CenterPoint is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and the largest industrial property company in the 1.4-billion-square-foot Chicago regional market. CalEast is a leading investor in logistics warehouse and related real estate whose members include CalPERS and LaSalle. LaSalle, the investment management business of Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL), serves as the managing member of CalEast. Since 1999, CenterPoint and CalEast have partnered in a joint venture known as CenterPoint Venture LLC, which acquires, develops, manages and sells industrial property.
The per share purchase price represents a 9.1% premium over CenterPoint's closing share price on December 7, 2005, and a 13.1% premium to the average closing price over the past three months. The total consideration is approximately $3.4 billion, which includes the assumption of CenterPoint's debt and preferred stock. CenterPoint expects to continue to pay regular common dividends, which are expected to be increased 8.2% to $0.4625 per quarter for 2006. CenterPoint's 7.5% Series B convertible preferred shares will remain outstanding after the merger, but in accordance with their terms will become convertible into the merger consideration, without interest. CenterPoint's Series D Preferred Shares, which are not convertible, will continue to be outstanding after the merger as well.
Completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in March or April of 2006, is subject to approval by CenterPoint's common shareholders and certain other customary conditions. Completion of the merger is not subject to the receipt of financing by CalEast. CalPERS and Jones Lang LaSalle have subscribed to additional equity in CalEast to fund this transaction. This transaction has been unanimously approved by CenterPoint's Board of Trustees.
"This transaction maximizes value for shareholders as an all cash sale with no financing contingency. The price achieved reflects the significant value of the operating platform that we have created," said Mike Mullen, Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint.
"Through CalEast's acquisition of CenterPoint, we gain access to an attractive warehouse portfolio, a high quality land bank, and an outstanding management team that has played a pioneering role in the rapidly emerging intermodal logistics industry," said Lynn Thurber, Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Investment Management. "We look forward to the CenterPoint management team's continued leadership of the company."
"Rapid growth in global trade is driving significant change in the warehouse requirements and logistics strategies of companies around the world," said Mike McCook, Senior Investment Officer - Real Estate of CalPERS. "CalEast has had a property joint venture with CenterPoint for six years, during which time we have come to know the company and its management team well. We believe that CenterPoint is very well positioned to capitalize on the continuing modernization of the global supply chain."
Wachovia Securities acted as financial advisor to CenterPoint, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP provided legal advice to the company. Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to CalEast and Jones Day provided legal advice to the company.
About CenterPoint Properties Trust
CenterPoint is a publicly traded real estate investment trust and the largest industrial property company in the 1.4-billion-square-foot Chicago regional market. As of September 30, 2005, CenterPoint owned approximately 38 million square feet and CenterPoint and its affiliates owned or controlled an additional 3,053 acres of land upon which approximately 44.1 million square feet could be developed. CenterPoint is focused on providing unsurpassed tenant satisfaction and adding value to its shareholders through customer driven management, investment, development and redevelopment of warehouse, distribution, light manufacturing buildings and logistics infrastructure.
About CalEast Industrial Investors, LLC
Founded in 1998, CalEast Industrial Investors, LLC is a leading investor in logistics warehouse and related real estate whose members include the California Public Employees' Retirement System and LaSalle Investment Management, Inc. CalEast owns and operates over 15 million square feet of industrial real estate, including warehouses, light assembly, air cargo and distribution centers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
About LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management, Inc., a member of the Jones Lang LaSalle group (NYSE:JLL), is a leading global real estate investment manager with approximately $29 billion of assets under management. LaSalle Investment Management is active across a range of real estate capital and operating markets on behalf of institutional and private investors worldwide. For more information, visit www.lasalle.com.
Certain matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Federal securities laws. There can be no assurance that future results will be achieved and actual results could differ materially from forecasts and estimates. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements relating to the anticipated closing date of the transaction, and the possibility that any of the conditions to closing, including those outside the control of CenterPoint, will be satisfied. CenterPoint does not assure the future results or outcome of the matters described in forward-looking statements; rather, these statements merely reflect current expectations of the approximate outcomes of the matters discussed. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond CenterPoint's control. The reader is cautioned to make his/her own judgment with regard to the statements discussed in this press release and the assumptions noted by CenterPoint herein.
Many factors may cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated future results or performance expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are general business and economic conditions, completion of pending acquisitions and dispositions, competitive market conditions, weather, pricing of debt and equity capital markets and other risks inherent in the real estate business. Such factors and others are listed in the Company's Form 10-K and 10-Qs.
Additional Information about the Merger and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger of CenterPoint Properties Trust ("CenterPoint") with a wholly owned subsidiary of CalEast Industrial Investors LLC ("CalEast"), CenterPoint intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including a proxy statement. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF CENTERPOINT ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CENTERPOINT, CALEAST AND THE MERGER. The proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed by CenterPoint with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by CenterPoint by contacting CenterPoint Investor Relations at 630.586.8101 or accessing CenterPoint's investor relations website. Investors and security holders are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the merger.
CenterPoint and CalEast and their respective executive officers, trustees, managers and directors may be deemed to be participating in the solicitation of proxies from the security holders of CenterPoint in connection with the merger. Information about the executive officers and trustees of CenterPoint and the number of CenterPoint common shares beneficially owned by such persons is set forth in the proxy statement for CenterPoint's 2005 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 19, 2005. Investors and security holders may obtain additional information regarding the direct and indirect interests of CenterPoint and CalEast and their respective executive officers, trustees, managers and directors in the merger by reading the proxy statement regarding the merger when it becomes available.
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.