Grubb & Ellis Hires JMP Securities as Strategic Advisor

Mar 21, 2011, 17:23 ET from Grubb & Ellis Company

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE: GBE), a leading real estate services and investment firm, today announced that it has engaged JMP Securities to explore strategic alternatives, including the potential sale or merger of the company.

"The Board is pleased to formalize this engagement with JMP Securities, which has an intimate working knowledge of our company and each of our businesses," said C. Michael Kojaian, chairman of the board.  "While the management team has made progress restructuring the business and driving top-line growth, we believe now is the time to explore opportunities on how to best leverage the broad platform and capabilities of the company into an improving market for the benefit of all stakeholders.  We have received unsolicited inquiries, and decided that a formal process is in the best interest of all of our constituents."

In conjunction with today's announcement, the Board also determined, as permitted, not to declare the quarterly dividend to holders of its 12% Cumulative Participating Perpetual Convertible Preferred Stock.

"A formal process to explore a transaction which affords the company the opportunity to drive additional scale across our platform is in the best interests of our corporate stakeholders, clients, broker-dealer partners and Grubb & Ellis professionals.  We look forward to working with JMP in this process," said Thomas P. D'Arcy, president and chief executive officer.

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Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE: GBE) is one of the largest and most respected commercial real estate services and investment companies in the world. Our 5,200 professionals in more than 100 company-owned and affiliate offices draw from a unique platform of real estate services, practice groups and investment products to deliver comprehensive, integrated solutions to real estate owners, tenants and investors. The firm's transaction, management, consulting and investment services are supported by highly regarded proprietary market research and extensive local expertise. Through its investment management business, the company is a leading sponsor of real estate investment programs.  For more information, visit

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