Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp.’s financial performance in the first quarter met analyst expectations even though the company suffered a $36 million loss and saw revenue decline by $65 million.
The real estate investment trust said Wednesday that core funds from operations for the quarter were $63.7 million, or 24 cents per share, compared with $72.6 million, or 28 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2011.
Twelve analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected core FFO of 24 cents per share for the quarter. FFO is a common performance measure used by real estate investment trusts.
Duke reported a loss attributable to shareholders of nearly $36.4 million, or 14 cents per share, compared with a profit of $47.6 million, or 19 cents per share, in the year-ago period. The company attributed much of the loss to a $73.3 million reduction in gains on the sale of depreciable properties.
Revenue for the quarter declined to $272.4 million, down from $337.5 million in the first quarter of 2011.
Duke completed $157 million in acquisitions during the quarter and signed 1.5 million square feet of new development starts, including two industrial projects totaling 1.4 million square feet.
The company said the overall occupancy rate in its real estate portfolio rose to 92.1 percent from 90.7 percent the previous quarter.