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Blackstone Expands Real Estate Portfolio with Major Deals: AIRC Acquisition and Village Hotels Purchase


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Apartment Income REIT Corp. (NYSE: AIRC) has announced that its stockholders have approved the all-cash acquisition of the Company by Blackstone Real Estate Partners X ("Blackstone"). The acquisition, valued at $39.12 per share, is set to be finalized on or around June 28, 2024, pending the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. This move marks a significant development in Blackstone’s real estate investment strategy, showcasing the firm's commitment to expanding its portfolio in both residential and hospitality sectors.


Apartment Income REIT Corp.'s Acquisition by Blackstone


At a special meeting of stockholders held earlier today, Apartment Income REIT Corp. received approval for its merger agreement with Blackstone Real Estate Partners X. Under the terms of the agreement, Blackstone will acquire all outstanding shares of AIRC for $39.12 per share, reflecting the value agreed upon in the definitive merger agreement. The final vote results from the meeting, certified by the independent Inspector of Election, will be reported in a Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


AIRC, also known as AIR Communities, is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on apartment communities across the U.S. The REIT manages a portfolio of 77 communities with 27,385 apartment homes located in 10 states and the District of Columbia. The company emphasizes its operational edge through a model that enhances resident satisfaction and retention, aiming for both organic growth and long-term value creation.


Blackstone's Strategic Acquisition of Village Hotels


In another major move, Blackstone has reached an agreement to acquire Village Hotels, a leading British hotel operator, from KSL Capital Partners for an estimated £850 million ($1.1 billion). The acquisition will add 33 hotels to Blackstone’s portfolio, totaling 4,400 hotel keys across key regional cities and suburban areas in the U.K. Village Hotels offers a comprehensive leisure experience with full-service accommodations, fitness clubs, dining options, and co-working spaces.


James Seppala, Head of Real Estate Europe at Blackstone, expressed enthusiasm about the potential of the lodging and leisure sector. “We see great potential in lodging and leisure as a sector, especially where we can support strongly positioned businesses that deliver exceptional experiences to their customers,” Seppala said. Gary Davis, CEO of Village Hotels, is optimistic about expanding the hotel chain’s footprint in the U.K. and enhancing existing facilities with Blackstone’s support.


This acquisition is part of Blackstone’s broader strategy to deepen its presence in the hospitality market, following its 2021 purchase of Bourne Leisure, which includes Haven Holiday Parks and Warner Hotels. Blackstone's commitment to the U.K. leisure sector is evident from their ongoing investments aimed at site upgrades and expanding amenities.


The Strategic Impact of Recent Moves


Both of these acquisitions reflect Blackstone’s aggressive expansion strategy in the real estate market. For AIRC, the acquisition by Blackstone represents a substantial exit opportunity for shareholders and aligns with Blackstone’s goal to enhance its residential real estate holdings. For Village Hotels, the deal signifies a new chapter of growth under Blackstone’s stewardship, leveraging their expertise in the leisure sector to drive future success.


This period of activity highlights Blackstone’s strategic focus on acquiring high-value assets in sectors poised for growth. With the acquisition of AIRC, Blackstone solidifies its position in the U.S. residential market, while the Village Hotels deal underscores its commitment to expanding its presence in the U.K. hospitality industry. These moves position Blackstone to capitalize on current market conditions and drive long-term value through strategic investments.

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