LONDON, December 19, 2018
LONDON, December 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
GreenOak Real Estate merger with Bentall Kennedy:
Tetragon Financial Group Limited today announces the merger of its GreenOak Real Estate joint venture with Bentall Kennedy, Sun Life Financial Inc.'s leading North American real estate and property management firm. The combined Bentall Kennedy and GreenOak entity will be named Bentall GreenOak and will be part of Sun Life Investment Management. Bentall GreenOak will remain a key strategic investment of TFG Asset Management, Tetragon's diversified alternative asset management business that owns majority and minority private equity stakes in asset management companies.
As part of the merger, Sun Life Financial has agreed to contribute its interest in Bentall Kennedy and pay GreenOak shareholders U.S.$146 million in cash in exchange for a 56% interest in the combined entity of Bentall GreenOak. GreenOak Co-Founders, John Carrafiell and Sonny Kalsi, TFG Asset Management and existing GreenOak senior management will hold the remaining interest. As part of the transaction, Sun Life will have an option to acquire the remaining interest in Bentall GreenOak approximately seven years from the closing.1
The merger values Bentall GreenOak at U.S.$940 million. Tetragon will receive approximately U.S.$42.5 million upon the closing of the merger. TFG Asset Management will continue to own nearly 13% of the combined entity and will receive a series of fixed quarterly payments as well as a portion of Bentall GreenOak's earnings over the next seven years. Alongside other GreenOak owners and team members, TFG Asset Management will retain its current ownership of carried interest in existing GreenOak funds and will participate in carried interest in new Bentall GreenOak funds.
TFG Asset Management will serve on the Board of Directors of Bentall GreenOak, will continue to participate in investment committees for funds in which TFG Asset Management will hold carried interest and expects to invest in new Bentall GreenOak funds.
"Tetragon partnered with the GreenOak Co-Founders on the launch of GreenOak, providing working capital, co-investment capital and operating infrastructure to the joint venture. We are particularly proud of its growth and performance and are pleased to have found a strong strategic platform to fuel the next generation of business growth while also delivering an attractive return to shareholders," said Stephen Prince, Head of TFG Asset Management.
"Tetragon has been a valuable partner to us and we look forward to continuing to partner with them in the evolution of our real estate asset management business," said John Carrafiell and Sonny Kalsi, the Co-Founders of GreenOak. "This merger is a logical next step in our growth, expanding our capabilities and providing stability and capital for the future."
The combined Bentall GreenOak investment platform will serve over 700 institutional clients with approximately U.S.$47 billion in assets under management. Bentall GreenOak will offer a broad range of complementary real estate investment strategies that include Core, Core Plus and Value Add/Opportunistic equity, as well as senior and tactical real estate debt strategies. With investment professionals in 14 offices in North America, and seven offices internationally, Bentall GreenOak will have deep local knowledge and strong, long-standing investment track records across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Tetragon's Net Asset Value (NAV) for 31 October 2018 is U.S.$2.08 billion. Taking into account the GreenOak merger and other portfolio gains and losses through 30 November 2018, it is estimated that Tetragon's NAV will increase by approximately 4%, with the GreenOak valuation uplift portion being reflected in December.
The merger of GreenOak and Bentall Kennedy is subject to customary closing conditions, including required regulatory approvals. It is expected to close by the end of the first half of 2019.
Intention to Conduct a Tender Offer:
Tetragon intends to conduct a tender offer for a number of Tetragon non-voting shares with a maximum value of up to U.S.$50 million, to be held as treasury shares. J.P. Morgan Securities plc (which conducts its U.K. investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove) will act as dealer manager in the tender offer, which will use a modified Dutch auction structure. Details of this planned tender offer will be announced shortly. A repurchase of Tetragon shares at a price below NAV will be accretive to its fully diluted NAV per share.
Tetragon is a closed-ended investment company that invests in a broad range of assets, including bank loans, real estate, equities, credit, convertible bonds, private equity, infrastructure and TFG Asset Management, a diversified alternative asset management business. Where appropriate, through TFG Asset Management, Tetragon seeks to own all, or a portion, of asset management companies with which it invests in order to enhance the returns achieved on its capital. Tetragon's investment objective is to generate distributable income and capital appreciation. It aims to provide stable returns to investors across various credit, equity, interest rate, inflation and real estate cycles. The company is traded on Euronext in Amsterdam N.V. and on the Specialist Fund Segment of the main market of the London Stock Exchange. For more information please visit the company's website at www.tetragoninv.com.
This release contains inside information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.
This release does not contain or constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction. The securities of Tetragon have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons unless they are registered under applicable law or exempt from registration. Tetragon does not intend to register any portion of its securities in the United States or to conduct a public offer of securities in the United States. In addition, Tetragon has not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940, and investors will not be entitled to the benefits of such Act. Tetragon is registered in the public register of the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under Section 1:107 of the Financial Markets Supervision Act as a collective investment scheme from a designated country.
J.P. Morgan Securities plc, which is authorised by the U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for Tetragon and for no one else in connection with the tender offer and will not be responsible to anyone (whether or not recipient of the tender offer) other than Tetragon for providing the protections afforded to the clients of J.P. Morgan Securities plc or for providing advice in relation to the tender offer.
1 The transaction includes a put option that entitles TFG Asset Management and the other minority owners of Bentall GreenOak to sell their 44% interest to Sun Life approximately 8.5 years from the close of the transaction.
Andy Merrill and Ryan FitzGibbon
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