NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 14, 2013) - W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC) announced today that its Board of Directors had increased the Company's first quarter 2013 cash dividend to $0.82 per share, which equates to an annualized rate of $3.28. Payable on April 15, 2013 to shareholders of record as of March 28, 2013, this marks W. P. Carey's 48th consecutive dividend increase and represents a 24% increase over the prior quarter.
W. P. Carey also reported that after market close on March 15, 2013 it will be added to the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate Index.
Trevor P. Bond, President and CEO of W. P. Carey, commented, "Our ability to significantly increase our dividend along with the inclusion of W. P. Carey in the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate Index is indicative of the benefits and recognition that have accrued following our conversion to REIT status and our significant increase in real estate under ownership as a result of the merger with CPA®:15. We are pleased to commence our fortieth year with these positive announcements as we continue to build on our history of providing stable dividends and value to our shareholders."
W. P. Carey Inc.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, W. P. Carey Inc. is a publicly-traded REIT (NYSE: WPC) that provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies worldwide and owns and manages an investment portfolio totaling approximately $14.1 billion. The largest owner/manager of net lease assets, WPC's corporate finance-focused credit and real estate underwriting process is a constant that has been successfully leveraged across a wide variety of industries and property types. Our portfolio of long-term leases with creditworthy tenants has an established history of generating stable cash flows that have enabled the Company to deliver consistent and rising dividend income to investors for nearly four decades. www.wpcarey.com
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