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Sunstone Hotel reports 4Q results

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) _ Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (SHO) on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Aliso Viejo, California, said it had funds from operations of $62.2 million, or 29 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 26 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 $30 million, or 14 cents per share.

The hotel real estate investment trust, based in Aliso Viejo, California, posted revenue of $289.6 million in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $276.8 million.

For the year, the company reported funds from operations of $260.8 million. Revenue was reported as $1.19 billion.

For the current quarter ending in April, Sunstone Hotel expects its per-share funds from operations to range from 19 cents to 21 cents.

The company expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.09 to $1.19 per share.

The company's shares have dropped slightly since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $15.20, an increase of 24 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 SHO at https://www.zacks.com/ap/SHO

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