Trizec Corp Essay Research Paper The real

Trizec Corp. Essay, Research Paper

The real estate industry has been hit hard in the 1990 s. Many companies have

been struggling to maintain their position in a rapidly decreasing real estate market. The

largest Canadian based real estate company to experience an accumulation of debts is, the

once Calgary based, Trizec Corporations.1 Trizec Corporations is experiencing over 600

million dollars worth of outstanding debts and was near bankruptcy until the Toronto

based investment group, Horsham Incorporated, invested 600 million dollars in return for

43% of the company in 1994.2 The merge between Trizec Corporations and Horsham

Incorporated would benefit both companies and propel these two companies into future

European projects.

Trizec Corporations was established in 1960 in Calgary, Alberta. Now, under the

control of Gregory Wilkins, Trizec is the countries largest publicly traded real estate

group.3 Their assets consist of 85 properties world wide, including Place Ville Marie in

Montreal and the U.S. based Hahn Company.4

Horsham Incorporated is led by Peter Munk who owns 10% of the equity and 80%

of votes through ownership of multiple voting shares. Horsham Incorporated has assets

including Clark Refining and Marketing Incorporated, 20% of American Barrick and real

estate in Berlin.5

The proposal in 1994 had Horsham paying 500 million dollars to receive a portion

of the debt that is convertible to common shares and then another 100 million dollars for

additional equity. The deal put a total value of 1.2 billion dollars into debt and

outstanding equity in Trizec.6 Horsham now owns 48% of Trizec and is trying to acquire

52% which was recently approved by the boards of both companies. The new company

consisting of these two groups will be renamed Trizec Hahn Corporation.7

Both companies feel that the merge would benefit their future expansions because

by investment from an outside source Trizec would be able to improve their position in

the real estate market. The deal would also allow Trizec to keep their management in

control. Horsham believes that an investment in the largest real estate market in Canada

would initiate an attempt to salvage the real estate market.8

The merge of these two companies would also allow both Horsham and Trizec to

become more accessible to the European market. Horsham is using Trizec s real estate

advantage to expand in retail and commercial industries in Germany, Hungary, and

Central Europe. The major project that Horsham is now involved in is in Ludwigsfelde,

Germany. If successful Horsham will own the first outlet mall to receive endorsement

from a member of the royal family. Prince Charles will invest in the Horsham project in

order to improve the urban environment of Germany. Trizec is using the European

connections of Horsham to propel themselves into the real estate market of Europe.

Trizec has already been working with Polus Investments Ltd. of Budapest, therefore, the

two companies are planning on working independently on their initial projects in Europe.9

Trizec Corporations and Horsham Incorporation are now working together and

have expanded into Europe. A once struggling Trizec has now been saved by Horsham

and is ready to re-establish themselves in the Canadian real estate market. Trizec Hahn

Co. has now become the company that will lead the global real estate market into the next



1Kimberley Noble, Horsham Throws Trizec a Lifeline, The Globe and Mail,

29 March 1994, sec.B, p. 1,14.

2Kimberley Noble, Horsham Throws Trizec a Lifeline, The Globe and Mail,

29 March 1994, sec B, p. 1,14.

3Alan Freeman, Horsham Properties Brings Royal Touch to German Project,

The Globe and Mail, 4 October 1996, sec B, p. 1,12.

4John Meyer, Trizec- A Tradition of Excellence (Calgary: Corporate and Public Relations, 1985), 11.

5Kimberley Noble, Horsham Throws Trizec a Lifeline, The Globe and Mail,

29 March 1994, sec B, p. 1,14.

6Kimberley Noble, Horsham Throws Trizec a Lifeline, The Globe and Mail,

29 March 1994, sec B, p. 1,14.

7 Horsham Offer for 52% of Trizec Approved, The Globe and Mail,

30 September 1996, sec B, p. 10.

8Kimberley Noble, Horsham Throws Trizec a Lifeline, The Globe and Mail,

29 March 1994, sec B, p. 1,14.

9Alan Freeman, Horsham Properties Bring Royal Touch to German Projects,

The Globe and Mail, 4 October 1996, sec B, p. 1,12.


Freeman, Alan. (1996, October 4). Horsham Properties bring royal touch to

German project. The Globe and Mail, sec. B, p.1,12.

Horsham offer for 52% of Trizec approved. (1996, September 30). The Globe

and Mail, 10.

Meyer, John. (1985). Trizec-A Tradition of Excellence. Calgary: Corporate and

Public Relations.

Noble, Kimberley. (1994, March 29). Horsham throws Trizec a lifeline. The

Globe and Mail, sec. B, p. 1,15.

Robertson, Hugh. (1995). The Research Essay. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson


The Merge of Trizec and Horsham

Lewis Leon


Busi 1706 AO

Prof. Fraser Dunford

October 10, 1996


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