|FOREST CITY REALTY TRUST, INC. filed this Form DEFM14A on 10/12/2018|
The preparation of a fairness opinion is a complex process and is not necessarily susceptible to partial analysis or summary description. Selecting portions of the analyses or of the summary set forth above, without considering the analyses as a whole, could create an incomplete view of the processes underlying Goldman Sachs opinion. In arriving at its fairness determination, Goldman Sachs considered the results of all of its analyses and did not attribute any particular weight to any factor or analysis considered by it. Rather, Goldman Sachs made its determination as to fairness on the basis of its experience and professional judgment after considering the results of all of its analyses. No company or transaction used in the above analyses as a comparison is directly comparable to the Company or Parent or the contemplated merger.
Goldman Sachs prepared these analyses for purposes of Goldman Sachs providing its opinion to our Board as to the fairness from a financial point of view to the holders (other than Parent and its affiliates) of the outstanding shares of common stock, as of the date of the opinion, of the total consideration to be paid to such holders pursuant to the merger agreement. These analyses do not purport to be appraisals nor do they necessarily reflect the prices at which businesses or securities actually may be sold. Analyses based upon forecasts of future results are not necessarily indicative of actual future results, which may be significantly more or less favorable than suggested by these analyses. Because these analyses are inherently subject to uncertainty, being based upon numerous factors or events beyond the control of the parties or their respective advisors, none of the Company, Parent, Goldman Sachs or any other person assumes responsibility if future results are materially different from those forecast.
The total consideration was determined through arms-length negotiations between the Company and Parent and was approved by our Board. Goldman Sachs provided advice to the Company during these negotiations. Goldman Sachs did not, however, recommend any specific amount of consideration to the Company or our Board or that any specific amount of consideration constituted the only appropriate consideration for the merger.
As described above, Goldman Sachs opinion to our Board was one of many factors taken into consideration by our Board in making its determination to approve the merger agreement. The foregoing summary does not purport to be a complete description of the analyses performed by Goldman Sachs in connection with the fairness opinion and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the written opinion of Goldman Sachs attached to this proxy statement as Annex C.
Goldman Sachs and its affiliates are engaged in advisory, underwriting and financing, principal investing, sales and trading, research, investment management and other financial and non-financial activities and services for various persons and entities. Goldman Sachs and its affiliates and employees, and funds or other entities they manage or in which they invest or have other economic interests or with which they co-invest, may at any time purchase, sell, hold or vote long or short positions and investments in securities, derivatives, loans, commodities, currencies, credit default swaps and other financial instruments of the Company, Parent, any of their respective affiliates and third parties, including Brookfield, the parent company of Parent, and its affiliates and portfolio companies, or any currency or commodity that may be involved in the merger contemplated by the merger agreement. Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor to the Company in connection with, and participated in certain of the negotiations leading to, the merger contemplated by the merger agreement. Goldman Sachs has provided certain financial advisory and/or underwriting services to the Company and its affiliates from time to time for which the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs has received, and may receive, compensation, including having acted as the Companys financial advisor in connection with the sale of a portfolio of regional malls announced in October 2017 and having acted as the Companys financial advisor in connection with responding to activism from 2016 to 2017. During the two-year period ended July 30, 2018, Goldman Sachs has recognized compensation for financial advisory and/or underwriting services provided by its Investment Banking Division to the Company and/or its affiliates of approximately $5.8 million (excluding any portion of the transaction fee described below). Goldman Sachs also has provided certain financial advisory and/or underwriting services to Parent and/or its affiliates, including to Brookfield and its affiliates and portfolio companies, including having acted as a joint bookrunner with respect to a credit facility (aggregate principal