Vonovia SE

  • WKN: A1ML7J
  • ISIN: DE000A1ML7J1
  • Land: Deutschland

Nachricht vom 21.11.2019 | 19:59

Vonovia SE: Vonovia currently controls 72.3% of the votes in Hembla (news with additional features)

DGAP-News: Vonovia SE / Key word(s): Real Estate
21.11.2019 / 19:59
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION (IN WHOLE OR IN PART) IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD VIOLATE THE LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION.

DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE OFFER, INCLUDING THE OFFER DOCUMENT, IS AVAILABLE AT https://en.vonovia-h.de.

Vonovia currently controls 72.3% of the votes in Hembla

- Following completion of the acquisition of Blackstone's shares in Hembla and purchase of shares in the market, Vonovia currently owns approximately 72.3% of the voting rights (approximately 65.0% of the share capital) in Hembla

- Statement from Hembla's independent bid committee regarding the offer from Vonovia has been published

- Offer expires on 9 December 2019: Full and final offer with an attractive premium

Bochum/Stockholm, 21 November 2019 - Since Vonovia has announced its acquisition of Blackstone's shares in Hembla and its mandatory cash offer to the shareholders of Hembla, Vonovia controls approximately 72.3% of the total number of voting rights and 65.0% of the total number of shares. This also includes shares purchased in the market.

On 21 November 2019, Hembla published a press release regarding the independent bid committee's statement regarding Vonovia's mandatory cash offer for Hembla and the fairness opinion regarding the offer which has been obtained by the independent bid committee. The full statement and fairness opinion is available at Hembla's website.

Vonovia's CEO Rolf Buch said: "We take note of the statement by the independent bid committee that was communicated earlier today. Nevertheless, we believe that the offer is a good opportunity for Hembla shareholders to realize value, and we already control 72.3% of the votes. We also note that the independent bid committee points out that the liquidity in Hembla's share may become more limited going forward. I am fully convinced that combining Hembla with Vonovia has a strong strategic rationale. Vonovia is committed to the Swedish market and intends to create long-term benefits for tenants by further investing in Hembla's properties. We are a responsible owner and it is not part of our strategy to realize value through future sales."

On 7 November 2019, Vonovia launched a mandatory offer for the remaining shares in Hembla. Vonovia offers SEK 215 in cash per B-share in Hembla. This represents a premium of 15.6 percent compared to the volume weighted average share price for Hembla's B-shares on Nasdaq Stockholm in the last three months which ended on 20 September 2019 (the last trading day before Vonovia's acquisition of Blackstone's shares in Hembla was announced)[1]. The offer values all shares in Hembla to approximately SEK 19.979 billion.

Vonovia has identified total operational and financial synergies of EUR 30 million. The ability to realize these synergies is purely based on the acquisition of approximately 69.30% of the voting rights in Hembla and is independent of the result of the Offer. Vonovia does therefore not require a successful delisting of Hembla to deliver synergies or to reach any other announced acquisition criteria.

The acceptance period for the offer ends on 9 December 2019. Vonovia has made it clear that the price in the offer is full and final, and provides an attractive premium. Vonovia also emphasized that it intends to continue with Hembla's existing dividend policy of paying no dividend to its shareholders in the coming years, since investments in the existing properties provide a good return. As a long-term investor and holder of properties it is not Vonovia's strategy to realize value through the future sale of buildings to distribute dividends. Vonovia intends to focus on expansion and further investment in Hembla's properties consistent with its commitment to the Swedish Market.

Detailed information about Vonovia's offer to the shareholders in Hembla, including the offer document, is available at https://en.vonovia-h.de.


About Vonovia
Vonovia SE is Europe's leading private residential real estate company. Vonovia currently owns around 395,600 residential units in all attractive cities and regions in Germany, Austria and Sweden. It also manages around 78,350 apartments. Its portfolio is worth approximately EUR 47.8 billion. As a modern service provider, Vonovia focuses on customer orientation and tenant satisfaction. Offering tenants affordable, attractive and livable homes is a prerequisite for the company's successful development. Accordingly, Vonovia makes long-term investments in the maintenance, modernization and senior-friendly conversion of its properties. The company is also creating more and more new apartments by realizing infill developments and adding to existing buildings.

