Vonovia CEO says new Deutsche Wohnen offer is the last chance

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FILE PHOTO: An office building of the German property group Deutsche Wohnen is pictured in Berlin

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – Vonovia’s chief executive on Monday urged shareholders of Deutsche Wohnen to tender their stock as there would not be another sweetened bid for the real estate company.

Vonovia launched a new takeover offer worth 53 euros per Deutsche Wohnen share, valuing the company at 19.1 billion euros ($22.40 billion), having last month narrowly failed https://www.reuters.com/business/deal-create-22-billion-german-property-giant-stumbles-2021-07-23 to pass the 50% threshold with a 52-euro bid.

“Whoever wants this deal, and I believe that the market wants it, should tender as many shares as possible as quickly as possible now so that we reach the 50% threshold,” Chief Executive Rolf Buch told Reuters in an interview.

Assuming the new offer is successful, Vonovia will as majority shareholder push for Deutsche Wohnen to stop paying dividends to shareholders, he said.

“Whoever doesn’t tender their stock will be stuck with shares that won’t pay dividends for years,” he said.

Deutsche Wohnen shareholders have until midnight on Sept. 20 to tender their stock.

($1 = 0.8527 euros)

(Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Riham Alkousaa)

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