Aggregate Holdings SA “may be considering” a bid for a stake inCA Immobilien Anlagen AG, according to astatement Wednesday.
The statementconfirmed anearlier report from Bloomberg News that said the real estate investor was weighing a bid, potentially challenging U.S.-basedStarwood Capital Group for control of the Austrian property firm.
Aggregate Holdings expressed interest in December in acquiring Starwood Capital’s near 30% stake in CA Immo and was rebuffed, according to people familiar with the matter. It is now considering approaching other shareholders with an offer, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information.
Starwood Capital is on the cusp of triggering a 34.44 euros-per-share offer for the remainder of CA Immo, which would value the group at 3.4 billion euros ($4.1 billion).
Run by Barry Sternlicht, Starwood has been betting on CA Immo’s prime German office space and its big land bank in the capital Berlin and other German cities since buying its initial stake in 2018.
Shares of CA Immo rose to 37.20 euros on Wednesday, the highest level since March 6.
Aggregate is wholly owned by investor Guenther Walcher and already has exposure to property in Germany, including through its stake inAdler Real Estate AG, a landlord with links to Austrian businessman Cevdet Caner. Late last year, Aggregate sold 500 million euros in bonds in part to help fund future acquisitions, according to one prospectus.
Any move for CA Immo could prove difficult given the size of Starwood Capital’s holding and because the U.S. group owns so-called golden shares that allow it to appoint supervisory board members.
Discussions are ongoing and Aggregate could still decide against making an offer for CA Immo shares, according to the people. Representatives for Aggregate and Starwood Capital declined to comment.
— With assistance by Gillian Tan
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