General Growth purchases warrants held by Blackstone and Fairholme General Growth Properties announced the purchase of warrants held by affiliates of The Blackstone Group (BX) and Fairholme Funds for approximately $633M. The company will fund the transactions using its available cash resources. The warrants were exercisable into approximately 52M common shares of the company at a weighted average exercise price of approximately $9.37 per share. The warrants were scheduled to expire in November 2017. Effective with these transactions, Blackstone and Fairholme no longer hold any warrants to acquire the company's common shares. In addition, pursuant to an offer previously made by Brookfield Asset Management to the company, the independent members of the company's board decided not to purchase the warrants recently acquired by Brookfield from affiliates of Pershing Square Capital Management. Brookfield is now the sole holder of the Company's remaining outstanding warrants which are currently exercisable into approximately 83M common shares of the company at a weighted average exercise price of approximately $9.53 per share.
General Growth price target raised to $35 from $28 at Oppenheimer Oppenheimer increased its price target on General Growth as the firm expects the company's FFO to rise by 10% this year and 13% in 2016. The firm thinks the market underestimates the company's near-term FFO growth and the value of its assets. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.