BEACHWOOD, Ohio, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) announced today that it has closed $353 million of new long-term financings, comprised of a $250 million unsecured term loan ("Term Loan") and a $103 million mortgage loan ("Mortgage Loan"). These financings address the majority of the company's 2012 consolidated debt maturities and improve debt duration, which further reduces the company's risk profile.
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Proceeds from the Term Loan will be used to retire $184 million of convertible notes maturing in March 2012, reduce the outstanding balances under the Company's revolving credit facilities, and for general corporate purposes. DDR's remaining 2012 consolidated unsecured debt maturities consist of $223 million of unsecured notes that mature in October 2012, and the company has no other unsecured maturities in the next three years. Upon funding of the recently closed transactions, DDR will have nearly full availability on its revolving credit facilities, which have a final maturity in 2016.
Pricing on the Term Loan is set at LIBOR plus a margin that is determined based upon DDR's long-term unsecured debt ratings. The Term Loan consists of a $200 million tranche that initially bears interest at an annual rate of LIBOR plus 210 basis points and matures on January 31, 2019; and a $50 million tranche that initially bears interest at an annual rate of LIBOR plus 170 basis points and matures on January 31, 2017. DDR has entered into interest rate swap contracts which will fix LIBOR on the $200 million tranche. Based on the Company's current credit rating, that will result in a total rate of 3.64% for the $200 million tranche.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and PNC Capital Markets, LLC acted as joint lead arrangers for the Term Loan; with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as Administration Agent and PNC Bank, National Association as Syndication Agent. Capital One served as Documentation Agent. Regions Bank, RBS Citizens, First Tennessee, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup also participated in the Term Loan.
The Mortgage Loan is a $103 million seven-year loan with Principal Real Estate Investors LLC and is secured by three prime shopping centers located in Atlanta, Georgia; Princeton, New Jersey; and San Antonio, Texas. Interest is fixed for the term at 3.4% and the loan proceeds will be used to pre-fund all of the Company's consolidated 2012 mortgage maturities.
"We are pleased to announce these new long-term loans that, combined with our recent equity issuance, address most of our 2012 maturities in the first month of the year. The attractive interest rate and duration further our goals of lowering our corporate risk profile and long-term cost of capital," said David J.