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Piedmont Office: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

ATLANTA (AP) _ Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (PDM) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The results missed Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Atlanta, said it had funds from operations of $54.5 million, or 43 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 44 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 $8.2 million, or 6 cents per share.

The commercial real estate investment trust posted revenue of $130.7 million in the period, which topped Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $128.1 million.

Piedmont Office expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.75 to $1.79 per share.

The company's shares have increased 22% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $20.80, a rise of 5% in the last 12 months.

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