Pretium, Ares Management to acquire Front Yard in $2.4bn deal

Pretium, Ares Management to acquire Front Yard in $2.4bn deal

A partnership led by Pretium and including funds managed by the Real Estate Equity and Alternative Credit strategies of Ares Management Corporation, has signed an agreement to acquire Front Yard Residential Corporation (Front Yard), a provider of affordable single-family rental (SFR) housing, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.4 billion, including debt to be assumed or refinanced.

“We are excited to have reached an agreement with Pretium and Ares Management for the sale of our company, which we believe represents an outstanding, value-maximizing outcome for Front Yard stockholders,” said George Ellison, Front Yard’s Chief Executive Officer. “Pretium has built an impressive portfolio of single-family rental homes and has developed an industry-leading platform that includes more than 40,000 homes under management. I am confident that the combination of our complementary portfolios, with increased size and scale, operating leverage and efficiencies, will deliver significant benefits to our platform and residents.”

“This transaction is an important development in the evolution of the single-family rental sector as the asset class continues to perform strongly and attract increasing amounts of institutional investment,” said Don Mullen, Pretium’s Chairman and CEO. “Pretium is proud of the role we have played in driving the growth and maturation of the industry, and we look forward to building on that track record with this acquisition. We welcome the Front Yard team to the Pretium family and we, along with our partners at Ares Management, will build on the significant progress they have achieved as we further invest in this business and apply our scale and strategic and operational expertise to deliver benefits for renters, communities, and investors.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Front Yard stockholders will receive $13.50 in cash per share. The per share purchase price represents a premium of approximately 35.5% over Front Yard’s closing share price on October 16, 2020, the last trading day prior to today’s announcement, and 45.4% over Front Yard’s one-month volume-weighted average share price.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.