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First Industrial Realty Trust Closes New Expanded $625 Million Unsecured Credit Facility

CHICAGO, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading owner and operator of industrial real estate and provider of supply chain solutions, today announced it has closed a new $625 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility.  The new facility replaces the Company's previous $450 million facility. 


The new facility matures on September 29, 2017, with a one-year extension option subject to certain conditions.  The agreement provides for interest-only payments initially at a rate of LIBOR plus 145 basis points based on the Company's leverage ratio, an improvement of 25 basis points compared to the previous facility.  The agreement also provides for an unused facility fee that ranges from 25 to 30 basis points based on the amount drawn on the facility.  The rate and fees are subject to adjustment on the achievement of an Investment Grade Rating from one of certain rating agencies, at the Company's election.  The facility includes an accordion feature that allows First Industrial to increase the aggregate revolving borrowing capacity to $825 million, subject to certain conditions.

"This new facility further strengthens our balance sheet, providing us with significant capacity and flexibility as we grow and enhance our portfolio," said Scott Musil, chief financial officer of First Industrial Realty Trust.  "We thank our banking partners for their support and capital commitments."

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated were the Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Book Runners, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as Administrative Agent, and Bank of America, N.A. as Syndication Agent, and PNC Bank, National Association, Regions Bank and U.S. Bank National Association as Co-Documentation Agents.

Other lenders include UBS Loan Finance LLC, Fifth Third Bank, Union Bank, N.A. and Comerica Bank.   

About First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading owner and operator of industrial real estate and provider of supply chain solutions to multinational corporations and regional customers.  Across major markets in North America, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, and other industrial facility types.  We have a track record of industry leading customer service, and in total, we own, manage and have under development approximately 67.3 million square feet of industrial space as of March 31, 2013.  For more information, please visit us at We post or otherwise make available on this website from time to time information that may be of interest to investors.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We intend for such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are including this statement for purposes of complying with those safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies and expectations of the Company, are generally identifiable by use of the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "estimate," "project," "seek," "target," "potential," "focus," "may," "should" or similar expressions. Our ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain. Factors which could have a materially adverse effect on our operations and future prospects include, but are not limited to: changes in national, international, regional and local economic conditions generally and real estate markets specifically; changes in legislation/regulation (including changes to laws governing the taxation of real estate investment trusts) and actions of regulatory authorities; our ability to qualify and maintain our status as a real estate investment trust; the availability and attractiveness of financing (including both public and private capital) to us and to our potential counterparties; the availability and attractiveness of terms of additional debt repurchases; interest rates; our credit agency ratings; our ability to comply with applicable financial covenants; competition; changes in supply and demand for industrial properties (including land, the supply and demand for which is inherently more volatile than other types of industrial property) in the Company's current and proposed market areas; difficulties in consummating acquisitions and dispositions; risks related to our investments in properties through joint ventures; environmental liabilities; slippages in development or lease-up schedules; tenant creditworthiness; higher-than-expected costs; changes in asset valuations and related impairment charges; changes in general accounting principles, policies and guidelines applicable to real estate investment trusts; international business risks; and those additional factors described under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and in the Company's subsequent '34 Act reports. We caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect our outlook only and speak only as of the date of this press release or the dates indicated in the statements. We assume no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements. For further information on these and other factors that could impact the Company and the statements contained herein, reference should be made to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.

Art Harmon, Senior Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, 312-344-4320