ROCKVILLE, Md., July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) announced today the approval by its Board of Trustees of an increase in the regular dividend rate on its common shares to $1.00 per share per quarter resulting in an annualized dividend rate of $4.00 per share. The quarterly cash dividend will be payable on October 16, 2017 to common shareholders of record as of September 22, 2017. Federal Realty is the only real estate investment trust in the United States to have increased its common dividend every year for the last 50 years. The Trust is considered a "Dividend Aristocrat" by the S&P 500, a term used to describe S&P 500 companies that have increased their dividend payout for 25 consecutive years or more. Federal Realty is one of only 22 Dividend Aristocrats to have 50+ consecutive years of dividend increases. The compound annual growth rate of the dividend increases over that 50 years is in excess of 7%.
"The ability to raise the dividend on common shares every single year since 1967 is the strongest testament I can think of to reflect both the quality and resiliency of our real estate portfolio and the sustainability, consistency and strength of our balance sheet and business plan," said Donald C. Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer. "When you think about the volatility in interest rates, economic conditions and retailer peaks and valleys over that half century time period, the annual consistency of an increasing cash flow stream distributed to investors that has been generated by this platform is all the more impressive," Mr. Wood concluded.
About Federal Realty
Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Boston as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities. Federal Realty's 99 properties include over 2,800 tenants, in over 23 million square feet, and over 1,800 residential units.
Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 50 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit www.FederalRealty.com.
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