SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD), the leading owner, operator and developer of global industrial real estate, today announced that Moody's Investors Service upgraded ProLogis European Properties' (Euronext: PEPR) corporate credit rating to Baa3, with stable outlook, from Ba1.
"The Moody's rating upgrade strengthens our financial position, reduces our costs and further enhances PEPR's access to the broader capital markets," said William E. Sullivan, chief financial officer. "With its return to investment grade PEPR will realize approximately $13 million (euro 9.2 million) in annual interest expense savings. The majority of these savings will begin to be realized in late-October and represent modest upside to our previous guidance."
PEPR's rating upgrade to Baa3 is a result of its announcement to offer up to euro 97.5 million to significant existing unit holders. This upgrade immediately reduces the borrowing margin on PEPR's approximately euro 248 million senior unsecured term loan by 25 basis points and the borrowing margin on its euro 50 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility by 15 basis points. More significantly, the interest rate on PEPR's approximately euro 494 million Eurobond will decrease by 175 basis points to 5.875 percent from 7.625 percent after the October 23, 2011 annual reset date.
Prologis, Inc. the leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, focused on global and regional markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of June 30, 2011, Prologis owned or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 600 million square feet (55.7 million square meters) in 22 countries. The company leases modern distribution facilities to more than 4,500 customers, including manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third-party logistics providers and other enterprises.
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