PHILADELPHIA--()--Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI) has completed the refinancing of Dartmouth Mall in Dartmouth, MA and paid off the mortgage loan balance on Moorestown Mall in Moorestown, NJ.
“Our recent capital markets activities highlight our ability to improve PREIT’s balance sheet as we drive our cost of capital lower, unencumber assets and extend our maturity dates”
The amount of the new 10-year loan on Dartmouth Mall is $67.0 million, which replaces a $58.0 million loan and results in proceeds of approximately $9.0 million. The interest rate on the new mortgage loan is 3.97%, representing a decrease of 98 basis points from the previous rate. The Company also paid off the $53.2 million mortgage loan balance on Moorestown Mall, which is now unencumbered as redevelopment of the property continues. This loan was set to mature in June 2013.
“Our recent capital markets activities highlight our ability to improve PREIT’s balance sheet as we drive our cost of capital lower, unencumber assets and extend our maturity dates,” said Joseph Coradino, Chief Executive Officer of PREIT. “We are pleased to have completed transactions for all of our 2013 maturities that do not otherwise have extension options at favorable terms, before the conclusion of the first quarter.”
Dartmouth Mall is a 671,000 square foot mall in Dartmouth, MA anchored by Sears, jcpenney, and Macy’s with sales per square foot of $425 as of December 31, 2012. Moorestown Mall is a 1,000,000 square foot mall in Moorestown, NJ anchored by Sears, Boscov’s, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s with sales per square foot of $357 as of December 31, 2012. Moorestown Mall is currently in the midst of a redevelopment that will bring an expanded and upgraded movie theater, new restaurants and a redefined retail component. The restaurants will include Marc Vetri’s Osteria, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and up to three additional full service establishments.
Year to date, the Company has completed $213.1 million of property-level financings yielding approximately $18.7 million in proceeds at an average interest rate of 3.93%, a 150 basis point reduction on those mortgages.
About Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, founded in 1960 and one of the first equity REITs in the U.S., has a primary investment focus on retail shopping malls. Currently, the Company's portfolio of 46 properties comprises 36 shopping malls, seven community and power centers, and three development properties. The Company’s properties are located in 13 states in the eastern half of the United States, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. The operating retail properties have approximately 31.0 million total square feet of space. PREIT, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI. The Company's website can be found at www.preit.com.
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