First Industrial Realty Trust Announces Refinancing of $200 Million Unsecured Term Loan
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading fully integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate, today announced entering into a new unsecured term loan facility that refinances its $200 million unsecured term loan facility previously scheduled to mature January 29, 2021.
The new loan has an initial maturity date of July 15, 2021 and is subject to two one-year extension options at the Company’s discretion, subject to certain conditions. The new loan features interest-only payments and now bears an interest rate of LIBOR plus 150 basis points. The rate is subject to an adjustment based on the Company's credit ratings.
The Company also entered into new interest rate swap agreements that convert the loan to a fixed interest rate of 2.49% beginning in February 2021.
“This transaction extends our maturities and improves our financial flexibility as the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19,” said Scott Musil, chief financial officer. “We thank our capital partners for their support.”
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and PNC Capital Markets LLC served as the Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Book Runners for the $200 million unsecured term loan facility, 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 new term loan facility.
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 64.1 million square feet of industrial space as of March 31, 2020. For more information, please visit us at www.firstindustrial.com.
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