Grocon, Oaktree Capital Management Make Bid for Multiplex Prime Property Fund

THE funds management division of Melbourne-based developer Grocon, and US-based private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management have made an offer for the Multiplex Prime Property Fund, with a $109 million cash and hybrid security offer.

The move would see Grocon take over the management of the fund, and unit holders walk away from a second instalment obligation, due in 2011. Investors would sell their units for 2 cents each, they are currently worth 1 cent.

It’s reported discussions have been underway between the groups since May this year, and that any deal would see the Grocon-Oaktree consortium pay an upfront $45 million to banks, and a further $56 million to pay some of the upcoming second instalment liability.

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Lend Lease to Acquire Balance of Lend Lease Primelife Group

Lend Lease today announced a bid to acquire almost 57 per cent of the Lend Lease Primelife Group.
A copy of the announcement is below:

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Lend Lease Corporation (“Lend Lease”) today announced that it has entered into a Scheme Implementation Agreement (“SIA”) with Lend Lease Primelife Group (“Primelife”) under which Lend Lease will acquire all of the securities it does not already own in Primelife for A$0.31 per security. Lend Lease currently owns 43.2% of the securities in, and is the manager of, Primelife.

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