Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust has completed its acquisition of WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust, a Toronto-based real estate investment platform that acquires, develops and operates distribution and logistics properties. The all-cash deal is valued at $3.2 billion, including the assumption of debt. As a result of the closing, WPT will delist from the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Toronto and New York – October 20, 2021 – Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (“BREIT”) announced that an affiliate has completed its acquisition of WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: WIR.U; WIR.UN) (OTCQX: WPTIF) (“WPT”) in a series of transactions that resulted in unitholders receiving US$22.00 per outstanding unit of WPT (collectively, “Units”) (subject to applicable withholdings) in an all-cash transaction valued at US$3.2 billion, including the assumption of debt (the “Transaction”). The Units will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange at the close of business today and WPT will apply to cease to be a reporting issuer under applicable Canadian securities law.
Following closing of the Transaction, former members of the WPT management team will continue to do business under the name WPT Capital Advisors, as an independently owned and operated company.
The Transaction was announced on August 9, 2021.
For more information on the Transaction, please see the news releases issued by WPT on August 9, 2021, September 10, 2021, September 23, 2021, October 7, 2021 and October 13, 2021 along with WPT’s management information circular dated September 2, 2021 prepared in connection with the Transaction, all of which are available under WPT’s profile at www.sedar.com or WPT’s website at www.wptreit.com.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Desjardins Capital Markets acted as financial advisors to WPT and Blair Franklin Capital Partners Inc. also provided the Special Committee with a fairness opinion in respect of the Transaction.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP acted as legal counsel to WPT in connection with the Transaction and Wildeboer Dellelce LLP acted as independent legal counsel to the Special Committee.
Eastdil Secured, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, BofA Securities and BMO Capital Markets acted as financial advisors to BREIT and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Goodmans LLP acted as legal counsel to BREIT.
About Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust
Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT) is a perpetual-life, institutional quality real estate investment platform that brings private real estate to income focused investors. BREIT invests primarily in stabilized, income-generating U.S. commercial real estate across key property types and to a lesser extent in real estate debt investments. BREIT is externally managed by a subsidiary of Blackstone (NYSE: BX), a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone’s real estate business was founded in 1991 and has approximately $208 billion in investor capital under management. Further information is available at www.breit.com.
About WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust
WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario. WPT acquires, develops, manages and owns distribution and logistics properties located in the United States. WPT Industrial, LP (WPT’s operating subsidiary) indirectly owns or manages a portfolio of properties across 19 U.S. states consisting of approximately 38.0 million square feet of GLA and 112 properties.