Prologis to acquire Liberty Property Trust for $12.6bn

Prologis to acquire Liberty Property Trust for $12.6bn

Prologis, Inc., the global logistics real estate company, has agreed to acquire Liberty Property Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust which owns and manages industrial and office properties in the United States and United Kingdom, in an all-stock transaction, valued at approximately $12.6 billion, including the assumption of debt.

“Liberty’s logistics assets are highly complementary to our U.S. portfolio and this acquisition increases our holdings and growth potential in several key markets,” said Prologis chairman and CEO Hamid R. Moghadam.

“The strategic fit between the portfolios allows us to capture immediate cost and long-term revenue synergies,” he added.

”The transaction deepens Prologis’ presence in target markets such as Lehigh Valley, Chicago, Houston, Central PA, New Jersey and Southern California” said the company in a statement.

The acquisition on an owned and managed basis comprises:

  • 107 million square foot logistics operating portfolio; 87 percent overlap with key markets
  • 5.1 million square feet of logistics development in progress
  • 1,684 acres of land for future logistics development with build-out potential of 19.7 million square feet
  • 4.9 million square foot office operating and development portfolio

”Prologis plans to dispose of approximately $3.5 billion of assets on a pro rata share basis. This includes $2.8 billion of non-strategic logistics properties and $700 million of office properties,” said Prologis in the statement.

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“Liberty and Prologis represent two of the finest teams of real estate professionals and two of the finest portfolios of industrial real estate ever assembled,” said Bill Hankowsky, Liberty chairman and chief executive officer.

“The joining of these two platforms at this moment, when industrial logistics has become so pivotal to the new economy, will further the industry’s ability to support the nation’s supply chain and enhance value creation for our combined shareholders. It is a testament to Liberty’s outstanding teams of professionals, both present and past,” he added.

Under the terms of the agreement, Liberty shareholders will receive 0.675x of a Prologis share for each Liberty share they own. The transaction, which is currently expected to close in the first quarter of 2020, is subject to the approval of Liberty shareholders and other customary closing conditions.