NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG) (the “Company”), a nationwide owner and developer of 162 commercial, residential and mixed-use properties, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a plan to to terminate its election to be treated as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) for tax purposes and to convert the Company to a C corporation. The termination of the REIT election will be effective retroactively to January 1, 2022. has received all necessary approvals to terminate its election.
On March 1, 2022, the Company announced that its Board of Directors had begun a process to review a wide range of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value and created a special committee to oversee the process. After consulting with its financial, tax and legal advisors, and with the recommendation of the Special Committee, the Board has determined that electing to be treated as a C corporation for tax purposes would provide the company with increased flexibility to effectively pursue a variety of potential alternative activities to maximize the value of the Company’s diversified portfolio of assets, including a potential sale or series of sales of assets. In reaching this decision, the Board considered, among other things, the potential time and transaction limits that would be imposed on the Company if it remained subject to the REIT tax rules, the large tax base that the company has in its assets and net operating losses.
Company CEO Andrea Olshan said:After careful analysis, we have determined that the conversion to a C corporation for tax purposes is the appropriate next step to allow Seritage’s Board to conduct a thorough and comprehensive review of strategic alternatives. With this conversion, we will have greater flexibility in the types of trades we can perform and when. We remain confident in the considerable value inherent in our portfolio and are focused on continuing to pursue the right course of maximizing this value from our assets for the benefit of all shareholders.
Seritage’s full board strategic review process continues and the company does not intend to comment further on the process until the Special Committee and the board decide on the best way forward.
Appointment of Adam Metz
Additionally, the Company today announced that Adam Metz has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors as an Independent Trustee, effective immediately. Mr. Metz will serve on the board’s audit committee and has been added to the board’s special committee overseeing the strategic review process.
Ms Olshan said: “On behalf of the other directors, we are very pleased to welcome Adam Metz to Seritage’s Board of Directors. As we move forward with our review of strategic alternatives, we are confident that Adam’s extensive transactional experience and significant real estate expertise will be extremely valuable in the boardroom.
About Adam Metz
Mr. Metz is currently a non-executive director of Hammerson plc, a UK-based real estate investment trust, since July 2019, four business development companies advised by MS Capital Partners Adviser Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, from October 2019, and Galata Acquisition Corporation, from July 2021. Mr. Metz was Managing Director and Head of International Real Estate at Carlyle Group from September 2013 to April 2018. Prior to Carlyle Group, Mr. Metz was Senior Advisor with Groupe Immobilier of TPG Capital. Previously, Mr. Metz served as Managing Director of General Growth Properties (“GGP”), where he led GGP through its restructuring and emergence from bankruptcy. Prior to joining GGP, Mr. Metz was co-founder of Polaris Capital LLC, which partnered with the Blackstone Group to own a portfolio of commercial real estate assets across the United States. Mr. Metz has also held positions at Rodamco, Urban Shopping Centers, JMB Realty and The First National Bank of Chicago. Previously, he served as an independent director on numerous boards, including Forest City, Parkway Properties and Howard Hughes Corporation. He also sits on the advisory boards for the real estate programs at Cornell University and Northwestern University and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Mr. Metz holds a Masters in Management from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University.
About Serage Growth Properties
Seritage is primarily engaged in the ownership, development, redevelopment, management, sale and leasing of diversified and mixed-use properties across the United States. As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s portfolio consisted of interests in 162 properties comprising approximately 19.2 million square feet of GLA or custom leased area (approximately 17.2 million in share), of which approximately 3.9 million are held by non-consolidated companies. entities (approximately 1.9 million in equity), approximately 600 acres owned or under development and approximately 9.4 million square feet of GLA or approximately 800 acres to be disposed of.
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