NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE: GNL) ("GNL" or the "Company") announced today that on December 16, 2020, the Company successfully completed its previously announced $500 million senior unsecured note offering (the "Notes") due 2027. The Notes will have an effective interest rate of 3.75% and mature on December 15, 2027. Standard & Poor's Rating Services ("S&P") issued an investment grade rating of BBB- on the Notes, and Fitch Ratings ("Fitch") rated the Notes BB+. GNL also received a corporate credit rating of "BB+" from both S&P and Fitch.
"We are extremely pleased with the market's reception and demand for our inaugural senior unsecured note offering and the credit ratings we received from S&P and Fitch during these unprecedented times," said James Nelson, CEO of GNL. "We believe that the success of the transaction is a testament to our hard work to enhance GNL's primarily investment grade portfolio over the past several years, robust rent collection throughout the pandemic and disciplined acquisition focus. The successful issuance of our first unsecured notes is a major achievement and an important step in the continued growth and maturity of GNL."
Chris Masterson, Chief Financial Officer of GNL, added, "The Note offering marks an important milestone for GNL as we diversify our capital structure and focus on increasing the Company's unsecured debt pool." Chris continued, "The Notes allowed us to repay in full our outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility, payoff $88 million of secured debt and partially repay our term loan, all while adding new, long dated debt. The 7-year notes will also increase our weighted average debt maturity from 5.1 years to 5.7 years as of September 30, 2020. By strengthening and diversifying our balance sheet and obtaining corporate-level credit ratings, we are laying the foundation for GNL's continued growth and ability to issue unsecured notes on attractive terms in the future."
About Global Net Lease, Inc. Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE: GNL) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust listed on the NYSE focused on acquiring a diversified global portfolio of commercial properties, with an emphasis on sale-leaseback transactions involving single tenant, mission critical income producing net-leased assets across the United States, Western and Northern Europe. Additional information about GNL can be found on its website at www.globalnetlease.com.
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