NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESRT) (the "Company"), a leading real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, together with its operating partnership, Empire State Realty OP, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”), today announced the closing of a new seven year $265.0 million senior unsecured term loan facility. The facility is expandable by $100 million to $365.0 million under certain circumstances. The term loan matures on August 24, 2022.
David A. Karp, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We continue to pursue opportunities to maximize our financial flexibility while lowering our cost of capital. With the closing of this loan, we have further extended and laddered our debt maturities. We are pleased with the support from our bank group and with our ongoing ability to access the unsecured debt capital markets, which we believe validates the quality of our portfolio and the strength of our balance sheet.”
The term loan facility bears interest at a floating rate equal to, at the Company’s election, a LIBOR rate, plus a spread ranging from 1.400% to 2.350%; or a base rate, plus a spread ranging from 0.400% to 1.350%, in each case such spread determined by the Company’s leverage ratio and credit rating. Pursuant to a forward interest rate swap agreement, the Company has effectively fixed LIBOR at 2.1485% for $265.0 million of the term loan facility for the period from August 31, 2017 through maturity.
The Company intends to apply the proceeds from the term loan facility to repay borrowings made under its unsecured revolving credit facility.
Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, acted as administrative agent, Capital One, National Association, acted as syndication agent, and PNC Bank, National Association, acted as documentation agent. U.S. Bank National Association also participated in the term loan.
About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world's most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company's office and retail portfolio covers 10.0 million rentable square feet, as of June 30, 2015, consisting of 9.3 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 720,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.
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