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Duke Realty reports strong quarterly results

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Duke Realty Corp. saw a surge in revenue, profit and funds from operations in the second quarter compared with a year ago, the Indianapolis-based real estate developer said late Wednesday afternoon.

Duke’s quarterly revenue rose nearly 14 percent, to $303 million, compared to the same quarter a year ago. Analysts had expected revenue of only $235.9 million.

Rental income climbed 8.5 percent, to $233.5 million, and general contracting and service-fee revenue increased 36 percent, to $69.5 million.

Duke profit rose to $127.7 million, or 38 cents per share, compared with $61.5 million in the second quarter of 2013.

FFO for the quarter hit 30 cents per share, compared with 27 cents per share in the year-ago period. FFO is a common measure of performance for real estate investment trusts. FFO exceeded analyst expectations by 1 cent per share.

Duke CEO Denny Oklak attributed the improved results to higher occupancy and growth in rents.

The company revised its previous core FFO guidance for 2014 to a range of $1.15 to $1.19 per share, compared to previous guidance of $1.12 to $1.18 per share.

Duke shares closed at $18.18 per share prior to the earnings announcement.
 

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