Essex Property Trust, Inc.NYSE
Apr. 1, 2014, 4:15 PM
- The combined company has an equity market cap of about $11.1B and a total market cap of $16.2B. BRE Properties shareholders have received 0.2971 newly issued shares of Essex (ESS) common stock and $7.18 in cash - $58.87 at today's closing price. The cash consideration was adjusted to reflect the authorization of a $5.15 per share special distribution to BRE shareholders.
- BRE is up 3.7% AH to $63.25. Essex is off 1.5% to $171.40.
- Essex anticipates the deal with be accretive to core FFO per share of about $0.05-$0.08 annually.
Dec. 19, 2013, 8:23 AM
- Essex Property Trust (ESS) agrees to buy BRE Properties in a deal currently valuing BRE at $56.21 per share. Owners of each BRE share will receive $12.33 in cash and 0.2971 shares of newly created Essex common stock.
- Combined, the two companies will have a total market cap of about $15.4B. Essex equity holders will hold about 63% of the combined company's equity.
- "This transaction will create a must-own sharpshooter REIT focused on West Coast apartments, and we believe this is a great outcome for our company," says BRE CEO Constance Moore. BRE turned down an offer for $60 per share from Land & Building earlier this year.
- Essex anticipates the deal will improve core FFO by about $0.05-$0.08 annually, and the current annual dividend of $4.84 is expected to be maintained.
- A conference call is set for 10 ET.
Dec. 9, 2013, 8:53 AM
- Essex Property Trust (ESS) confirms its proposal to buy BRE Properties, saying it offered $12.33 in cash and $0.2971 of ESS for each share of BRE - $58.08 based on Friday's close. Chatter last week said the offer was higher than a rejected $60 per share bid made by Land & Buildings earlier this year.
- The two companies have entered exclusive negotiations.
- BRE -2% premarket to $58.15
- BRE press release
Dec. 5, 2013, 11:09 AM
- "BRE Properties (BRE +0.4%) has chronically underperformed its closest comparables by a number of measures, including total returns, net operating income growth, FFO growth and dividend growth," says Land and Buildings CEO Jonathan Litt, urging the company to explore a sale in light of yesterday's report of Essex Property Trust's (ESS +1.3%) offer to buy for about $5B.
- "Selling the company to a best-in-class operator such as Essex would present an opportunity for BRE Properties’ shareholders to realize the potential of the company’s intrinsic value ... On behalf of all shareholders, we demand that the Board exercise its fiduciary duties and maximize shareholder value by exploring a sale of the company.”
- L&B also announces its nomination of six candidates to the board. If elected, they would constitute a majority.
- "We believe that our high level of frustration with the company’s poor track record is reflective of the views of many of BRE’s shareholders. We have been engaged with BRE’s management for over a year and BRE’s Board since August about ways to drive shareholder value, including full operational and strategic reviews." BRE this summer rejected a $60 per share bid from L&B.
Dec. 4, 2013, 10:59 AM
- Essex Property's (ESS -2.4%) offer for BRE Properties (BRE +13.3%) is higher than a rejected $60 bid from Land & Buildings earlier this year, reports Bloomberg, citing two sources. BRE has been working with Wells Fargo to explore strategic options, including a sale. Essex plans to pay for the purchase with bank financing, a stock offering, and the sale of assets.
- It's been a busy deal year in the REIT sector, with $78B of acquisitions YTD, up 41% from 2012.
- BRE's currently trading at $60.50.
- Earlier coverage
Dec. 4, 2013, 10:17 AM
- A check of other multi-family REITs amid news of a $5B bid for BRE Properties (BRE +12.8%) by Essex (ESS -1.8%).
- Equity Residential (EQR +2.2%), AvalonBay (AVB +2.5%), UDR (UDR +2.5%), Apartment Investment and Management (AIV +4%), Camden (CPT +3.2%), Home Properties (HME +3.3%), Mid-America (MAA +1.7%), Post (PPS +4.7%).
Dec. 4, 2013, 10:11 AM