(EDITOR’S NOTE: The company owns five properties in Northern California. These are the Acapella, located at 1001 National Avenue in San Bruno, which was purchased in August of 2010 for $55MM; Argenta, located at 1 Polk Street in San Francisco, which was purchased in April of 2011 for $94MM; Olume, located at 1401 Mission Street in San Francisco, which was purchased in May of 2014 for $12.8MM; Vara, located at 1880 Mission Street in San Francisco, which was in July of 2013 for $108MM; Monogram also owns Acacia Apartments located at 4656 Quigg Drive in Santa Rosa, sales records for which were not available.)
Plano, Texas – Monogram Residential Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MORE), an owner, operator and developer of luxury apartment communities with a significant presence in select coastal markets, today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by a newly formed perpetual life fund, Greystar Growth and Income Fund, LP, led by Greystar Real Estate Partners and its initial founding capital partners, affiliates of APG Asset Management N.V., GIC, and Ivanhoé Cambridge, in a transaction valued at approximately $3.0 billion, including debt to be assumed or refinanced.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was unanimously approved by Monogram’s Board of Directors, Monogram’s stockholders will receive $12.00 per share in cash. This represents a premium of approximately 22% to Monogram’s unaffected closing stock price on July 3, 2017, the last trading day prior to the public announcement of the transaction.
The $3.0 billion aggregate transaction value includes Monogram’s share of its two institutional co-investment joint ventures with PGGM and NPS. The PGGM joint venture will be restructured, and the joint venture interests held by NPS will be purchased by Greystar pursuant to a separate assignable purchase and sale agreement for approximately $0.5 billion, subject to certain adjustments at closing, including payment of the NPS joint venture’s share of debt to be assumed or refinanced in connection with the transaction.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement, which maximizes value at a substantial premium to our existing share price,” said Alan Patton, Monogram’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We are confident that today’s announcement represents the best path forward for all of Monogram’s stockholders.”
“This landmark is the result of Monogram’s success at executing and delivering on strong operations, innovative development programs and investment strategies in conjunction with skillful market timing,” said Mark Alfieri, Monogram’s Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer. “The interest we received from this sophisticated group of investors demonstrates that our targeted focus on building our portfolio with high quality Class A assets in select core markets has been recognized and our stockholders and joint venture partners are rewarded with this successful outcome.”
“We are excited to add Monogram’s high quality assets in some of the best markets in the country as the seed portfolio for Greystar Growth and Income Fund, LP, our flagship core-plus perpetual life vehicle,” said Bob Faith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Greystar. “The collective strength and experience of our high-quality investment partners are second to none, and we look forward to completing this transaction and further expanding Greystar’s U.S. multifamily platform.”
The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2017, is subject to approval by Monogram’s stockholders and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is not contingent on receipt of financing by Greystar. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. has provided a commitment letter to Greystar Growth and Income Fund for $2.0 billion in debt financing for the transaction upon the terms and conditions set forth in such letter. Following payment of the previously announced second quarter dividend on July 7, Monogram will not pay any dividends through the close of the transaction except as required to maintain its REIT status and any such dividend will be deducted from the purchase price. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor and Goodwin Procter LLP is serving as legal advisor to Monogram. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor and Jones Day is serving as legal advisor to Greystar.
Monogram will release financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017 in early August. As a result of today’s announcement, the Company does not expect to host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results for the quarter.
Monogram is a fully integrated self-managed real estate investment trust that invests in, develops and operates high quality multifamily communities offering location and lifestyle amenities. Monogram invests in stabilized operating properties and properties in various phases of development, with a focus on communities in select markets across the United States. As of March 31, 2017, Monogram’s portfolio includes investments in 49 multifamily communities in 10 states comprising 13,674 apartment homes. More information is available at www.monogramres.com.
Greystar is a leading, fully integrated multifamily real estate company offering expertise in investment management, development and property management of rental housing properties globally. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina with offices throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, Greystar is the largest operator of apartments in the United States, managing over 415,000 units in over 140 markets globally, with an aggregate estimated value of approximately $80 billion. Greystar also has a robust institutional investment management platform dedicated to managing capital on behalf of a global network of institutional investors with nearly $17 billion in gross assets under management including more than $8 billion of developments that have been completed or are underway. Greystar was founded by Bob Faith in 1993 with the intent to become a provider of world class service in the rental housing real estate business. To learn more about Greystar, visit www.greystar.com.
ABOUT APG ASSET MANAGEMENT N.V.
APG Asset Management N.V. is a Dutch pension capital investor and one of the largest pension fiduciary asset managers worldwide. APG manages €452 billion (April 2017) on behalf of its pension fund clients and their 4.5 million active and retired participants from the public and private sectors representing over 30% of all collective pension plans in the Netherlands. www.apg.nl.
GIC is a leading global investment firm with well over USD 100 billion in assets under management. Established in 1981 to secure the financial future of Singapore, the firm manages Singapore’s foreign reserves. A disciplined long-term value investor, GIC is uniquely positioned for investments across a wide range of asset classes, including real estate, private equity, equities and fixed income. GIC has investments in over 40 countries and has been investing in emerging markets for more than two decades. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC employs over 1,300 people across 10 offices in key financial cities worldwide. For more information about GIC, please visit www.gic.com.sg.
ABOUT IVANHOÉ CAMBRIDGE
Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader, invests in high-quality properties and real estate companies in select cities around the world. It does so prudently, with a long-term view to generate optimal, risk-adjusted returns. Founded in Quebec in 1953, Ivanhoé Cambridge has built a vertically integrated business across Canada. Internationally, Ivanhoé Cambridge invests alongside key partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their respective markets. Through subsidiaries and partnerships, Ivanhoé Cambridge holds interests in nearly 800 buildings, primarily in the residential, office, retail and logistics real estate sectors. Ivanhoé Cambridge held approximately C$56 billion in assets as at December 31, 2016. Ivanhoé Cambridge is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.com), one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers. For more information: ivanhoecambridge.com.
PGGM is a cooperative Dutch pension fund service provider. Institutional clients are offered: asset management, pension fund management, policy advice and management support. On December 31, 2016 PGGM had EUR 205.8 billion in assets under management. The PGGM cooperative has approximately 720,000 members and is helping them to realize a valuable future. Either alone or together with strategic partners, PGGM develops future solutions by linking together pension, care, housing and work. www.pggm.nl.