|FOREST CITY REALTY TRUST, INC. filed this Form DEFM14A on 10/12/2018|
Board of Directors
Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
July 30, 2018
compensation, including having acted as a joint bookrunner with respect to a credit facility (aggregate principal amount $1,805,000,000) of Capital Automotive LLC, a portfolio company of BAM, in March 2017; as a joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner with respect to a revolving credit facility (aggregate principal amount $1,000,000,000) of Vistra Energy Corp., a portfolio company of BAM, in August 2017; as a joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner with respect to a revolving credit facility (aggregate principal amount $3,500,000,000) of Vistra Energy Corp. in December 2017; as a joint lead arranger with respect to a term loan facility (aggregate principal amount $2,000,000,000) of Dynegy Inc., a portfolio company of BAM, in December 2017; and as financial advisor to the Special Committee of GGP Inc., an affiliate of BAM, in connection with the sale of GGP Inc. announced in March 2018. We May also in the future provide financial advisory and/or underwriting services to the Company, Brookfield and their respective affiliates, including BAM and its affiliates and portfolio companies, for which our investment Banking Division may receive compensation. Affiliates of Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC also may have co-invested with BAM and its affiliates from time to time and may have invested in limited partnership units of affiliates of BAM from time to time and may do so in the future.
In connection with this opinion, we have reviewed, among other things, the Agreement; annual reports to stockholders and Annual Reports on Form 10-K of the Company for the three years ended December 31, 2017; the Companys Registration Statement on Form S-4, including the prospectus contained therein dated September 17, 2015 relating to the Companys Class A Common Stock; certain interim reports to stockholders and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q of the Company; certain other communications from the Company to its stockholders; certain publicly available research analyst reports for the Company; and certain internal financial analyses and forecasts for the Company prepared by its management, as approved for our use by the Company (the Forecasts). We have also held discussions with members of the senior management of the Company regarding their assessment of the past and current business operations, financial condition and future prospects of the Company; reviewed the reported price and trading activity for the Shares; compared certain financial and stock market information for the Company with similar information for certain other companies the securities of which are publicly traded; reviewed the financial terms of certain recent business combinations in the real estate industry; and performed such other studies and analyses, and considered such other factors, as we deemed appropriate.
For purposes of rendering this opinion, we have, with your consent, relied upon and assumed the accuracy and completeness of all of the financial, legal, regulatory, tax, accounting and other information provided to, discussed with or reviewed by, us, without assuming any responsibility for independent verification thereof. In that regard, we have assumed with your consent that the Forecasts have been reasonably prepared on a basis reflecting the best currently available estimates and judgments of the management or the Company. We have not made an independent evaluation or appraisal of the assets and liabilities (including any contingent, derivative or other off-balance-sheet assets and liabilities) of the Company or any of its subsidiaries and, except for a certain third-party appraisal report with respect to certain real estate assets of the Company provided by the Company, we have not been furnished with any such evaluation or appraisal. We have assumed that all governmental, regulatory or other consents and approvals necessary for the consummation of the Transaction will be obtained without any adverse effect on the expected benefits of the Transaction in any way meaningful to our analysis. We have assumed that the Transaction will be consummated on the terms set forth in the Agreement, without the waiver or modification of any term or condition the effect of which would be in any way meaningful to our analysis. We also have assumed, with the consent of Company, that the Pre-Merger Distribution Amount will be paid to holders of Shares immediately prior to the Effective Time (as defined in the Agreement), such that the holders of Shares that receive the Pre-Merger Distribution Amount also receive the Cash Consideration.