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Washington Real Estate Investment Trust Amends And Extends Credit Facility

Stocks in this article: WRE

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT) (NYSE: WRE) has amended one of its two unsecured credit facilities, to extend the maturity from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2016, with a one-year extension option. In addition, the amendment lowers the interest rate to LIBOR plus a margin of 107.5 basis points (previously 122.5 basis points) based on WRIT’s current credit rating and eliminates the requirement for guarantees from WRIT’s subsidiaries under certain circumstances. The facility retains its initial committed capacity of $400 million with an accordion feature that allows WRIT to increase the facility to $600 million, subject to additional lender commitments.

The bank group and commitments remain unchanged from the prior facility. The lead arranger and bookrunner for the facility is Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, is administrative agent and issuing bank. The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, N.A., and Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch serve as documentation agents. Additional participants include Royal Bank of Canada, U.S. Bank, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Branch Banking & Trust Co., and Raymond James Bank, FSB.

“Our strong, conservative balance sheet enables us to negotiate more favorable terms with our lenders when appropriate. In this case, we improved the legal flexibility, extended the term, and lowered the interest rate spread and fees of our credit facility to better align with recent market deal metrics. We appreciate all the effort that our bank group and legal team devoted to this transaction to make it a success,” said William T. Camp, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WRIT.

WRIT is a self-administered, self-managed, equity real estate investment trust investing in income-producing properties in the greater Washington metro region. WRIT owns a diversified portfolio of 71 properties totaling approximately 9 million square feet of commercial space and 2,540 residential units, and land held for development. These 71 properties consist of 26 office properties, 18 medical office properties, 16 retail centers and 11 multifamily properties. WRIT shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:WRE).

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