SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD), the global leader in industrial real estate, today announced that Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) upgraded the company's senior unsecured debt rating to Baa1, from Baa2, and Prologis' preferred stock rating to Baa2, from Baa3. The rating outlook is stable.
Moody's cited Prologis' "substantial improvement in its operational metrics with same-store NOI increasing for the last 10 quarters, while maintaining strong portfolio occupancy," as rationale for the upgrade. Moody's added: "The REIT also has experienced positive rental growth for the last five quarters, which is expected to continue for 2014 and beyond. In addition, Prologis completed large capital transactions which de-levered its balance sheet and should result in important enhancements to its key credit metrics."
According to Moody's, Prologis' stable outlook reflects the "expectation that the REIT will continue to generate meaningful cash flows, maintain good liquidity and proactively manage debt maturities on balance sheet and at the funds level."
"We are pleased to have the strength of our balance sheet and commitment to a sound capital structure recognized by Moody's," said Thomas S. Olinger, chief financial officer, Prologis. "We have taken significant steps toward improving our credit profile, increasing liquidity, and positioning our global platform for long-term growth, and are committed to further enhancing our financial position."
Prologis, Inc., is the leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, focused on global and regional markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of March 31, 2014, Prologis owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 574 million square feet (53.3 million square meters) in 21 countries. The company leases modern distribution facilities to more than 4,700 customers, including manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third-party logistics providers and other enterprises.
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