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Empire State Realty Trust reports 4Q results

NEW YORK (AP) _ Empire State Realty Trust Inc. (ESRT) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results topped Wall Street expectations.

The New York-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $74.2 million, or 25 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 22 cents per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $17 million, or 11 cents per share.

The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $179.3 million in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $117.5 million.

For the year, the company reported funds from operations of $269 million. Revenue was reported as $460.7 million.

The company's shares have risen 7 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $21.60, an increase of 38 percent in the last 12 months.

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