TEL-AVIV, Israel, Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gazit-Globe (NYSE:GZT) (TSX:GZT) (TASE:GZT), a leading global real estate company focused on the ownership, management and development of retail and mixed use properties in urban markets, announced that on February 15, 2018, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company sold an aggregate of approximately 1.7 million shares of common stock of Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE:REG) ("Regency"), representing approximately 1.0% of the outstanding share capital of Regency, for an aggregate consideration of approximately $101 million.

In addition, the Company reported that through January 10, 2018 till January 26 2018 the Company's wholly owned subsidiary sold approximately 740 thousand Regency shares, for an aggregate consideration of approximately $48 million, under the 10b5-1(c) plan adopted by the Company. As of the date of this report the Company cancelled such plan. 

Following such sales, the Company holds approximately 16.0 million shares of Regency common stock, representing approximately 9.3% of the outstanding share capital and voting power of Regency.

The Company also reported it has a position in a basket of equity derivatives relating to securities of United States real estate companies (which were purchased during the recent year and do not include Regency), which were acquired, inter alia, to mitigate potential changes in the Company's investments in the United States, as well as based on other business considerations, in the amount of $250 million*. It is hereby clarified that the Company's position in such derivatives is independent of its holdings in Regency. The Company is acting to sell approximately $120 million of such derivatives in the short term, subject to the discretion of the Company's management and market conditions.

The sale of Regency shares as well as the position in such derivatives and its expected sale has no material impact on the Company.

* An increase and/or decrease in the share price of such basket of securities of United States real estate companies that serve as the underlying asset of such derivatives will result in the opposite outcome in the performance of such derivatives in a similar rate.

About Gazit-Globe

Gazit-Globe is a leading global real estate company focused on the ownership, management and development of retail and mixed use properties in North America, Brazil, Israel, northern, central and Eastern Europe, located in urban growth markets. Gazit-Globe is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GZT), the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:GZT) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE:GZT) and is included in the TA-35 index in Israel. As of September 30, 2017 Gazit-Globe owns and operates 130 properties, with a gross leasable area of approximately 2.7 million square meters and a total value of approximately NIS 37.5 billion. In addition, the Company owns 32.6% of First Capital Realty Inc and following this sale 9.3% of Regency Centers Corporation.

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