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

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - August 17, 2010) - allows shareholders to gain full understanding of the economic and market forces influencing the REIT -- office industry, and offers free research on industry players Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE: BXP) and Corporate Office Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE: OFC). Register today at to receive free research reports on these companies.

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. is a specialized website where investors can have complete access to free reports on REIT - office industry; traders looking for analyst opinions on Boston Properties Inc., Corporate Office Properties Trust Inc. and other players in the industry are welcomed to sign up for a free one year membership at

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 or to download the full reports on Boston Properties Inc. and Corporate Office Properties Trust Inc.

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