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Easterly Government Properties Announces Modified Closing Schedule and Reaffirms 2018 and 2019 Guidance

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

~ Closing Expected No Later Than February 11, 2019 ~

~ 2018 and 2019 Guidance Reaffirmed ~

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (DEA) (the “Company” or “Easterly”), a fully integrated real estate investment trust (“REIT”) focused primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties leased to the U.S. Government, today announced a modified closing schedule for the final tranche of its previously announced 14-property portfolio acquisition. The Company expects to close on the final tranche no later than February 11, 2019, pursuant to an amended agreement with the portfolio sellers.

The three remaining properties in this final tranche include:

DEA - Sterling, VA

DEA - Sterling serves as a special testing and research laboratory to assist the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in performing mission critical forensic analyses. The 49,692-square foot facility was built-to-suit in 2001 and includes evidence rooms, computer labs, cryptography and various other specialized laboratories. The facility is 100% leased through 2020.

FDA - College Park, MD

FDA - College Park houses a laboratory for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), one of the FDA’s seven product-oriented centers. The 80,677-square foot office and laboratory was built-to-suit in 2004 and is 100% leased through 2029. The facility is part of the University of Maryland’s Research Park and is located two blocks from CFSAN headquarters in the Harvey W. Wiley Building, forming a campus which links university researchers, students and staff with federal laboratories and private sector companies.

Various GSA - Portland, OR

Various GSA - Portland, a Class A trophy multi-tenanted asset, was built in 2002 and is strategically located within Portland’s Central City Plan District along the MAX light rail system. The 225,057-square foot facility is occupied by tenants such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

In connection with the signing of the purchase agreement for the acquisition of the 14-property portfolio in June 2018, the Company completed a common stock offering, which included 7,000,000 shares offered on a forward basis at a price to the public of $19.25 per share. The original maturity date of the forward sales agreements of December 21, 2018 has been extended to allow for settlement to occur no later than June 21, 2019.

Guidance

The Company is reaffirming its guidance for 2018 FFO per share on a fully diluted basis in a range of $1.17 - $1.20.

                     
Low High
Net income (loss) per share – fully diluted basis $ 0.13   0.16
Plus: real estate depreciation and amortization $ 1.04 1.04
FFO per share – fully diluted basis $ 1.17 1.20
 

Further, the Company is also reaffirming its guidance for 2019 FFO per share on a fully diluted basis in a range of $1.16 - $1.20.

                     
Low High
Net income (loss) per share – fully diluted basis $ 0.06   0.10
Plus: real estate depreciation and amortization $ 1.10 1.10
FFO per share – fully diluted basis $ 1.16 1.20
 

This guidance assumes $200 million of acquisitions and $75 – 100 million of gross development-related investment during 2019. This guidance is forward-looking and reflects management’s view of current and future market conditions. The company’s actual results may differ materially from this guidance.

Non-GAAP Supplemental Financial Measures

This section contains definitions of certain non-GAAP financial measures and other terms that the Company uses in this press release and, where applicable, the reasons why management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors about the Company’s financial condition and results of operations and the other purposes for which management uses the measures. These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance in accordance with GAAP. Additional detail can be found in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as well as other documents filed with or furnished to the SEC from time to time.

Funds From Operations (FFO) is defined by NAREIT as net income (loss), calculated in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains or losses from sales of property and impairment losses on depreciable real estate, plus real estate depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. FFO is a widely recognized measure of REIT performance. Although FFO is a non-GAAP financial measure, the Company believes that information regarding FFO is helpful to shareholders and potential investors.

Other Definitions

Fully diluted basis assumes the exchange of all outstanding common units representing limited partnership interests in the Company’s operating partnership, or common units, the full vesting of all shares of restricted stock units, and the exchange of all earned and vested LTIP units in the Company’s operating partnership for shares of common stock on a one-for-one basis, which is not the same as the meaning of “fully diluted” under GAAP.

About Easterly Government Properties, Inc.

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (DEA) is based in Washington, D.C., and focuses primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the U.S. Government. Easterly’s experienced management team brings specialized insight into the strategy and needs of mission-critical U.S. Government agencies for properties leased to such agencies either directly or through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). For further information on the company and its properties, please visit www.easterlyreit.com.

Forward Looking Statements

We make statements in this press release that are considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, which are usually identified by the use of words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” and variations of such words or similar expressions and include our guidance with respect to Net income (loss) and FFO per share on a fully diluted basis. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are including this statement in this press release for purposes of complying with those safe harbor provisions. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved. Furthermore, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and will be affected by a variety of risks and factors that are beyond our control including, without limitation: risks associated with our dependence on the U.S. Government and its agencies for substantially all of our revenues; risks associated with ownership and development of real estate; the risk of decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; loss of key personnel; general volatility of the capital and credit markets and the market price of our common stock; the risk we may lose one or more major tenants; difficulties in completing and successfully integrating acquisitions; failure of acquisitions or development projects to occur at anticipated levels or to yield anticipated results; risks associated with actual or threatened terrorist attacks; intense competition in the real estate market that may limit our ability to attract or retain tenants or re-lease space; insufficient amounts of insurance or exposure to events that are either uninsured or underinsured; uncertainties and risks related to adverse weather conditions, natural disasters and climate change; exposure to liability relating to environmental and health and safety matters; limited ability to dispose of assets because of the relative illiquidity of real estate investments and the nature of our assets; exposure to litigation or other claims; risks associated with breaches of our data security; risks associated with our indebtedness; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the “Risk Factors” section of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2018. In addition, our anticipated qualification as a real estate investment trust involves the application of highly technical and complex provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the Code, and depends on our ability to meet the various requirements imposed by the Code through actual operating results, distribution levels and diversity of stock ownership. We assume no obligation to update publicly any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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