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Equity Residential Reports Full Year 2011 Results

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During the fourth quarter of 2011, utilizing the company’s At-the-Market (ATM) share offering program, the company issued 827,686 common shares at an average price of $57.31 per share for total consideration of approximately $47.4 million. During 2011, the company issued approximately 3.9 million common shares at an average price of $52.23 per share for total consideration of approximately $201.9 million. During the first quarter of 2012, the company issued 201,284 common shares at an average price of $57.87 per share for total consideration of $11.6 million. The company will use the proceeds from these share sales primarily to fund its normal, ongoing investment activity, including development, and for general corporate purposes. The company has approximately 8.97 million common shares available for future issuance under this program. No additional ATM issuances are included in the company’s 2012 guidance.

As of January 31, 2012, the company had cash on hand of approximately $265.2 million, approximately $1.7 billion available on its revolving credit facility and $500 million available on its delayed draw term loan.

2011 Common Share Dividend

For the full year 2011, the company paid a dividend of $1.58 per share which, per the company’s stated policy, is approximately 65% of the company’s Normalized FFO per share for the year and a 7.5% increase over the 2010 dividend.

First Quarter 2012 Guidance

The company has established a Normalized FFO guidance range of $0.58 to $0.62 per share for the first quarter of 2012. The difference between the company’s fourth quarter 2011 Normalized FFO of $0.65 per share and the midpoint of the first quarter guidance range of $0.60 per share is primarily due to:

  • a negative impact of approximately $0.03 per share from lower total property NOI as a result of seasonally higher operating expenses; and
  • a negative impact of approximately $0.02 per share due to higher total interest expense due to higher debt balances.

Full Year 2012 Guidance

The company has established a Normalized FFO guidance range of $2.68 to $2.78 per share for the full year 2012. The assumptions underlying this guidance can be found on page 27 of this release. The difference between the company’s full-year 2011 Normalized FFO of $2.43 per share and the midpoint of the company’s guidance range of $2.73 per share for full year 2012 Normalized FFO is primarily due to:

  • a positive impact of approximately $0.28 per share from higher same store property NOI;
  • a positive impact of approximately $0.04 per share from higher non-same store property NOI including properties in lease-up;
  • a positive impact of approximately $0.01 per share, net, from the following factors impacting interest expense: benefits from $0.04 per share of higher capitalized interest due to increased development activity and $0.04 per share from lower secured debt balances in 2012 which are offset by $0.06 per share from increased interest expense due to higher unsecured debt balances in 2012, and by $0.01 per share due to costs from the company’s revolving credit facility expansion and delayed draw term loan; and
  • a negative impact of approximately $0.03 per share from a higher share count in 2012 due to the dilutive effect of stock-option exercises, an expected issuance of one million operating partnership units in connection with a planned acquisition and ATM activity to date.

The company’s 2012 guidance for Normalized FFO, FFO and earnings per share includes no impact, positive or negative, from the pursuit or acquisition of any interest in Archstone. Because Normalized FFO is designed to eliminate non-comparable items like pursuit costs and break-up fees, these items would not be included in Normalized FFO in any event.

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