COPT Clarifies Record Date for Second Quarter 2012 Dividends

  COPT Clarifies Record Date for Second Quarter 2012 Dividends  Business Wire  COLUMBIA, Md. -- May 11, 2012  Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) (NYSE: OFC), an office real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses primarily on serving the specialized requirements of U.S. Government and Defense Information Technology tenants, announced in its May 10, 2012 press release that the Company’s Board of Trustees declared quarterly dividends payable on July 16, 2012 to shareholders of record on June 30, 2012.As the last trading day on the New York Stock Exchange prior to the record date is June 29, 2012, shareholders will need to be record holders on June 29, 2012 to be eligible for the dividend.  Company Information:  COPT is an office REIT that focuses primarily on strategic customer relationships and specialized tenant requirements in the U.S. Government and Defense Information Technology sectors and Data Centers serving such sectors. The Company acquires, develops, manages and leases office and data center properties that are typically concentrated in large office parks primarily located adjacent to government demand drivers and/or in strong markets that we believe possess growth opportunities. As of March 31, 2012, the Company’s consolidated portfolio consisted of 231 office properties totaling 20.2million rentable square feet. The Company’s portfolio primarily consists of technically sophisticated buildings in visually appealing settings that are environmentally sensitive, sustainable and meet unique customer requirements. COPT is an S&P MidCap 400 company and more information can be found at www.copt.com.  Forward-Looking Information:  This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements, as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that are based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the Company.Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan” or other comparable terminology.Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which the Company cannot predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even anticipate.Accordingly, the Company can give no assurance that these expectations, estimates and projections will be achieved.Future events and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.  Important factors that may affect these expectations, estimates, and projections include, but are not limited to:    *general economic and business conditions, which will, among other things,     affect office property and data center demand and rents, tenant     creditworthiness, interest rates, financing availability and property     values;   *adverse changes in the real estate markets including, among other things,     increased competition with other companies;   *governmental actions and initiatives, including risks associated with the     impact of a government shutdown or budgetary reductions or impasses, such     as a reduction in rental revenues, non-renewal of leases, and/or a     curtailment of demand for additional space by strategic tenants;   *the Company’s ability to sell properties included in its Strategic     Reallocation Plan;   *the Company’s ability to borrow on favorable terms;   *risks of real estate acquisition and development activities, including,     among other things, risks that development projects may not be completed     on schedule, that tenants may not take occupancy or pay rent or that     development or operating costs may be greater than anticipated;   *risks of investing through joint venture structures, including risks that     the Company’s joint venture partners may not fulfill their financial     obligations as investors or may take actions that are inconsistent with     the Company’s objectives;   *changes in the Company’s plans or views of market economic conditions or     failure to obtain development rights, either of which could result in     recognition of impairment losses;   *the Company’s ability to satisfy and operate effectively under Federal     income tax rules relating to real estate investment trusts and     partnerships;   *the dilutive effect of issuing additional common shares; and   *environmental requirements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Contact:  Corporate Office Properties Trust IR Contacts: Stephanie Krewson VP, Investor Relations 443-285-5453 stephanie.krewson@copt.com or Michelle Layne Investor Relations Specialist 443-285-5452 michelle.layne@copt.com  
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