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Section 1: 8-K


 
 


 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 

FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): December 27, 2016

 
SERITAGE GROWTH PROPERTIES
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 

 
 
     
001-37420
Maryland
38-3976287
(Commission File Number)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
489 Fifth Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (212) 355-7800
 



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Item 8.01 Other Events
On December 27, 2016, Seritage Growth Properties (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that the Company’s subsidiary, Seritage Growth Properties, L.P. (“Seritage”), has executed a non-binding term sheet with ESL Investments, Inc. (“ESL”) pursuant to which Seritage may obtain a new $200 million unsecured term loan facility (the “Facility”) from ESL.  There can be no assurance that the financing will be consummated.
The proceeds of the financing, if effected, would be used, among other things, to fund redevelopment projects and for other general corporate purposes.  The Facility, which is expected to be undrawn at closing, would be subject to minimum draw increments and a maximum draw schedule, each to be set forth in definitive documentation.  The Facility would bear a base interest rate of 6.50% per annum (subject to step up to 8.00% under certain conditions), would mature on December 31, 2017 and would be prepayable at any time without premium or fee.  Financial covenants would include leverage and net worth tests consistent with those included under the Company’s existing mortgage loan facility.  A 0.50% commitment fee would be payable on the maximum principal amount of the Facility at closing.  Seritage would have the right to syndicate the Facility, subject to ESL’s consent (not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed), and an additional 0.50% would be payable if certain syndication thresholds are not met within specified time periods.
The terms of the Facility were approved by the Company’s Audit Committee and the Company’s Board of Directors (with Mr. Edward Lampert recusing himself).
A copy of the news release announcing the Facility is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits
99.1 News Release dated December 27, 2016



SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


 
SERITAGE GROWTH PROPERTIES
   
Date: December 27, 2016
 
   
 
/s/ Matthew Fernand
 
By:    
Matthew Fernand
   
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
     

 
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Section 2: EX-99.1


 
Exhibit 99.1

SERITAGE GROWTH PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES PROPOSED NEW UNSECURED CREDIT FACILITY
NEW YORK, December 27, 2016 – Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG) (the “Company”), a national owner of 266 properties totaling over 42 million square feet of gross leaseable area, today announced that the Company has entered into a non-binding term sheet with ESL Investments, Inc. (“ESL”) for a new $200 million unsecured term loan facility.  The proceeds of the financing, if effected, would be used, among other things, to fund redevelopment projects and for other general corporate purposes.  A summary of the contemplated terms of the new facility is included in a Form 8-K filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
“This financing would provide us with access to additional capital, on an unsecured basis, to further support the value creation strategies we are executing across our national platform,” said Brian Dickman, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  “We continue to scale our redevelopment business, which included 40 commenced or completed projects representing $350 million of investment capital as of September 30, 2016, and pursue additional opportunities to unlock value at properties throughout the portfolio.  The contemplated terms of the facility also would provide us with the necessary flexibility to further evaluate additional capital sources as we head into 2017.”
The term sheet is non-binding, and there can be no assurance that the potential financing will be consummated.
About Seritage Growth Properties

Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed retail REIT with 235 wholly-owned properties and 31 JV properties totaling over 42 million square feet of space across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Pursuant to a master lease, 220 of the Company’s wholly-owned properties are leased to Sears Holdings and are operated under either the Sears or Kmart brand. The master lease provides the Company with the right to recapture certain space from Sears Holdings at each property for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. At several properties, third-party tenants under direct leases occupy a portion of leasable space alongside Sears and Kmart, and 15 properties are leased entirely to third parties. The Company also owns 50% interests in 31 properties through JV investments with General Growth Properties, Inc., Simon Property Group, Inc., and The Macerich Company. A substantial majority of the space at the Company’s JV properties is also leased to Sears Holdings under master lease agreements that provide for similar recapture rights as the master lease governing the Company’s wholly-owned properties.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements included herein may constitute “forward-looking statements,” which relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and conditions may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Seritage undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein.

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