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MAA

, PPS

Post Properties

09:12
12/01/16
12/01
09:12
12/01/16
09:12

MAA and Post Properties complete merger

MAA (MAA) and Post Properties (PPS) completed the merger of the two companies, forming a combined company with equity market capitalization of approximately $11B and a total market capitalization of approximately $15B. The combined company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, will retain the MAA name and will trade under the existing ticker symbol "MAA" on NYSE. The number of directors on MAA's Board of Directors was increased to 13, and David P. Stockert, former CEO of Post Properties, and former Post Directors Russell R. French and Toni Jennings joined the ten existing members on MAA's Board of Directors. Annual gross overhead synergies are estimated to be approximately $20M. Full integration is expected to occur over the 12-18 month period following the closing of the merger. As a result of the merger, each former share of Post common stock has been converted into 0.71 of a newly issued share of MAA common stock. Former Post common shareholders hold approximately 32.3% of the combined company's common equity, with continuing MAA common shareholders holding approximately 67.7% of the combined company. Effective as of the merger, shares of Post common stock and preferred stock are no longer traded on the NYSE.

MAA

MAA

PPS

Post Properties

MAA MAA

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MAA upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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MAA upgraded on performance, valuation at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital upgraded MAA to Outperform from Market Perform. Analyst John Kim upgraded the stock based on valuation. He says that the multifamily REIT's discount to its peers is too large, since its "EVA, organic growth, and balance sheet strength are at the high end of the sector." Additionally, he believes that MAA's acquisition of Post and its inclusion in the S&P 500 will cause the discount versus its peers to diminish Target to $104 from $102.
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PPS Post Properties

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MAA downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Omotayo Okusanya downgraded MAA (MAA) to Hold saying the reported pricing of the Post Properties (PPS) deal looks expensive. The analyst keeps a $109 price target for the shares.
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As noted earlier, SunTrust upgraded MAA (MAA) to Buy from Neutral. Analyst Michael Lewis believes that investors are "misinterpreting" the REIT's merger with Post Properties (PPS). Although the deal could be dilutive in the near-term, it should boost MAA's profits over the longer term, wrote Lewis. Moreover, MAA is the most defensive REIT in its sector, while its balance sheet is "excellent" and the stock's recent decline has created "a compelling entry point," according to Lewis.
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Post Properties upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James analyst Buck Horne upgraded Post Properties (PPS) to Outperform with a $72.50 price target following the recent merger announcement with MAA Communities (MAA) and aligning its rating with MAA. The analyst does not rule out a competing bid given recent weakness in Post Properties shares.
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MAA upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Omotayo Okusanya upgraded MAA (MAA) to Buy saying shares are oversold following the Post Properties (PPS) merger announcement. He believes the deal's "strong positive impact" on earnings in 2018 and beyond is not being appreciated by investors. The analyst raised MAA's price target to $113 from $109.

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