Simon Property Group and Westfield America announce nominees to TCO Board
27 March 2003
Countries: United States
New York, March 27, 2003 – Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) and Westfield America, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Westfield America Trust (ASX: WFA), today announced the names of the nominees they will propose for election to the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) at TCO’s upcoming 2003 Annual Meeting. The nominees are:
- Benjamin Civiletti, Chairman of the law firm Venable LLP and former Attorney General of the United States of America;
- Douglas Crocker II, Trustee and Vice Chairman of Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) and former President and CEO of Equity Residential;
- Roberta Karmel, Professor of Law and Co-director of the Center for the Study of International Business Law at Brooklyn Law School and former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and
- Michael Koeneke, retired Chairman of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Merrill Lynch and former Managing Director and Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at the First Boston Corporation.
David Simon, Chief Executive Officer of SPG, and Peter Lowy, Chief Executive Officer of Westfield America, Inc. issued the following joint statement: “SPG and Westfield are pleased to announce a slate of four highly qualified and independent nominees to stand for election at TCO’s 2003 Annual Meeting. If elected, these nominees will represent the interests of all TCO shareholders, including the common shareholders.”
Messrs. Simon and Lowy continued: “Having received overwhelming support for our $20 per share cash offer from TCO’s common shareholders, we look forward to a vote on our slate of Board nominees. We trust that TCO will not seek to delay its 2003 Annual Meeting and that it will allow shareholder democracy to proceed in May in accordance with the schedule that TCO has adhered to for more than a decade. We are confident TCO shareholders will elect our independent slate of nominees in order to ensure that there are directors on the TCO Board truly focused on and committed to the interests of all TCO shareholders.”
The $20.00 per share all-cash offer for TCO shares will expire on midnight, New York City time, on March 28, 2003, unless further extended. The complete terms and conditions of the offer are set forth in the Offer to Purchase, as amended, and the related Letter of Transmittal, copies of which are on file with the SEC and available by contacting the information agent, MacKenzie Partners, Inc. at (800) 322-2885. Merrill Lynch & Co. is acting as financial advisor to SPG and Westfield America, Inc. and is the Dealer Manager for the Offer. Willkie Farr & Gallagher is acting as legal advisor to SPG and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal advisor to Westfield America, Inc. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is acting as legal advisor to Merrill Lynch & Co.
About Simon Property Group
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Simon Property Group, Inc. is a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership and management of income-producing properties, primarily regional malls and community shopping centers. Through its subsidiary partnerships, it currently owns or has an interest in 242 properties containing an aggregate of 183 million square feet of gross leasable area in 36 states, as well as nine assets in Europe and Canada and ownership interests in other real estate assets. Additional Simon Property Group, Inc. information is available at http://about.simon.com/corpinfo/index.html.
About Westfield America, Inc.
Westfield America, Inc. is the United States subsidiary of Westfield America Trust (ASX: WFA), the second-largest property trust listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. WFA owns a majority interest in the Westfield America portfolio of 63 centers, branded as Westfield Shoppingtowns. Westfield Shoppingtowns are home to more than 8,400 specialty stores and encompass 64 million square feet in the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Washington.
This news release is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any TCO shares, and is not a solicitation of a proxy. Simon Property Group, Inc. and Simon Property Acquisitions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Simon Property Group, Inc. filed a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 5, 2002 (as amended), with respect to the offer to purchase all outstanding shares of TCO common stock. Investors and security holders are urged to read this tender offer statement as amended because it contains important information. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the tender offer statement and other documents filed by SPG and Westfield America, Inc. with the Commission at the Commission’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. The tender offer statement and any related materials may also be obtained for free by directing such requests to MacKenzie Partners, Inc. at (800) 322-2885.
SPG and Westfield America, Inc. and certain other persons may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of TCO in connection with TCO’s 2003 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Information concerning such participants is available in the tender offer statement and other documents filed by SPG and Westfield with the Commission as described above, and further information will be available in SPG/Westfields Preliminary Proxy Statement and Definitive Proxy Statement to be filed with the Commission in connection with the solicitation of proxies in due course.
Shareholders of TCO are advised to read SPG/Westfields Definitive Proxy Statement in connection with SPG/Westfields solicitation of proxies from TCO shareholders when it becomes available, because it will contain important information. Shareholders of TCO and other interested parties may obtain, free of charge, copies of the Preliminary Proxy Statement and the Definitive Proxy Statement (when available), and any other documents filed by SPG/Westfield with the Commission in connection with the proxy solicitation at the Commission’s website as described above. The Preliminary Proxy Statement and the Definitive Proxy Statement (when available) and these other documents may also be obtained free of charge by contacting MacKenzie Partners, Inc., the firm assisting SPG/Westfield in the solicitation of proxies, toll-free at the number listed above.
This release contains some forward-looking statements as defined by the federal securities laws which are based on our current expectations and assumptions, which are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, projected or implied. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.