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Preferred Apartment Communities: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

ATLANTA (AP) _ Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (APTS) on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations.

The Atlanta-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $11.5 million, or 28 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 37 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 a loss of $14.2 million, or 35 cents per share.

The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $104.2 million in the period, which beat Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $102.9 million.

Preferred Apartment Communities expects full-year funds from operations to be $1.43 to $1.45 per share.

The company's shares have decreased 20 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Monday, shares hit $16.27, a fall of 21 percent in the last 12 months.

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This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on APTS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/APTS