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MAA And Colonial Properties Trust Complete $8.3 Billion Merger

On September 30, 2013, MAA announced that its Board of Directors has declared its third quarter dividend of $0.695 per common share, payable on October 31, 2013, to stockholders of record of the combined company on October 15, 2013.

Advisors

J.P. Morgan acted as financial advisor, and Goodwin Procter LLP and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC acted as legal advisors to MAA.  BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor, and Hogan Lovells and Burr & Forman LLP acted as legal advisors to Colonial Properties Trust.

About MAA

MAA is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, owns and operates apartment communities across 14 states in the Sunbelt region of the United States.  As of October 1, 2013, after giving effect to the merger, MAA owned or had ownership interest in approximately 85,000 apartment units, including communities currently in development, focused on delivering full-cycle and superior investment performance for shareholders.  For further details, please visit the MAA website at www.maac.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry and markets in which the combined company operates and beliefs of and assumptions made by the combined company's management, involve uncertainties that could significantly affect the financial results of the combined company.  Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature.  Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the anticipated benefits of the business combination transaction involving MAA and Colonial Properties Trust, including future financial and operating results, and the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to expected synergies, efficiencies, cost of capital, and financial flexibility — are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.  Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained and therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that may affect outcomes and results include, but are not limited to: (i) national, regional and local economic climates, (ii) changes in financial markets and interest rates, or to the business or financial condition of either company or business (iii) increased or unanticipated competition for our properties, (iv) risks associated with acquisitions, (v) maintenance of real estate investment trust ("REIT") status, (vi) availability of financing and capital, (vii) risks associated with achieving expected revenue synergies or cost savings, (viii) risks associated with the combined company's ability to successfully integrate the portfolios and operations of MAA and Colonial Properties Trust, and (ix) those additional risks and factors discussed in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") by MAA from time to time, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recently filed reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. MAA does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statements appearing in this document.

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