MINOT, N.D., Aug. 18, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investors Real Estate Trust ("IRET") (Nasdaq:IRET) (Nasdaq:IRETP) announced today that its operating partnership, IRET Properties, has arranged a $60 million line of credit to be used for general corporate purposes, including acquisition and development, the ND based REIT says. First International Bank & Trust, a North Dakota state bank ("Lender"), has agreed to provide a revolving credit line with a commitment amount at the time of close of $39 million. At the discretion of the Lender, the total commitment available under the credit line may be increased to $60 million. Thomas A. Wentz, Jr., IRET's senior vice president and chief operating officer, commented, "IRET views the new credit facility as a flexible mechanism to leverage the value of its portfolio using the funds to acquire additional income producing properties in IRET's core markets as well as pay down more expensive debt." As of August 13, 2010, the Lender has informed IRET that participants in the credit line include First International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust and The Bank of North Dakota, each at $12 million; United Community Bank of North Dakota at $2 million; and American State Bank & Trust Company at $1 million. The line of credit is secured by mortgages on various properties owned by IRET and IRET Properties. Wentz further commented, "Despite the well publicized uncertainty in the lending market, IRET's relationship with a core group of North Dakota Banks has allowed it to access the value of its unencumbered real estate assets on terms and at a rate which will allow IRET to continue to grow its portfolio." The recently established credit line replaces a number of smaller and shorter term borrowing facilities which will provide IRET with the ability to pursue attractive real estate opportunities. IRET will report its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, on September 9, 2010.