Nov 01, 2017
First Industrial Realty Trust Closes New $725 Million Unsecured Credit Facility and Refinances $460 Million of Term LoansFirst Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading fully integrated owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, today announced it has closed a new $725 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility. The new facility amends and restates the Company's previous facility.
The facility matures on October 29, 2021, with a one-year extension option subject to certain conditions. The agreement provides for interest-only payments initially at a rate of LIBOR plus 110 basis points based on the Company's current leverage ratio, an improvement of 5 basis points compared to the previous facility. The agreement also provides for a facility fee of 15 basis points, an improvement of 5 basis points from the prior facility. In the future, the rate and fees are subject to a one-time adjustment to an Investment Grade Rating pricing grid, at the Company's election. The facility includes an accordion feature that allows First Industrial to increase the aggregate revolving borrowing capacity to $1 billion, subject to certain conditions.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated were the Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Book Runners, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as Administrative Agent, Bank of America, N.A. as Syndication Agent. U.S. Bank National Association, PNC Bank, National Association, JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Citibank, N.A. and Regions Bank served as Co-Documentation Agents. Other lenders include UBS AG Stamford Branch, Fifth Third Bank, and Comerica Bank.
First Industrial also announced the refinancing of its $200 million unsecured term loan with a maturity date of January 29, 2021. The loan features interest-only payments and now bears an interest rate of LIBOR plus 120 basis points, a 50 basis point improvement in the credit spread from the prior rate. The rate is subject to an adjustment based on the Company’s leverage or credit ratings.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and PNC Capital Markets LLC served as the Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Book Runners for the $200 million term loan, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as the Administrative Agent and PNC Bank National Association as the Syndication Agent. Regions Bank, Fifth Third Bank and U.S Bank National Association also participated in the loan.
In addition, First Industrial announced the refinancing of its $260 million unsecured term loan with a maturity date of September 11, 2022. The loan features interest-only payments and now bears an interest rate of LIBOR plus 120 basis points, a 40 basis point improvement in the credit spread from the prior rate. The rate is subject to adjustment based on the Company's leverage or credit ratings.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, PNC Capital Markets LLC, Regions Capital Markets and U.S. Bank National Association served as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Book Runners for the $260 million term loan. In addition, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association acted as the Administrative Agent. PNC Bank, National Association, Regions Bank and U.S. Bank National Association served as Co-Syndication Agents. Associated Bank and Fifth Third Bank also participated in the loan.
"This new credit facility provides us greater term and increased flexibility to support our long-term growth," said Scott Musil, chief financial officer of First Industrial Realty Trust. "We are also pleased to refinance our term loans to further improve our cost of capital. We thank our banking partners for their commitments and support."
About First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading fully integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate with a track record of providing industry leading customer service to multinational corporations and regional customers. Across major markets in the United States, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, and other industrial facility types. In total, we own and have under development approximately 65.5 million square feet of industrial space as of September 30, 2017. For more information, please visit us at www.firstindustrial.com.
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