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GSW Immobilien Says Deutsche Wohnen Merger May Be Beneficial (1)

August 26, 2013

GSW Immobilien AG (GIB), the German residential landlord that received a takeover bid from Deutsche Wohnen AG (DWN) last week, said the union may be beneficial.

“A combination of GSW and Deutsche Wohnen could make sense from an operational and industry point of view,” the company said in a statement today. “GSW is in the process of thoroughly analyzing the proposed offer.”

The acquisition would create Germany’s largest property company. Both landlords are based in Berlin, where price and rent gains have outpaced the rest of the country. Deutsche Wohnen owns about 90,000 apartments in large German cities including Berlin and Frankfurt, and GSW owns 60,000 homes in the capital.

GSW said it hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS:US), Citigroup Inc. (C:US), Kempen & Co. and Hengeler Mueller Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwaelten as advisers.

Deutsche Wohnen, Germany’s second-largest residential company by market value, on Aug. 20 offered to buy its competitor in an all-share transaction that values GSW at about 1.75 billion euros ($2.3 billion).

GSW said today it must analyze the financial value of Deutsche Wohnen’s offer before it makes a decision, and that it will wait for more information on the bidder’s “strategy and intentions.”

On Friday, GSW promoted Chief Operating Officer Joerg Schwagenscheidt and Chief Financial Officer Andreas Segal to co-chief executive officers. The company had been without a CEO since Bernd Kottmann stepped down in July following investor complaints about the way he was hired.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dalia Fahmy in Berlin at dfahmy1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Blackman at ablackman@bloomberg.net


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