MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) (the “Company,” the “Trust,” “we,”, “our” and “us”), a self-managed healthcare real estate investment trust, has been assigned a corporate credit rating of ‘BBB’ from Fitch Ratings, Inc. (“Fitch”) with a stable outlook. Fitch has also assigned ‘BBB’ issue ratings to our senior unsecured revolving credit facility, term loan, and bonds. In its commentary, Fitch noted the Company offers “durable cash flows relative to the broader REIT universe” and that “the coronavirus pandemic has not resulted in any meaningful erosion in DOC’s credit profile.”
Per the Company’s Unsecured Credit Agreement, the assigned ‘BBB’ rating reduces our current Facility Fee Rate to 0.20% (from 0.25%), LIBOR Rate Margin for Revolving Borrowings to 0.90% (from 1.10%), and LIBOR Rate Margin for Term Loans to 1.00% (from 1.25%). Assuming the Company’s $70 million revolver balance as of June 30, 2020, interest expense savings total $1.2 million per year as a result of this ratings action.
About Physicians Realty Trust
Physicians Realty Trust is a self-managed healthcare real estate company organized to acquire, selectively develop, own and manage healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. The Company invests in real estate that is integral to providing high quality healthcare. The Company is a Maryland real estate investment trust and has elected to be taxed as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The Company conducts its business through an UPREIT structure in which its properties are owned by the Operating Partnership, directly or through limited partnerships, limited liability companies or other subsidiaries.
This press release contains statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, “continue”, “intend”, and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward looking statements may include statements regarding the Company’s strategic and operational plans, the Company’s ability to generate internal and external growth, the future outlook, anticipated cash returns, cap rates or yields on properties, anticipated closing of property acquisitions, ability to execute its business plan, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business. While forward-looking statements reflect our good faith beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, not all of which are known to the Company and many of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. These risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), including, without limitation, the Company’s annual and periodic reports and other documents filed with the Commission. Unless legally required, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For a discussion of factors that could impact the Company’s results, performance, or transactions, see Part II, Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, Part II, Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, and Part II, Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.
Source: Physicians Realty Trust