Tuesday, July 02, 2013


American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP) has entered into a merger agreement to acquire an affiliated real estate investment trust, American Realty Capital Trust IV (ARCT IV).  The value of the transaction is $3.1 billion.  The move comes as no surprise, and was telegraphed (to me at least) by ARCP's and ARCT IV's June purchase of a large portfolio of restaurant properties from GE Capital. 

ARCP is offering 2.05 of its shares for each ARCT IV share, the equivalent of $30.34 per share based on ARCP's closing price of $14.80 yesterday, or cash of $30.00 per share, but ARCP has guaranteed ARCT IV investors that choose stock a floor of $30.62 per share.  In conjunction with closing of the merger (and ARCP's closing of its previously announced acquisition of CapLease), ARCP is raising its distribution from $.91 per share to $.94 per share.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter and is a full liquidity event for ARCT IV investors, so there is no share lock-up or tranched share release.

Update:  Here is a Bloomberg article on merger,

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