(Bloomberg)—Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte. and Blue Owl Capital Inc.’s Oak Street agreed to acquire Store Capital Corp., a real estate investment trust that counts Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. as an investor, in an all-cash deal valued at about $14 billion.
Under the terms of the deal, Store shareholders will receive $32.25 per share in cash, a roughly 20% premium to the company’s closing price on September 14, according to a statement Thursday. The agreement includes a 30-day period in which Store can seek better offers, and is expected to close in the first quarter.
Shares in the company were up the most since April 2020, climbing more than 20% to $32.28 at 9:45 a.m. in New York Thursday. That helped narrow this year’s decline to 6.2%.
“We are confident the company will continue its trajectory of accretive growth by meeting the demand for long-term financing solutions from middle-market US companies,” said Adam Gallistel, head of Americas real estate at GIC.
Store, led by Chief Executive Officer Mary Fedewa, has investments in more than 3,000 properties across the US. The portfolio totaled $11.4 billion at the end of June and includes properties used by restaurants, health clubs and medical offices, as well as manufacturing facilities and auto dealerships.
The company specializes in single-tenant properties leased on a net basis, meaning the tenant is responsible for taxes, insurance, maintenance and other expenses ordinarily shouldered by landlords. Berkshire invested $377 million for a 9.8% stake in 2017 and has since reduced its position.
While retailers have been able to pass on higher costs to consumers so far, inflation and economic uncertainty are weighing on the outlook for net-lease tenants, according to a recent report from Green Street.
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