Takeover of BUWOG AG
On December 18, 2017, Vonovia published notice of its intention to make a voluntary public takeover offer, in accordance with the Austrian Takeover Act (ÜbG), to the shareholders of BUWOG AG (subsequently BUWOG), Vienna, Austria, for the acquisition of all shares in BUWOG. As part of this offer, all BUWOG shareholders were offered € 29.05 in cash for each share in BUWOG.
The stated goal of the BUWOG takeover is to consolidate the complementary real estate portfolios of both companies and merge Vonovia’s housing stock with that of BUWOG (around 48,300 apartments). The integration of BUWOG is expected to allow synergy potential to be harnessed, in particular by way of the joint administration and management of the German and Austrian residential units, the development process know-how, the expansion of the value chain and the optimization of cost structures.
The Vonovia and BUWOG portfolios are a good geographical fit for each other and also complement each other strategically. The successful takeover of conwert Immobilien Invest SE in March 2017 allowed Vonovia not only to expand its real estate portfolio in Germany, but also to add properties in Austria for the first time to what had, to date, been a purely German portfolio. The takeover of BUWOG allowed Vonovia to acquire further properties that not only complement the real estate portfolio in Germany, but also include intelligent additions to the real estate portfolio in Austria. The merger strengthened the joint German and Austrian real estate portfolio of Vonovia and BUWOG considerably.
At the end of the first tender phase on March 12, 2018, the majority of the shares in BUWOG, namely 82,844,967 shares or 73.8% of shares, had been tendered to Vonovia. The takeover of the shares from the first tender phase and, as a result, the assumption of control were completed on March 26, 2018, in return for payment of € 2,752.5 million.
The second obligatory tender phase, in accordance with the Austrian Takeover Act (ÜbG), started on March 16, 2018, and ended at 5 p.m. CEST on June 18, 2018. In addition, Vonovia acquired BUWOG shares on the market at up to the offer price. With the conclusion of this second mandatory tender period, a further 15,281,786 shares were tendered to Vonovia, meaning that, with the completion of the transaction and the purchases, as well as the exchange of convertible bonds, Vonovia possessed more than 90.7% of the share capital of BUWOG as of June 30, 2018. On June 20, 2018, Vonovia requested a squeeze-out according to the Austrian Act on the Squeeze-out of Minority Shareholders (Gesellschafterausschlussgesetz). A corresponding resolution was passed at the Annual General Meeting held on October 2, 2018.
Due to the assumption of control on March 26, 2018, BUWOG is included in Vonovia’s consolidated financial statements as of September 30, 2018, with an earnings contribution of six months.