GIC, Oak Street Agree to Acquire STORE Capital in $14B Transaction
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — GIC, a global institutional investor based out of Singapore, and Oak Street, a Chicago-based division of global alternative asset manager Blue Owl Capital, have agreed to acquire STORE Capital Corp. (NYSE: STOR) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $14 billion.
STORE is a Scottsdale-based net-lease real estate investment trust that invests in single-tenant operational real estate. As of June 30, the company’s portfolio consisted of investments in 3,012 property locations, including restaurants, early childhood education, metal fabrication, automotive repair and maintenance facilities and health clubs.
Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, STORE Capital stockholders will receive $32.25 per share in cash, a premium of 17.8 percent to the 90-day volume weighted average stock price through that date and 20.4 percent to its closing price on Wednesday, the day before the announcement. STORE will become private following the transaction.
The transaction was unanimously approved by STORE Capital’s board of directors and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023. The closing of the transaction is not subject to any financing conditions.
“This opportunity is an endorsement, by two leading real estate investors with significant access to capital, of the strength of our platform, our experienced leadership team and our disciplined investment approach,” says Mary Fedewa, president and chief executive officer of STORE Capital.
STORE Capital will declare and pay its third-quarter cash dividend in the ordinary course, after which payment of any further regular quarterly dividends through to the closing will be suspended. STORE Capital’s common stock will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
— Channing Hamilton