The Board of Hansteen announces that it has agreed to dispose of its German and Dutch portfolios for €1.28 billion to entities owned by funds advised by affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P. and M7 Real Estate.
The portfolios are being sold on a debt free basis for cash, and the value given to the German and Dutch portfolio is €1.28 billion payable upon Completion (less a deposit of €50 million which has been paid), subject to a net asset value adjustment post-Completion. All latent capital gains tax liabilities incurred in relation to the Transaction will be shared on an equal basis between the Company and the Buyer.
The disposal realises the value in the portfolios at a time when not only are they at historically high levels of occupancy and rent for the period of Hansteen’s ownership but also the Euro/Sterling exchange rate is favourable.
Completion is expected to occur before the end of June 2017.
Conditions to Completion include Hansteen’s Shareholder approval and the Buyer obtaining anti-trust clearance in Germany.
Following Completion and repayment of the debt secured against the German and Dutch portfolios (and satisfaction of other incurred costs) Hansteen intends to distribute a substantial portion of the net cash proceeds of the Transaction to its Shareholders.
Jones Day has advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the transaction with a team led by Anna Cartwright (picture) and Vica Irani.
Law Firms: Jones Day;
Clients: Hansteen Holdings PLC;