Today, Regency Centers and Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement by which Regency will acquire Urstadt Biddle in an all-stock transaction, valued at approximately $1.4 billion, including the assumption of debt and preferred stock. The combined company is expected to have a pro forma equity market capitalization of approximately $11 billion and total enterprise value of approximately $16 billion.
We couldn’t be more excited about the combination of our two great companies,” said Lisa Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Regency Centers. “The portfolio that Urstadt Biddle has carefully assembled over more than 50 years offers a highly aligned demographic and merchandising profile to Regency. Both companies have a successful track record of owning and operating best-in-class grocery-anchored neighborhood and community centers in premier suburban trade areas, and we look forward to the synergies and growth opportunities that this transaction will offer to the combined shareholder base.”
Regency has a long, successful history of being a sector and industry leader in the ownership and operation of high-quality shopping centers around the country, with one of the best-regarded teams in the REIT industry," said Willing L. Biddle, President and CEO of Urstadt Biddle. "I have no doubt that our portfolio will be in great hands under Regency leadership, and as a future Regency shareholder I look forward to the scale and platform benefits that the combination of our two companies will provide.
The combined portfolio will be comprised of 481 total properties encompassing more than 56 million square feet of gross leasable area. The combination is expected to provide several strategic benefits, including:
Strategically Aligned Portfolios of High-Quality, Open-Air Shopping Centers:The transaction grows the combined company’s footprint of high-quality, grocery-anchored shopping centers in premier suburban trade areas while enhancing Regency’s overall geographic diversification and maintaining a strong tenant roster.
Best-In-Class Operating Platform Drives Value Creation:Regency’s sector-leading national leasing and asset management platform is positioned to unlock value within the combined portfolio.
Positive Financial Benefit:The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Core Operating Earnings (defined below), including approximately $9 million of annual cost savings benefit.
Maintains Balance Sheet and Liquidity Strength:The all-stock transaction preserves Regency’s well-capitalized and flexible balance sheet to support continued growth as pro forma leverage remains at the low end of Regency’s target range of 5.0x – 5.5x.
The transaction is currently expected to close late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to the receipt of approval of UBA and UBP shareholders and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
To learn more, visit the news release on Regency's Investor Relations page.