KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. (“KREF”) (NYSE: KREF) today announced that it closed on a repricing of its $298 million existing Term Loan B (the “Existing Term Loan B”) and a $52 million add-on, for an aggregate principal amount of $350 million due 2027 (the “New Term Loan B”), which was issued at par. KREF intends to use the net proceeds from the New Term Loan B of $52 million for general corporate purposes.
The New Term Loan B will bear interest at LIBOR plus 350 basis points (“bps”), which is an improvement of 125 bps from KREF’s Existing Term Loan B, and is subject to a LIBOR floor of 50 bps (50 bps lower than the LIBOR floor for the Existing Term Loan B).
Patrick Mattson, President and Chief Operating Officer of KREF, stated: “Our $350 million New Term Loan B allowed us to reduce our cost of capital by 175 bps as well as raise $52 million in incremental proceeds to support the continued growth of KREF’s portfolio.”
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. is a real estate finance company that focuses primarily on originating and acquiring senior loans secured by commercial real estate properties. KREF is externally managed and advised by an affiliate of KKR & Co. Inc.
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