JERICHO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) today announced that in an effort to reduce leverage, it has completed the redemption of all 9,000 shares of its issued and outstanding 5.500% Class J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the “Class J Preferred Stock”) and all 9,000,000 depositary shares representing the Class J Preferred Stock (the “Class J Depositary Shares” and, together with the Class J Preferred Stock, the “Class J Shares”) (NYSE: KIMprJ – CUSIP No. 49446R778), representing an aggregate liquidation preference of $225 million.
The Class J Preferred Stock was redeemed at the price of $25,000.00 per share, plus $290.278 in accrued and unpaid dividends on each share, and the Class J Depositary Shares were redeemed at the price of $25.00 per depositary share, plus $0.29028 in accrued and unpaid dividends on each share. Dividends ceased to accrue on the Class J Shares as of the date of redemption.
“We’re committed to fortifying our balance sheet by prudently reducing leverage. The redemption of these preferred shares improves our net debt to recurring EBITDA on a look-through basis while also improving our fixed-charge coverage ratio,” said Kimco CFO Glenn Cohen. “We continue to carefully consider our capital allocation plan and will look to opportunistically further reduce leverage based on market conditions.”
The redemption of the Class J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock was primarily funded through the use of the company’s “at the market” (ATM) common stock equity offering program. During the fourth quarter, Kimco issued 9.5 million shares of common stock at a weighted average price of $21.03 per share, net of commissions paid, under the ATM program, generating net proceeds of $200.1 million.
As previously announced, in connection with the redemption of the preferred stock, Kimco will recognize a non-cash charge of approximately $7.2 million or $0.02 cents per common share in the fourth quarter of 2019. This charge will reduce Net Income and NAREIT Funds From Operations per diluted share by the same amount but have no impact on Funds From Operations as adjusted per diluted share.
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of September 30, 2019, the company owned interests in 420 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 73.6 million square feet of gross leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 60 years.
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