OTPP Announces Sale of MLSE Majority Interest

The press release states, “the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’) today announced it has reached an agreement to sell its 79.53% ownership share in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) to Bell and Rogers Communications Inc.

The purchase price for Teachers’ interest is $1.32 billion, based on an enterprise value of just over $2 billion.

Although Teachers’ announced on November 25 that it would retain its MLSE ownership position, it subsequently was approached by Bell and Rogers with an unsolicited offer that meets all of its original terms and conditions for sale. The sale agreement follows an eight-month review process of numerous expressions of interest in MLSE.

“MLSE is one of Teachers’ longest standing and most successful investments,” said Jane Rowe, Senior Vice-President, Teachers’ Private Capital. “We are proud of this iconic company, in which we first invested in 1994. It is second to none in the industry and has a very bright future. We believe that Bell and Rogers, with their MLSE partner Kilmer Sports, will deliver on the company’s potential.”

The transaction is expected to close in mid-2012 and is subject to regulatory and league approvals. Larry Tanenbaum will continue to serve as Chair of MLSE and as a Governor of the NHL, the NBA and Major League Soccer.”

Read more: OTPP Press Release

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