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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

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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

 

May 14, 2019

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

 

Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Maryland

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

 

 

001-38530

(Commission File Number)

 

 

82-4005693

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

902 Carnegie Center Blvd., Suite 520
Princeton, New Jersey

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

 

08540

(Zip Code)

  

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (609) 436-0619

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of Each Class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value

EPRT

New York Stock Exchange

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligations of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

 

 


 


Item 2.01 — Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets

On May 14, 2019, Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), through its operating partnership, Essential Properties, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), fully borrowed on its previously announced $200 million five-year senior unsecured term loan (the “Term Loan Facility”).  In a subsequent transaction, on May 14, 2019, the Company repurchased $200 million of its Class A Series 2016-1 ABS Notes from an affiliate of Eldridge Industries, LLC (“Eldridge”) for a 70 basis point premium to face value, for an all-in cost of approximately $201.4 million.

Eldridge, through affiliates, owned approximately 13.5% of the Company’s outstanding common stock as of March 31, 2019 (34.9% of the Company’s outstanding common stock assuming the exchange of all of the units of the Operating Partnership held by affiliates of Eldridge for shares of common stock). In addition, Eldridge is a party to a Stockholders Agreement with the Company that provides Eldridge with certain rights, including specified board nomination rights. Two of the Company’s directors, Todd J. Gilbert and Anthony D. Minella, are affiliated with Eldridge, with Mr. Gilbert serving as a principal and Mr. Minella serving as Eldridge’s president.

The purchase price of the Class A Series 2016-1 ABS Notes was the result of an arms’ length negotiation between the Company, represented by its senior executives with no relationship with Eldridge beyond their respective roles at the Company, and the holder. The transaction was approved unanimously by the Company’s independent directors.

On May 15, 2019, the Company, through its Operating Partnership, also entered into three swap transactions that fixed LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) for purposes of the $200 million borrowed under the Term Loan Facility for five years at a rate of 2.063%. Accordingly, after giving consideration to these swap transactions and based on the Company’s current leverage ratio, the all-in interest rate on borrowings under the Term Loan Facility is 3.263%, which represents interest rate savings of 119 basis points on the repurchased Class A Series 2016-1 ABS Notes.

As a result of these transactions, the Company increased its weighted average debt maturity to 4.68 years from 3.75 years, lowered its weighted average interest rate to 3.89% from 4.35%, and reduced its percentage of secured debt to 61% from 100%.

Item 7.01— Regulation FD Disclosure.

On May 17, 2019, in connection with the transactions described above, the Company issued a press release, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.

The information contained in this Item 7.01, including in Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any of the Company’s filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof and regardless of any general incorporation language in such filings, except to the extent expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01 — Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No.

Description

99.1

Press release

 

 

 


 


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.

 

 

ESSENTIAL PROPERTIES REALTY TRUST, INC.

 

 

 

 

Date:  May 20, 2019

 

By:

/s/ Hillary P. Hai

 

 

 

Hillary P. Hai

 

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EX-99.1)

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Exhibit 99.1

Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc. Announces Funding of Senior Unsecured Term Loan and Partial Repurchase of Class A Series 2016-1 ABS Notes

 

- Achieved Current All-In Interest Rate of 3.263% on Senior Unsecured Term Loan -

- Increased Weighted Average Debt Duration by 0.9 years to 4.68 Years -

- Reduced Weighted Average Interest Rate by 46 Basis Points to 3.89% -

- Lowered Percentage of Secured Debt by 39% -

 

May 17, 2019

 

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EPRT; “Essential Properties” or the “Company”), announced today that the Company has fully funded its previously announced $200 million five-year senior unsecured term loan, effective May 14, 2019. In a subsequent transaction, the Company repurchased $200 million of its Class A Series 2016-1 ABS Notes from an affiliate of Eldridge Industries for a 70 basis point premium to face value, or an all-in cost of approximately $201.4 million. The Company also announced that it entered into a $200 million swap transaction on May 15, 2019 that fixed LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) for five years at a rate of 2.063%. Accordingly, based on the Company’s current leverage ratio, the all-in interest rate is 3.263% on the term loan, which represents interest rate savings of 119 basis points on the repurchased ABS Notes.

 

As a result of these transactions, the Company increased its weighted average debt maturity to 4.68 years from 3.75 years, lowered its weighted average interest rate to 3.89% from 4.35%, and reduced its percentage of secured debt to 61% from 100%.

 

“We were pleased to negotiate an attractive repurchase of our secured ABS notes from an affiliate of Eldridge Industries in addition to capitalizing on the favorable interest rate environment and compelling economics on our previously announced unsecured bank term loan,” said Hillary Hai, Chief Financial Officer of Essential Properties.

 

About Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.

 

Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc. is an internally managed real estate company that acquires, owns and manages primarily single-tenant properties that are net leased on a long-term basis to companies operating service-oriented or experience-based businesses. As of March 31, 2019, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 711 freestanding net lease properties with a weighted average lease term of 14.5 years and a weighted average rent coverage ratio of 2.8x. As of the same date, the Company’s portfolio was 99.9% leased to 172 tenants operating 197 different concepts in 16 distinct industries across 44 states.

 


 


 

Investor/Media:

Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.

Daniel Donlan

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets

609-436-0619

[email protected]

 

Source: Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.

 

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