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Unsecured Line Of Credit And Term Notes

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Unsecured Line Of Credit And Term Notes
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Unsecured Line Of Credit And Term Notes [Abstract]  
Unsecured Line Of Credit And Term Notes

6. UNSECURED LINE OF CREDIT AND TERM NOTES

On August 5, 2011, the Company entered into agreements relating to new unsecured credit arrangements, and received funds under those arrangements. As part of the agreements, the Company entered into a $125 million unsecured term note maturing in August 2018 bearing interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company's credit rating (at December 31, 2011 the margin is 2.0%). The agreements also provide for a $175 million (expandable to $250 million) revolving line of credit bearing interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company's credit rating (at December 31, 2011 the margin is 2.0%), and requires a 0.20% facility fee. The interest rate at December 31, 2011 on the Company's available line of credit was approximately 2.28% (1.64% at December 31, 2010). The proceeds from this term note and draws on the new line of credit were used to repay the Company's previous line of credit and the Company's $150 million bank term note that was to mature June 2012. At December 31, 2011, there was $129 million available on the unsecured line of credit without considering the additional availability under the expansion feature. The revolving line of credit has a maturity date of August 2016, but can be extended for 2 one year periods at the Company's option with the payment of an extension fee equal to 0.125% of the total line of credit commitment.

In addition, on August 5, 2011, the Company secured an additional $100 million term note with a delayed draw feature that was used to fund the Company's mortgage maturities in December 2011. The delayed draw term note matures August 2018 and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin based on the Company's credit rating (at December 31, 2011 the margin is 2.0%).

On August 5, 2011, the Company also entered into a $100 million term note maturing August 2021 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 5.54%. The interest rate on the term note increases to 7.29% if the notes are not rated by at least one rating agency, the credit rating on the notes is downgraded or if the Company's credit rating is downgraded. The proceeds from this term note were used to fund acquisitions and investments in unconsolidated joint ventures.

In connection with the new unsecured revolving line of credit and term notes, the Company incurred a total of approximately $4.1 million in fees paid to the creditors which have been deferred and will be amortized over the life of the new credit facility and term notes.

The Company also maintains an $80 million term note maturing September 2013 bearing interest at a fixed rate of 6.26%, a $20 million term note maturing September 2013 bearing interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR plus 1.50%, and a $150 million unsecured term note maturing in April 2016 bearing interest at 6.38%. The interest rate on the $150 million unsecured term note increases to 8.13% if the notes are not rated by at least one rating agency, the credit rating on the notes is downgraded or the Company's credit rating is downgraded.

The line of credit and term notes require the Company to meet certain financial covenants, measured on a quarterly basis, including prescribed leverage, fixed charge coverage, minimum net worth, limitations on additional indebtedness and limitations on dividend payouts. At December 31, 2011, the Company was in compliance with its debt covenants.

We believe that if operating results remain consistent with historical levels and levels of other debt and liabilities remain consistent with amounts outstanding at December 31, 2011 the entire availability on the line of credit could be drawn without violating our debt covenants.

The Company's fixed rate term notes contain a provision that allows for the noteholders to call the debt upon a change of control of the Company at an amount that includes a make whole premium based on rates in effect on the date of the change of control.