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Equity Residential Reports Full Year 2012 Results

Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) today reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. All per share results are reported as available to common shares on a diluted basis.

“Operating fundamentals were very strong in 2012 and we delivered same store revenue growth of 5.5% and NOI growth of 7.6%, among the best numbers in our history,” said David J. Neithercut, Equity Residential’s President and CEO. “Market conditions remain favorable and we currently expect to achieve 4% to 5% same store revenue growth in 2013, yet another year above historical trend.”

Fourth Quarter 2012

FFO (Funds from Operations), as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $0.94 per share compared to $0.64 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. The difference is primarily due to a termination fee of $80 million, or $0.24 per share, that the company received in connection with its pursuit of Archstone as well as the items discussed below.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, the company reported Normalized FFO of $0.75 per share compared to $0.65 per share in the same period of 2011. The difference is due primarily to:
  • a positive impact of approximately $0.08 per share from higher net operating income (NOI) from the company’s same store portfolio;
  • a positive impact of approximately $0.02 per share from lower total debt costs;
  • a positive impact of approximately $0.01 per share from 2011 and 2012 transaction activity; and
  • a negative impact of $0.01 per share from increased share count resulting from the approximately 21.9 million common shares sold in the company’s December 2012 public offering.

Normalized FFO begins with FFO and eliminates certain items that by their nature are not comparable from period to period or that tend to obscure the company’s actual operating performance. A reconciliation and definition of Normalized FFO are provided on pages 26 and 29 of this release and the company has included guidance for Normalized FFO on page 27 of this release. The company has also included some additional guidance on forecasted 2013 non-comparable items, primarily Archstone-related costs, on page 28 of this release.

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