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Realty Income Corporation, the Monthly Dividend Company®, (NYSE: O) (“Realty Income”) and American Realty Capital Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCT) ("ARCT") today announced that they have signed an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the previously announced definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) between the two companies. Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, as amended by the Amendment, Realty Income will now pay ARCT stockholders a one-time cash payment of $0.35 per share in addition to the existing fixed exchange ratio of 0.2874 Realty Income shares for each share of ARCT common stock that they own. The additional cash consideration of $0.35 per share totals approximately $55.5 million in additional proceeds for the ARCT stockholders, of which approximately $52.5 million is being funded by Realty Income and $3.0 million by AR Capital LLC, including William M. Kahane, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ARCT, and Nicholas S. Schorsch, Chairman of the board of directors of ARCT.
Realty Income also announced that upon the closing of the transaction, its board of directors intends to increase the annualized dividend to Realty Income stockholders by approximately $0.35 per share, to an annualized rate of $2.17 per share beginning with the February 2013 distribution. This represents a $0.22 increase to the original dividend increase of $0.13 per share that Realty Income estimated when the transaction was initially announced. In addition, based on Realty Income’s strong revenue and Adjusted Funds from Operations outlook for 2013, Realty Income announced that its board of directors intends to raise the annualized dividend by $0.10 per share in February 2013 even if the ARCT transaction does not close. The $0.35 per share estimated annualized dividend increase, expected after the close of the merger with ARCT, includes this $0.10 per share increase.
Tom A. Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Realty Income, commented, “We strongly believe in the merits of this transaction, which will advance our strategic objectives of increasing our revenue generated by investment grade tenants and further diversifying our portfolio. The amended agreement announced today represents our best and final offer. By upsizing the increase of the annualized dividend to be paid, assuming the closing of the ARCT acquisition, we believe we have materially addressed the difference in dividend rates and that the interests of ARCT stockholders, as well as Realty Income’s existing stockholders, will be well served.”