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COPT Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Stocks in this article: OFC

Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT or the Company) (NYSE: OFC), announced financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

“Year to date, we are ahead of plan on leasing, on selling non-strategic properties, and in de-leveraging our balance sheet," stated Roger A. Waesche, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. "We remain focused on completing the strategic initiatives currently in progress to position the Company for future growth," he added.

Results:

Diluted loss per share was ($0.39) for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 as compared to earnings per share (EPS) of $0.03 in the third quarter of 2011. The third quarter 2012 loss per diluted share includes impairment losses of $55.8 million associated with non-strategic operating properties. Diluted funds from operations per share (FFOPS), as adjusted for comparability, was $0.53 for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, which represented a 2% increase from the $0.52 reported for the third 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, derivative losses and issuance costs on redeemed preferred shares. Please refer to the reconciliation tables that appear later in this press release. Per NAREIT’s definition, FFOPS for the third quarter of 2012 was $0.52 versus $0.49 reported in the third quarter of 2011.

Operating Performance:

Portfolio Summary – At September 30, 2012, the Company’s consolidated portfolio of 206 operating office properties totaled 18.6 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 $27.73 per square foot. The Company’s consolidated portfolio was 88.1% occupied and 89.9% leased as of September 30, 2012, up 70 and 60 basis points, respectively, from June 30, 2012 levels.

Same Office Performance – The Company’s same office portfolio excludes properties identified for eventual disposal. For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, COPT’s same office portfolio represents 81.6% of the rentable square feet of the portfolio and consists of 163 properties. The Company’s same office portfolio occupancy was 89.3% at the end of the third quarter of 2012, down 160 basis points from the end of the third quarter 2011. Sequentially, same office occupancy declined 30 basis points from June 30, 2012 to September 30, 2012.

On a GAAP basis, same office NOI grew 2.5% year-over-year for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, and increased 3.5% for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 versus the prior year period. On a cash basis and excluding lease termination fees, same office NOI declined 2.1% in the third quarter of 2012 versus 2011, owing to the receipt of a prepayment of rent in 2011. Excluding this prepayment and lease termination fees, same office cash NOI in the third quarter would have increased 3.9% year-over-year.

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