EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) today announced that it has received commitments from its existing lenders for a new amended and restated $1.0 billion, four-year senior unsecured revolving credit facility. The new facility, which the Company expects will close in early fourth quarter, will replace the Company's existing $1.0 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility and $400.0 million senior unsecured term loan facility. The Company currently expects the new facility to provide for an initial maximum principal amount of borrowing availability of $1.0 billion with an "accordion" feature under which the Company may increase the total maximum principal amount available by $1.0 billion, to a total of $2.0 billion, subject to lender consent. The Company also currently expects the new facility to have the same pricing terms and financial covenants as its existing facility (with improved valuation of certain asset types), as well as customary covenants and events of default. The Company expects that it will have two options to extend the maturity date of the new credit facility by an additional six months each (for a total of 12 months), subject to paying additional fees and the absence of any default.
The Company expects to use borrowings under the new facility for general business purposes, including the acquisition of experiential properties consistent with its current strategy. In connection with receiving the commitments for the new facility, and in furtherance of the Company's strategy to obtain investment grade ratings on its senior long-term unsecured debt, the Company repaid its $400.0 million term loan facility using cash on hand. Immediately subsequent to this repayment, the Company had in excess of $130.0 million of cash on hand and nothing borrowed on its existing $1.0 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility. Completion of the new facility is subject to lender review and approval of definitive documentation.
“As our customers continue to ramp-up operations and recognize strong results, we believe the investment pipeline for experiential real estate will continue to strengthen,” stated Greg Silvers, President and CEO of EPR Properties. “We believe our two-pronged strategy of extending our $1.0 billion revolving credit facility and building toward investment grade ratings for our long-term unsecured debt will position us well as we pursue growth opportunities in the quarters ahead.”
About EPR Properties
EPR Properties is the leading diversified experiential net lease real estate investment trust (REIT), specializing in select enduring experiential properties in the real estate industry. We focus on real estate venues which create value by facilitating out-of-home leisure and recreation experiences where consumers choose to spend their discretionary time and money. We have nearly $6.5 billion in total investments across 44 states. We adhere to rigorous underwriting and investing criteria centered on key industry, property and tenant level cash flow standards. We believe our focused approach provides a competitive advantage and the potential for stable and attractive returns. Further information is available at www.eprkc.com.
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