Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) and BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE: BRE) announced today the completion of the merger of the two companies, forming a combined company with equity market capitalization of approximately $11.1 billion and a total market capitalization of approximately $16.2 billion. The common stock of the combined company will trade under the symbol ESS on the New York Stock Exchange.
“We are excited to consummate the merger and move forward to combine these two great organizations to form the leading West Coast multifamily REIT,” said Michael Schall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Essex. “The integration effort is proceeding as planned, which we believe will result in a stronger platform for sustainable growth, superior service for our residents, and expanded career opportunities for our employees. I want to thank the employees of both companies for their hard work, dedication and support.”
“We are pleased that our stockholders have expressed overwhelming support and approval for this merger,” said Constance B. Moore, Chief Executive Officer of BRE. “The combined portfolio of Essex and BRE will provide substantial value for our stockholders through enhanced operations, improvements in the costs of capital and synergistic opportunities. On behalf of BRE’s Board and management, I want to thank our stockholders for their invaluable support throughout this process.”
Under the terms of the agreement, each share of BRE common stock has been converted into 0.2971 newly issued shares of Essex common stock plus $7.18 in cash, without interest. The cash consideration was adjusted as a result of the authorization and declaration of a special distribution to the stockholders of BRE of $5.15 per share of BRE common stock. Former Essex stockholders hold approximately 63% of the combined company’s common stock, and former BRE stockholders hold approximately 37% of the combined company’s common stock.