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COPT Reports 4Q and Full Year 2018 Results

February 7, 2019

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 7, 2019--Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OFC) announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

Management Comments

“Our fourth quarter represented a strong finish to a solid year,” stated Stephen E. Budorick, COPT’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “Leasing further accelerated during the fourth quarter, resulting in nearly 250,000 square feet of vacancy leasing, 377,000 square feet of development leasing, and 700,000 square feet of renewals, resulting in a robust 82% retention rate. For the year, we leased over 4.2 million square feet, including nearly 600,000 square feet of vacancy leasing, and 1.1 million square feet of development leasing—the second highest level in our 20 year history as a public company.” He continued, “Thus far in 2019, we have completed the lease for the second floor at 310 NBP with the U.S. Government, are in advanced negotiations on a significant level of development leasing, and are on track to register another strong year of leasing in the operating portfolio.”

Financial Highlights

4 th Quarter Financial Results:

Full Year 2018 Financial Results:

Adjustments for comparability encompass items such as gains and impairment losses on non-operating properties, losses on early extinguishment of debt, derivative gains (losses), issuance costs associated with redeemed preferred shares, demolition costs of redevelopment and nonrecurring improvements, and executive transition costs.

Operating Performance Highlights

Operating Portfolio Summary:

Same-Property Performance:


Investment Activity Highlights

Development & Redevelopment Projects:

Balance Sheet and Capital Transaction Highlights

Associated Supplemental Presentation

Prior to the call, the Company will post a slide presentation to accompany management’s prepared remarks for its fourth quarter and year end 2018 conference call, the details of which are provided below. The accompanying slide presentation can be viewed on and downloaded from the ‘Latest Updates’ section of COPT’s Investors website: https://investors.copt.com/

Conference Call Information

Management will discuss fourth quarter and year end 2018 results on its conference call tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, details of which are listed below:

The conference call will also be available via live webcast in the ‘Latest Updates’ section of COPT’s Investors website: https://investors.copt.com/

Replay Information

A replay of the conference call will be immediately available via webcast on the Investors website. Additionally, a telephonic replay of this call will be available beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, February 8, through 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, February 22. To access the replay within the United States, please call 855-859-2056; to access it from outside the United States, please call 404-537-3406. In either case, use passcode 1485747.


For definitions of certain terms used in this press release, please refer to the information furnished in the Company’s Supplemental Information Package furnished on a Form 8-K which can be found on its website ( www.copt.com ). Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the attached tables.

Company Information

COPT is a REIT that owns, manages, leases, develops and selectively acquires office and data center properties in locations that support the United States Government and its contractors, most of whom are engaged in national security, defense and information technology (“IT”) related activities servicing what it believes are growing, durable, priority missions (“Defense/IT Locations”). The Company also owns a portfolio of office properties located in select urban/urban-like submarkets in the Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore region with durable Class-A office fundamentals and characteristics (“Regional Office Properties”). As of December 31, 2018, the Company derived 88% of its core portfolio annualized revenue from Defense/IT Locations and 12% from its Regional Office Properties. As of the same date and including six buildings owned through an unconsolidated joint venture, COPT’s core portfolio of 161 office and data center shell properties encompassed 17.9 million square feet and was 94.0% leased; the Company also owned one wholesale data center with a critical load of 19.25 megawatts.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements, as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that are based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the Company. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan” or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which the Company cannot predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even anticipate. Although the Company believes that the expectations, estimates and projections reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions at the time made, the Company can give no assurance that these expectations, estimates and projections will be achieved. Future events and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that may affect these expectations, estimates, and projections include, but are not limited to:

The Company undertakes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

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CONTACT: IR Contacts:

Stephanie Krewson-Kelly


stephanie.kelly@copt.comMichelle Layne





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