(the "Company") (NYSE: UDR), a leading multifamily real estate investment trust, today announced an update regarding the impact of Hurricane Sandy on its lower Manhattan communities, 10 Hanover Square, 95 Wall and Rivergate.
10 Hanover Square and Rivergate are operational and have been re-occupied with limited services. The Company expects that 95 Wall will be operational and re-occupied by Friday, November 16, 2012.
November 1, 2012
, two days after Hurricane Sandy, the Company issued a preliminary damage estimate of $11 to $14 million, based on the expectation that primary building systems in the Company’s lower Manhattan communities would be minimally affected and electricity and steam would return after a few days. Following inspections of these building systems with representatives from the Company’s insurance providers as well as the completion of initial repairs, the estimate of the damage increased. As a result, total damages are now expected to be $28 to $32 million.
The Company carries insurance for flood damage and business interruptions and its Sandy-related deductible will be approximately $1.5 million. While the Company believes it is entitled to reimbursement for all of its costs and lost revenue, the timing and ultimate amount of recovery will not be known until a later date. As a result, the Company expects to record a charge of $0.03 to $0.04 per diluted share in the fourth quarter.
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