Centro Scores Loan Extension

Shares in embattled shopping centre owner Centro Properties Group shot up nearly 50% in morning trade today when the company announced a string of victories in discussions with the syndicate of bankers which hold the fate of the group in their hands.

Centro chief executive Glenn Rufrano also said it was his preference to stay on at Centro as its boss beyond January when his formal contract runs out. He said he was keen to manage the company as it stabilises and begins to reorganise its corporate structure assuming its debt problems are eventually solved.

Centro said today that its US lending group had further extended facilities of $US1.3 billion ($1.5 billion) associated with Centro's joint venture with Centro Retail Trust until December 15.


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