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Press Release -- January 27th, 2016
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Digital Realty Trust, Inc. Announces Tax Treatment of 2015 Distributions

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), a leading global provider of data center and colocation solutions, announced today the tax treatment of its 2015 distributions for common stock and preferred stock.  Shareholders are urged to consult with their tax advisors as to their specific tax treatment of Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s distributions.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. Common Stock Dividends
CUSIP # 253868103
Ticker Symbol: DLR

The 2015 taxable dividend of $2.874245 per share includes a portion (39%) of one quarterly distribution declared in 2014 and paid in January 2015 and three quarterly distributions declared and paid in 2015.  The 2015 taxable dividend will be classified on Form 1099-DIV as follows:  $2.703853 per share (94%) as ordinary income and $0.170392 per share (6%) as capital gain distribution.

The following table contains this information on a quarterly basis.

Record Dates

Payment Dates

Cash

Distribution

($ per share)

Taxable Dividend

($ per share)

Ordinary  Dividend

($ per share)

 Long-Term

Capital Gain  ($ per share)

Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain

($ per share)

12/15/2014

01/15/2015

$0.830000

$0.324245

$0.305023

$0.019222

$0.014650

03/13/2015

03/31/2015

$0.850000

$0.850000

$0.799610

$0.050390

$0.038405

06/15/2015

06/30/2015

$0.850000

$0.850000

$0.799610

$0.050390

$0.038405

09/15/2015

09/30/2015

$0.850000

$0.850000

$0.799610

$0.050390

$0.038405

$3.380000

$2.874245

$2.703853

$0.170392

$0.129865

The common stock distribution declared in November 2015 and paid in January 2016 is considered a reportable dividend for 2016 income tax purposes.

Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends
CUSIP # 253868707
Ticker Symbol: DLRPRE

The 2015 taxable dividend for Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock was $1.750000 per share.  For tax reporting purposes, the 2015 taxable dividend will be classified as follows: $1.646256 per share (94%) as ordinary income and $0.103744 per share (6%) as capital gain distribution.

The following table contains this information on a quarterly basis.

Record Dates

Payment Dates

Cash Distribution

($ per share)

Taxable Dividend

($ per share)

     Ordinary  Dividend

($ per share)

Long-Term

Capital Gain   ($ per share)

Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain

($ per share)

03/13/2015

03/31/2015

$0.437500

$0.437500

$0.411564

$0.025936

$0.019767

06/15/2015

06/30/2015

$0.437500

$0.437500

$0.411564

$0.025936

$0.019767

09/15/2015

09/30/2015

$0.437500

$0.437500

$0.411564

$0.025936

$0.019767

12/15/2015

12/31/2015

$0.437500

$0.437500

$0.411564

$0.025936

$0.019767

$1.750000

$1.750000

$1.646256

$0.103744

$0.079068

Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends
CUSIP # 253868806
Ticker Symbol: DLRPRF

The 2015 taxable dividend for Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s Series F Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock was $1.656252 per share.  For tax reporting purposes, the 2015 taxable dividend will be classified as follows:  $1.558064 per share (94%) as ordinary income and $0.098188 per share (6%) as capital gain distribution.

The following table contains this information on a quarterly basis.

Record Dates

Payment Dates

Cash Distribution

($ per share)

Taxable Dividend

($ per share)

Ordinary  Dividend

($ per share)

Long-Term

Capital Gain   ($ per share)

Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain

($ per share)

03/13/2015

03/31/2015

$0.414063

$0.414063

$0.389516

$0.024547

$0.018708

06/15/2015

06/30/2015

$0.414063

$0.414063

$0.389516

$0.024547

$0.018708

09/15/2015

09/30/2015

$0.414063

$0.414063

$0.389516

$0.024547

$0.018708

12/15/2015

12/31/2015

$0.414063

$0.414063

$0.389516

$0.024547

$0.018708

$1.656252

$1.656252

$1.558064

$0.098188

$0.074832

Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends
CUSIP # 253868889
Ticker Symbol: DLRPRG

The 2015 taxable dividend for Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock was $1.468752 per share.  For tax reporting purposes, the 2015 taxable dividend will be classified as follows:  $1.381680 per share (94%) as ordinary income and $0.087072 per share (6%) as capital gain distribution.

