American Assets Trust, Inc. Increases Borrowings and Extends Maturity Date in its Amended and Restated Term Loan Agreement
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Assets Trust, Inc. (NYSE:AAT) (the “Company”) announced today that it has amended and restated its existing term loan agreement.
The term loan agreement was amended and restated to, among other things, (1) increase the fully-drawn borrowings from $150 million to $225 million, (2) extend the maturity date from March 1, 2023 to January 5, 2025 (with one, twelve-month extension option) and (3) transition borrowings to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), and away from LIBOR. The $225 million term loan is unsecured.
Prior to amending and restating the term loan agreement, the Company entered into interest rate swaps that are intended to fix the interest rate on the $225 million term loan at approximately (1) 5.47% for the first year of the amended and restated term loan and (2) 5.57% for the second year of the amended and restated term loan, subject to adjustments based on the Company’s consolidated leverage ratio.
Additional information regarding the Amended and Restated Term Loan Agreement can be found in the Company’s Form 8-K filed on January 5, 2023 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About American Assets Trust, Inc.
American Assets Trust, Inc. is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (“REIT”), headquartered in San Diego, California. The company has over 50 years of experience in acquiring, improving, developing and managing premier office, retail, and residential properties throughout the United States in some of the nation’s most dynamic, high-barrier-to-entry markets primarily in Southern California, Northern California, Washington, Oregon, Texas and Hawaii. The company’s office portfolio comprises approximately 4.0 million rentable square feet, and its retail portfolio comprises approximately 3.1 million rentable square feet. In addition, the company owns one mixed-use property (including approximately 94,000 rentable square feet of retail space and a 369-room all-suite hotel) and 2,110 multifamily units. In 2011, the company was formed to succeed to the real estate business of American Assets, Inc., a privately held corporation founded in 1967 and, as such, has significant experience, long-standing relationships and extensive knowledge of its core markets, submarkets and asset classes. For additional information, please visit www.americanassetstrust.com.
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Source: American Assets Trust, Inc.
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