Embassy REIT Receives Regulatory Approval for Simplifying the Holding Structure of Embassy Manyata
Bengaluru, India, March 5, 2021
Embassy Office Parks REIT (NSE: EMBASSY / BSE: 542602) (‘Embassy REIT’), India’s first listed REIT and the largest office REIT in Asia by area, is pleased to announce that it has received approval from the National Company Law Tribunal (‘NCLT’) in relation to its composite scheme of arrangement among its entities that restructures and simplifies the ownership of key portfolio assets, including Embassy Manyata and Embassy TechZone. Embassy REIT had initiated the scheme to simplify its holding structure by reducing the shareholding tiers and to create value for its Unitholders.
Michael Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Embassy REIT commented, “We are pleased to deliver on our commitment to complete this key restructuring exercise within the targeted timeframe of March’2021. This milestone enables us to significantly increase the dividend component as a proportion of our overall quarterly distributions. Given REIT dividends are tax-free, this restructuring is expected to positively impact distributions to the benefit of our Unitholders. We continue to focus on creating long-term value in order to maximize returns to our Unitholders”
Under the scheme, the Embassy TechZone asset in Pune shall be demerged from Embassy Office Parks Private Limited (EOPPL) into Embassy Pune TechZone Private Limited (EPTPL), which will be 100% held by Embassy REIT. EOPPL will be merged into Manyata Promoters Private Limited (MPPL) and consequently MPPL will be 100% held directly by Embassy REIT, thus collapsing the two-tier shareholding structure for MPPL. The scheme of arrangement shall become effective upon completion of requisite filings and approvals with the Registrar of Companies and Board of Approval for Special Economic Zones.
About Embassy REIT
Embassy REIT is India’s first publicly listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Embassy REIT owns and operates a 42.4 million square feet (“msf”) portfolio of eight infrastructure-like office parks and four city‑centre office buildings in India’s best-performing office markets of Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, and the National Capital Region (“NCR”). Embassy REIT’s portfolio comprises 32.3 msf completed operating area and is home to over 200 of the world’s leading companies. The portfolio also comprises strategic amenities, including two operational business hotels, four under‑construction hotels, and a 100MW solar park supplying renewable energy to tenants.
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