Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and a group of investors have offered to acquire the stake in Brookfield Property Partners that they don't already own, in a $5.9 billion bid to take the real estate company private.
The Canadian alternative asset manager said it has made a proposal to acquire the outstanding units for $16.50 each, or about a 14% premium to the closing price Dec. 31 in New York. Brookfield Asset Management already owns about 60% of Brookfield Property Partners, which had a market value of $13.8 billion as of Dec. 31's close.
Units of Brookfield Property Partners jumped as much as 17% to as high as $16.90 apiece in early trading Monday in New York, after an earlier report.
Privatizing Brookfield's real estate subsidiary is appealing because it has consistently traded at a discount to the underlying value of its assets, Nicholas Goodman, Brookfield Asset Management's chief financial officer, said in an interview.
"We believe that it has been consistently discounted for more than just the past year," Mr. Goodman said. "We believed it would be a premium offering to the market given it has a unique global portfolio and some of the highest quality real estate in the world. But it has consistently struggled to trade at its net asset value."
Though Brookfield Property Partners's units traded at all-time lows in March, near the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brookfield waited until the unit price had stabilized to push ahead with the privatization effort, Mr. Goodman said.
The stock also trades at a discount because a lot of the company's value has been created through the development of long-term projects like New York's Manhattan West, part of the Hudson Yards redevelopment, Mr. Goodman added. Such projects can take years to start generating returns for investors.
"We've just built more conviction over time that the right form for this is in the private markets," he said.