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TORONTO, Aug. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Gazit America Inc. ("Gazit America") (TSX: GAA) announced today that Gazit America's shareholders have voted in favour of the proposed arrangement (the "Arrangement") involving Gazit America, Gazit-Globe Ltd. and First Capital Realty Inc. The Arrangement was approved by approximately 97.9% of the votes cast by all shareholders eligible to vote at the meeting, and by approximately 83.62% of the votes cast by "minority" shareholders. The "minority" vote excluded the 19,574,992 common shares of Gazit America owned by Gazit Maple Inc. and other interested persons in accordance with applicable securities laws. Approximately 96.3% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Gazit America were represented at the meeting.
Completion of the Arrangement remains subject to court approval and to the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Assuming court approval is obtained and the other conditions are satisfied, Gazit America currently anticipates that the Arrangement will become effective on or about August 8, 2012. The management information circular of Gazit America dated June 27, 2012, which provides a detailed discussion of the Arrangement, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under Gazit America's profile.
ABOUT GAZIT AMERICA (TSX: GAA)
Gazit America currently has interests in thirteen properties totaling approximately 930,000 square feet (representing Gazit America's proportionate interest) of rentable space located in Longueuil and Montreal, Quebec, Cambridge, London, Mississauga, Toronto, Kitchener and Ottawa, Ontario, and Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. In addition, the company owns approximately 12.4% of Equity One (NYSE: EQY), a U.S. real estate investment trust.
This press release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the expressions "expects", "estimates", "will" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect the current expectations of Gazit America regarding future results or events and are based on information currently available to management of Gazit America.
Management of Gazit America believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions; however, management can give no assurance that the actual results or developments 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. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed, implied or projected by forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, risks associated with satisfying approvals and other conditions for the proposed transaction, the anticipated timing for the Arrangement becoming effective and general economic conditions. 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 applicable securities law.
All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof and are qualified by these cautionary statements.
SOURCE: Gazit America Inc.
For further information:
Gail C. Mifsud, CEO
Gazit America Inc.
109 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 303
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 1X4
Tel: (416) 447-6400
Fax: (416) 447-6488