PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: IRT) (“IRT” or “the Company”) today announced the Company’s owned and managed apartment communities in the Carolinas and Georgia are operational and did not suffer any significant damage as a result of Hurricane Florence. At this time, the Company does not expect any material impact on financial performance.
“We are grateful to report that all of our residents and employees in the impacted areas are safe, and that we have not sustained any substantial damage to our communities,” said Scott Schaeffer, Chairman and CEO of IRT. “Our on-site teams were integral in preparing our communities for this storm and we thank them for their support. We will keep our stakeholders abreast of the status of our communities as we assess any residual impact from the hurricane and update you in a timely manner should the risk of cresting rivers cause any material damage.”
About Independence Realty Trust, Inc.
Independence Realty Trust (NYSE: IRT) is a real estate investment trust that owns and operates 58 multifamily apartment communities, totaling 15,860 units, across non-gateway U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Louisville, Memphis, and Raleigh. IRT's investment strategy is focused on gaining scale within key amenity rich submarkets that offer good school districts, high-quality retail and major employment centers. IRT aims to provide stockholders attractive risk-adjusted returns through diligent portfolio management, strong operational performance, and a consistent return of capital through distributions and capital appreciation.
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