DealZone

General Growth battle intensifies

May 6, 2010

The battle for control of General Growth, owner of shopping centers across America, continues, as it  weighs two rival offers.

General Growth, which is trying to exit bankruptcy, will consider at a board meeting Thursday whether to postpone a key court hearing set for Friday as it continues talks with suitors Simon Property and Brookfied Asset Management.

It has asked Simon to increase its $5.8 billion bid. General Growth may also come back with a new counter0ffer on antitrust issues that could arise from a merger of the two largest U.S. mall owners.

Despite being in bankruptcy since last April after grappling with falling rents and rising vacancies, bidders are keen to take control of the Chicago-based company, which owns a number of malls which generate high cash in posh destinations. 

If shoppers, which fuel America’s economy, return to stores in force, it could turn into a good investment.

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