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Hines Global REIT Hires Lazard, Eying Sale of $5.5B Portfolio

Hines Global REIT Hires Lazard, Eying Sale of $5.5B Portfolio

Hines is said to have hired Lazard to explore a divestment of its $5.5 billion Hines Global REIT Inc. property portfolio, Bloomberg reported. Hines Global REIT is a diversified real estate investment trust sponsored by Hines that, as of December 31, 2015, held a portfolio of 43 high-quality core assets that is 96% occupied and valued at approximately $5.5 billion, the company said in a recent statement. “We are extremely pleased with the continued strong performance of the company’s high-quality and well-diversified portfolio,” said Sherri Schugart, the company’s president and CEO. Hines Global REIT’s portfolio — 62% located in the United States, with the remainder in Great Britain, Germany, France, Australia, Poland and Russia – consists of 16.9 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, mixed-use and multifamily assets as of December 31, 2015, the company stated. “We are evaluating various strategic alternatives to execute a liquidity event (i.e., a sale of assets or our portfolio, a merger, a listing of our shares on a national securities exchange, or another similar transaction),” the company said in a recent portfolio update, although there is no set timetable for the execution of such an event. “As the company gets closer to consideration of a potential liquidity event, management and the board of directors thought it appropriate to include an estimate of the closing costs in determining the new estimated NAV per share,” Schugart added. On March 3, 2016, Hines Global REIT announced a new estimated net asset value (NAV) per share of $10.241 as of December 31, 2015, a net increase of approximately 8.5% over its last valuation of $9.44 per share as of December 31, 2014. Schugart attributed the bulk of the share price increase to a 9.9% rise in the value of the company’s real estate holdings during 2015, offset by reductions to reflect the continued devaluation of the Euro, Australian dollar and British pound against the U.S. dollar as well as estimated closing costs related to a potential future liquidity event. The company engaged Cushman & Wakefield to provide appraised values of its domestic real estate property investments, and Knight Frank to provide appraised values of its international real estate investments. Hines also engaged Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to perform valuations of its Global REIT’s debt obligations. Among the Global REIT’s top 10 tenants and properties are Morgan Stanley’s 17-story office building at 25 Cabot Square in London’s Canary Wharf, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Gap Inc.’s Old Navy headquarters at 550 Terry Francois Blvd. in San Francisco. HGR_Q4-15_PortfolioUpdateHines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 199 cities in 19 countries. The firm was founded by Gerald D. Hines, and today is run by his son, Jeffrey D. Hines. Hines is the sponsor of REIT and business development company (BDC) investment products sold through its broker/dealer affiliate, Hines Securities. The firm has $87 billion of assets under management, including $43 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services, and $44 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 104 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,100 properties, totaling over 346 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 531 properties, representing over 186 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world.]]>

Mattress Firm to Acquire Sleepy’s for $780 Million

Mattress Firm to Acquire Sleepy’s for $780 Million

  • Solidifies Company’s Position as Largest Border-to-border, Coast-to-coast Mattress Specialty Retailer
  • Combined Company will Operate Nearly 3,500 Retail Stores and 80 Distribution Centers Across 48 States
  • Anticipates Low Single-digit EPS Accretion in Year One Growing to Double-digit EPS Accretion in the Third Year Post-closing
  • Expects Annual Synergies of Approximately $40 million by the Third Year Post-closing
  • Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: MFRM), the nation’s largest specialty mattress retailer, agreed to acquire HMK Mattress Holdings LLC, the holding company of Sleepy’s and related entities. The aggregate purchase price is $780 million, subject to working capital and other customary adjustments. Sleepy’s is the nation’s second largest specialty mattress retailer, with over 1,050 stores in 17 states in the Northeast, New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Illinois. The closing of the acquisition, which is subject to expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other regulatory approvals, is expected to occur during the first half of Mattress Firm’s fiscal year 2016. As part of the consideration, Mattress Firm has agreed to assume certain quantified liabilities totaling approximately $30 million. In addition, Adam Blank, the current chief operating officer and general counsel of Sleepy’s, will join the Mattress Firm executive management team and will contribute up to $10 million of the equity value he holds in Sleepy’s in exchange for shares of Mattress Firm common stock. The remainder of the consideration payable to the equityholders of Sleepy’s will consist of cash. Mattress Firm expects to fund the cash requirements of the closing of the acquisition with cash on hand and the proceeds from the issuance of senior secured debt. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Mattress Firm expects to generate annual synergies of approximately $40 million by the third year post-closing. In addition, Mattress Firm expects to receive future cash income tax benefits totaling over $11 million annually for more than 10 years from the deductible tax basis goodwill generated from the transaction and from the carryover tax basis of other assets, both subject to Mattress Firm’s ability to generate future taxable income. Mattress Firm plans to continue to operate under both the Mattress Firm and Sleepy’s brands in the near term and will maintain an East Coast office on Long Island, New York. “This transformational acquisition unites the nation’s two largest mattress specialty retailers, providing customers with convenience, value and choice through our truly border-to-border and coast-to-coast, multi-brand retail stores and distribution network,” stated Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm’s CEO. “Over the years we have admired Sleepy’s for the strong business they have built. The Acker family has a long history in the mattress specialty retail industry through four generations and over 58 years. I look forward to partnering with David Acker during this transition period, as we bring together these two great companies that share a strong focus on culture, the customer and overall service experience.” Mr. Stagner continued, “Both Mattress Firm and Sleepy’s are excited about the opportunities this combination will create for our over 10,000 collective employees, as well as our customers, vendors, business partners and shareholders. We look forward to adding the talented mattress professionals at Sleepy’s to our family. Upon closing, Adam Blank will become president of Sleepy’s and support the continued growth of Sleepy’s, as well as the evaluation and integration of best practices across the combined company.” Mr. Stagner concluded, “The acquisition of Sleepy’s is an important next step in building our national store network, and expands our footprint into major markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. With pro forma sales of over $3.6 billion through approximately 3,500 retail locations in 48 states, our combined company will be able to further benefit from national scale in key areas including distribution, customer delivery, advertising, sourcing and procurement, and operating expenses.” Adam Blank commented, “For over 58 years, Sleepy’s has improved the lives of our customers through better sleep with a selection of America’s best brands. The combination of Sleepy’s and Mattress Firm creates the nation’s first true national mattress specialty retailer, and will benefit both our customers and our employees. I look forward to working with Steve and the Mattress Firm team as we combine the best of Sleepy’s and Mattress Firm.” Barclays acted as exclusive financial advisor to Mattress Firm and provided a fairness opinion to the Company. Norton Rose Fulbright LLP acted as legal counsel to Mattress Firm in connection with the transaction. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Sleepy’s. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as legal counsel to Sleepy’s in connection with the transaction. With more than 2,400 company-operated and franchised stores across 41 states, Mattress Firm  has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based Mattress Firm is the nation’s leading specialty bedding retailer with over $2.5 billion in sales over the past 12 months. Mattress Firm, through its family of brands, including Mattress Firm and Sleep Train, offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products from leading manufacturers, including Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Hampton & Rhodes. Sleepy’s is a privately-owned fourth-generation company with over 1,050 retail locations in 17 states and the District of Columbia, spanning from Maine to South Carolina and available nationally through www.sleepys.com. Throughout Sleepy’s over 58-year history, the company has remained committed to providing sleep comfort and expertise with its highly trained Mattress Professionals and an extensive selection of top brands, including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, King Coil, Stearns & Foster and more.]]>