SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD), the global leader in industrial real estate, today announced it has signed definitive agreements to acquire the real estate assets and operating platform of KTR Capital Partners (KTR) and its affiliates for a total purchase price of $5.9 billion. The properties comprise KTR's three co-investment funds and will be acquired by Prologis U.S. Logistics Venture (USLV), a 55-45 consolidated joint venture with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), manager of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global.
"It is rare to have the opportunity to acquire a portfolio of such high asset quality, customer profile and market composition that is so consistent with our own," said Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO, Prologis. "I have known KTR's leadership for 15 years and have always considered them to be astute investors and one of our toughest competitors in the U.S."
Moghadam added, "This transaction will deliver accretive returns to our shareholders and will enhance our important and successful partnership with NBIM, which will now exceed $11 billion on two continents."
The 60 million square foot operating portfolio comprises 322 properties and aligns with Prologis' investment strategy with approximately 95 percent overlap with its existing U.S. portfolio. Specifically, the transaction enhances the company's position in Southern California, New Jersey, Chicago, South Florida, Seattle and Dallas. The acquisition also includes 3.6 million square feet of development-in-progress and a well-located land bank with a build-out potential of 6.8 million square feet.
"We are extremely pleased to acquire KTR's outstanding property portfolio and customer roster," said Eugene Reilly, chief executive officer, Prologis Americas.
Transaction / Structure
The total consideration for the transaction is $5.9 billion, including the assumption of approximately $700 million of secured mortgage debt and the issuance of up to $230 million (less assumed liabilities) of common limited partnership units in Prologis, L.P. to KTR.
Accretion / Cost Savings / Currency Benefits
The transaction is expected to be accretive to forecasted annual core funds from operations (Core FFO) by approximately $0.14 per share, on a stabilized basis. This represents 7 percent growth from the midpoint of Prologis' 2015 guidance. These estimates are made on a leverage-neutral basis over the long term and include the effects from anticipated funding and capitalization costs. Contemporaneously, Prologis has obtained a commitment from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. to provide a $1.0 billion bridge facility for the transaction, which provides ample capacity while maintaining significant liquidity on its credit facilities. Additionally, the transaction is expected to lower general and administrative expenses as a percentage of assets under management by approximately 12 percent and increase its U.S. dollar equity exposure to 93 percent.
"We remain committed to maintaining our strong balance sheet, which will continue to provide us with the flexibility to capture market opportunities across the business cycle," said Tom Olinger, chief financial officer, Prologis. "This highly accretive transaction advances our strategy of using our scale to grow with minimal incremental overhead and demonstrates the unique appeal and the strength of our currency through our OP unit structure."
The transaction is anticipated to close in the next 30-60 days and is subject to customary closing conditions.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Prologis will host a webcast and conference call to discuss the transaction tomorrow, April 20, at 8 a.m. U.S. Eastern time. A presentation related to the transaction will be available tomorrow, April 20, at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern time. Interested parties are encouraged to access the webcast and presentation by clicking the "Events and Presentations" link on the landing page of the Prologis Investor Relations website (http://ir.prologis.com). Interested parties also can participate via conference call by dialing +1 877 256 7020 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada) or +1 973 409 9692 (from all other countries) and entering conference code 48765488.
A telephonic replay will be available April 20-May 20 at +1 855 859 2056 (from the U.S. and Canada) or +1 404 537 3406 (from all other countries) using conference code 48765488. The webcast replay will be posted when available in the "Events and Presentations" section of Investor Relations on the Prologis website.
Prologis, Inc., is the global leader in industrial real estate. As of March 31, 2015, Prologis owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 594 million square feet (55 million square meters) in 21 countries. The company leases modern distribution facilities to more than 4,700 customers, including third-party logistics providers, transportation companies, retailers and manufacturers.
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