WESTFIELD GROUP ENTERS INTO $22 BILLION OF FUNDING COMMITMENTS FOR RESTRUCTURE PROPOSAL
26 March 2014
The Westfield Group (ASX:WDC) today announced it had entered into funding commitments in respect of $22 billion of financing facilities which are required for the proposal to establish Westfield Corporation and Scentre Group. As a result, the debt financing required for the Restructure Proposal, announced together with Westfield Retail Trust (ASX: WRT) on 4 December 2013, has been obtained.
Consistent with the original timetable, the Securityholder Booklet, including the Independent Expert’s Report, is (subject to Court approval) expected to be dispatched in late April 2014, ahead of the meeting to consider the proposal on 29 May 2014.
Today’s announcement follows the completion last week of the US$800 million acquisition of the remaining 50% of Westfield World Trade Center and the conditional agreement to divest three assets in the UK which would result in $1.1 billion of proceeds to WDC.
The $22 billion of funding commitments, which are subject to customary closing conditions, include $14 billion of 2 year bridge facilities (with an option to extend by a further 12 months) and $8 billion of 2-6 year bank facilities. Further details regarding the facilities for both the proposed Scentre Group and Westfield Corporation will be provided in the Securityholder Booklet.
The Westfield Group (ASX Code: WDC) is an internally managed, vertically integrated, shopping centre group undertaking ownership, development, design, construction, funds/asset management, property management, leasing and marketing activities and employing approximately 4,000 staff worldwide. The Westfield Group has interests in and operates one of the world’s largest shopping centre portfolios with investment interests in 90 shopping centres across Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, encompassing over 20,500 retail outlets and total assets under management of $70bn.
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