Reconciliations from GAAP financial measures to non-GAAP financial measures are provided in our supplemental report available at firstindustrial.com under the Investor Relations tab. Since this call may be accessed via replay for a period of time, it is important to note that today’s call includes time-sensitive information that may be accurate only as of today’s date, April 27, 2012.
Our call will begin with remarks by Bruce Duncan, our President and CEO and our CFO Scott Musil after which we will open it up for your questions.
Also on the call today are Jojo Yap, our Chief Investment Officer; Chris Schneider, Senior Vice President of Operations; and Bob Walter, Senior Vice President of Capital Markets and Asset Management.
Now, let me turn the call over to Bruce.Bruce Duncan Thanks, Art. And thank you to everyone for joining us today. The First Industrial team is off to a good start in 2012. Our results for the first quarter reflected solid execution on leasing with occupancy of 87.4% at March 31st. As we telegraphed on our last call our occupancy dipped in the first quarter. Due to a typical seasonality plus the known impact of 700,000 square foot move out in Columbus. With the benefit of continuing demand for industrial space and the efforts of our teammates across the regions, we leased 4.7 million square feet to help offset these factors keeping our decline for the quarter to just 50 basis points. Compared to a year ago, our occupancy was up 270 basis points. Included in our leasing results for the quarter with the net occupancy gained of 171,000 square feet as a top 10 vacancies we summarize at investor day in November. However, it is important to note that much of these leasing is short-term. So we still have work to do to realize approximately 220 basis points of occupancy opportunity from leasing the 1.5 million square feet of vacancy in this group. We also have work to do to lengthen the lease terms for some of these assets.
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