Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT) (NYSE: WRE) announced today that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due October 15, 2022. The notes have an annual coupon rate of 3.95% and were priced at 99.438% of the principal amount. The sale of the notes is expected to close on September 17, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions. WRIT intends to utilize the net proceeds from the offering to repay borrowings under WRIT’s lines of credit and the remainder for general corporate purposes. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC are the Joint Book-Running Managers for the offering. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. are Senior Co-Managers. A registration statement relating to these securities became effective upon filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement. A final prospectus supplement related to the public offering will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. When available, copies of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus may be obtained from J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, 383 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10179, attention: Investment Grade Syndicate Desk, or by telephone at 212-834-4355; Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220, Attn: Prospectus Department, telephone: (877) 858-5407 or by e-mail at BATProspectusdept@citi.com; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 1525 West W.T. Harris Blvd. NC0675, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262, attn: Capital Markets Client Support, telephone: 1-800-326-5897 or email: cmClientsupport@wellsfargo.com; or Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, New York, 10010, or by telephone at +1 (800) 221-1037, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement.
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).Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the potential for federal government budget reductions, changes in general and local economic and real estate market conditions, the timing and pricing of lease transactions, the effect of the current credit and financial market conditions, the availability and cost of capital, fluctuations in interest rates, tenants' financial conditions, levels of competition, the effect of government regulation, the impact of newly adopted accounting principles, and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in our filings with the SEC, including our 2011 Form 10-K and second quarter 2012 Form 10-Q. We assume no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.