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Norbert Sasse, Growthpoint Properties CEO

Growthpoint Properties on 14 March 2014, announced it has acquired a 34.9% stake in Acucap Properties and a 31.5% stake in Sycom Property Fund, in a substantial ZAR4.66 billion transaction.

“This acquisition has secured strategic stakes for Growthpoint in Acucap and Sycom, which are in the process of a proposed merger. As a major investor in both entities, Growthpoint supports the merger plans on the table and it is our intent to acquire 100% of the merged entity,” says Norbert Sasse, Growthpoint Properties CEO.

The unconditional acquisitions are by way of agreements with various institutional unitholders of Acucap and Sycom in exchange for Growthpoint shares.

Growthpoint has agreed to acquire 64 045 367 Acucap linked units at a switch ratio of 1.900 Growthpoint ordinary shares for each Acucap linked unit acquired and 63 036 096 Sycom participatory units at a switch ratio of 1.102 Growthpoint ordinary shares for each Sycom participatory unit acquired.

The issue and allotment of 148 852 638 Growthpoint shares will take place on 23 April 2014 and 42 299 337 Growthpoint shares on 13 May 2014.

The new Growthpoint shares will be listed at an issue price of ZAR24.36 per share, which is the spot price of a Growthpoint share at the close of business on 8 April 2014.

Once this initial transaction is complete, and should the merger progress, Growthpoint would hold around 38% of the merged entity. At this stage, Growthpoint will consider further steps towards its increased stake.
“This transaction has been under consideration by Growthpoint for some time now,” says Sasse.

“It furthers Growthpoint’s strategy of making dividend enhancing acquisitions. It also provides Growthpoint with a strategic interest in, and indirect exposure to, Acucap and Sycom’s combined ZAR18.4 billion retail and office portfolios. Acucap and Sycom have one of the better retail portfolios in the market which is aligned with Growthpoint’s aim to grow its overall balance of retail property,” adds Sasse.

“The acquisition is complimentary and enhancing to the underlying quality of Growthpoint’s own portfolio, with strong synergies that also offer a platform of appealing opportunities,” concludes Sasse.

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