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Blackstone to Acquire Apartment Income REIT Corp

Blackstone Group LP (BX) has completed its acquisition of Apartment Income REIT Corp. (AIRC), commonly known as AIR Communities, to solidify its presence within the multifamily housing sector. The transaction, valued at approximately $10 billion, was formally concluded on June 28, 2024.

Initially announced in April 2024, the acquisition agreement stipulated that Blackstone would acquire all outstanding shares of AIR Communities for $39.12 per share in an all-cash deal. This represented a premium of 25% over AIRC’s closing share price on the day preceding the announcement. The agreement received approval from AIR Communities’ stockholders in June 2024, paving the way for its finalization.

AIR Communities is a prominent real estate investment trust (REIT) that specializes in the ownership and operation of high-quality apartment communities. The company’s portfolio primarily consists of 76 rental housing properties situated in major coastal markets throughout the United States, including Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Blackstone’s acquisition of AIR Communities is a strategic move that capitalizes on the anticipated resilience of the multifamily housing sector. The company views this asset class as a reliable source of income, particularly during a period of economic uncertainty.

Furthermore, Blackstone intends to leverage its financial resources and expertise to optimize the acquired portfolio. The company has pledged to invest over $400 million in maintenance and improvement initiatives for the existing properties. Additionally, Blackstone has expressed the potential for further capital investment to support the portfolio’s growth.

The successful completion of this acquisition strengthens Blackstone’s position as a major player in the multifamily housing market. By integrating AIR Communities’ established portfolio, Blackstone gains a significant presence in key coastal markets and expands its rental property holdings. This move will contribute to Blackstone’s long-term financial performance and solidify its standing within the real estate investment landscape.

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