TEL AVIV, Israel, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Imaging Ltd. (NASDAQ: EMITF) ("El" or the "Company") announced today that its indirect subsidiary, EPN Investment Management LLC, has announced an off-market takeover bid by EPN GP LLC or an entity affiliated with it ("EPN") to acquire all of the outstanding units of EDT Retail Trust ("EDT",) that EPN affiliates do not already own ("Bid").
EPN's unconditional offer is to buy all outstanding units of EDT that EPN does not already own (approximately 52%) for A$ 0.078 (7.8 Australian cent) cash per EDT unit. The total consideration which will be paid by EPN, in the event of full take up of EDT units by EPN, shall be approximately US$ 190 million.
Elbit and its subsidiary Plaza centers NV (LSE:"PLAZ", WSE: "PLZ/PLAZACNTR) are holding (through jointly controlled entity) approximately 43% in EPN GP LLC which currently holds approximately 48% interest in EDT. EPN is required to send its offers to EDT unit holders within two months following the date of this announcement. EPN has not yet determined the date on which its offer will be sent.
About Elbit Imaging Ltd.
Elbit Imaging Ltd. operates in the following principal fields of business :(i) Commercial and Entertainment Centers - Initiation, construction and sale of shopping and entertainment centers and other mixed-use real property projects, predominantly in the retail sector, located in Central and Eastern Europe and in India; (ii) U.S. Real Property - Investment in commercial real property in the United States; (iii) Hotels - Hotel operation and management, primarily in major European cities; (iv) Medical Industries - (a) research and development, production and marketing of magnetic resonance imaging guided focused ultrasound treatment equipment and (b) development of stem cell population expansion technologies and stem cell therapy products for transplantation and regenerative medicine; (v) Residential Projects - Initiation, construction and sale of residential projects and other mixed-use real property projects, predominately residential, located primarily in India and in Eastern Europe; (vi) Fashion Apparel - distribution and marketing of fashion apparel and accessories in Israel; and (vii) Other Activities - (a) venture capital investments; and (b) investments in hospitals and farm and dairy plants in India.
EPN Investment Management LLC and EPN Fund GP LLC are entities jointly formed by Elbit Imaging Ltd. ("Elbit"), its subsidiary Plaza Centers N.V. ("Plaza") and Eastgate Property LLC and its affiliates ("Eastgate") in order to facilitate U.S. retail real estate investments, including through EPN Real Estate Fund, LP, a real estate investment fund that was jointly established by Elbit, Plaza and Eastgate, focused on investments in the U.S. retail and commercial real estate sectors (the "Fund").Tthe Fund secured from Menora Mivtachim Insurance Ltd. ("Menora") and certain of Menora's affiliates, $31 million in capital commitments. The Fund intends to take advantage of real estate opportunities in the United States through direct acquisitions and joint ventures with leading real estate operators and owners of relevant assets or portfolios.
About EDT Retail Trust
EDT Retail Trust is a listed real estate investment trust focused on investing predominately in US community shopping centres giving investors exposure to a premium quality portfolio of US retail real estate in the value and convenience sector. It currently holds interests in 48 assets covering approximately 10.9 million square feet. EDT Retail Management Limited formerly is jointly owned by Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (DDR) and EPN GP LLC (EPN).
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