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Essex Property Trust 8-K 2013

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form8k.htm


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): April 15, 2013 (April 15, 2013)

ESSEX PROPERTY TRUST, INC.
ESSEX PORTFOLIO, L.P.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

001-13106 (Essex Property Trust, Inc.)
333-44467-01 (Essex Portfolio, L.P.)
(Commission File Number)

Maryland (Essex Property Trust, Inc.)
77-0369576 (Essex Property Trust, Inc.)
California (Essex Portfolio, L.P.)
77-0369575 (Essex Portfolio, L.P.)
(State of Incorporation)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

925 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, California 94303
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(650) 494-3700
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 1.01 Entry Into a Material Agreement

On April 15, 2013, Essex Portfolio, L.P. (the "Operating Partnership"), the operating partnership of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (the "Company"), issued $300 million aggregate principal amount of its 3.25% Senior Notes due 2023 (the "Notes").

The terms of the Notes are governed by an indenture, dated April 15, 2013 (the "Indenture"), among the Operating Partnership, as issuer, the Company, as guarantor, and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee. The Indenture contains various restrictive covenants, including limitations on the Operating Partnership's ability to consummate a merger, consolidation or sale of all or substantially all of its assets and limitations on its ability to incur additional secured and unsecured indebtedness. A copy of the Indenture, including the form of the Notes and guarantee of the Notes by the Company, the terms of which are incorporated herein by reference, is attached as Exhibit 4.1 to this report. See Item 2.03 below for additional information.

The net proceeds from the issuance of Notes will be approximately $295.2 million, after deducting the underwriters' discounts and estimated offering expenses. The Operating Partnership intends to use the net proceeds of this offering to repay indebtedness under the Operating Partnership's $600 million unsecured line of credit facility and the Operating Partnership's $25 million unsecured working capital line of credit facility, and for other general corporate and working capital purposes. The lenders under the unsecured lines of credit facilities include affiliates of the underwriters participating in the offering and as such will receive a portion of the net proceeds.

Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

On April 15, 2013, the Operating Partnership issued $300 million aggregate principal amount of Notes. The Operating Partnership offered the Notes at 99.152% of the principal amount thereof. The Notes are general unsecured senior obligations of the Operating Partnership and will rank equally in right of payment with all other senior unsecured obligations of the Operating Partnership. However, the Notes are effectively subordinated to all of the Operating Partnership's existing and future secured indebtedness (to the extent of the collateral securing such indebtedness) and to all existing and future liabilities and preferred equity, whether secured or unsecured, of the Operating Partnership's subsidiaries. The Notes bear interest at 3.25% per annum. Interest is payable semi-annually in arrears on May 1 and November 1 of each year, commencing November 1, 2013 until the maturity date of May 1, 2023. The Operating Partnership's obligations under the Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Company. A copy of the Indenture, including the form of the Notes and guarantee of the Notes by the Company, the terms of which are incorporated herein by reference, is attached as Exhibit 4.1 to this report.

The Notes will be redeemable in whole at any time or in part from time to time, at the Operating Partnership's option and in its sole discretion, at a redemption price equal to the greater of:

 
·
100% of the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed; or

 
·
the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal and interest thereon (not including any portion of such payments of interest accrued as of the redemption date) discounted to the redemption date on a semi-annual basis at the adjusted treasury rate (as defined in the Indenture) plus 25 basis points,

plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the redemption date.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Notes are redeemed on or after February 1, 2023, the redemption price will be equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the redemption date.

Certain events are considered events of default, which may result in the accelerated maturity of the Notes, including:

 
·
default for 30 days in the payment of any installment of interest under the Notes;

 
 

 

 
·
default in the payment of the principal amount or redemption price due with respect to the Notes, when the same becomes due and payable;

 
·
the failure by the Operating Partnership or the Guarantor to comply with any of its other agreements contained in the Notes or the Indenture upon receipt by it or notice of such default by the trustee or by holders of not less than 25% in aggregate principal amount of the Notes then outstanding and the failure by the Operating Partnership or the Guarantor to cure (or obtain a waiver of) such default within 60 days after the it receives such notice;

 
·
failure to pay any indebtedness for money borrowed by the Operating Partnership, the Company or any subsidiary in which the Operating Partnership has invested at least $50 million in capital (a "Significant Subsidiary") in an outstanding principal amount in excess of $50 million at final maturity or upon acceleration after the expiration of any applicable grace period, which indebtedness is not discharged, or such default in payment or acceleration is not cured or rescinded, within 30 days after written notice to the Operating Partnership from the trustee (or to the Operating Partnership and the trustee from holders of at least 25% in principal amount of the outstanding notes); or

 
·
certain events of bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization or court appointment of a receiver, liquidator or trustee of the Operating Partnership, the Company or any Significant Subsidiary or any substantial part of their respective property.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

 
(d)
Exhibits.

 
Indenture, dated April 15, 2013, among Essex Portfolio, L.P., Essex Property Trust, Inc., and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee, including the form of 3.25% Senior Notes due 2023 and the guarantee thereof.

 
Opinion of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

 
Opinion of Venable LLP.

 
23.1
Consent of Baker & McKenzie LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).

 
23.2
Consent of Venable LLP (included in Exhibit 5.2).

 
 

 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrants have duly caused this report to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
Date: April 15, 2013

 
ESSEX PROPERTY TRUST, INC.
     
 
/s/ Michael T. Dance
 
 
Name: Michael T. Dance
 
Title: Executive Vice President & Chief
 
Financial Officer
     
 
ESSEX PORTFOLIO, L.P.
     
 
By: Essex Property Trust, Inc.,
 
its General Partner
     
 
/s/ Michael T. Dance
 
 
Name: Michael T. Dance
 
Title: Executive Vice President & Chief
 
Financial Officer
 
 

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