PHILADELPHIA-Two suburban public companies raise funds through offerings of senior notes. Plymouth Meeting-based Brandywine Realty Trust entered into an underwriting agreement to sell $525-million unsecured notes. In an unrelated transaction, the initial purchaser of $435 million in convertible senior notes of Jenkintown-based American Financial Realty Trust exercised the option to buy $15 million more.

The Brandywine offering includes $275 million of 4.5% unsecured notes due Nov. 1, 2009 and $250 million of 5.4% notes due Nov. 1, 2014. Brandywine guarantees the notes, and interest will be payable semi-annually on May 1 and Nov. 1, beginning on May 1, 2005. Settlement of the offering is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 22.

All securities in the Brandywine offering are rated Baa3 by Moody’s and BBB- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. Joint book-running managers are JP Morgan Securities and Bear, Stearns & Co. Citigroup Global Markets is senior co-manager of the 2014 notes, and Bank of America Securities, Piper Jaffray & Co., and SunTrust Capital Markets are co-managers. Five firms are co-managers of the 2009 notes. They are Wachovia Capital Markets, BNY Capital Markets, PNC Capital Markets, Key Bank Capital Markets, and Wells Fargo Brokerage Services. Brandywine will use net proceeds to repay debt.

The initial purchaser to two offerings of AFR’s 4.375% convertible senior notes due in 2024 exercised the option of buying $15 million more of the notes, raising the total issuance of this series to $450 million. The first offering of $300 million in notes was completed on July 9, and the sale of an additional $135 million was executed on Oct. 1. The newest additional offering will close on Thursday, Oct. 21.

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