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Washington Reit reports 1Q results

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Washington, said it had funds from operations of $32.9 million, or 44 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 43 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 $6.6 million, or 9 cents per share.

The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $77.5 million in the period, matching Street forecasts.

Washington Reit expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.76 to $1.84 per share.

The company's shares have declined roughly 2 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $32.08, an increase of 8.5 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 WRE at https://www.zacks.com/ap/WRE

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