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Shareholders Approve Realty Income’s Acquisition Of American Realty Capital Trust

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SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE REALTY INCOME’S ACQUISITION OF AMERICAN REALTY CAPITAL TRUST

Realty Income to Increase Common Stock Dividend, Provides Updated Earnings Estimates, and Provides Post Acquisition Company Information

Realty Income Corporation (Realty Income), The Monthly Dividend Company ®, (NYSE:O), announced today that Realty Income and American Realty Capital Trust (ARCT) shareholders have approved the acquisition of ARCT by Realty Income. The transaction is expected to close later in January.

When the transaction closes, Realty Income will issue 45.6 million shares of common stock to ARCT shareholders, based on a fixed exchange ratio of 0.2874 shares of Realty Income stock for each share of ARCT common stock owned, and ARCT shareholders will receive a one-time cash payment of $0.35 per share. The transaction will be essentially balance sheet neutral.

Commenting on the approved acquisition, Chief Executive Officer Tom A. Lewis said, “We are very gratified to have received approval from both Realty Income and ARCT shareholders to complete the acquisition of ARCT. As a result of this transaction, we will significantly advance our strategic objective to increase the overall credit quality of the revenue generated by our tenants. We are also pleased that, due to the significant revenue and earnings growth as a result of this acquisition, we are able to substantially increase our dividend.”

Common Stock Dividend Increase

Realty Income further announced that it anticipates its Board of Directors will declare an increase in the company’s common stock monthly cash dividend to $0.1809167 per share from $0.15175 per share after the transaction closes. When the dividend is increased, it will be the 70 th dividend increase since Realty Income was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994. The new monthly dividend amount will represent an annualized dividend of $2.171 per share, as compared to the previous annualized dividend of $1.821 per share, or an increase of 19.2%.

Updated 2013 Earnings Estimates

The ARCT acquisition is anticipated to be immediately accretive to Realty Income’s Normalized Funds from Operations (FFO) and Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO). Normalized FFO is based on FFO adjusted to add back merger-related costs. Based on the approved ARCT acquisition, combined with the record $1.16 billion in new property acquisitions for 2012, the company is increasing 2013 earnings estimates. The updated 2013 Normalized FFO and AFFO estimates are as follows (excluding the one-time costs associated with the ARCT transaction):

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