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Winthrop Realty Trust Announces Results for First Quarter 2011

Company Declares Second Quarter 2011 Cash Dividend
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

Company Declares Second Quarter 2011 Cash Dividend

FFO Per Share Increased 19% to $0.44 Compared to First Quarter 2010

BOSTON, May 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR), a leading real estate value investor, today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. All per share amounts are on a diluted basis.

First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Net income applicable to Common Shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was $7.1 million, or $0.26 per Common Share, compared with net income of $4.1 million, or $0.20 per Common Share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, the Company reported Funds from Operations (FFO) applicable to Common Shares of $12.0 million, or $0.44 FFO per Common Share, compared with FFO of $7.9 million, or $0.37 per Common Share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.

"We started 2011 with strong momentum. We have executed on $34.2 million of acquisitions and a number of our investments have realized full accretion or return of capital with gains. These activities have significantly contributed to a 19% increase in our year over year FFO per share," stated Michael L. Ashner, Winthrop's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, the Company further strengthened its capital structure, adding capacity to our credit facility and raising over $61 million of equity in the second quarter. Our expanded capital base and robust pipeline of opportunities will enable Winthrop to execute on our deep investing value strategy."

2011 First Quarter Investment Activity

  • Entered into a contract with a venture in which Winthrop will hold a 50% interest to acquire the collateral management agreements with respect to three real estate CDOs that hold approximately $1.8 billion in loans and loan securities. The acquisition of the collateral management agreements is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent, including required third party consents.
  • Executed an agreement to purchase a 75% interest in a joint venture for $25.2 million. The venture owns the general partnership interests in developer fees and advances receivable from partnerships owning 26 multifamily and senior housing properties. This investment is comprised of approximately 4,400 units located primarily in the Pacific Northwest and California. The first stage of the transaction closed in March 2011 pursuant to which we acquired for $7.0 million certain of the receivables owned by the underlying partnerships. The balance of the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Formed a 50/50 joint venture to acquire a first mortgage secured by a lien on a recently constructed, 26-story, 66-room boutique hotel located on 46th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues in New York, New York. The performing loan, which was purchased for $15.6 million at a 4.3% discount to its face value of $16.3 million, bears interest at a rate of 9.33%.
  • Formed a 50/50 joint venture to acquire two non-performing first mortgage loans secured by two retail centers located in Riverside County, California. The loans, purchased for an aggregate of $35.6 million, are in maturity default and upon acquisition, foreclosure proceedings were initiated.
  • Restructured a $30.1 million 5.88% interest rate performing first mortgage loan secured by a 276 unit Class A apartment community in Tempe, Arizona into a $15.2 million 4.85% interest senior participation, which was issued at par and retained a $15.7 million junior participation with an effective current yield of 9.1% and a yield to maturity of 14.7%.
  • Reached an agreement with the first mortgage lender on Newbury Apartments pursuant to which the lender waived all defaulted interest, modified the payments to interest only and extended the maturity date to February 1, 2014.
  • Financed the Plantation, Florida property with an $11.0 million first mortgage loan bearing interest at 6.483% and maturing on April 1, 2018.
  • Entered into an agreement to sell at par a $10.0 million sub-participation interest secured by the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel that we acquired in December 2009 for $5.25 million. The purchaser has the right to close at any time up to July 9, 2011.
  • Entered into contracts to sell two of the vacant Kroger properties located in St. Louis, Missouri and Knoxville, Tennessee for an aggregate purchase price of $3.9 million, subject to the purchasers' due diligence.

Second Quarter 2011 Investment Activity

  • Our Metropolitan Tower B Note and rake bond receivable, which were acquired for an aggregate purchase price of $11.75 million, were satisfied at par for approximately $23.75 million.
  • Winthrop began to receive funds previously held in escrow of $2.3 million related to a Delaware Supreme Court unanimously affirming a Delaware Chancery Court's prior ruling that the notes issued by Concord CDO, a debt platform in which Winthrop holds a one-third interest, were validly delivered for cancellation.
  • Provided a $2.0 million secured bridge loan to the owners of a leasehold interest in a property located at 450 West 14th Street, New York, New York.
  • Acquired an ownership interest in an entity that holds an approximately $2.5 million non-performing junior mezzanine loan indirectly secured by a 194 unit apartment complex located in Jacksonville, Florida. The loan matured on March 30, 2011 and the venture has commenced foreclosure on its collateral.

