REAL ESTATE

Loblaw Cos. to spin off real estate into REIT

BY Staff Writer

New York — Canada’s Loblaw Cos. Ltd. plans to spin off the vast majority of its property assets into a real estate investment trust. The retailer said it plans to spin off real estate worth more than C$7 billion ($7.05 billion) into the REIT and sell units of the trust through an initial public offering that it hopes to complete by mid-2013.

"We are announcing this today because we feel the timing is right for both our business and the capital markets," said Galen Weston, Loblaw’s executive chairman, on a conference call, according to Bloomberg. "The size and quality of our real estate assets should be appealing to investors."

Loblaw said its real estate portfolio spans an estimated 47 million sq. ft., according to the report. As part of the transaction, Loblaw plans to contribute about 35 million sq. ft. to the REIT, and it will enter into long-term lease arrangements with the REIT on those properties.

Loblaw said it intends to retain a significant majority interest of over 80% in the REIT.

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Tops in deal to buy three Big M supermarkets

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Williamsville, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets, a full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, today announced that the company has entered into an agreement with the Farrugia family to acquire three Big M supermarkets located in Elbridge, N.Y., Mexico, N.Y., and Jordan, N.Y.

This marks the third acquisition deal this year for Tops and will expand Tops’ footprint further into areas of northern and central New York State.

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Green sells stake in Topshop to Leonard Green for $805 million

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — British billionaire Sir Philip Green, the owner of the Arcadia retail group, sold a 25% stake in his fast-fashion Topshop and Topman retail chains to Los Angeles-based Leonard Green & Partners for about $805 million. Arcadia’s other retail divisions include Miss Selfridges, Bhs, and Dorothy Parker.

The deal, which will help fund Topshop’s expansion in the United States, values the company at $3.2 billion, according to a statement from Green. Topshop currently has three U.S. flagships, in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. It also has entered into a deal to open in-store shops in select Nordstrom locations.

“Both the Topshop/Topman businesses are very cash generative, and with LGP alongside us, our plan is to step up our international investment program as relevant locations present themselves in the USA and around the world,” Green said in a statement. “This is a very exciting time for the Arcadia Group, with a clear strategy now in place for Topshop/Topman to become major global players. All of our other businesses will continue to be invested in and developed.”

The transaction leaves both Topshop and Arcadia free of bank debt and with positive cash balances, the retailer said. Arcadia owner Taveta Investments Ltd. reported net debt of 308.9 million pounds at the end of its last financial year.

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