FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The board of directors of Weyerhaeuser Company announced this week its intention to distribute via a split-off transaction all of the issued and outstanding shares of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (WRECO), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser.
The split-off is in connection with the previously announced "Reverse Morris Trust" transaction, pursuant to which a wholly owned subsidiary of TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. will merge with and into WRECO, with WRECO surviving the merger and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of TRI Pointe.
The exchange is expected to be tax-free to participating Weyerhaeuser shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The commencement of the exchange offer will be announced at a later date, at which time the full terms of such exchange will be disclosed. The transaction is expected to close following the expiration date of the exchange offer. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including TRI Pointe shareholder approval.
In this split-off transaction, Weyerhaeuser shareholders will have the option to exchange some or all of their Weyerhaeuser common shares for WRECO common shares, which will immediately be converted into the right to receive shares of TRI Pointe common stock upon the consummation of the transaction. As a result of the exchange offer, the number of Weyerhaeuser's outstanding shares will be reduced.
All of the 100,000,000 issued and outstanding WRECO common shares (which will be converted into the right to receive 129,700,000 newly issued shares of TRI Pointe common stock) will be offered in exchange for Weyerhaeuser common shares in the offer, subject to adjustments in certain circumstances. The exchange offer will be subject to proration if the offer is over-subscribed, and the number of shares Weyerhaeuser accepts in the exchange offer may be less than the number of shares tendered.
If the exchange offer is consummated but not fully subscribed, then the additional WRECO common shares owned by Weyerhaeuser will be distributed as a pro rata dividend to Weyerhaeuser shareholders.