ApexHi’s bid for Ambit shares approved

Posted On Wednesday, 17 June 2009 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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The Competition Commission has approved a bid by ApexHi Properties to buy the shares it did not already own in Ambit Properties.

Gerald LeissnerThe listed property loan stock company hopes to create an R11,7bn portfolio if its bid to acquire all the linked units in Ambit Properties succeeds.

ApexHi is the second-largest property company listed on the JSE, with a market capitalisation of R9,5bn and property assets valued at R10bn. The R2,4bn Ambit portfolio consists of 10 retail properties with a gross lettable area of 77423m², valued at R840m, while the office component consists of 20 office buildings with a gross lettable area of 163477m², valued at R1,4bn.

Ambit also has 10 industrial properties valued at R231m with a gross lettable area of 72890m².

After the acquisition, the office component of the ApexHi portfolio would increase from 39% to 40%, but retail would decrease from 39% to 37%. Industrial is expected to increase from 22% to 23%.

The group said this was an appropriate sectoral spread in the current economic environment.

ApexHi said the Ambit portfolio had a vacancy factor of only 2,3%.

Should the acquisition be successful, ApexHi has agreed to take cession of the Ambit Management Services (AMS) asset management contract in return for a cash consideration of R65m.

Upon acquisition, the AMS agreement would be cancelled and the asset management of Ambit’s portfolio would be undertaken by Madison Property Fund Managers within the existing management contract with ApexHi. ApexHi said that Madison had waived its asset management fee in respect of the increased enterprise value of ApexHi.

In November ApexHi bought a 34,85% interest in Ambit for R597,9m.

But for ApexHi to make a successful bid for Ambit, it would have to negotiate with other large unit holders.

ApexHI director Colette van Wyk said the next process was for the bid to go to the Competition Tribunal next week.


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