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Federal Realty Investment Trust Prices $125 Million Perpetual Preferred Stock Offering

ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 19, 2001--Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) announced today the pricing of a $125 million offering of 5,000,000 shares of 8.5% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares at $25 per share.

The Preferred Shares, which may be called by the Trust at par on or after November 27, 2006, have no stated maturity, sinking fund or mandatory redemption, and are not convertible into any other securities of Federal Realty Investment Trust. The net cash proceeds to the Trust from the offering will be used to pay down indebtedness under the Trust's credit facility.

Federal Realty expects to list the Series B Preferred Shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Morgan Stanley acted as the lead manager for the offering, and Merrill Lynch & Co., Salomon Smith Barney and Wachovia Securities acted as co-managers. The underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase an additional 750,000 shares to cover overallotments.

Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management, development and re-development of high quality retail and mixed-use properties.

Federal Realty owns or has an interest in 56 community and neighborhood shopping centers comprising over 11 million square feet, primarily located in densely populated communities throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. The Trust's predominately grocery-anchored shopping center portfolio is one of the best-leased and most productive necessity-based portfolios in the industry.

In addition, Federal Realty owns or has an interest in 97 retail and urban mixed-use properties comprising almost 3 million square feet located in strategic metropolitan markets across the United States. The Trust is nationally recognized for its main street revitalization programs as well as the development of urban mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly communities.

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 34 consecutive years. Shares of Federal Realty are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRT. Additional information about Federal Realty can be found on the Internet at www.federalrealty.com.

Certain matters discussed in this press release may be deemed to be forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although Federal Realty Investment Trust believes the expectations reflected in such forward looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained.

Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Federal Realty's expectations are listed in the company's Form 10K for the year ended December 31, 2000 and subsequent SEC reports and filings. Federal Realty assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.

CONTACT:
Federal Realty Investment Trust
Media Inquiries:
Kris Warner, 301/998-8212
kwarner@federalrealty.com
or
Investor Inquiries:
Andrew Blocher, 301/998-8166
ablocher@federalrealty.com