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Simon says General Growth has not shared any data

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Reuters
Published
Mar 2, 2010

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Simon Property Group Inc (SPG.N) said on Tuesday 2 March that despite signing an agreement, it has yet to receive any information from bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc (GGWPQ.PK), the smaller rival that Simon is trying to buy.


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"We've had this long dance on the NDA, nondisclosure agreement," David Simon, chairman and chief executive of Simon Property Group, said at the Citi 2010 Global Property CEO Conference. "They wanted a lot of restrictions in that -- you couldn't talk to partners; you couldn't talk to financial sources. We finally got one we can live with; we signed one Monday 1 March. We have yet to see any data."

Separately, Simon also filed amended objections to General Growth's request to extend the period it has in bankruptcy court to exclusively file a reorganization plan.

Simon has offered to buy General Growth, the No. 2 U.S. mall owner, for $10 billion in cash, which it says includes about $9 per share for stockholders. General Growth, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April, has rebuffed Simon's offer and instead is pursuing a plan to emerge from bankruptcy as a stand-alone company.

(Reporting by Ilaina Jonas, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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