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Federal Realty Investment Trust Increases Common Dividend for 37th Consecutive Year; Record of Consecutive Annual Dividend Increases Ranks 1st in the REIT Industry
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ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 7, 2004--Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) announced today that its Board of Trustees has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.505 per share on its common shares, resulting in an indicated annual rate of $2.02, an increase of $0.06 annually. The dividend will be payable on October 15, 2004, to common shareholders of record as of September 24, 2004. This increase represents the 37th consecutive year that Federal Realty has increased its common dividend and is the largest annual increase by Federal Realty since 2000.

"Federal Realty's record of consecutive annual dividend increases is one of the Trust's most valuable assets and a record that we are very proud of," said Donald C. Wood, Federal Realty's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The growth in our annual dividend increase from $0.02 per year in 2003 to $0.06 per year in 2004 reflects the continued strong performance of our portfolio and our assessment that Santana Row has made the transition from Federal Realty's greatest risk to our greatest opportunity."

In celebration of this announcement, Federal Realty will ring today's Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Federal Realty continues to lead the REIT industry in consecutive annual dividend increases. The Trust has increased its common dividend every year since 1967. Federal Realty's dividend increase record is ranked 26th on the "Longest Records of Dividend Achievement" list published in the Summer 2004 issue of Mergent's Dividend Achievers. To become a Mergent "Dividend Achiever," a publicly traded company must have increased its dividends for at least the last ten consecutive years. Although more than 10,000 North American-listed, dividend-paying companies are considered each quarter for classification as a Mergent "Dividend Achiever," only 3 percent qualified as of April 30, 2004. Some of the Dividend Achievers boasting increase records longer than Federal Realty's include Procter & Gamble Co., 3M Co, Coca-Cola Co, and Johnson & Johnson.

Federal Realty's Board of Trustees also declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.53125 per share on the Trust's Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares (NYSE: FRTprB). Dividends on the Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares will be payable on October 29, 2004 to shareholders of record on October 15, 2004.

About Federal Realty

Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of shopping centers and Street Retail properties. Federal Realty's portfolio contains approximately 16.9 million square feet located primarily in strategic metropolitan markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and California. The operating portfolio was 94.2% leased to approximately 2,200 national, regional, and local retailers as of June 30, 2004, with no single tenant accounting for more than 2.4% of rental revenue. Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 37 consecutive years, the longest consecutive record in the REIT industry. Shares of Federal Realty are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT.

Safe Harbor Language

Certain matters discussed within this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although Federal Realty believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. The factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described in our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 11, 2004, and include the following:

  • risks that our tenants will not pay rent or that we may be unable to renew leases or re-let space at favorable rents as leases expire;
  • risks that we may not be able to proceed with or obtain necessary approvals for any redevelopment or renovation project, and that any redevelopment or renovation project that we do pursue may not perform as anticipated;
  • risks normally associated with the real estate industry, including risks that occupancy levels at our properties and the amount of rent that we receive from our properties may be lower than expected, that new acquisitions may fail to perform as expected, that competition for acquisitions could result in increased prices for acquisitions, that we may have environmental risks at our properties, and, because real estate is illiquid, that we may not be able to sell properties when appropriate;
  • risks that our growth will be limited if we cannot obtain additional capital;
  • risks of financing, such as our ability to consummate additional financings or obtain replacement financing on terms which are acceptable to us, our ability to meet existing financial covenants and the limitations imposed on our operations by those covenants, and the possibility of increases in interest rates that would result in increased interest expense; and
  • risks related to our status as a real estate investment trust, commonly referred to as a REIT, for federal income tax purposes, such as the existence of complex tax regulations relating to our status as a REIT, the effect of future changes in REIT requirements as a result of new legislation, and the adverse consequences of the failure to qualify as a REIT.

Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements that we make, including those in this press release. Except as required by law, we make no promise to update any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. You should review the risks contained in our annual report on Form 10-K (as amended), our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and the risks contained in our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 11, 2004.

Investor and Media Inquiries
Federal Realty Investment Trust
Andrew Blocher, 301-998-8166
Suzanne O'Neill, 301-998-8358

SOURCE: Federal Realty Investment Trust