PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PREIT (NYSE: PEI), a leading operator of diverse retail and experiential destinations, today reports that, as a result of progress made in negotiations to date, it has entered into an amendment to the previously announced Restructuring Support Agreement ("RSA") that grants an extension of time through October 28, 2020 to achieve the support of 100% of its lenders to the terms of the debt restructuring provided under the RSA, providing the runway to achieve an out-of-court restructuring.
Joseph F. Coradino, PREIT Chairman and CEO, commented:
"PREIT continues to work constructively with its lenders and the extension provides more time to continue ongoing discussions. We are encouraged by the progress made to date and are hopeful that the Company can move forward to implement its previously announced restructuring agreement out-of-court. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, PREIT would secure additional financial flexibility to continue competing effectively, meeting our obligations, and providing our tenants, customers and communities with the high-quality experience they expect at our properties."
DLA Piper LLP (US) LLP and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are serving as legal counsel and PJT Partners LP is serving as financial advisor to PREIT.
PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages innovative properties at the forefront of shaping consumer experiences through the built environment. PREIT's robust portfolio of carefully curated retail and lifestyle offerings mixed with destination dining and entertainment experiences are located primarily in densely-populated, high barrier-to-entry markets with tremendous opportunity to create vibrant multi-use destinations. Additional information is available at https://www.preit.com/ or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Forward Looking Statements
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Additional factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements include those discussed herein, and in the sections entitled "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2020. We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.
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