PHOENIX, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VEREIT, Inc. (NYSE: VER) ("VEREIT" or the "Company"), a full-service real estate operating company with investment management capability, announced that the Company has received an investment-grade rating of BBB- with a Stable outlook from Fitch Ratings ("Fitch").
"An investment-grade rating from Fitch is validation of our safe balance sheet, bolstered by a well-laddered debt maturity schedule as a result of the May bond offering and other investment-grade metrics enhanced by our recent equity offering," said Glenn Rufrano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VEREIT. About the CompanyVEREIT is a leading, full-service real estate operating company with investment management capability. VEREIT owns and actively manages a diversified portfolio of retail, restaurant, office and industrial real estate assets with a total asset book value of $16.1 billion including 4,213 properties totaling approximately 96.9 million square feet, located in 49 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. Additionally, VEREIT manages $7.1 billion of gross real estate investments on behalf of the Cole Capital® non-listed REITs. VEREIT is a publicly traded Maryland corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Additional information about VEREIT can be found on its website at www.VEREIT.com and through social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Forward-Looking Statements Information set forth herein (including information included or incorporated by reference herein) may contain "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended), which reflect VEREIT's expectations regarding future events, including VEREIT's balance sheet and future debt maturity schedule. Generally, the words "expects," "anticipates," "assumes," "targets," "goals," "projects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," variations of such words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve a number of assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors which are difficult to predict, may be beyond VEREIT's control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. If a change occurs, VEREIT's business, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations may vary materially from those expressed in its forward-looking statements. Additional factors that may affect future results are contained in VEREIT's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which are available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. VEREIT disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150727/246034LOGO