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COPT Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) (NYSE: OFC), an office real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses primarily on serving the specialized requirements of U.S. Government and Defense Information Technology tenants, announced financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

"We have made significant progress toward achieving our portfolio-level, operational, and balance sheet objectives," stated Roger A. Waesche, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. "Year to date, we are ahead of plan on selling non-strategic properties, are on-plan with regard to leasing, and were pleased with the execution of our Series L Preferred stock offering in late June," he added.

Results:

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.09 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 as compared to an EPS loss of ($0.42) in the second quarter of 2011. Diluted funds from operations per share (FFOPS), as adjusted for comparability, was $0.54 for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012, which represented a 5% decrease from the $0.57 reported for the second quarter of 2011. Adjustments for comparability encompass items such as acquisition costs, impairments and gains on non-operating properties, gains (losses) on early extinguishment of debt and derivative losses. Please refer to the reconciliation tables that appear later in this press release. Per NAREIT’s definition, FFOPS for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.54 versus $0.44 reported in the second quarter of 2011.

Operating Performance:

Portfolio Summary – At June 30, 2012, the Company’s consolidated portfolio of 228 operating office properties totaled 19.8 million square feet. The weighted average remaining lease term for the portfolio was 4.6 years and the average rental rate (including tenant reimbursements) was $27.13 per square foot. The Company’s consolidated portfolio was 87% occupied and 89% leased as of June 30, 2012, up 40 basis points, respectively, from March 31, 2012 levels.

Same Office Performance – The Company’s same office portfolio excludes properties identified for eventual disposal as part of the Company’s Strategic Reallocation Plan. For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, COPT’s same office portfolio represents 78% of the rentable square feet of the portfolio and consists of 164 properties. The Company’s same office portfolio occupancy was 89.7% at the end of the second quarter of 2012, up 30 basis points from the end of the first quarter 2012.

Including and excluding gross lease termination fees, the Company’s same office property cash NOI for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 increased 5%, as compared to the second quarter ended 2011.

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