STORE Capital Corporation (NYSE: STOR), an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, today announced that it has entered into $600 million of unsecured long-term debt financing.
This debt transaction consisted of $400 million five-year and $200 million seven-year floating rate loans. The loans were effectively converted to a weighted average fixed rate of 3.68% for the term of the loans through the use of interest rate swaps.
The Company is using the proceeds of the transaction primarily to pay down amounts outstanding on its unsecured revolving credit facility and to prepay, without penalty, $134.5 million of STORE Master Funding Series 2014-1, Class A-2 notes, which bore a coupon rate of 5.0%, resulting in an annual interest expense savings of $1.8 million. The remaining proceeds will be used to fund growth.
“We are very pleased with the execution of this unsecured long-term debt transaction which demonstrates our financial flexibility,” said Mary Fedewa, Chief Executive Officer of STORE Capital. “Even with market uncertainty and a rising rate environment, we have been able to efficiently secure a very favorable transaction with broad participation across our banking partners. This transaction also fits nicely into our well-laddered debt maturities, reduces our overall cost of long-term debt capital and provides ample liquidity to fund our active pipeline of investment opportunities at attractive spreads.”
The loans were funded through a group of banks led by KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Regions Capital Markets and Capital One, National Association acting as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners; KeyBank National Association is Administrative Agent.
About STORE Capital
STORE Capital Corporation is an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is a leader in the acquisition, investment and management of Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, which is its target market and the inspiration for its name. STORE Capital is one of the largest and fastest growing net-lease REITs and owns a large, well-diversified portfolio that consists of investments in more than 2,850 property locations across the United States, substantially all of which are profit centers. Additional information about STORE Capital can be found on its website at www.storecapital.com.
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