INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - Feb 3, 2014) - Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE), a leading nationwide REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) specializing in the ownership, management and development of bulk industrial facilities, medical office properties and suburban office buildings announced today that Standard & Poor's ("S&P") Ratings Services has raised the company's corporate credit and senior unsecured debt ratings to BBB, from BBB-, with a stable outlook. S&P cited the company's commitment to steadily deleveraging the balance sheet, conservatively funding investment activity and managing development, and favorable fundamentals. S&P also noted that Duke Realty's portfolio repositioning to more desirable big-box industrial and stable medical offices should support longer-term cash flow stability and lower annual capital expenditures required for leasing and maintenance costs. The upgrade further reflects expectations that the company will continue to strengthen credit metrics over the next 12 to 24 months.
"We are pleased that S&P has recognized the improvement in our operating fundamentals, portfolio quality and overall financial strength. During a period of significant portfolio transformation, we demonstrated a commitment to improving our coverage levels, reducing our leverage and enhancing our liquidity. Coupled with our existing Baa2 credit rating from Moody's Investors Service, the upgrade by S&P now places the company at a solid mid-BBB credit profile to help support long-term growth," said Mark Denien, Chief Financial Officer of Duke Realty.
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty Corporation owns, maintains an interest in or has under development approximately 152.6 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 22 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.
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