DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) assigned ratings of BBB (high) with Stable trends to SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust’s (SmartCentres or the Trust) $350 million 1.740% Series X Senior Unsecured Debentures, due December 16, 2025 (the Series X Debentures), and $300 million 2.307% Series Y Senior Unsecured Debentures, due December 18, 2028 (the Series Y Debentures; together with the Series X Debentures, the Debentures). The assigned rating is based on the rating of the already-outstanding series of Senior Unsecured Debentures.
The Debentures are direct senior unsecured obligations of SmartCentres and rank equally and rateably with all other present and future unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness of the Trust. The Debentures are guaranteed by the wholly owned material subsidiaries of SmartCentres. DBRS Morningstar understands that SmartCentres intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to refinance existing debt, including the repayment of its $350 million Series T Senior Unsecured Debentures due 2021 and the redemption of its $150 million Series M Senior Unsecured Debentures due 2022 and its $150 million Series Q Senior Unsecured Debentures due 2022 as well as for general trust purposes.
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