What Happened: A J.C. Penney lawyer, according to Reuters, says there is a non-binding letter of intent with the two mall operators for $800 million. The deal would close in early October, pending court approval.
The two mall owners will pay $300 million in cash and assume $500 million in debt. Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) will give a $2 billion revolving credit to J.C. Penney once the deal is completed.
Current J.C. Penney lenders will own some stores and distribution centers through two different REITs.
Why It’s Important: J.C. Penney filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May with 850 locations and annual revenue of $10.7 billion.
The mall owners are rumored to have made the deal to prevent empty department stores that can trigger co-tenancy clauses for their mall tenants to re-negotiate lease terms or vacate. The two owners also can repurpose real estate how they see fit.
Price Action: Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners shares are down 53% and 40%, respectively, in 2020. J.C. Penney's stock was up 108% to 40 cents a share on news of the deal.
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