The Howard Hughes Corporation announced today that its CEO, David R. Weinreb, sold 400,000 shares of HHC common stock in a private transaction to satisfy personal tax obligations arising from the exercise and settlement of shares under the Warrant Purchase Agreement, dated as of November 22, 2010, between him and HHC. Mr. Weinreb continues to own 1,224,803 shares of HHC stock with a current market value of $167 million, 50,374 shares of performance-based restricted stock which he received in connection with the renewal of his employment contract, and warrants to acquire 1,965,409 shares of HHC stock which he acquired in June 2017 from the company for $50.0 million, their fair market value at the time of issuance. The June 2017 warrants cannot be hedged, sold or exercised until June 2022.
Other than the 50,374 shares of performance-based stock which he received in connection with his August 2017 employment agreement, all shares and warrants owned by Mr. Weinreb were acquired by him for fair market value in open market or private transactions as he had not previously received any option or restricted stock grants.
“I have tremendous confidence in the Company’s long-term prospects as demonstrated by my recent warrant purchase and continued substantial ownership position in the Company,” said Mr. Weinreb. “My goal is to continue to increase my ownership in the Company over the coming years as we execute across our three business lines and grow the intrinsic value of The Howard Hughes Corporation.”
About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: The Seaport District NYC in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit www.howardhughes.com.
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According to the company website:
“When Howard Hughes assumed control of the family business in 1924, he was uniquely poised to ascend. Essentially debt free, remarkably financed, and in possession of a portfolio of assets, his acumen and vision guided the creation of one of the great American empires of the 20th Century.
“Today, our story is much the same. We carry low debt, are well capitalized, and our properties are among the most sought-after in the nation. And while Howard Hughes’ passions for aviation and the silver screen are legendary, it was his visionary investments in real estate that form the bedrock of our company today. Our goal is to be one of the leading American companies of the 21st Century.
“The Howard Hughes name comes from the master planned community of Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. Acquired by Hughes in the 1950s, he named the land after his grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin. In 1973, the vast Hughes Empire became Summa Corporation, and in 1994, Summa Corporation became The Howard Hughes Corporation, embodying the spirit of Hughes’ vision in its real estate development projects – namely the master‐planned community of Summerlin.
“In early 1995, the board of directors initiated a recapitalization process that culminated on June 12, 1996, in a merger with The Rouse Company of Columbia, Maryland. General Growth Properties, Inc. acquired The Howard Hughes Corporation (and The Rouse Company) in November 2004. In 2010, HHC was reformed from a tax-free spin-off from GGP.
“Today, The Howard Hughes Corporation is an independent company, traded on the NYSE under the symbol HHC with over 1,100 employees.”