Alpine Global Premier Properties Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks total return, consisting of capital appreciation and income. The Funds investment adviser is Alpine Woods Capital Investors, LLC with its principal executive offices located at 2500 Westchester Avenue, Suite 215, Purchase, New York 10577.
Alpine Woods Capital Investors, LLC
Marc Rappaport, 914-251-0880
Source: Alpine Global Premier Properties FundCopyright Business Wire 2012