Seritage Growth Properties Makes $160 Million Loan Prepayment
Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG) (the “Company”), a national owner and developer of 170 retail, residential and mixed-use properties, today announced that on December 31, 2021, the Company made a voluntary prepayment of $160 million toward its $1.6 billion term loan facility provided by Berkshire Hathaway Life Insurance Company of Nebraska (“Berkshire Hathaway”).
The prepayment follows the amendment to the Senior Secured Term Loan Agreement with Berkshire Hathaway announced on November 29, 2021 under which Seritage and Berkshire Hathaway agreed that the Senior Secured Term Loan Agreement may be extended for two years from the July 31, 2023 maturity date (the “Maturity Date”) to July 31, 2025 provided that the term loan facility’s principal has been reduced to $800 million by the Maturity Date. Additionally, the companies mutually agreed that the “make whole” provision of the Senior Secured Term Loan Agreement shall not be applicable to prepayments of the term loan facility’s principal.
With the prepayment, $1.44 billion of the term loan facility remains outstanding. The prepayment will also reduce Seritage’s total annual interest expense related to the term loan facility by approximately $11 million.
About Seritage Growth Properties
Seritage is principally engaged in the ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of diversified and mixed-use properties throughout the United States. As of September 30, 2021, the Company’s portfolio consisted of interests in 170 properties comprised of approximately 10.0 million square feet of GLA or build-to-suit leased area (approximately 8.0 million at share), approximately 4.0 million of which is held by unconsolidated entities (approximately 2.0 million at share), approximately 600 acres held for or under development and approximately 10.0 million square feet of GLA or approximately 850 acres to be disposed of.
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Seritage Growth Properties
Amanda Lombard, CFO