Rouse Properties Refinances Animas Valley Mall for $51.8 Million
Rouse Properties (NYSE: RSE), a national owner and operator of enclosed regional malls, today announced that it has closed on a new $51.8 million mortgage loan for Animas Valley Mall, the only enclosed regional mall serving the Four Corners market of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. The non-recourse loan bears interest at a fixed rate of 4.5% and matures in ten years.
This asset was previously financed within the Company's Term Loan, which bears interest at a rate of LIBOR + 450 basis points. Approximately $37.1 million of the proceeds were used to reduce the Term Loan balance, a portion of which was used to pay the property's release allocation. Net proceeds to the Company after related closing costs are approximately $14.3 million.
“The refinancing of Animas Valley Mall reflects a continuation of our strategy to improve the Company's financial capacity and flexibility,” said Andrew Silberfein, president and chief executive officer of Rouse Properties. “This attractive financing extends our maturity schedule, generates excess cash proceeds to the Company, and is indicative of the underlying value of the malls in our portfolio.”
Animas Valley Mall has a dominant presence in its trade area as the only regional mall within approximately 170 miles. The 464,000 square foot, single-level enclosed mall has a long history of solid performance and strong sales growth. The mall, anchored by Dillard's, jcpenney and Sears, has recently completed new leases with leading retailers such as Aeropostale, Lids, Justice and The Children's Place.
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