CLEVELAND, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Forest City Enterprises, Inc., (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) today announced that it has closed a new, $425 million revolving credit facility with a 13-member bank group. The new, three-year facility with an additional one-year extension option, also allows for additional banks to join the group, up to a maximum line of $450 million.
"This closing is an important step in preparing Forest City to take advantage of improving conditions in real estate and in the markets we serve," said Charles A. Ratner, Forest City president and chief executive officer. "The new line has more favorable pricing and covenants, as well as a longer term with an extension option, all of which will be beneficial in managing our business going forward and taking advantage of future growth opportunities. We're gratified by the support and confidence shown by the members of our bank group in bringing this new credit facility to closing. I also want to congratulate our internal finance team, led by Bob O'Brien and Judith Wolfe, for all of their efforts."
Key Bank National Association will serve as Administrative Agent, PNC Bank National Association will serve as Syndication Agent, and Bank of America, N.A. will serve as Documentation Agent for the group. Eleven banks that were members of the Company's prior bank group, along with two new banks, are part of the new facility. The new facility replaces Forest City's prior revolving credit facility, which was scheduled to mature in February, 2012.
About Forest City
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is a NYSE-listed national real estate company with $11.8 billion in total assets. The Company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.
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