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CommonWealth REIT (NYSE: CWH) today announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $175 million of 5.75% unsecured senior notes due August 1, 2042.
CWH expects to use the net proceeds from this offering to redeem some or all of its outstanding 7 1/8% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, repay amounts outstanding under its revolving credit facility, and for general business purposes, including funding possible future acquisitions of properties. The settlement of this offering is expected to occur on July 25, 2012. CWH granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to $26.25 million of additional notes within 30 days to cover overallotments, if any. CWH intends to apply to list the notes on the New York Stock Exchange and, if approved, expects trading to begin within 30 days after the original issue date of the notes.
The joint book-running managers for this offering were Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, UBS Securities LLC, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. The joint lead managers for this offering were Jefferies & Company, Inc., and RBC Capital Markets, LLC.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that state or jurisdiction. Copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained by calling Citigroup Global Markets Inc. toll-free at (800) 831-9146, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated toll-free at (800) 294-1322, or Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, toll-free at (866) 718-1649, UBS Securities LLC toll-free at (877) 827-6444, extension 561-3884 or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC toll-free at (800) 326-5897.
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