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Washington Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Fourth Quarter And Year-End Financial And Operating Results For 2012

Operating Results

The Company's overall portfolio Net Operating Income (“NOI”) (2) was $51.3 million compared to $49.7 million in the same period one year ago and $50.2 million in the third quarter of 2012. Overall portfolio physical occupancy for the fourth quarter was 88.1%, compared to 90.8% in the same period one year ago and 89.2% in the third quarter of 2012.

Same-store (3) portfolio physical occupancy for the fourth quarter was 88.7%, compared to 91.5% in the same period one year ago. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy decreased 100 basis points (bps) compared to the third quarter of 2012. Same-store portfolio NOI for the fourth quarter increased 1.2% and rental rate growth was 1.4% compared to the same period one year ago.

  • Office: 49.2% of Total NOI - Office properties' same-store NOI for the fourth quarter decreased 1.1% compared to the same period one year ago. Rental rate growth was 0.9% while same-store physical occupancy decreased 430 bps to 84.9%. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy decreased 140 bps compared to the third quarter of 2012.
  • Retail: 20.0% of Total NOI - Retail properties' same-store NOI for the fourth quarter increased 8.2% compared to the same period one year ago. Included in fourth quarter 2011 results was a $0.01 per diluted share charge related to a lawsuit with a former tenant at Westminster Shopping Center. Rental rate growth was 0.3% while same-store physical occupancy decreased 210 bps to 91.2%. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy decreased 160 bps compared to the third quarter of 2012.
  • Multifamily: 16.3% of Total NOI - Multifamily properties' same-store NOI for the fourth quarter increased 4.1% compared to the same period one year ago. Rental rate growth was 4.1% while same-store physical occupancy decreased 80 bps to 94.1%. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy decreased 70 bps compared to the third quarter of 2012.
  • Medical Office: 14.5% of Total NOI - Medical office properties' same-store NOI for the fourth quarter decreased 3.1% compared to the same period one year ago. Rental rate growth was 1.3% while same-store physical occupancy decreased 140 bps to 89.1%. Sequentially, same-store physical occupancy increased 110 bps compared to the third quarter of 2012.

Leasing Activity

During the fourth quarter, WRIT signed commercial leases for 270,492 square feet with an average rental rate increase of 9.5% over expiring lease rates on a GAAP basis, an average lease term of 6.2 years, tenant improvement costs of $19.71 per square foot and leasing costs of $9.83 per square foot.

  • Rental rates for new and renewed office leases increased 11.8% to $33.67 per square foot, with $26.06 per square foot in tenant improvement costs and $12.72 per square foot in leasing costs. Weighted average term for new and renewed leases was 6.2 years.
  • Rental rates for new and renewed retail leases increased 5.8% to $20.64 per square foot, with $2.27 per square foot in tenant improvement costs and $1.26 per square foot in leasing costs. Weighted average term for new and renewed leases was 5.5 years.
  • Rental rates for new and renewed medical office leases increased 4.8% to $35.03 per square foot, with $27.25 per square foot in tenant improvement costs and $14.35 per square foot in leasing costs. Weighted average term for new and renewed leases was 7.3 years.

Dispositions

In the fourth quarter, WRIT sold Plumtree Professional Center, a 33,000 square foot medical office building in Bel Air, Maryland, for $8.75 million and recorded a net book gain of $1.4 million. The property was built in 1991 and acquired by WRIT as part of a portfolio acquisition in 2006. The unleveraged internal rate of return over the holding period was 13%.

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