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Washington Real Estate Investment Trust Announces First Quarter Financial And Operating Results

Stocks in this article: WRE

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (“WRIT” or the “Company”) (NYSE: WRE), a leading owner and operator of diversified properties in the Washington, D.C. region, reported financial and operating results today for the quarter ended March 31, 2012:

  • Core Funds from Operations (1), defined as Funds from Operations (1) (“FFO”) excluding acquisition expense, gains or losses on extinguishment of debt and impairment, was $31.2 million, or $0.47 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared to $32.2 million, or $0.49 per diluted share for the prior year period. FFO for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 was $31.2 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to $30.5 million, or $0.46 per share, in the same period one year ago.
  • Net income attributable to the controlling interests for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 was $5.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $4.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the same period one year ago. Included in first quarter 2011 net income are acquisition costs of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share.

Operating Results

The Company's overall portfolio Net Operating Income (“NOI”) (2) was $50.5 million compared to $46.0 million in the same period one year ago and $50.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Overall portfolio physical occupancy for the first quarter was 89.7%, compared to 88.5% in the same period one year ago and 90.8% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Same-store (3) portfolio physical occupancy for the first quarter was 90.1%, compared to 91.8% in the same period one year ago. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy decreased 120 basis points (bps) compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Same-store portfolio NOI for the first quarter decreased 1.1% and rental rate growth was 1.3% compared to the same period one year ago.

  • Multifamily: 16.0% of Total NOI - Multifamily properties' same-store NOI for the first quarter increased 5.2% compared to the same period one year ago. Rental rate growth was 4.0% while same-store physical occupancy decreased 10 bps to 95.2%. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy increased 30 bps compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Office: 49.0% of Total NOI - Office properties' same-store NOI for the first quarter decreased 6.4% compared to the same period one year ago. Rental rate growth was 0.3% while same-store physical occupancy decreased 340 bps to 85.9%, primarily due to the previously announced expiration and move-out of Sun Microsystems/Oracle at 7900 Westpark Drive at the end of 2011. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy decreased 270 bps compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Medical: 15.2% of Total NOI - Medical office properties' same-store NOI for the first quarter increased 1.5% compared to the same period one year ago. Rental rate growth was 1.8% while same-store physical occupancy decreased 280 bps to 90.7%. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy increased 10 bps compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Retail: 19.8% of Total NOI - Retail properties' same-store NOI for the first quarter increased 4.1% compared to the same period one year ago. Rental rate growth was 0.9% while same-store physical occupancy increased 40 bps to 92.4%. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy decreased 40 bps compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Leasing Activity

During the first quarter, WRIT signed commercial leases for 217,979 square feet with an average rental rate increase of 8.6% over expiring lease rates on a GAAP basis, an average lease term of 5.7 years, tenant improvement costs of $19.08 per square foot and leasing costs of $12.56 per square foot.

  • Rental rates for new and renewed office leases increased 10.0% to $31.87 per square foot, with $21.57 per square foot in tenant improvement costs and $17.35 per square foot in leasing costs. Weighted average term for new and renewed leases was 5.6 years.
  • Rental rates for new and renewed medical office leases increased 5.8% to $29.94 per square foot, with $17.65 per square foot in tenant improvement costs and $5.29 per square foot in leasing costs. Weighted average term for new and renewed leases was 5.3 years.
  • Rental rates for new and renewed retail leases increased 7.1% to $15.13 per square foot, with no tenant improvement costs and $0.73 per square foot in leasing costs. Weighted average term for new and renewed leases was 8.3 years.

Dividends

On March 30, 2012, WRIT paid a quarterly dividend of $0.43375 per share for its 201 st consecutive quarterly dividend at equal or increasing rates.

Conference Call Information

The Conference Call for 1 st Quarter Earnings is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. Eastern time. Conference Call access information is as follows:

           
USA Toll Free Number: 1-877-407-9205
International Toll Number: 1-201-689-8054
 

The instant replay of the Conference Call will be available until May 11, 2012 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern time. Instant replay access information is as follows:

           
USA Toll Free Number: 1-877-660-6853
International Toll Number: 1-201-612-7415
Account: 286
Conference ID: 390948
 

The live on-demand webcast of the Conference Call will be available on the Investor section of WRIT's website at www.writ.com. On-line playback of the webcast will be available for two weeks following the Conference Call.

About WRIT

WRIT is a self-administered, self-managed, equity real estate investment trust investing in income-producing properties in the greater Washington metro region. WRIT owns a diversified portfolio of 71 properties totaling approximately 9 million square feet of commercial space and 2,540 residential units, and land held for development. These 71 properties consist of 26 office properties, 18 medical office properties, 16 retail centers and 11 multifamily properties. WRIT shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:WRE).

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