Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (DDR), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), is planning to raise $400 million through Term Asset-backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF program). The TALF was created by the Fed to support the issuance of asset-backed securities (ABS) collateralized by student loans, auto loans, credit card loans and loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. 

The deal is being eagerly anticipated by the $700 billion market for commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS), which took a severe beating in 2008 from the economic downturn. With the deal, Developers Diversified would be able to raise significant capital to increase its liquidity. By the end of the third quarter of 2009, the company had over $5 billion of consolidated debt. 

Developers Diversified specializes in the acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, leasing and management of shopping centers and business centers. The company owns and manages 670 retail operating (including joint ventures) and development properties spanning approximately 148 million square feet of real estate in 44 states in the US, and Puerto Rico, Brazil, Russia and Canada.
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