MINOT, N.D., April 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET) (the "Company"), a self-advised real estate investment trust that owns and operates multi-family residential properties and commercial office, medical, industrial and retail properties located primarily in the upper Midwest, today announced the completion of an underwritten public offering of 6,013,300 common shares of beneficial interest, no par value per share, including 263,300 shares issued pursuant to the underwriters' over-allotment option, at a public offering price of $9.25 per share, for net proceeds of approximately $53.0 million, after deducting the underwriting discount and other estimated offering-related costs. The Company intends to contribute the net proceeds of the offering to its operating partnership, which will use the net proceeds for general business purposes, which may include acquiring, developing, renovating, expanding or improving land and income-producing real estate properties in accordance with the Company's investment strategy and reducing its debt. BMO Capital Markets and Baird served as the joint book-running managers for the offering. D.A. Davidson & Co. and J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC acted as co-managers. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of or any solicitation of an offer to buy, these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. About Investors Real Estate Trust Investors Real Estate Trust is an equity real estate investment trust. Its business consists of owning and operating income-producing multi-family residential and commercial properties located primarily in the upper Midwest. Investors Real Estate Trust is based in Minot, North Dakota, and has additional offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota.