Simon Property Group launches $16B hostile bid for Macerich

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simon Property Group is launching a hostile bid worth about $16 billion for Macerich Co., after it saying the rival mall operator refused to discuss a combination.

The two mall operators are among the largest in the United States.

Simon is offering $91 per share in cash and stock for each share of Macerich. That represents a premium of 30 percent to the closing price of the mall operator’s shares on Nov. 18, before Simon disclosed that it had accumulated a nearly 4 percent stake in Macerich.

The deal is valued at about $22.4 billion, counting debt.

Indianapolis-based Simon says it is confident that Macerich shareholders will accept its proposal.

A representative of Santa Monica, California-based Macerich did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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