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Regency Centers and Equity One to merge in $15.6 billion deal

Staff Writer |
Regency Centers Corporation and Equity One have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Equity One will merge with and into Regency.

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Regency will be continuing as the surviving public company and creating the preeminent shopping center Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

The combined company is expected to have a pro forma equity market capitalization of approximately $11.7 billion and a total market capitalization of $15.6 billion, making it the largest REIT by equity value in the shopping center index.

Under the terms of the Agreement, each share of Equity One common stock will be converted into 0.45 shares of newly issued shares of Regency common stock.

On a pro forma basis, following the closing of the transaction, Regency shareholders are expected to own approximately 62 percent of the combined company’s equity, and former Equity One shareholders are expected to own approximately 38 percent.

The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of both Regency and Equity One shareholders. The parties currently expect the transaction to close during the first quarter or early second quarter of 2017.

This strategic transaction was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both companies.

The merger will create a national portfolio of 429 properties encompassing more than 57 million square feet, including co-investment partnerships, and located primarily in high density in-fill and affluent trade areas.

The combination will provide increased penetration within key target areas, broader tenant diversity, and meaningful balance sheet capacity.

As a result, the combined company will feature the attributes necessary to deliver consistent NOI growth, along with the capabilities to pursue accretive capital deployment opportunities through disciplined development and intense asset management.

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