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Los Angeles, California-based MPG Office Trust, Inc. , a real estate investment trust (REIT), recently announced that it has extended the maturity date of its mortgage loan worth $400 million for an additional year. The extension of credit facility, which will mature on October 9, 2013, is a part of the company’s strategic planning of the company to retain the KPMG Tower property.

To extend the maturity date and thereby retain its core market property, MPG Office Trust repaid $35 million of principal and thus reduced its outstanding loan balance to $365 million from $400 million. The reduced outstanding loan will now bear interest rates in two divisions, effective October 10, 2012. The $320.8 million A-Note will bear an interest rate equivalent to LIBOR plus 3.00% and the remaining $44.2 million B-Note will bear an interest rate equivalent to LIBOR plus 5.10%. The mortgage loan amounting to $400 million previously had an interest rate equivalent to LIBOR plus 1.65%. 

Additionally, the company took several other restructuring measures to increase the loan period. MPG Office Trust paid $5 million for a leasing reserve and agreed to pay excess operating cash flow that will be incurred from September 9, 2012. This excess operating cash flow will be used to fund $1.5 million for capital expenditure reserve, additional $5 million for leasing reserve, and the rest will be used to lower the company’s outstanding principal loan balance.

45-Story, KPMG Tower is a renowned office building, spanning 1,140,000 square feet, located on the top of Bunker Hill in Los Angeles. The building is among the key market properties of MPG Office Trust. The tower is in close proximity to famous properties like The Marriott of Marriott International Inc. (MAR - Free Report) , Millennium Biltmore, the Hilton Checkers and The Standard hotels. Some of the major tenants of the property are Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, KPMG LLP and Bingham McCutchen.

MPG Office Trust has been active on portfolio restructuring activity to recover from the downturn of the commercial real estate during the recession. The company has disposed its various non-core properties located in Orange County, Glendale and other parts of Los Angeles to focus on the acquisition of strategic core market properties of California like KPMG Tower and Wells Fargo Tower.

MPG Office Trust is the largest owner and operator of Class A office properties in the Los Angeles Central Business District. The company owns, manages, acquires and develops high class office and real estate properties primarily of Southern California market.

MPG Office Trust will likely release its second quarter 2012 earnings on July 23, 2012. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the second quarter 2012 FFO (fund from operations) is pegged at negative 14 cents per share. We presently have a long-term Outperform recommendation on the stock. It also carries a Zacks #2 Rank (short-term Buy rating).

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