REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

PS Business Parks, Inc. Announces Expiration of “Go-Shop” Period Contained In Previously Announced Merger Agreement

PS Business Parks | May 31, 2022

Merger Agreement
PS Business Parks, Inc. announced the expiration of the “go-shop” period set forth in the previously announced definitive merger agreement with affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate, dated as of April 24, 2022 (merger agreement). Under the terms of the merger agreement, Blackstone has agreed to acquire all the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock for $187.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $7.6 billion, including transaction expenses. The “go-shop” period expired at 11:59 p.m. (New York City time) on May 25, 2022.

During the “go-shop” period, at the direction of PSB’s board of directors, representatives of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Eastdil Secured, financial advisors to PSB, actively solicited company acquisition proposals from 43 potentially interested third parties. To date, none of the third parties contacted by PSB or its financial advisors, or any other third parties, have made competing proposals following the execution of the merger agreement.

Upon expiration of the go-shop period, PSB became subject to customary “no-shop” provisions that limit PSB and its representatives’ ability to negotiate competing proposals with, or provide non-public information to, third parties, subject to exceptions specified in the merger agreement.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2022, subject to approval by PSB’s stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

Advisors
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as lead financial advisor to PSB and provided a fairness opinion to the PSB board of directors in connection with the transaction. Eastdil Secured is acting as real estate advisor to PSB and is also acting as a co-financial advisor to PSB. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as PSB’s legal advisor.

About PS Business Parks
PS Business Parks, Inc., an S&P MidCap 400 company, is a REIT that acquires, develops, owns, and operates commercial properties, predominantly multi-tenant industrial, industrial-flex, and low-rise suburban office space. Located primarily in major coastal markets, PS Business Parks’ 96 properties serve approximately 4,900 tenants in 27.0 million square feet of space as of March 31, 2022. The portfolio also includes 800 residential units (inclusive of units in-process).

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Contractors manage a lot of moving parts on a daily (if not hourly) basis from crews on the job site, subcontractors, equipment, materials and continuously changing conditions. Not to mention, they need to make sure all parts of a job are completed according to specifications. Their profitability depends on their ability to execute projects both in terms of cost and schedule. Organisation is vital.

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