Lehman's Archstone IPO to raise $3.5 bn
When apartment values rebounded, Lehman sought to spin off Archstone in an IPO, but the banks balked. Ultimately, Lehman bought out the other stakes in two separate transactions for about $2.98 billion. The deals were completed in June.
As of Sept. 30, Archstone's debt adjusted for certain transactions associated with the IPO and the sales of certain assets, was $4.7 billion. The IPO proceeds will be used to repay debt for other general working capital expenses.
By the end of 2013, Archstone expects to sell $1 billion of additional properties, a substantial portion of which are already on the market, and its debt to EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) ratio could be 7.5 or less, the company said.
The average debt to EBITDA ratio for apartment REITs is in the mid 6s, according to Green Street.
The company said Citigroup and JP Morgan are underwriting the IPO.
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