OAK BROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: IRC) (“the Company” or “IRC”) today announced that funds managed by DRA Advisors LLC (“DRA”) have completed their acquisition (the “Merger”) of the Company, which going forward will be known as IRC Retail Centers Inc. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.3 billion, including the assumption of some debt.
Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 14, 2015 (the “Merger Agreement”), holders of shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Company Common Stock”) are entitled to receive $10.60 in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes (the “Merger Consideration”), for each share of the Company Common Stock they own. The Merger Agreement also provides that the post-Merger company will exercise its special optional redemption right with respect to all of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company’s 8.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock and 6.95% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (together, the “Company Preferred Stock”) within 15 days after the closing of the Merger.
As a result of the completion of the Merger, the Company Common Stock and the Company Preferred Stock are no longer listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange or any other exchange and trading ceased at the close of the markets on March 30, 2016. IRC stockholders of record will receive a letter of transmittal and instructions on how to submit their certificates representing the Company’s common stock in exchange for the Merger Consideration. Each stockholder should wait to receive such documents before attempting to transmit any certificates.
In connection with the Merger, DRA has obtained debt financing from Wells Fargo Bank, National Association and Bank of America, N.A., as the initial Lenders, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent, Bank of America, N.A., as a syndication agent, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, collectively, as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner. DRA also obtained debt financing from investment funds managed by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC.
BMO Capital Markets Corp. and Silver Portal Capital acted as financial advisors and Proskauer Rose LLP acted as legal counsel to the Company. Blank Rome LLP acted as legal counsel to DRA.
IRC is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on owning and operating open-air neighborhood, community, and power shopping centers located in well-established markets primarily in the Central and Southeastern United States. As of December 31, 2015, the Company owned interests in 132 fee simple investment properties, including 36 owned through its unconsolidated joint ventures, with aggregate leasable space of approximately 15 million square feet. Additional information on the Company is available at www.inlandrealestate.com.
About DRA Advisors LLC
DRA Advisors LLC (DRA) is a registered SEC investment advisor with $9.4 billion of assets under management, headquartered in New York with offices in San Francisco and Miami. DRA has been in existence for 30 years with investors that include public and corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations and financial institutions. As of the date hereof, DRA has invested in properties valued in excess of $26 billion. Additional information on DRA Advisors LLC is available at www.draadvisors.com.
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