Spirit Realty Capital Shareholders Approve Merger with Cole Credit Property Trust II
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (NYSE: SRC ) , a real estate investment trust that invests in single-tenant, operationally essential real estate, today announced that its shareholders – at a special shareholders meeting held today – have approved the merger, pursuant to the definitive agreement, dated January 22, 2013, of Spirit Realty Capital with Cole Credit Property Trust II, Inc. (“CCPT II”). Approximately 86% of the outstanding shares of Spirit Realty Capital common stock voted with respect to the proposed merger and of those outstanding shares that voted, approximately 96% voted in favor of the merger.
Assuming completion of the merger, the combined company will create one of the largest publicly traded triple-net-lease REITs in the United States. Upon closing of the transaction, Spirit Realty Capital shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 1.9048 shares of common stock of the combined company for each share of Spirit Realty Capital common stock owned.
Upon the closing of the merger, the combined company, which will retain the Spirit Realty Capital name and is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SRC,” will own approximately 1,900 properties in 48 states. It will have a significantly enhanced scale and scope, a more broadly diversified portfolio of high-quality real estate assets and enhanced access to capital. The current management team of Spirit Realty Capital will lead the combined company. The closing of the merger remains subject to the satisfaction of other conditions but is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year.
“I would like to thank our shareholders for their overwhelming support throughout this process and their recognition of the opportunity the combined company creates to accelerate Spirit Realty Capital’s business strategy,” said Thomas H. Nolan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Realty Capital. “We look forward to completing the transaction and beginning to realize the value of this combination for our shareholders.”
About Spirit Realty Capital
Spirit Realty Capital was formed in 2003 to invest in single-tenant operationally essential real estate, which refers to generally free-standing, commercial real estate facilities where tenants conduct retail, service or distribution activities that are essential to the generation of their sales and profits. Since that time, Spirit Realty Capital has invested over $4.3 billion to create a diverse portfolio of more than 1,200 properties in 18 industries located across 47 states. Spirit Realty Capital completed its initial public offering in September 2012 and trades under the symbol “SRC” on the NYSE. More information about Spirit Realty Capital can be found at www.spiritrealty.com.
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
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Spirit Realty Capital
Michael A. Bender, 480-315-6634
SVP, Chief Financial Officer
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