NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In a press release on Friday, Retail Opportunity Investment ( ROIC) announced that 57.3% of the company's total outstanding warrants have been retired including 12,570,226 warrants exercised, providing ROIC with around $150.8 million of proceeds, 7.75 million warrants repurchased by ROIC for around $10.7 million, and 8 million founders' warrants.On March 15, ROIC had approximately $12.0 million outstanding on its $250 million unsecured credit facility and a total debt to market capitalization ratio of approximately 25%, based on total debt outstanding of approximately $293.6 million and 66.3 million shares of common stock outstanding. In a press release, ROIC's President and CEO Stuart A. Tanz, explains:
"We are pleased that the majority of the company's outstanding warrants have been retired and look forward to investing the equity capital received through the warrants that were exercised. To date in 2013, we have secured a total of $87.8 million of grocery-anchored shopping center acquisitions and our pipeline continues to be active. That said, we remain steadfast in our long-standing, prudent strategy of being patient and careful in seeking out only the most attractive opportunities to acquire irreplaceable shopping centers that will provide the company with a balance of long-term stable cash flow and good growth opportunities for years to come... "Notwithstanding being fully on track with executing our 2013 business plan, and excited to have the additional equity capital to invest, the timing of receiving the capital will undoubtedly impact our near-term earnings and FFO per share results. Accordingly, we expect to adjust our 2013 earnings and FFO per share guidance when we announce our first quarter results, currently scheduled for May 2, 2013."After the announced warrant transaction, shares in ROIC rose 3.03% to a market close of $13.59.