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First Industrial Realty Trust Closes $750 Million Unsecured Revolving Credit Facility and $200 Million Unsecured Term Loan

July 7, 2021 GMT

CHICAGO, July 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading fully integrated owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, today announced it has closed a $750 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility. The facility amends and restates the Company’s previous revolving credit facility.

The new revolving credit facility matures on July 7, 2025, with two six-month extension options subject to certain conditions. The facility provides for interest-only payments initially at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 77.5 basis points based on the Company’s current consolidated leverage ratio and credit ratings, a 32.5 basis point improvement in its credit spread compared to the previous facility. The facility also provides for a facility fee of 15 basis points and includes an accordion feature that allows First Industrial to increase the aggregate revolving borrowing capacity to $1 billion, subject to certain conditions.

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Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, BofA Securities, Inc., PNC Capital Markets LLC, Regions Capital Markets and U.S. Bank National Association were the Joint Lead Arrangers, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as Administrative Agent and Bank of America, N.A. and PNC Bank, National Association as Co-Syndication Agents. Others lenders include JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Royal Bank of Canada and Fifth Third Bank.

First Industrial also announced the refinancing of its $200 million unsecured term loan with a maturity date of July 7, 2026. The loan provides for interest-only payments initially at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 85 basis points based on the Company’s current consolidated leverage ratio and credit ratings, a 65 basis point improvement in its credit spread from the previous term loan.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, PNC Capital Markets LLC, Fifth Third Bank, National Association and Regions Capital Markets served as the Joint Lead Arrangers for the $200 million term loan, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as the Administrative Agent and PNC Bank, National Association as the Syndication Agent. U.S. Bank National Association also participated in the term loan.

Given the strength of the Company’s key credit metrics, initial pricing for both the senior unsecured revolving credit facility and the unsecured term loan is based on the BBB+/Baa1 credit ratings level, even though the Company’s current ratings are BBB/Baa2. This favorable pricing level will be maintained provided that the Company’s consolidated leverage ratio, as defined in the applicable agreements, remains less than 32.5%.

“Our new credit facility and term loan provide us with lower borrowing costs and greater term that support our long-term growth,” said Scott Musil, chief financial officer of First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. “We thank our banking partners for their commitments and support.”

About First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.

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First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading fully integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate with a track record of providing industry-leading customer service to multinational corporations and regional customers. Across major markets in the United States, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, and other industrial facility types. In total, we own and have under development approximately 64.4 million square feet of industrial space as of March 31, 2021. For more information, please visit us at www.firstindustrial.com.

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