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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 

Washington, D.C.  20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF

THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):  June 2, 2020

 

CBL & ASSOCIATES PROPERTIES, INC.

 

CBL & ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

 

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

 

1-12494

 

62-1545718

Delaware

 

333-182515-01

 

62-1542285

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(Commission File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

2030 Hamilton Place Blvd., Suite 500, Chattanooga, TN 37421-6000

(Address of principal executive office, including zip code)

423-855-0001

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

N/A

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered under Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title of each Class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value

 

CBL

 

New York Stock Exchange

7.375% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value

 

CBLprD

 

New York Stock Exchange

6.625% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value

 

CBLprE

 

New York Stock Exchange

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2).

Emerging growth company     

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 


ITEM 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure

In January 2020, CBL & Associates Properties. Inc. and its majority owned subsidiary CBL & Associates Limited Partnership (the “Operating Partnership”, and together with CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., the “Company”) engaged Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Moelis & Company LLC (the “Advisors”) to assist the Company in exploring several alternatives to reduce overall leverage and interest expense and to extend the maturity of its debt, among other things. The Company’s Advisors recently commenced discussions with advisors to certain holders of its senior unsecured notes and the credit committee of the Company’s senior secured credit facility.

As these discussions continue, the Company announced today that it has elected to not make the $11.8 million interest payment (the “Interest Payment”) due and payable on June 1, 2020, with respect to the Operating Partnership’s 5.25% senior unsecured notes due 2023 (the “2023 Notes”).  Under the indenture governing the 2023 Notes, the Operating Partnership has a 30-day grace period to make the Interest Payment before the nonpayment is considered an “event of default” with respect to the 2023 Notes. Any event of default under the 2023 Notes for nonpayment of the Interest Payment would also be considered an event of default under the Operating Partnership’s senior secured credit facility, which could lead to an acceleration of amounts due under the facility.  Further, if the trustee for the 2023 Notes should exercise its right to accelerate the maturity of the full balance owed on the 2023 Notes as a result of such an “event of default,” that would also constitute an “event of default” under the Operating Partnership’s 4.60% senior unsecured notes due 2024 and the Operating Partnership’s 5.95% senior notes due 2026, which could lead to the acceleration of all amounts due under those notes.  The Company has elected to enter the 30-day grace period with respect to the Interest Payment in order to advance discussions with its lenders and explore alternative strategies.  

The information disclosed in this Item 7.01 is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such a filing.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

CBL & ASSOCIATES PROPERTIES, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Farzana Khaleel

 

 

 

Farzana Khaleel

 

Executive Vice President -

 

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

 

 

CBL & ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

 

 

 

By: CBL HOLDINGS I, INC., its general partner

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Farzana Khaleel

 

 

 

Farzana Khaleel

 

Executive Vice President -

 

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

 

Date: June 2, 2020

 

 

 

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