ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) today announced that its Board of Directors has revised the Company’s dividend policy and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share, or $0.80 per share on an annualized basis, for the first quarter of 2017. The dividend will be paid on March 15, 2017, to shareholders of record as of March 1, 2017.
“With our planned dispositions program complete and our portfolio now concentrated in our target high-barrier markets, the Board believes that this is the right time to revise the Company’s dividend policy,” said Nelson Mills, president and chief executive officer of Columbia Property Trust. “The new dividend level is more appropriate and sustainable for our company at this time but offers potential for growth in the future. Moving forward, Columbia remains committed to paying a competitive dividend to shareholders while continuing to pursue a strategy that we believe will lead to growth in our share price over time.”
The Company will discuss the change in dividend policy, as well as its fourth quarter 2016 results, business highlights and 2017 guidance, on its regularly scheduled earnings call at 5:00 p.m. ET today. The live audio webcast of the Company’s quarterly conference call will be available online in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.columbia.reit. The online replay will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website shortly after the call and archived for approximately twelve months.
About Columbia Property Trust
Columbia Property Trust (NYSE: CXP) owns and operates Class-A office buildings primarily in high-barrier-to-entry, primary markets. Our portfolio includes 16 office properties containing eight million square feet, concentrated in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Columbia carries an investment-grade rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. For more information, please visit www.columbia.reit.
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