|FOREST CITY REALTY TRUST, INC. filed this Form DEFM14A on 10/12/2018|
The Board of Directors
Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
July 30, 2018
We have assumed and relied upon the accuracy and completeness of the foregoing information, without independent verification of such information. We have not conducted any independent valuation or appraisal of any of the assets or liabilities (contingent or otherwise) of Company or concerning the solvency or fair value of Company, and we have not been furnished with any such valuation or appraisal, except for certain third-party appraisal reports with respect to certain real estate assets of Company provided by Company for reference purposes. With respect to the financial forecasts utilized in our analyses, we have assumed, with the consent of Company, that they have been reasonably prepared on bases reflecting the best currently available estimates and judgments as to the future financial performance of Company. We assume no responsibility for and express no view as to any such forecasts or the assumptions on which they are based. We note that, in the absence of precedent transactions believed by us to be sufficiently comparable for purposes of analyzing the valuation of Company in connection with this opinion, we have not prepared a precedent transactions analyses.
Further, our opinion is necessarily based on economic, monetary, market and other conditions as in effect on, and the information made available to us as of, the date hereof. We assume no responsibility for updating or revising our opinion based on circumstances or events occurring after the date hereof. We do not express any opinion as to the price at which shares of Company Class A Common Stock may trade at any time subsequent to the announcement of the Transaction. In addition, our opinion does not address the relative merits of the Transaction as compared to any other transaction or business strategy in which Company might engage or the merits of the underlying decision by Company to engage in the Transaction.
In rendering our opinion, we have assumed, with the consent of Company, that the Transaction will be consummated on the terms described in the Agreement, without any waiver or modification of any material terms or conditions. We also have assumed, with the consent of Company, that the Pre-Merger Distribution Amount will be paid to holders of Company Class A Common Stock immediately prior to the Effective Time (as defined in the Agreement), such that the holders of Company Class A Common Stock that receive the Pre-Merger Distribution Amount also receive the Cash Consideration. We also have assumed, with the consent of Company, that obtaining the necessary governmental, regulatory or third party approvals and consents for the Transaction will not have an adverse effect on Company or the Transaction. We do not express any opinion as to any tax or other consequences that might result from the Transaction, nor does our opinion address any legal, tax, regulatory or accounting matters, as to which we understand that Company obtained such advice as it deemed necessary from qualified professionals. We express no view or opinion as to any terms or other aspects (other than the Total Consideration to the extent expressly specified herein) of the Transaction, including, without limitation, any allocation of the Total Consideration, the form or structure of the Transaction or any agreements or arrangements entered into in connection with, or contemplated by, the Transaction, including, without limitation, the merger support agreement to be entered into by Parent, Merger Sub and certain holders of Company Class A Common Stock simultaneously with the execution of the Agreement. In addition, we express no view or opinion as to the fairness of the amount or nature of, or any other aspects relating to, the compensation to any officers, directors or employees of any parties to the Transaction, or class of such persons, relative to the Total Consideration or otherwise.
Lazard Frères & Co. LLC (Lazard) is acting as financial advisor to Company in connection with the Transaction and will receive a fee for such services, a portion of which has been paid to Lazard, a portion of which is payable upon the earlier of the rendering of this opinion and the public announcement of the Transaction, and a substantial portion of which is contingent upon the closing of the Transaction. We in the past have provided, currently are providing and in the future may provide certain investment banking services to Company and certain of its affiliates, for which we have received and may receive compensation, including, during the past two years, having (i) provided advisory services to Company in 2017 and 2018 and (ii) advised