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LaSalle Hotel Properties reports 4Q results

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) _ LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results matched Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Bethesda, Maryland, said it had funds from operations of $60 million, or 53 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 53 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 $11.9 million, or 10 cents per share.

The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $257.5 million in the period, which missed Street forecasts. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $261.4 million.

For the year, the company reported funds from operations of $280.1 million, or $2.47 per share. Revenue was reported as $1.1 billion.

For the current quarter ending in April, LaSalle Hotel Properties expects its per-share funds from operations to be 27 cents.

The company expects full-year funds from operations to be $2.06 per share.

The company's shares have risen nearly 1 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $28.25, a decrease of 5 percent in the last 12 months.

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