Shurgard Storage Centers Inc., a real estate investment trust specializing in self-storage facilities, said today that its board has rejected an unsolicited $2.49 billion acquisition offer from rival Public Storage Inc.

Share story

SEATTLE — Shurgard Storage Centers Inc., a real estate investment trust specializing in self-storage facilities, said today that its board has rejected an unsolicited $2.49 billion acquisition offer from rival Public Storage Inc.

Public Storage, based in Glendale, Calif., disclosed earlier in the day it had proposed to acquire Shurgard, despite the Seattle-based company’s assertion that it was not for sale.

Shares of Shurgard jumped $6.85, or 14.6 percent, to $53.75 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Public Storage shares fell $1.29, or 2 percent, to $65.46 on the NYSE.

Shurgard said its board unanimously rejected the proposal after determining it would not be in the best interests of shareholders.

“We believe our current strategic plan provides superior, compelling long-term value to our shareholders, and the proposal by Public Storage is clearly an opportunistic attempt to deprive our shareholders from fully realizing that long-term value,” said Charles Barbo, Shurgard chairman and CEO, in a statement. A Shurgard spokesman said the company had no additional comment on the proposal.

As part of the deal, Public Storage offered 0.8 shares of its stock for each share of Shurgard, representing a value of $53.40 per share based on Public Storage’s Friday’s closing price. This represents a 14 percent premium to Shurgard’s stock price at Friday’s close.

Public Storage said it believes a merger would be in the best interests of the shareholders of both companies. Public Storage noted that it met with Shurgard last month, but the company refused to enter into formal talks.

“We believe that the combination of Public Storage and Shurgard will enhance our position as the premier self-storage operator,” said CEO Ronald L. Havner Jr. in a statement. “Our proposal provides Shurgard shareholders with an immediate premium for their shares and the opportunity to participate in the upside potential of the combined company.”