Share Name Share Symbol Market Type
Wereldhave NV EU:WHA Euronext Ordinary Share
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.23 1.93% 12.13 12.02 12.25 12.21 11.89 12.00 95,754 16:40:00

Wereldhave Sells U.S. Portfolio to Lone Star Funds

07/01/2013 12:10pm

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AMSTERDAM--Dutch real estate investor Wereldhave NV (WRDEF) is selling its entire U.S. property portfolio to Lone Star Funds, the company said Monday.

Wereldhave will receive $750 million for the portfolio, which is 5% above book value. The proceeds will lower the loan to value of Wereldhave to slightly above 30%. The transaction is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter.

By selling the entire U.S. portfolio Wereldhave waves goodbye to its most troublesome sector. In 2012, the company was forced to write down significant amounts on the value of its U.S. portfolio, as a large new project was delayed and had continued start up costs.

Due to the negative revaluation in the U.S. Wereldhave lowered its dividend in line with lower future earnings capacity. The higher than anticipated loan to value ratio made the company sell additional assets to help lower the ratio. All this led to the stepping down of Chief Executive Hans Pars in July 2012.

In the second half of 2012 Wereldhave decided to begin the selling process for its U.S. portfolio.

Write to Robert van den Oever at robert.vandenoever@dowjones.com

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