NEW YORK, September 8, 2020 / PRNewswire / – American Finance Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFIN) (“AFIN” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has entered into a financing transaction with Bank of Texas to borrow $ 125 million in a syndicated balance sheet loan (the “Loan”) on three buildings located Bridgewater, New Jersey which serve as Sanofi’s US headquarters. An investment grade multinational pharmaceutical company, the Sanofi campus is a mission critical facility to support operations in United States.
“Thanks to the high quality of Sanofi properties and our long-standing relationship with Bank of Texas, we were able to finalize this financing on terms that we consider very attractive ”, declared Michel weil, CEO of AFIN. “The Loan capitalizes on the historically low interest rate environment and on Sanofi’s quality credit rating to replace existing funding, which had four months remaining, with new five-year funding swapped at an interest rate of 3.22%, 194 basis points lower than the previous rate of 5.16% In conjunction with the CMBS transaction that we finalized in July, AFIN has refinanced more than $ 840 million short-term debt at lower interest rates and extended the weighted average maturity of our debt to 5.2 years(1) from 3.3 years, with no significant short-term maturities remaining. ”
The Loan is at interest only and fixed by swap at an interest rate of 3.22%, has a term of five years and is guaranteed by three buildings located at Bridgewater, New Jersey. At loan closing, all net refinancing proceeds and cash on hand were used to fully repay the existing mortgage.
Update on rent collection
The Company also announced today that 90% of the original cash rent due for the month of August 2020 was received on September 3, 2020, of which 96% of the original cash rent owed in the Company’s single-tenant portfolio. To date, the Company has collected over 90% of the initial cash rent due for July and August portfolio-wide, of which over 96% is in the single-tenant portfolio.
About American Finance Trust, Inc.
American Finance Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFIN) is a Nasdaq-listed real estate investment trust that focuses on acquiring and managing a diverse portfolio of primarily service-oriented and sales-related commercial real estate properties. retail and distribution in the United States. information on AFIN is available on its website at www.americanfinancetrust.com.
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(1) As if the refinancing had taken place on June 30, 2020.
SOURCE American Finance Trust, Inc.