/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE UNITED STATES OR OVER UNITED STATES WIRE SERVICES/
GAZIT AMERICA ALSO ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM CFO
TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Gazit America Inc. ("Gazit America") (TSX: GAA) announced today that it has filed a preliminary prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of Canada in respect of the distribution of 12,847,876 rights (the "Rights") to subscribe for 6,423,938 warrants to purchase common shares of Gazit America. The warrants are expected to expire in November 2015. The terms of the Rights, including the price, record date, expiry date and exercise price of the warrants, will be determined in conjunction with the filing of the (final) prospectus. The offering and terms of the Rights is subject to regulatory approval.
Gazit America's principal shareholders, Gazit Canada Inc. and Gazit 2003 Inc. (collectively, "Gazit Canada"), have agreed to enter into a stand-by commitment with Gazit America whereby they have agreed to exercise all of the Rights issued to them pursuant to the offering of Rights, and purchase, at the applicable exercise price per warrant, all warrants that are not issued to holders of common shares pursuant to this offering of Rights. Gazit Canada will not be paid a stand-by fee in consideration for this commitment.
Each holder of Rights that subscribes for the maximum number of warrants to which the holder is entitled to subscribe will have an additional subscription privilege pursuant to which such holder will be entitled to subscribe for additional warrants, if available, at the applicable exercise price per warrant.
The Rights are being issued to all of Gazit America's shareholders; however, Rights will not be registered under the laws of any foreign jurisdiction, including the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Consequently, no Rights will be delivered to any registered or beneficial holder of Gazit America's common shares who has, or who appears to Gazit America, to have, an address not in Canada as of the record date. Such Rights will instead be delivered by Gazit America to the subscription agent for the Rights for sale. In lieu of Rights, such non-resident shareholders will receive their pro rata share of the cash proceeds from the sale of such Rights, less commissions, expenses and applicable withholding taxes.
Further information regarding the offering of Rights can be found in the preliminary prospectus which was filed today under Gazit America's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in any jurisdiction. The securities being offered have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority. This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities being offered have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and accordingly are not being offered for sale and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly within the United States, its possessions and other areas subject to its jurisdiction or to, or for the account or for the benefit of a U.S. person.
Gazit America also announced today that it has appointed John Todd, Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of First Capital Asset Management ULC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Capital Realty Inc., Gazit America's "promoter" under applicable securities laws), as its interim CFO. John will act as interim CFO until a permanent replacement is hired. This appointment will not affect John's duties with First Capital Realty.
ABOUT GAZIT AMERICA (TSX: GAA)
Gazit America is focused on entrepreneurial real estate opportunities including the acquisition and development of income-producing properties, investments in public and private real estate entities, investments in joint ventures and other structured acquisitions and investments in commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities. Gazit America currently owns approximately 15.4% of Equity One, Inc. (approximately 13.2% if the transaction recently announced by Equity One closes and the joint venture units are fully converted), a company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker EQY, and three properties comprised of six medical office buildings totalling approximately 164,000 square feet of rentable space located in Cambridge, London and Ottawa, Ontario.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT ADVISORY
This press release contains forward-looking statements, and other statements concerning Gazit America's objectives and strategies and management's beliefs, plans, estimates and intentions. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect Gazit America's current expectations regarding future results or events and are based on information currently available to management. Certain material factors and assumptions were applied in providing these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements.
Management believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions; however, management can give no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the matters discussed under "Risks and Uncertainties" in Gazit America's current Management's Discussion and Analysis and "Risk Factors" in Gazit America's current Annual Information Form.
Readers, therefore, should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, a forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made. Gazit America undertakes no obligation to publicly update any such statement or to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances except as required by securities laws.
These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release.
SOURCE Gazit America Inc.
For further information: For further information: regarding Gazit America: Gail Mifsud, C.E.O., Gazit America Inc., 109 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 303, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6K 1X4, Tel: (416) 447-6400, Fax: (416) 447-6488, email@example.com, www.gazitamerica.com