Toronto, Ontario (March 6, 2007) - First Capital Realty Inc. (“First Capital Realty”) (TSX:FCR) Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, located predominantly in growing metropolitan areas, announced today that it has closed a $250 million three-year senior unsecured revolving credit facility with RBC Capital Markets serving as Lead Arranger and Administrative Agent and a syndicate of lenders comprised of Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, West LB AG, Bank of America, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and United Overseas Bank Limited. Borrowings under the facility are priced off a ratings grid with the initial pricing set at B/A’s plus 110 basis points based on First Capital Realty’s Moody’s and DBRS senior unsecured debt ratings of Baa3 and BBB(low), (stable outlook), respectively. Borrowings under the facility may be increased to up to $350 million. The new facility replaces First Capital Realty’s existing secured facilities and provides borrowing availability based, among other things, on the Company’s pool of unencumbered assets and is also in line with the Company’s other debt covenants.
“We are pleased to complete this $250 million unsecured revolving credit facility which was oversubscribed,” stated Karen H. Weaver, Chief Financial Officer of First Capital Realty, “this facility is an important part of our overall financing strategy emphasizing financial flexibility, moderate corporate leverage, an increasing reliance on unsecured debt and industry leading credit profile.”
ABOUT FIRST CAPITAL REALTY (TSX:FCR)
First Capital Realty is Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, located predominantly in growing metropolitan areas. The Company currently owns interests in 157 properties, including 6 under development, with approximately 18.1 million square feet of gross leasable area. In addition, the Company owns 13.9 million shares of Equity One (approximately 19.1%), one of the largest shopping centre REITS in the southern U.S., that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol EQY. Including its investment in Equity One, the Company has interests in 336 properties totalling approximately 36.7 million square feet of gross leasable area.
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For further information:
Dori J. Segal, President & C.E.O., or
Karen H. Weaver, C.F.O.
First Capital Realty Inc.
85 Hanna Avenue, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 3S3
Tel: (416) 504-4114
Fax: (416) 941-1655