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Piedmont Office: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

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

The real estate investment trust, based in Atlanta, said it had funds from operations of $58 million, or 46 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 45 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 $162.5 million, or $1.29 per share.

The commercial real estate investment trust posted revenue of $134.2 million in the period, which did not meet Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $134.7 million.

For the year, the company reported funds from operations of $165.7 million, or $1.79 per share. Revenue was reported as $533.2 million.

The company's shares have increased 8% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $24.02, a climb of 22% in the last 12 months.

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