CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) today announced that it has received fully executed loan commitments to modify and extend its two major credit facilities, increasing the aggregate capacity by $155.0 million to $1.2 billion. CBL will convert both facilities from secured to unsecured, increasing the capacity of each facility to $600 million, extending the terms and reducing the average borrowing rate by 60 basis points. The outstanding balances on the two facilities will bear interest at an annual rate equal to LIBOR plus a range of 155 to 210 basis points, depending on the Company’s leverage ratio. The closing is anticipated in mid-November.
The maturities of both facilities will be extended by three years with the first $600 million facility maturing November 2015, with an option to extend the maturity for one additional year to November 2016 (subject to continued compliance with the terms of the facility). The maturity of the second $600 million facility will be extended to November 2016 with an option to extend the maturity for one additional year to November 2017 (subject to continued compliance with the terms of the facility).
Commenting on the new facilities, Farzana Mitchell, chief financial officer, said, “The conversion of our upsized facilities to unsecured will increase our flexibility and capacity by creating a large unencumbered property pool and will eliminate the administrative costs of maintaining a secured facility. As we look to our future capital and financing needs, we believe it is important to have access to a variety of sources of capital and these new facilities help us to accomplish that goal. We are pleased to continue to receive the strong support and confidence of our bank group.”
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and U.S. Bank NA are serving as lead arrangers under the facilities.About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interest in or manages 164 properties, including 95 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 27 states and total 92.9 million square feet including 9.4 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com. Information included herein contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual events, financial and otherwise, may differ materially from the events and results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The reader is directed to the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the sections therein captioned "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and “Risk Factors”, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.