The following table contains this information on a quarterly basis.

Record Dates

Payment Dates

Cash Distribution

($ per share)

Taxable Dividend

($ per share)

Ordinary  Dividend

($ per share)

 Long-Term

Capital Gain   ($ per share)

Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain

($ per share)

03/13/2015

03/31/2015

$0.367188

$0.367188

$0.345420

$0.021768

$0.016590

06/15/2015

06/30/2015

$0.367188

$0.367188

$0.345420

$0.021768

$0.016590

09/15/2015

09/30/2015

$0.367188

$0.367188

$0.345420

$0.021768

$0.016590

12/15/2015

12/31/2015

$0.367188

$0.367188

$0.345420

$0.021768

$0.016590

$1.468752

$1.468752

$1.381680

$0.087072

$0.066360

Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends
CUSIP # 253868871
Ticker Symbol: DLRPRH

The 2015 taxable dividend for Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock was $1.843752 per share.  For tax reporting purposes, the 2015 taxable dividend will be classified as follows:  $1.734448 per share (94%) as ordinary income and $0.109304 per share (6%) as capital gain distribution.

The following table contains this information on a quarterly basis.

Record Dates

Payment Dates

Cash Distribution

($ per share)

Taxable Dividend

($ per share)

Ordinary  Dividend

($ per share)

Long-Term

Capital Gain   ($ per share)

Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain

($ per share)

03/13/2015

03/31/2015

$0.460938

$0.460938

$0.433612

$0.027326

$0.020826

06/15/2015

06/30/2015

$0.460938

$0.460938

$0.433612

$0.027326

$0.020826

09/15/2015

09/30/2015

$0.460938

$0.460938

$0.433612

$0.027326

$0.020826

12/15/2015

12/31/2015

$0.460938

$0.460938

$0.433612

$0.027326

$0.020826

$1.843752

$1.843752

$1.734448

$0.109304

$0.083304

Series I Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividends
CUSIP # 253868863
Ticker Symbol: DLRPRI

The 2015 taxable dividend for Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s Series I Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock was $0.560030 per share.  For tax reporting purposes, the 2015 taxable dividend will be classified as follows:  $0.526830 per share (94%) as ordinary income and $0.033200 per share (6%) as capital gain distribution.

The following table contains this information on a quarterly basis.

Record Dates

Payment Dates

Cash Distribution

($ per share)

Taxable Dividend

($ per share)

Ordinary  Dividend

($ per share)

 Long Term

Capital Gain   ($ per share)

Unrecaptured Section 1250 Gain

($ per share)

12/15/2015

12/31/2015

$0.560030

$0.560030

$0.526830

$0.033200

$0.025303

$0.560030

$0.560030

$0.526830

$0.033200

$0.025303

Note that ticker symbols may vary by stock quote provider.

For Additional Information:
Andrew P. Power
Chief Financial Officer
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
(415) 738-6500

Investor Relations
John J. Stewart / Maria S. Lukens
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
(415) 738-6500
investorrelations@digitalrealty.com

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 1,000 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products. https://www.digitalrealty.com/

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to the payment of dividends on our common stock and preferred stock.  These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of current global economic, credit and market conditions; current local economic conditions in the geographies in which we operate; decreases in information technology spending, including as a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to (including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges); our dependence upon significant tenants; bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants; defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants; our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, our failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in our credit ratings or our breach of covenants or other terms contained in our loan facilities and agreements; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; our inability to manage our growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses; the suitability of our properties and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of our physical infrastructure or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such investments; delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; decreased rental rates, increased operating costs or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development space; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; our inability to acquire off-market properties; our inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of our insurance coverage; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; and changes in local, state and federal regulatory requirements, including changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2015, June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2015.  The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

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