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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Boston Property beats Wall St forecast

NEW YORK: Office building landlord Boston Properties Inc reported quarterly funds from operations, a key measure of real estate investment trust performance, that easily surpassed Wall Street's forecast, in part due to termination income from a tenant at one of its largest buildings.

The company, whose chairman and chief executive is publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, reported second-quarter funds from operations (FFO) of US$206.8mil, or US$1.38 per share, compared with US$181.6mil, or US$1.24 per share in the second-quarter 2011.

Analysts on average expected Boston Properties to post second-quarter FFO of US$1.24 per share, according to Thomson Reuters. The company had forecast second-quarter FFO in the range of US$1.23 to US$1.25 per share.

FFO removes the profit-reducing effect that depreciation, a non-cash item, has on earnings.

Boston Properties owns or has interests in properties that are mainly first-class office buildings in New York, Boston, San Francisco and the Washington DC area.

By Reuters

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