SOURCE: Essex Property Trust

June 18, 2008 14:26 ET

Essex Property Trust Declares Quarterly Distributions

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS), a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in apartment communities located in highly desirable, supply-constrained markets, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $1.02 per common share, payable July 15, 2008 to shareholders of record as of June 30, 2008.

The Board of Directors declared quarterly distributions of $0.48828 and $0.30469 per share on its 7.8125% Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares and its 4.875% Series G Cumulative Convertible Preferred shares, respectively. Distributions for the 7.8125% Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred shares are payable on September 2, 2008 to shareholders of record as of August 15, 2008. Distributions for the 4.875% Series G Cumulative Convertible Preferred shares are payable on July 31, 2008 to shareholders of record as of July 1, 2008.

Essex Property Trust, Inc., located in Palo Alto, California and traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ESS), is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily residential properties in selected West Coast communities. Essex currently has ownership interests in 133 multifamily properties (26,963 units), and has 1,658 units in various stages of development. Additional information about Essex can be found on the Company's web site at www.essexpropertytrust.com.