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Lone Star Funds to buy Home Properties for $7.6 billion

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Acquisition   A 3.4 percent premium to the Home Properties close

Lone Star Funds said it had agreed to buy real estate investment trust Home Properties for about $7.6 billion, including debt.

Lone Star, which invests in real estate, equity, credit, and other financial assets, offered to buy Home Properties for $75.23 per share in cash, a 3.4 percent premium to the stock's Friday close.

The deal will give Lone Star an additional 121 communities with 41,917 apartment units and is the company's second large apartment purchase since it bought a 64-property, 20,439-unit portfolio for $1.8 billion in 2014.

Home Properties will also sell up to six properties valued at $908 million to UDR Inc, a Highlands Ranch, Colorado-based REIT, in a separate transaction.

The Lone Star bid comes with a "go shop" provision, under which Home Properties can solicit alternative proposals from third parties in the next 30 days.

Home Properties will become a private company after the deal closes at the end of the year, the REIT said.

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