PREIT Closes $400 Million Unsecured Credit Facility

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PREIT Closes $400 Million Unsecured Credit Facility

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT/NYSE: PEI) has entered into a new Credit Agreement ("2013 Revolving Facility") moving from secured to unsecured with increased borrowing capacity, reduced interest rate spreads, an extended term and compressed capitalization rates utilized for determining leverage (the ratio of Total Liabilities to Gross Asset Value). The 2013 Revolving Facility replaces the Company's 2010 Term Loans and Revolving Credit Facility and the initial borrowing of $192.5 million was used for repayment of the amounts outstanding under those agreements.

Key terms of the 2013 Revolving Facility are:

  • The available amount is $400 million and includes an accordion feature up to $600 million.
  • The initial term is three years and the Company has the right to two one-year extension options.
  • The amounts borrowed will bear interest at a rate of LIBOR plus a range of 150 to 205 basis points depending upon the Company's leverage.
  • The capitalization rates used to calculate Gross Asset Value are as follows:
    • 6.5% for properties with sales per square foot of more than $500
    • 7.5% for all other properties

"The execution of this transaction further validates our recent successes," said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. "The new credit facility strengthens our balance sheet, reduces our borrowing costs and provides the Company with flexibility for future capital needs."

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. was the lead arranger and administrative agent on this transaction.

About Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, founded in 1960 and one of the first equity REITs in the U.S., has a primary investment focus on retail shopping malls. Currently, the Company's portfolio of 46 properties comprises 36 shopping malls, seven community and power centers, and three development properties. The Company's properties are located in 13 states in the eastern half of the United States, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. The operating retail properties have approximately 31.0 million total square feet of space. PREIT, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI. The Company's website can be found at www.preit.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, our business might be materially and adversely affected by uncertainties affecting real estate businesses generally as well as the following, among other factors: our substantial debt and stated value of preferred shares and our high leverage ratio; constraining leverage, interest and tangible net worth covenants under our 2013 Revolving Facility; potential losses on impairment of certain long-lived assets, such as real estate, or of intangible assets, such as goodwill; potential losses on impairment of assets that we might be required to record in connection with any dispositions of assets; recent changes to our corporate management team and any resulting modifications to our business strategies; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness when it matures, on favorable terms or at all; our ability to raise capital, including through the issuance of equity or equity-related securities if market conditions are favorable, through joint ventures or other partnerships, through sales of properties or interests in properties, or through other actions; our short- and long-term liquidity position; current economic conditions and their effect on employment and consumer confidence and spending and the corresponding effects on tenant business performance, prospects, solvency and leasing decisions and on our cash flows, and the value and potential impairment of our properties; general economic, financial and political conditions, including credit and capital market conditions, changes in interest rates or unemployment; changes in the retail industry, including consolidation and store closings, particularly among anchor tenants; the effects of online shopping and other uses of technology on our retail tenants; our ability to maintain and increase property occupancy, sales and rental rates, in light of the relatively high number of leases that have expired or are expiring in the next two years; increases in operating costs that cannot be passed on to tenants; risks relating to development and redevelopment activities; concentration of our properties in the Mid-Atlantic region; changes in local market conditions, such as the supply of or demand for retail space, or other competitive factors; potential dilution from any capital raising transactions; possible environmental liabilities; our ability to obtain insurance at a reasonable cost; and existence of complex regulations, including those relating to our status as a REIT, and the adverse consequences if we were to fail to qualify as a REIT. Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed in the section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K in the section entitled "Item 1A. Risk Factors." We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.



Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
Robert McCadden, 215-875-0735
EVP & CFO
or
Heather Crowell, 215-875-0735
VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations

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