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BROOKFIELD NEWS, Sept. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Property Partners L.P. (“BPY”) (NASDAQ: BPY; TSX: BPY.UN) announced today the final results of its substantial issuer bid (the “Offer”) to purchase up to 74,166,670 BPY units from public unitholders for a fixed cash price of $12.00 per unit, which expired at 5:00pm (Eastern Time) on August 28, 2020.
Based on a final count by the paying agent and depositary for the Offer, BPY has purchased all of the 35.5 million units validly tendered, representing approximately 3.7% of the units issued and outstanding as at August 28, 2020. The units were acquired for an aggregate cost of approximately $426 million.
The purchase of units under the Offer was funded by drawing on the previously announced equity commitment (“the equity commitment”) provided by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (“BAM”) for up to $1 billion. The equity commitment was funded by BAM as to 50% from cash on hand and the remainder from managed accounts on behalf of certain of BAM’s institutional clients in exchange for the issuance of units and Redeemable/Exchangeable Partnership Units (“REUs”) of BPY’s subsidiary, Brookfield Property L.P., at a price per unit equal to the Offer price.
The equity commitment was originally for up to $1 billion and, after taking into account the take-up of units in the Offer as well as approximately $88 million of share purchases recently completed through a separate offer made by BPY’s subsidiary, Brookfield Property REIT Inc., the amount remaining under the equity commitment is approximately $486 million. The equity commitment is available to be called upon by BPY for buybacks, including BPY’s normal course issuer bid (the “NCIB”), until December 31, 2020, in exchange for the issuance of units and/or REUs, at a price per unit equal to the price to be paid by BPY in the applicable buyback. BPY intends to renew its NCIB shortly, providing it with the ability to purchase up to approximately 31.6 million units, and intends to utilize the remaining amount under the equity commitment to repurchase units under the NCIB. Should BPY be unable to repurchase all 31.6 million units prior to December 31, 2020, subject to market conditions, BPY will consider making other unit repurchases, including pursuant to another substantial issuer bid, prior to the expiry of the equity commitment with that capital, and other available cash from asset sales or otherwise. The renewal of the NCIB and the issuance of units and REUs under the equity commitment are subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and, for the issuance, Nasdaq.
This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any units.
About Brookfield Property Partners
Brookfield Property Partners, through Brookfield Property Partners L.P. and its subsidiary Brookfield Property REIT Inc., is one of the world’s premier real estate companies, with approximately $86 billion in total assets. We own and operate iconic properties in the world’s major markets, and our global portfolio includes office, retail, multifamily, logistics, hospitality, self-storage, triple net lease, manufactured housing and student housing.
Brookfield Property Partners is the flagship listed real estate company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $550 billion in assets under management. More information is available at www.brookfield.com.
Brookfield Property Partners L.P. is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Brookfield Property REIT Inc. is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Further information is available at bpy.brookfield.com.
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