BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today announced the completion of the sale of 50 percent of Taubman Asia’s interest in Starfield Hanam (Hanam, South Korea) to real estate funds managed by The Blackstone Group Inc. (Blackstone) for $300 million.
Net proceeds to Taubman are expected to be approximately $240 million following the allocation of property-level debt and transaction costs. Following the sale, Taubman will own a 17.15 percent beneficial interest in the shopping center.
This sale is consistent with Taubman’s announcement to sell 50 percent of its three Asia-based shopping centers to Blackstone, with closings expected throughout 2019. See Taubman to Sell 50 Percent of its Interests in its Three Asia Shopping Centers to Blackstone – February 14, 2019.
“We’re pleased to have made substantial progress on this important transaction, while adding Blackstone as a strategic partner,” said Robert S. Taubman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers. “We continue to work toward closing the two remaining deals over the coming months.”
About Starfield Hanam
Starfield Hanam, located in scenic Hanam, South Korea just east of Seoul, is the largest western-style shopping center in the country at nearly 1.7 million square feet. Anchored by Shinsegae department store, the center offers approximately 300 stores, restaurants, and a variety of sports and entertainment venues. Conveniently connected to the Misa road, which is linked to the Greater Seoul freeway network, Starfield offers approximately 6,200 parking spaces and access to bus transportation routes.
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.
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