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Federal Realty Investment Trust Prices $200 Million Reopening Of Its 2044 Senior Unsecured Notes

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) today announced the pricing of its public offering of $200 million aggregate principal amount of 4.50% senior unsecured notes due December 1, 2044. The notes were offered at 105.379% of the principal amount with a yield to maturity of 4.179%. Interest on the notes will be payable on June 1 and December 1 of each year, beginning June 1, 2015.  The notes will have the same terms and be of the same series as the notes that Federal Realty issued on November 14, 2014 and, upon consummation of this offering, Federal Realty will have a total of $450 million of such notes outstanding. The offering is expected to close on March 16, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated acted as joint book-running managers for the offering and Regions Securities LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Capital One Securities, Inc., PNC Capital Markets LLC, and TD Securities (USA) LLC acted as co-managers for the offering.

Federal Realty intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to redeem all of its outstanding 6.20% Notes due 2017 and for general corporate purposes, which may include, without limitation, paying down the outstanding balance under its revolving credit facility. 

The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and an effective registration statement (including a prospectus), which have been filed with the SEC. A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus for the offering may be obtained by contacting (i) Wells Fargo Securities, LLC toll free at 1-800-645-3751, (ii) Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. toll free at 1-800-503-4611, or (iii) Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated toll free at 1-800-294-1322. Alternatively, you may get these documents for free by visiting the SEC's website at www.sec.gov

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About Federal Realty

Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Boston as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply.  Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities.  Federal Realty's 89 properties include over 2,600 tenants, in approximately 20.2 million square feet of retail space, and 1,500 residential units. 

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 47 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT.

Safe Harbor Language

Certain matters discussed within this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although Federal Realty believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 10, 2015, and include the following:

  • risks that our tenants will not pay rent, may vacate early or may file for bankruptcy or that we may be unable to renew leases or re-let space at favorable rents as leases expire;
  • risks that we may not be able to proceed with or obtain necessary approvals for any redevelopment or renovation project, and that completion of anticipated or ongoing property redevelopments or renovation projects that we do pursue may cost more, take more time to complete, or fail to perform as expected;
  • risks that we are investing a significant amount in ground-up development projects that may be dependent on third parties to deliver critical aspects of certain projects, requires spending a substantial amount upfront in infrastructure, and assumes receipt of public funding which has been committed but not entirely funded;
  • risks normally associated with the real estate industry, including risks that occupancy levels at our properties and the amount of rent that we receive from our properties may be lower than expected, that new acquisitions may fail to perform as expected, that competition for acquisitions could result in increased prices for acquisitions, that costs associated with the periodic maintenance and repair or renovation of space, insurance and other operations may increase, that environmental issues may develop at our properties and result in unanticipated costs, and, because real estate is illiquid, that we may not be able to sell properties when appropriate;
  • risks that our growth will be limited if we cannot obtain additional capital;
  • risks associated with general economic conditions, including local economic conditions in our geographic markets;
  • risks of financing, such as our ability to consummate additional financings or obtain replacement financing on terms which are acceptable to us, our ability to meet existing financial covenants and the limitations imposed on our operations by those covenants, and the possibility of increases in interest rates that would result in increased interest expense; and
  • risks related to our status as a real estate investment trust, commonly referred to as a REIT, for federal income tax purposes, such as the existence of complex tax regulations relating to our status as a REIT, the effect of future changes in REIT requirements as a result of new legislation, and the adverse consequences of the failure to qualify as a REIT.

Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we make, including those in this press release. Except as may be required by law, we make no promise to update any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should carefully review the risks and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 10, 2015.

Investor Inquiries

Media Inquiries

Brittany Schmelz

Andrea Simpson

Investor Relations Coordinator

Director, Marketing

301/998-8265

617/684-1511

bschmelz@federalrealty.com

asimpson@federalrealty.com

 

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SOURCE Federal Realty Investment Trust