BEN WILMOT - THE AUSTRALIAN - 21 October 2016
Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing has swooped on German apartment owner BGP, which was spun off from the GPT Group in the depths of global financial crisis, with the €1.177 billion ($1.68bn) deal to see nearly 60,000 Australian investors receive a payout this year.read more
The deal follows a dramatic turnaround in the fortunes of the venture that began with negative equity of about €600 million seven years ago, and will also be a fillip for major shareholders Stockland and GPT, as well as a series of hedge funds.
BGP Investment Press Release - 20 October 2016
Proceeds for distribution expected to be nearly €600 million after deduction of net debt and transaction expenses.
BGP Holdings PLC (BGP Holdings) today announced the sale of 100 percent of the business and assets of BGP Investment S.à r.l. to purchasing vehicles advised by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing at an enterprise value including net debt of over €1.1 billion.
After the fulfilment of customary conditions precedent and the sale completion, funds available for distribution after deduction of net debt and transaction expenses are expected to be close to €600 million (A$870 million). The final proceeds will be determined on the basis of closing accounts.
BGP Holdings owns 16,000 residential units in Berlin, Kiel, Rendsburg and Cologne, and has approximately 58,000 retail investors following an in-specie distribution to shareholders in the GPT Group in 2009.
Rod McGeoch, Chair of BGP Holdings said: “The sale of the portfolio is a highly commendable outcome given the starting point in 2009 of a company with no value and negative equity to now being able to realise nearly €600 million on behalf of our patient shareholders.”
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BEN WILMOT - THE AUSTRALIAN - 13 August 2015
German apartment owner BGP, which was spun off from the GPT Group during the depths of global financial crisis, will assess both a trade sale and a potential float, after exclusive talks to sell its €1.1 billion ($1.66bn) portfolio to Austrian company Conwert Immobilien Invest ended.read more
Conwert Immobilien Invest SE - 6 August 2015
The Administrative Board of conwert Immobilien Invest SE (“conwert”) today passed a resolution to end talks with BGP Holdings Europe S.à.r.l. with respect to the potential acquisition of the German residential property assets and platform of BGP Investment S.à.r.l., a subsidiary of BGP Holdings Europe S.à.r.l. After several weeks of detailed discussions, the Administrative Board of conwert has decided that the acquisition strategically currently would not be in the best interest of conwert and its shareholders.
BEN WILMOT - THE AUSTRALIAN - 23 July 2015
GPT Group is edging closer to finally exiting its disastrous foray into global property as the company it spun off in the depths of the global financial crisis, German apartment owner BGP, has entered exclusive talks to sell its €1.1 billion ($1.62bn) portfolio to Austrian property company Conwert Immobilien Invest.read more