Life Storage reports 4Q results

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) _ Life Storage Inc. (LSI) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations.

The Williamsville, New York-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $60.7 million, or $1.31 per share, in the period.

The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.30 per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $18.2 million, or 39 cents per share.

The self storage real estate investment trust posted revenue of $128.7 million in the period, also topping Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $127.7 million.

For the year, the company reported funds from operations of $225.5 million, or $5.19 per share. Revenue was reported as $462.6 million.

Life Storage expects full-year funds from operations to be $5.50 to $5.60 per share.

The company's shares have decreased slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $81.49, a decline of 21 percent in the last 12 months.

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