Highwoods Properties reports 4Q results

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Highwoods Properties Inc. (HIW) on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations.

The Raleigh, North Carolina-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $88.7 million, or 84 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 83 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 $56.6 million, or 55 cents per share.

The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $175.9 million in the period, missing Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $177.1 million.

For the year, the company reported funds from operations of $357.5 million, or $3.28 per share. Revenue was reported as $702.7 million.

Highwoods Properties expects full-year funds from operations to be $3.35 to $3.47 per share.

The company’s shares have dropped 12 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has dropped 10 percent in the last 12 months.

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

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