Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS) announced today that its operating partnership, Essex Portfolio, L.P. (the “Issuer”), priced an underwritten public offering of $600.0 million aggregate principal amount senior notes, consisting of $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 1.650% senior notes due 2031 (the “2031 Notes”) and $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2.650% senior notes due 2050 (the “2050 Notes” and together with the 2031 Notes, the “Notes”). The 2031 Notes were priced at 99.035% of par value with a yield to maturity of 1.752% and the 2050 Notes were priced at 99.691% of par value with a yield to maturity of 2.665%. Interest is payable on the 2031 Notes semiannually on January 15 and July 15 of each year with the first interest payment due January 15, 2021. Interest is payable on the 2050 Notes semiannually on March 1 and September 1 of each year with the first interest payment due March 1, 2021. The 2031 Notes mature on January 15, 2031 and the 2050 Notes mature on September 1, 2050. The Notes will be the senior unsecured obligations of the Issuer and will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Essex Property Trust, Inc. The Notes offering is expected to close on August 24, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.
The Issuer intends to use the net proceeds to repay upcoming debt maturities, including certain unsecured private placement notes, secured mortgage notes, and to fund the redemption of $300.0 million aggregate principal amount (plus the make-whole amount and accrued and unpaid interest) of its outstanding 3.625% senior unsecured notes due August 2022, and for other general corporate and working capital purposes.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc., Jefferies LLC and MUFG Securities Americas Inc. served as joint book-running managers. BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Regions Securities LLC and Truist Securities, Inc. served as senior co-managers and Barclays Capital Inc., Capital One Securities, Inc. and Scotia Capital (USA) Inc. served as co-managers for the offering.
The Issuer and Essex Property Trust, Inc. have filed a registration statement (including a preliminary prospectus supplement and a prospectus) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the offering to which this communication relates. You may get these documents for free by searching the SEC online database on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the Issuer, Essex Property Trust, Inc., any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus supplement and prospectus if you request it from (i) Wells Fargo Securities, LLC toll free at 1-800-645-3751, (ii) Citigroup Global Markets Inc. toll free at 1-800-831-9146, (iii) J.P. Morgan Securities LLC collect at 1-212-834-4533 or (iv) U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. toll free at 1-877-558-2607.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor will there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About Essex Property Trust, Inc.
Essex Property Trust, Inc. (“Essex”), an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (“REIT”) that acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily residential properties in selected West Coast markets. Essex currently has ownership interests in 247 apartment communities comprising approximately 60,000 apartment homes with an additional 7 properties in various stages of active development.
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Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations