SOURCE: Wall Street Equity Research

Wall Street Equity Research

August 17, 2010 09:35 ET

Professional Research on Boston Properties and Corporate Office Properties -- Office REITs Cautiously Confident

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Office real estate investment trusts are optimistic that the commercial real estate slump could be coming to an end. A few statistical markers suggest growth in the industry. $20.6 billion worth of commercial property changed ownership in the 2nd quarter. This marks an 86% increase from this point last year. The flurry of activity could indicate a return in demand. However, as it stands office vacancy remains in the high teens.

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If demand returns, so could pre-recession pricing. As it stands, the dip in demand has lowered pricing and increased vacancy causing diminished returns from office REITs. The recovery process remains a slow one and still dependent on many factors. Unemployment figures are decreasing and the refinancing of many commercial mortgage-backed securities is increasing.

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A wait and see approach is still in place but increased property transactions, decreased vacancy, declining unemployment and increased refinancing could indicate growth for office REITs. 

A broadly used metric to measure the performance of REITs is the Funds from Operations (FFO) which is basically the adding together of non-cash expenses and depreciation and amortization to net income. For this quarter, FFO for Boston Properties Inc. was at $1.12 a share, lower than reported in the same quarter last year. Conversely, FFO for Corporate Office Properties Trust Inc. in Q2 2010 excluding the impact of operating property acquisition costs was 19% lower at $0.54 a share. Shareholders and investors can sign up today at http://wallstreetequityresearch.com/August172010BostonPropertiesInc.(BXP)170810.php or http://wallstreetequityresearch.com/August172010CorporateOfficePropertiesTrust(OFC)170810.php to download the full reports on Boston Properties Inc. and Corporate Office Properties Trust Inc.

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