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COPT Reports 2012 Results; Affirms 2013 Guidance

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Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT or the Company) (NYSE: OFC) announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

"The COPT team exceeded expectations in 2012, with our strong execution of the Strategic Reallocation Plan, record development leasing and strengthening our balance sheet," stated Roger A. Waesche, Jr., COPT’s President & Chief Executive Officer. "In fact, notwithstanding the on-going challenges presented by the Federal budget issues, we executed leases at development and redevelopment properties for 1.2 million square feet – the highest new leasing volume in COPT’s history," he stated.


For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 – Diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.16 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 as compared to EPS loss of ($1.26) in the fourth quarter of 2011. Diluted funds from operations per share (FFOPS), as adjusted for comparability, was $0.51 for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, which represented an 11% decrease from the $0.57 reported for the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjustments for comparability encompass items such as acquisition costs, impairments and gains on non-operating properties, losses on early extinguishment of debt and derivative losses. Please refer to the reconciliation tables that appear later in this press release. Per NAREIT’s definition, FFOPS for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $0.49 versus ($0.35) reported in the fourth quarter of 2011.

For the year ended December 31, 2012 – EPS loss was ($0.03) for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared to an EPS loss of ($1.97) for 2011. FFOPS for the full year 2012, as adjusted for comparability, was $2.11, which represented a 1% decrease from the $2.14 reported in 2011. Per NAREIT’s definition, FFOPS for 2012 was $2.13 as compared to $0.72 for the full year 2011.

Operating Performance:

Portfolio Summary – At December 31, 2012, the Company’s consolidated portfolio of 208 operating office properties totaled 18.8 million square feet. The weighted average remaining lease term for the portfolio was 4.4 years and the average rental rate (including tenant reimbursements) was $27.92 per square foot. The Company’s consolidated portfolio was 87.8% occupied and 89.2% leased as of December 31, 2012.

Same Office Performance – The Company’s same office portfolio excludes properties identified for eventual sale, including those in its Strategic Reallocation Plan. For the year ended December 31, 2012, COPT’s same office portfolio represents 84% of the rentable square feet of the portfolio and consists of 177 properties.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company’s same office property cash NOI, excluding gross lease termination fees, increased 2.3% as compared to the year ended 2011. Including gross lease termination fees, same office property cash NOI for the year ended December 31, 2012 increased 2.8% over 2011. The Company’s same office portfolio occupancy was 89.1% at year end 2012, up 80 basis points from the end of 2011.

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