INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DUKE REALTY CORPORATION (NYSE:DRE), a leading industrial property REIT included in the S&P 500 Index, announced today that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $0.85 per share of common stock payable on December 12, 2017, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 1, 2017. The decision to declare a special dividend was primarily a result of the sale of approximately $2.85 billion of assets through September 30, 2017.
“The special dividend is necessary to meet minimum REIT distribution requirements, but also rewards shareholders for a portion of the value created from the medical office portfolio sale during the year. After consideration of the special dividend, we were able to retain a substantial portion of the sales proceeds to reinvest in our industrial portfolio and improve our balance sheet,” said James B. Connor, Chairman and CEO of Duke Realty Corporation.
About Duke Realty Corporation
Duke Realty owns and operates more than 145 million rentable square feet of industrial assets in 21 key U.S. logistics markets. Duke Realty is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is included in the S&P 500 Index. The company maintains a Baa1 rating from Moody’s Investor Service and a BBB+ rating from Standard & Poor’s Financial Services. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.
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Source:Duke Realty Corporation