Omega Healthcare Investors and Aviv REIT to merge
The transaction values Aviv at $3.0 billion, and creates the premier publicly traded pure-play skilled nursing facility real estate investment trust.
Under the terms of the agreement, Aviv shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.90 Omega shares for each share of Aviv common stock they own.
Based on the closing stock price for Omega on Thursday, October 30th, 2014, this consideration would be equivalent to $34.97 of Omega stock for each Aviv share, representing a premium to Aviv shareholders of approximately 16.2% over Aviv’s closing stock price on that day.
Upon closing of the transaction, Omega shareholders are expected to own approximately 70% and Aviv shareholders, together with the limited partners of Aviv Healthcare Properties Limited Partnership, are expected to own beneficially approximately 30% of the combined company. The stock-for-stock transaction is intended to be tax-free to shareholders.
Following the merger, Taylor Pickett, current Omega CEO, will continue to serve as CEO of the combined company while Craig Bernfield, current Aviv Chairman and CEO, will join the Board of Directors of the combined company. ■