Capital Markets Activities

  • Increased the Company's credit facility to $50.0 million from $35 million, with an expansion option of up to $150.0 million, and extended its maturity date to March 2014.
  • Closed a public offering of 5.75 million Common Shares at a price of $11.25 per Common Share (before underwriter's discounts) resulting in net proceeds of approximately $61.6 million.

Supplemental Financial Information

Further details regarding financial results, properties and tenants can be accessed at in the Investor Relations section.

Second Quarter 2011 Dividend Declaration

The Company's Board of Trustees declared a dividend for the second quarter of 2011 of $0.1625 per Common Share payable on July 15, 2011 to common shareholders of record on June 30, 2011.

The Company also has declared the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.40625 per Series B-1 Preferred Share and per Series C Preferred Share which is payable on August 1, 2011 to the holders of Series B-1 Preferred Shares or Series C Preferred Shares, as applicable, of record on June 30, 2011.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2011 results today, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. Interested parties may access the live call by dialing (877) 407-9205 or (201) 689-8054, or via the Internet at within the News and Events section. A replay of the call will be available through June 6, 2011 by dialing (877) 660-6853; account #286, confirmation #368936. An online replay will also be available through June 6, 2011.

About Winthrop Realty Trust

Winthrop Realty Trust, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on acquiring, owning, operating and investing in real property as well as real estate financial instruments including CMBS, Bonds, REIT Preferred and common stock. For more information please visit our web-site at

Forward-Looking Statements

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements in this release state the Company's and management's hopes, intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements for which the Company claims the protections of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It is important to note that future events and the Company's actual results could differ materially from those described in or contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general economic conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or general downturn in their business, (iii) local real estate conditions, (iv) increases in interest rates, (v) increases in operating costs and real estate taxes, (vi) changes in accessibility of debt and equity capital markets and (vii) defaults by borrowers on loans. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be obtained from the Company or the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company refers you to the documents filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as may be updated or supplemented in the Company's Form 10-Q filings, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the Company's results.

Financial Results

Financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010 are as follows (in thousands except per share amounts):

Funds From Operations:

The following presents a reconciliation of net income to funds from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

FFO is computed in accordance with the definition adopted by the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT").  NAREIT defines FFO as net income or loss determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), excluding extraordinary items as defined under GAAP and gains or losses from sales of previously depreciated operating real estate assets, plus specified non-cash items, such as real estate asset depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.  FFO and FFO per diluted share are used by management, investors and industry analysts as supplemental measures of operating performance of equity REITs. FFO and FFO per diluted share should be evaluated along with GAAP net income and income per diluted share (the most directly comparable GAAP measures), as well as cash flow from operating activities, investing activities and financing activities, in evaluating the operating performance of equity REITs.  FFO and FFO per diluted share exclude the effect of depreciation, amortization and gains or losses from sales of real estate, all of which are based on historical costs which implicitly assumes that the value of real estate diminishes predictably over time.  Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, these non-GAAP measures can facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods and among other equity REITs. FFO does not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs as disclosed in the Company's Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.  FFO should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or as an alternative to cash flows as a measure of liquidity.  In addition to FFO, the Company also discloses FFO before certain items that affect comparability.  Although this non-GAAP measure clearly differs from NAREIT's definition of FFO, the Company believes it provides a meaningful presentation of operating performance.  A reconciliation of net income to FFO is provided above.  In addition, a reconciliation of FFO to FFO before certain items that affect comparability is provided above in this press release.

Further details regarding the Company's results of operations, properties, joint ventures and tenants are available in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and will be available for download at the Company's website or at the Securities and Exchange Commission website .

CONTACT: AT THE COMPANY Thomas Staples Chief Financial Officer (617) 570-4614