SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), a leading global wholesale datacenter provider, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized quarterly common and preferred stock dividends for the first quarter of 2011.
"We have increased our quarterly common stock dividend by 28.3% to $0.68 per share because of our growth in taxable income and cash flow as well as our optimism regarding our future growth. This is the 9th dividend increase since our IPO in the fourth quarter of 2004. On an annualized basis, this represents an increase of 34.7% over the 2010 annual dividend of $2.02 per share and a compounded annual growth rate of 18.2% since our first full quarter of operations following the IPO in 2005," said A. William Stein, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Digital Realty Trust.
Common Stock Dividend
Digital Realty Trust's Board of Directors authorized a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.68 per share to common stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 15, 2011. The common stock dividend will be paid on March 31, 2011.
Series C Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock Dividend
The Company's Board of Directors authorized a preferred stock dividend of $0.273438 per share to holders of record of the Company's 4.375% Series C Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock as of the close of business on March 15, 2011. The series C cumulative convertible preferred stock dividend will be paid on March 31, 2011.
Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock Dividend
The Company's Board of Directors authorized a preferred stock dividend of $0.34375 per share to holders of record of the Company's 5.500% Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock as of the close of business on March 15, 2011. The series D cumulative convertible preferred stock dividend will be paid on March 31, 2011.
About Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. enables customers to deliver critical business applications by providing secure, reliable and cost effective datacenter facilities. Digital Realty Trust's customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty Trust's 96 properties, excluding two properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 16.8 million square feet as of December 9, 2010, including 2.3 million square feet of space held for redevelopment. Digital Realty Trust's portfolio is located in 28 markets throughout Europe, North America and Singapore. For additional information, please visit Digital Realty Trust's website at http://www.digitalrealtytrust.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 amount and timing of expected payment of dividends on our common stock and preferred stock and statements related to our financial performance and expected REIT taxable income, distribution requirements, cash flow and future growth for 2011. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of the recent deterioration in global economic, credit and market conditions; current local economic conditions in our geographic markets; 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; increased interest rates and operating costs; our failure to repay debt when due 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 operate acquired or redeveloped properties; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such investments; delays or unexpected costs in development or redevelopment of properties; decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and space held for redevelopment; 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; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; and 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 United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. 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.
|For Additional Information:|
|A. William Stein||Pamela Matthews|
|Chief Financial Officer and||Director of Investor Relations|
|Chief Investment Officer||Digital Realty Trust, Inc.|
|Digital Realty Trust, Inc.||+1 (415) 738-6500|
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