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Blackstone to take apartment income REIT private in $10 bln deal

Reuters |
Apr 08, 2024 08:08 PM IST

Under the deal, Blackstone will pay $39.12 for each share of the real estate investment trust (REIT)

Asset manager Blackstone said on April 8 it would take private rental housing firm Apartment Income REIT, known as AIR Communities, for $10 billion in cash, including debt.

Asset manager Blackstone said on April 8 it would take private rental housing firm Apartment Income REIT(REUTERS)
Asset manager Blackstone said on April 8 it would take private rental housing firm Apartment Income REIT(REUTERS)

Under the deal, Blackstone will pay $39.12 for each share of the real estate investment trust, representing a premium of about 25% to its closing price on Friday. Shares of the REIT jumped about 23%.

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A top real estate investor, Blackstone has been sharpening its focus on rental housing, betting on its revival as the supply of apartments in the U.S. is expected to decline due to a slowdown in construction.

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This was likely to lift rental growth, which has over the past few months remained flat or declined modestly due to fresh supply in many U.S. markets.

AIR Communities, which has a relatively diversified portfolio with apartments in both Eastern and Western coastal markets, has been largely insulated from such pressures.

" represents the highest quality, large scale apartment portfolio we have ever acquired, and is located in markets where multifamily fundamentals are strong," said Nadeem Meghji, Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate.

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The rental housing provider reported a 6.2% rise in same-store rental revenue in the fourth quarter ended December, higher than the 2%-4% growth by other publicly listed REITs such as Mid-America Apartments and Equity Residential .

Blackstone plans to invest another $400 million to improve the firm's 76 rental housing communities. Its flagship Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, which stabilized after some turbulence in late 2022, has outperformed non-listed peers by 600 basis points in 2023.

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The company, whose real estate portfolio is valued at $586 billion, had in January agreed to take Canadian single-family rental housing firm Tricon Residential. (Reporting by Ananta Agarwal and Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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