SAN DIEGO, July 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Assets Trust, Inc. (NYSE:AAT) (the "Company") announced today it earned investment grade credit ratings from all three major U.S. credit rating agencies. The Company was assigned a BBB rating from Fitch Ratings, a Baa3 rating from Moody's Investor Service and a BBB- rating from Standard and Poor's Ratings Services. All three credit ratings have a stable outlook.
Robert F. Barton, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, "since our IPO, it has been one of our objectives to obtain investment grade credit ratings from each of Fitch, Moody's and Standard & Poor's, which we proudly believe are a reflection of the quality of our portfolio, the strength of our balance sheet and our operational and investment discipline. It is our expectation that utilizing the investment grade unsecured debt market will ultimately become a core component of our future financing needs."
About American Assets Trust, Inc.
American Assets Trust, Inc. is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust, or REIT, headquartered in San Diego, California. For over 40 years, the Company has been acquiring, improving, developing and managing premier retail, office and residential properties throughout the United States in some of the nation's most dynamic, high-barrier-to-entry markets primarily in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The Company's retail portfolio comprises approximately 3.1 million rentable square feet, and its office portfolio comprises approximately 2.7 million square feet. In addition, the Company owns one mixed-use property (including approximately 97,000 rentable square feet of retail space and a 369-room all-suite hotel) and over 900 multifamily units. In 2011, the Company was formed to succeed to the real estate business of American Assets, Inc., a privately held corporation founded in 1967 and, as such, has significant experience, long-standing relationships and extensive knowledge of its core markets, submarkets and asset classes. For additional information, please visit www.americanassetstrust.com.
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Investor and Media Contact:
American Assets Trust
Robert F. Barton
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Source:American Assets Trust, Inc.