LONDON, March 9 ProLogis European Properties
PEPR.AS (PEPR), Europe's largest warehouse and distribution
property owner, is to pay back 336 million euros of commercial
mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) debt three months early.
PEPR said it would tap cash reserves and an existing 900
million euro ($1.14 billion) unsecured credit facility to repay
the debts, as part of a plan to improve liquidity and shore up
its balance sheet.
The move is set to save around 1 million euros of interest
expenses this year and release properties valued at around 550
million euros into its unsecured asset pool.
But shares in the Euronext-listed company, which suspended
its dividend just before Christmas, fell 7.3 percent to 1.39
euros by 1203 GMT amid concerns for much larger liabilities due
to mature next year.
"Although a small step forward, PEPR is not out of the
woods", analysts at JPMorgan said in a note to clients.
"We remain concerned over the 1 billion euros of debt PEPR
is required to repay in 2010, while it is sailing close to its
loan covenants," the analysts said.
(Reporting by Sinead Cruise; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)
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