ESR-Reit, VIT request lifting of trading halt after merger nod

ESR-Reit requested a lifting of its trading halt yesterday morning before trading hours began, days after unit holders approved a merger with Viva Industrial Trust (VIT) that brings the real estate investment trust (Reit) closer towards becoming Singapore's fourth-largest industrial property trust.

Viva Industrial Trust also requested a lift of its trading halt yesterday morning.

At the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Aug 31 for ESR-Reit, holders of 94.2 per cent of non-abstaining units that voted okayed the key resolution to approve the merger.

Under the proposed merger, ESR-Reit will acquire all of Viva's stapled securities in exchange for $9.60 in cash and 160 new ESR-Reit units for every 100 stapled Viva securities held.

Related resolutions regarding the issue of consideration units and a whitewash resolution also passed with over 90 per cent approval.

That afternoon at VIT's EGM and scheme meeting, holders of VIT's stapled securities approved all the resolutions, with 96.88 per cent of votes in favour of the resolution on proposed VIT trust scheme amendments and 96.6 per cent of votes in approval for the resolution on proposed VIT Facilitation Fee amendments.

The scheme resolution was approved by 88.47 per cent of holders that voted.

Under the proposed merger, ESR-Reit will acquire all of Viva's stapled securities in exchange for $9.60 in cash and 160 new ESR-Reit units for every 100 stapled Viva securities held.

VIT managers will submit their application to the court for it to be green-lighted.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2018, with the headline 'ESR-Reit, VIT request lifting of trading halt after merger nod'. Print Edition | Subscribe