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Friday, March 20, 2009

General Growth Faces 5 PM Deadline

by Calculated Risk on 3/20/2009 11:12:00 AM

In addition to watching for bank failures this afternoon, the 2nd largest mall owner in the U.S. - General Growth Properties - is facing a significant deadline:

From the WSJ: General Growth Shakes Up Executive Ranks

[General Growth's] most critical deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, when it hopes the majority of its bondholders will have agreed to refrain from demanding payment this year on $2.25 billion in bonds. If that effort fails, General Growth says it might need to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Yesterday: Moody's Cuts General Growth To Last Pre-Default Level
Moody's Investors Service lowered its ratings on debt-laden mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. (GGP) and some of its subsidiaries to C, the last stop before default, after the company let a $395 million bond payment pass without a payment earlier this week.
On Wednesday, Standard and Poor's Ratings Services lowered its credit ratings on the company to default on the missed bond payment.