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Equity Residential secures $2.5 billion credit line

Equity Residential announced Monday that its operating partnership has entered into a $2.5 billion multi-currency revolving credit facility, replacing its existing $2.0 billion credit agreement.

ROBERT GARECHANA

The new facility matures on November 1, 2024, and can be extended or increased, subject to lender consent and customary conditions.

The interest rate and facility fees are based on the operating partnership’s long-term unsecured credit ratings.

A total of 22 lenders (and in certain cases their affiliates) participated in the operating partnership’s $2.5 billion revolving credit facility, including BofA Securities, Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Arrangers. Barclays Bank PLC, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A., Royal Bank of Canada, and U.S. Bank National Association acted as Joint Lead Arrangers and Co-Syndication Agents.

In addition, the operating partnership increased the maximum size for its unsecured commercial paper note program from $500 million to $1 billion.

The notes will be sold under customary terms in the United States commercial paper note market and will rank pari passu with all of the other unsecured senior indebtedness of the operating partnership.

“These steps further enhance Equity Residential’s outstanding balance sheet, liquidity and financial flexibility to support our business objectives and growth for many years to come,” said Robert A. Garechana, Equity Residential’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.

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