AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) (the “Company”) reported today that Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders (“Net Income”) for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $86,844,000. This resulted in Earnings per Share – diluted (“EPS”) of $0.89 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to EPS of $0.49 for the comparable period of 2011, an increase of 81.6%. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, EPS was $3.13 compared to $1.33 for the comparable period of 2011, an increase of 135.3%.
The increase in EPS for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 over the prior year period is due primarily to an increase in Net Operating Income (“NOI”) from existing and newly developed and acquired communities, a gain on the acquisition of an unconsolidated entity, and a decline in net interest expense. The increase in EPS for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 over the prior year period is due primarily to an increase in real estate sales and related gains in 2012, increased NOI from existing and newly developed and acquired communities, and a decline in net interest expense.
Funds from Operations attributable to common stockholders - diluted (“FFO”) per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 increased 23.1% to $1.44 from $1.17 for the comparable period of 2011. FFO per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 increased 19.8% to $4.05 from $3.38 for the comparable period of 2011. Adjusting for the non-routine items detailed in Attachment 14, FFO per share would have increased by 20.5% for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 20.2% for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 over the prior year periods.
The Company’s FFO per share for the third quarter of 2012 exceeded the midpoint of the range for its third quarter 2012 outlook provided in July 2012. The better than expected results were driven by the Company’s recognition of its promoted interest in conjunction with the acquisition of our partner’s 70% interest in Avalon Del Rey, discussed in this release. Better than expected revenue from existing and newly developed communities also contributed to the outperformance. These favorable variances were offset in part by the timing of the Company’s capital markets activities, primarily interest and associated costs from the timing of the Company’s third quarter 2012 unsecured notes offering, which the Company previously expected would occur in the fourth quarter of 2012.
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