DGAP-News: CONSUS Real Estate AG
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15.12.2019 / 19:15
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Consus Real Estate AG: Strategic co-operation agreement signed and 22% stake acquired by Ado Properties S.A.
Consus Real Estate AG (CONSUS), a market-leading residential developer focused on the rental sector in the top nine cities in Germany, is pleased to announce it has today signed a strategic co-operation agreement with ADO Properties (ADO), a leading German real estate company, to create a powerful player in the country's property market.
ADO will acquire a 22.18% strategic stake in CONSUS at EUR 9.72 per share, which together with shares already owned by ADLER Real Estate AG (ADLER), will take its holding to around 25%. ADO has also secured a call option to acquire an additional 51% controlling stake in CONSUS at an exchange ratio of 0.2390 ADO shares for each CONSUS share. Upon exercise of its option, ADO intends to make a voluntary offer to minorities at the same consideration as the call option.
The acquisition of the minority stake and the strategic co-operation agreement are part of a concurrent announcement made by ADO and ADLER today about a proposed combination of their businesses to form the Adler Real Estate Group and create a roadmap to become the third-largest listed residential company in Germany in the future.
Under the strategic co-operation agreement, CONSUS will work together with ADO on its residential development portfolio, and CONSUS has provided a right to ADO to allow it to match any offer from a third party on residential development projects worked on together.
CONSUS believes that the newly enlarged ADLER Real Estate Group will be a strong partner and, together, the three companies will create a premier German residential development platform. This agreement will help to strengthen Consus' development activities and deliver further growth, as well as reduce financing costs and further improve access to financing. Working together with the ADLER Real Estate Group will demonstrate that CONSUS is a developer that delivers the rented residential housing that is needed in Germany's top 9 cities.
Andreas Steyer, CEO of CONSUS, said: "We are excited to announce today's strategic co-operation agreement with ADO. We see the agreement as a significant endorsement of CONSUS's strategy, as well as recognition of our strong in-house construction expertise and digitalisation of construction processes. The relationship will provide material benefits to CONSUS including reduced financing costs.
A strategic combination of ADO, ADLER and CONSUS will create an integrated real estate group that will deliver residential properties that the top nine cities in Germany are calling for."
About Consus Real Estate AG
Consus Real Estate AG ("CONSUS") with its headquarters in Berlin is the leading property developer in the top 9 cities in Germany. The development portfolio of CONSUS had a gross development value (GDV) of EUR 10.3 bn as of 30 September 2019. CONSUS focuses on the development of entire neighbourhoods ('quartiers') and standardised flats that it forward sells to institutional investors. The in-house construction expertise and the digitalisation of construction processes allow CONSUS to operate along the entire property development value chain. CONSUS implements development projects from planning through construction to transfer of ownership, as well as delivering property management and related services through its subsidiaries CG Gruppe AG and Consus Swiss Finance AG. CONSUS' shares are included in the Scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the m:access segment of the Munich Stock Exchange and are traded on XETRA in Frankfurt, among others.
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