Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Agreement to Sell Laurel Mall

PHILADELPHIA--()--Feb. 17, 2005--Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust ("PREIT") (NYSE: PEI) announced today that a partnership in which it holds a 40% interest has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Laurel Mall in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to Laurel Mall, LLC. The total sale price for the mall is approximately $33.5 million, including assumed debt of approximately $22.7 million. The sale price represents a return of approximately 10.0% on the 2004 operating income from the mall.

PREIT's share of the sale price is expected to be approximately $13.5 million, including assumed debt of approximately $9.1 million. The estimated net cash proceeds to PREIT are expected to be approximately $3.9 million after closing costs and adjustments. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2005, but is subject to customary closing conditions, including the satisfactory completion of the buyer's due diligence and the lender's approval of the buyer's assumption of the debt. PREIT expects to record a gain on sale of approximately $5.4 million for financial reporting purposes. Laurel Mall totals approximately 610,000 square feet.

Upon completion of the transaction, PREIT's portfolio will consist of 53 properties in 12 states, including 36 malls, 13 strip and power centers and four industrial properties totaling approximately 32.4 million square feet.

About Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, founded in 1960 and one of the first equity REITs in the U.S., has a primary investment focus on retail shopping malls and power centers (approximately 33.0 million square feet) located in the eastern United States. PREIT's portfolio currently consists of 54 properties in 12 states. PREIT's portfolio includes 37 shopping malls, 13 strip and power centers and four industrial properties. PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PREIT's website can be found at www.preit.com.

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect PREIT's current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may prevent PREIT or the buyers from consummating the proposed transaction on the terms described above. PREIT's business is subject to uncertainties regarding the revenues, operating expenses, leasing activities, occupancy rates, and other competitive factors relating to PREIT's portfolio and changes in local market conditions as well as general economic, financial and political conditions, including the possibility of outbreak or escalation of war or terrorist attacks, any of which may cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed by the forward-looking statements. Specifically, there can be no assurance that all of the conditions to closing will be satisfied. PREIT does not intend to and disclaims any duty or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or industry information set forth in this press release to reflect new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are also directed to consider the risks and uncertainties discussed in documents PREIT has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and, in particular, PREIT's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003.

Contacts

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
Jonathan Weller, 215-875-0700
Vice Chairman
or
KCSA Public Relations Worldwide
Investor Relations:
Jeffrey Goldberger, 212-896-1249
or
Media Relations:
Lewis Goldberg, 212-896-1216

Contacts

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
Jonathan Weller, 215-875-0700
Vice Chairman
or
KCSA Public Relations Worldwide
Investor Relations:
Jeffrey Goldberger, 212-896-1249
or
Media Relations:
Lewis Goldberg, 212-896-1216