ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE: BNL) (“BNL” or the “Company”) today announced that S&P Global Ratings (“S&P”) assigned the Company an initial credit rating of 'BBB' with a stable outlook. S&P is also assigning a 'BBB' rating to the Company’s operating subsidiary, Broadstone Net Lease, LLC and a 'BBB' issue-level rating to the Company's outstanding senior unsecured notes.
S&P commented that the rating reflects BNL's well-diversified platform that mitigates sector-specific headwinds, its steady and favorable operating performance, and its prudent financial policy following the successful execution of its IPO.
Ryan M. Albano, BNL’s Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We are very pleased to announce our new investment grade rating with S&P. We believe that this is a direct reflection of our diversified portfolio of high-quality real estate leased to credit-worthy tenants, conservatively structured balance sheet, and strong historical operating performance. Access to capital at competitive rates is important to creating long-term shareholder value. In addition to immediate interest savings on our existing bank loans, this new investment grade rating will further enhance our ability to grow our real estate portfolio through a diversity of funding sources.”
About Broadstone Net Lease, Inc.
BNL is an internally-managed REIT that acquires, owns, and manages primarily single-tenant commercial real estate properties that are net leased on a long-term basis to a diversified group of tenants. The Company utilizes an investment strategy underpinned by strong fundamental credit analysis and prudent real estate underwriting. As of December 31, 2020, BNL’s diversified portfolio consisted of 641 properties in 41 U.S. states and one property in Canada across the industrial, healthcare, restaurant, office, and retail property types, with an aggregate gross asset value greater than $4 billion.
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