Prologis Offers to Buy Duke Realty in Nearly $24 Billion Deal

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Company makes public its all-stock proposal to acquire the industrial real-estate owner

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Duke has thus far turned a cold shoulder to Prologis, which said it first made an offer to Duke in a letter sent on Nov. 29. Since then, Prologis said Duke Realty didn’t substantively engage with the offer. Prologis said it raised its offer on May 3, but Duke Realty rejected the offer the same day.

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Prologis Chief Executive Hamid Moghadam said in a letter to Duke that the company was making its offer public after a standstill in private negotiations. “While we would prefer to continue working privately with you, as we have with others, to reach agreement for the benefit of your shareholders and ours, this approach is clearly not working,” he said.

He added that the acquisition of Duke Realty, which owns about 160 million square feet of industrial real estate in 19 major US logistics markets, would create a long-term strategic benefit, despite “the current market volatility.”

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A Duke Realty decreased to comment.

Prologis said its offer is valued at $61.68 per Duke Realty share, based on Prologis’s closing price on Monday, and represents a premium of 29%. Prologis’s all-stock offer for Duke Realty would give 0.466 share of Prologis stock for each share of Duke Realty that they own.

Shares of Duke Realty recently traded 9.5% higher at $52.24 a share, paring gains of about 20% from before the market opened. The gap between where the stock is trading and the offer price suggests investors are skeptical that Duke Realty will accept the bid.

Prologis stock was down 5.1% at $125.62 a share in late morning trading.

Write to Will Feuer at [email protected]

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