April 16, 2019
Torys represented First Capital Realty with a team that included Karrin Powys-Lybbe, Simon Knowling, Michael Zackheim, Michael Murphy and Riley Harmon (corporate/securities), Corrado Cardarelli and Andrew Wong (tax), Sabrina Gherbaz (debt financing).
On February, 28, 2019, First Capital Realty (“FCR”) entered into agreements with Gazit-Globe and its wholly-owned subsidiary (“Gazit”) related to the sale by Gazit of 58 million shares of FCR at a price of C$20.60 per share for aggregate consideration of approximately C$1.2 billion, subject to certain conditions including the approval of the majority of FCR’s shareholders excluding Gazit. When completed, Gazit’s ownership interest in FCR was reduced from approximately 31.3% currently to approximately 9.9%.
The sale was carried out via two, parallel transactions:
i) a share repurchase transaction in which FCR agreed to purchase for cancellation 36 million of its common shares from Gazit for a price of C$20.60 per common share, for gross share consideration paid to Gazit of approximately C$742 million; and
ii) a bought deal secondary offering of FCR common shares in which an additional 22 million FCR common shares held by Gazit will be offered to Canadian investors on an installment receipt basis, through a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets, at a price of C$20.60 per common share, for gross proceeds to Gazit of approximately C$453 million.
The bought deal offering was completed on April 11, 2019, and the share repurchase was completed on April 16, 2019.
FCR funded the share repurchase with proceeds from new debt financings, which includes, initially, a one-year C$800 million bridge facility from RBC Capital Markets.
FCR is one of the largest owners, developers and operators of necessity-based real estate located in Canada's most densely populated urban centres. It currently owns interests in 166 properties, totaling approximately 25.4 million square feet of gross leasable area.
Gazit 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.