Daily News: July 28, 2014

Deutsche Agents FelCor Term Loan

FelCor Lodging Trust announced that it closed a $140 million term loan. According to the company’s 8-K filing, Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch served as the administrative agent and lender for the transaction.

Borrowings under the facility bear interest at LIBOR (no floor) plus 2.5%. The loan matures in 2017 (may be extended for up to two years, based on satisfaction of certain conditions) and is freely pre-payable. The loan is secured by three properties.

FelCor expects to use proceeds from the term loan, cash on hand and its line of credit to redeem its remaining $234 million of 10% senior secured notes in August 2014. FelCor will thereafter use proceeds from pending and future asset sales to repay debt and complete its balance sheet restructuring.

“We continue to improve our balance sheet significantly by enhancing our maturity profile, lowering our cost of debt and reducing leverage. After redeeming our 10% notes, our weighted average cost of borrowing will be below 6%, and our next significant debt maturity, other than the line of credit, occurs in 2019. Furthermore, we remain on track to achieve our target leverage in 2015,” said Richard A. Smith, president and chief executive officer.

FelCor, a real estate investment trust, owns a portfolio of primarily upper-upscale and luxury hotels that are located in major and resort markets throughout the U.S.