The company, which is based in Bochum, has been listed on the stock exchange since 2013 and on the DAX 30 since September 2015. Vonovia SE is also listed on the international indices STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Germany, GPR 250 and EPRA/NAREIT Europe. Vonovia has a workforce of more than 10,000 employees.

Additional Information:
Approval: Regulated Market/Prime Standard, Frankfurt Stock Exchange
ISIN: DE000A1ML7J1
WKN: A1ML7J
Common code: 094567408
Registered headquarters of Vonovia SE: Bochum, Germany, Bochum Local Court, HRB 16879
Business address of Vonovia SE: Universitaetsstrasse 133, 44803 Bochum, Germany

Important Information

This press release has been published in Swedish and English. In the event of any discrepancy between the Swedish original version and the English translation, the Swedish original version shall prevail.

The Offer, pursuant to the terms and conditions presented in the formal announcement of the Offer, is not being made to persons whose participation in the Offer requires that additional offer document is prepared or registration effected or that any other measures are taken in addition to those required under Swedish laws and regulations.

This press release and any related Offer documentation are not being distributed and must not be mailed or otherwise distributed or sent in or into any country in which the distribution or offering would require any such additional measures to be taken or would be in conflict with any law or regulation in such country - any such action will not be permitted or sanctioned by Vonovia or HomeStar. Any purported acceptance of the Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions may be disregarded.

The Offer is not being and will not be made, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by use of mail or any other means or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facilities of a national securities exchange of, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan or any other jurisdiction where such offer would be prohibited by applicable law or regulation (the "Restricted Territories"). This includes, but is not limited to facsimile transmission, e-mail, telex, telephone, the internet and other forms of electronic transmission. The Offer cannot be accepted and shares may not be tendered in the Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility of, or from within any of the Restricted Territories or by persons located or resident in those jurisdictions. Accordingly, this press release and any related Offer documentation are not being and should not be mailed or otherwise transmitted, distributed, forwarded or sent in or into the Restricted Territories or to any person from or located or resident in the Restricted Territories.

Any purported tender of shares in an Offer resulting directly or indirectly from a violation of these restrictions will be invalid and any purported tender of shares made by a person located in the Restricted Territories or any agent, fiduciary or other intermediary acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal giving instructions from within the Restricted Territories will be invalid and will not be accepted. Each holder of shares participating in the Offer will represent that it is not from any of the Restricted Territories and is not located or resident in any of the Restricted Territories and is not participating in such Offer from any of the Restricted Territories or that it is acting on a non-discretionary basis for a principal that is not from any of the Restricted Territories, that is located outside the Restricted Territories and that is not giving an order to participate in the Offer from those jurisdictions. HomeStar will not deliver any consideration from the Offer into the Restricted Territories.

Shareholders of Hembla should read the offer document relating to the Offer carefully, since it contains important information about the Offer.

Forward-looking statements
To the extent this press release contains forward-looking statements, such statements do not represent facts and are characterized by the words "will", "expect", "believe", "estimate", "intend", "aim", "assume" or similar expressions. Such statements express the intentions, opinions or current expectations and assumptions of Vonovia and HomeStar, for example with regard to the potential consequences of the transaction or the Offer for Hembla, for those shareholders of Hembla who choose not to accept the Offer or for future financial results of Hembla. Such forward-looking statements are based on current plans, estimates and forecasts which Vonovia and HomeStar has made to the best of their knowledge, but which do not claim to be correct in the future. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and usually cannot be influenced by Vonovia or HomeStar. It should be kept in mind that the actual events or consequences may differ materially from those contained in or expressed by such forward-looking statements.[1] For information on additional premium calculations, please see the offer document which is available at https://en.vonovia-h.de.


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Document title: Vonovia currently controls 72.3% of the votes in Hembla


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