New York REIT, JBG to Merge, Creating $8.4 Billion REIT

by Katie Sloan

New York City — New York REIT (NYSE: NYRT) has agreed to acquire all properties of JBG Cos. and some of its private funds, creating an $8.4 billion real estate investment trust (REIT) named JBG Realty Trust.

JBG Realty Trust’s portfolio will span more than 14.5 million square feet of office, residential and retail properties across the gateway markets of New York City and Washington, D.C. The properties are concentrated in transportation-served, urban-infill submarkets. 

The combined company will be headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with a regional office in New York City. JBG has received all required approvals for the transaction from its owners and JBG Fund Advisory Committee members. The board of directors of NYRT has approved the merger agreement and recommended that its stockholders approve the issuance of common stock and operating partnership units in the transaction.

JBG Cos. will receive 319.9 million shares of common stock and operating partnership units of NYRT in exchange for the contributed JBG properties. NYRT stockholders will own about 34.8 percent of the combined company’s shares and units, while JBG equity holders will own about 65.2 percent once the deal is complete.

— Nellie Day

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