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RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS) ("RAIT") announced today the completion of a non-recourse, floating-rate CMBS transaction collateralized by floating rate commercial real estate first lien mortgage loans and participations originated by RAIT totaling approximately $196.0 million. The transaction involved the issuance and sale by a RAIT subsidiary of investment grade notes totaling approximately $155.9 million with a weighted average cost of LIBOR plus 1.79%, which provide an advance rate to the RAIT subsidiary of approximately 79.5%. RAIT affiliates retained all of the issuer’s un-rated subordinated interests totaling approximately $40.2 million. RAIT entered into the transaction to obtain non-recourse, matched-term financing for the loans and participations serving as collateral. RAIT expects to earn a double-digit yield on its retained interest in the affiliated issuing entity, inclusive of fees less transaction expenses, assuming all of the underlying loans and participations are repaid at their stated maturity and not prepaid, in default or sold. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and UBS Securities LLC acted as co-lead and joint book-running managers. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. acted as co-manager.
The bonds were offered inside the United States to (1) qualified institutional buyers within the meaning of Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and (2) to other institutional investors that are accredited investors within the meaning of rule 501(a)(1), (2), (3) or (7) of Regulation D under the Securities Act, and outside the United States to non-U.S. persons in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. The bonds have not been registered under the Securities Act or applicable state or foreign securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the bonds.