Daily News: December 30, 2013

KeyBanc, J.P. Morgan Arrange TIER Facility

TIER REIT announced it closed a new secured, revolving credit facility. The facility is secured by six assets and has an initial commitment of $260 million and an accordion feature to expand the commitment to $500 million.

KeyBanc Capital Markets and J.P. Morgan Securities were the co-lead arrangers and bookrunners. JPMorgan Chase Bank served as syndication agent. U.S. Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Wells Fargo Bank were co-documentation agents, and KeyBank National Association will serve as administrative agent for the facility.

At TIER REIT’s election, the facility bears an annual interest rate of either LIBOR plus 2.35% or a “base rate” (as defined in the credit agreement) plus 1.35%.

The $260 million revolving credit facility initially matures on June 20, 2017 with two options to extend until December 20, 2018. At closing, the facility was undrawn, and initial availability was $258.8 million. This facility replaces the company’s previous $110 million secured, revolving credit facility, which was priced at 3% over LIBOR or 2% over the base rate, and was scheduled to mature in October 2014.

“2013 has been a very successful year for the company. We have managed our capital resources and strengthened our balance sheet through a reduction in leverage and debt costs, which have contributed to the successful completion of this facility,” said Scott Fordham, president. “We are appreciative of the strong support we received from our lenders and their capital commitments,” he added. “This facility offers us attractive funding and provides additional liquidity to enhance the value of our properties.”

TIER REIT is a Dallas-based real estate investment trust focused on providing quality, attractive, well-managed commercial office properties in markets throughout the United States.