TEL-AVIV, Israel, July 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gazit Globe (NYSE/TSX/TASE: GZT), a leading global real estate company focused on the ownership, management and development of retail and mixed use properties in urban markets, announced that on July 25, 2018, wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company sold 5.6 million shares of common stock of Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE:REG) (“Regency”), for approximately $61.95 per share and total gross consideration of approximately $347 million (NIS 1.27 billion).

In addition, in the months of June and July 2018 the Company, through wholly-owned subsidiaries, divested approximately 2.5 million of Regency shares, for total gross consideration (together with the sale on July 25, 2018) of approximately $502 million (NIS 1.83 billion). Following these sales, the Company fully realized its remaining investment in Regency.

Chaim Katzman, Founder and CEO Commented: “After maximizing the value of our investment in Equity One by achieving a 14.0% premium, along with all of Equity One’s shareholder’s, through the merger of Equity One and Regency Centers, we completed, today, the sale of our remaining share-holdings in Regency Centers. This marks taking another important step in successfully implementing our strategy of recycling capital from investments in public subsidiaries into high-quality direct real estate holdings and lowering the company’s leverage.”

“We will continue to work towards executing our strategy, which will return our Company to its roots – an operating real estate company with an experienced, world-class management team, owner and developer of irreplaceable properties in urban locations with population density and strong demographics in gateway cities that have robust growth, and in which we believe we can achieve outsized returns. We will also continue to focus on shrinking our holdings in public companies and the ongoing emphasis on lowering the Company’s leverage to achieve our aim of receiving an international investment grade credit rating, which will create additional value for our shareholders.”

About Gazit Globe

Gazit Globe is a leading global real estate company focused on the ownership, management and development of retail and mixed use properties in North America, Brazil, Israel, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, located in urban growth markets. Gazit Globe is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GZT), the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:GZT) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE:GZT) and is included in the TA-35 index in Israel. As of March 31, 2018 Gazit Globe owns and operates 104 properties, with a gross leasable area of approximately 2.5 million square meters and a total value of approximately NIS 38.1 billion. In addition, as of March 31, 2018 the Company owned 32.5% of First Capital Realty Inc.

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