Colonial Properties Trust Sells $48.5 Million of Commercial Development Assets

Estimates Gain of $0.13 to $0.15 Per Diluted Share

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--()--Colonial Properties Trust (NYSE: CLP) announced that it has completed the sale of Colonial Promenade Alabaster II and two build-to-suit outparcels at Colonial Promenade Tutwiler Farm II, both located in Birmingham, Ala., to a joint venture for a gross sales price of $48.5 million. Colonial Properties Trust retained a 5 percent ownership interest in the joint venture and will continue to lease and manage the properties. The company estimates the sale will generate a gain of approximately $0.13 to $0.15 per diluted share in earnings and funds from operations, all of which will be recognized in the fourth quarter of 2007.

This transaction highlights the value we are able to create with our commercial development expertise, and allows us to recycle capital to fund a portion of our development pipeline, said Reynolds Thompson, chief executive officer of the company. The development of mixed-use and commercial assets continues to provide a complimentary source of earnings for our multifamily company.

Opened in the third quarter of 2007, the 355,200-square-foot Colonial Promenade Alabaster II is anchored by Target, J.C. Penney and Best Buy as well as two other mid-size anchors and is currently 98 percent leased. The gross proceeds from the Colonial Promenade Alabaster II sale were $38.5 million, representing a stabilized capitalization rate of 7.4 percent, and will be utilized to fund future developments. The two build-to-suit outparcels at Colonial Promenade Tutwiler Farm II comprised a total of 65,000 square feet for Havertys and hhgregg. The gross proceeds from the sale were $10.0 million and are anticipated to be reinvested into multifamily properties.

Colonial Properties Trust is a multifamily real estate investment trust (REIT) that creates additional value for its shareholders through the development and management of mixed-use and commercial projects. As of September 30, 2007, the company owned or managed 39,046 apartment units, 16.5 million square feet of office space and 7.6 million square feet of retail shopping space located in key Sunbelt states from Virginia to California. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Colonial Properties Trust is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CLP and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. For more information, please visit the companys website at www.colonialprop.com.

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Contacts

Colonial Properties Trust
Jerry A. Brewer, 1-800-645-3917
Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasury

Contacts

Colonial Properties Trust
Jerry A. Brewer, 1-800-645-3917
Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasury