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Winthrop Realty Trust Announces Results for First Quarter 2014

Winthrop Realty Trust Announces Results for First Quarter 2014  Declares Second Quarter 2014 Dividends  BOSTON, May 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) (the "Company" or "Winthrop"), a leading real estate value investor, today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter 2014. All per share amounts are on a diluted basis.  Financial Results  Three Months Ended March 31, 2014  Net loss applicable to common shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was ($2.2) million or ($0.06) per common share as compared with net income of $11.0 million or $0.33 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Included in this quarter's loss is ($9.2) million related to non-cash impairments required to be recognized under GAAP as the result of a shortened hold period now required for the Company's long term assets due to the proposed adoption of a plan of liquidation by Winthrop's Board of Trustees. The shortened hold period resulted in the Company reducing its March 31, 2014 carrying value for financial statement purposes to the current fair value of Winthrop's Corporetum property located in Lisle, Illinois and its Kroger property located in Greensboro, North Carolina.  For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, Winthrop reported Funds from Operations ("FFO") applicable to common shares of $10.7 million or $0.30 per common share as compared with FFO of $15.3 million or $0.46 per common share for the first quarter of 2013.  Net Asset Value as of March 31, 2014 and Performance Table  Winthrop's estimated range of net asset value per common share ("NAV") at March 31, 2014 was $13.79 to $15.79 as compared to $13.80 to $15.83 at December 31, 2013. Winthrop's quarterly supplemental report contains an investment performance table that presents the internal rate of return for each investment made and sold or otherwise liquidated since January 1, 2009. The pooled weighted internal rate of return on these investments is 29%. Details regarding the methodology used to calculate the internal rate of return and the net asset value as well as financial results, properties and tenants can be accessed in the quarterly supplemental report at www.winthropreit.com in the Investor Relations section.  2014 First Quarter Activity    *Made additional capital contributions to the 701 Seventh Avenue, New York,     New York venture bringing Winthrop's aggregate capital contributions to     date to $93.9 million. In January 2014, the property's existing     indebtedness was refinanced with a new $237.5 million mortgage loan and     $315.0 million mezzanine loan to be advanced for construction costs at the     property which loans bear interest at LIBOR plus 8% per annum, require     payments of interest only and mature January 31, 2017, subject to two,     one-year extension terms. In addition, the venture entered into two     additional loan agreements providing for supplemental loans of $262.5     million which, subject to certain conditions, the venture will draw on     such loans to provide additional construction financing in order to     develop a 452 room hotel which will be constructed above the retail     component. If fully funded, the maximum aggregate debt among the various     loans funded would be $815.0 million.        *Simultaneous with entering into the loans, the 701 Seventh Avenue venture     executed an agreement with a wholly-owned affiliate of Marriott     International, Inc. to manage and operate an "EDITION" hotel at the     property.The hotel will include 452 rooms and approximately 30,000 square     feet of food, beverage and entertainment space.        *Originated a $15,500,000 mezzanine loan secured by a majority of the     limited partnership interests in entities controlled by Freed Management     that indirectly hold two retail shopping centers in Chicago, Illinois and     acquired for $500,000 their general partner interests in such entities.     The loan bears interest at LIBOR plus 12% (increasing by 100 basis points     in each extended term), requires payments of current interest at a rate of     10% per annum (increasing by 50 basis points each year) and has a     three-year term, subject to two, one-year extensions. Upon satisfaction     of the loan, Winthrop will be entitled to a participation interest equal     to the greater of (i) a 14.5% IRR (increasing to 15.5% IRR after the     initial term) and (ii) 30% (increasing to 40% after the initial term and     50% after the first extended term) of the value of the properties in     excess of $115 million. As additional collateral for the loan, Winthrop     acquired a pledge of the interests held by Freed Management and its     affiliates in the Sullivan Center and Mentor Retail ventures.        *Sold our Newbury Apartments property located in Meriden, Connecticut for     gross sale proceeds of $27.5 million, which was consistent with the     previously reported net asset value in Winthrop's supplemental report.The     sale of this property resulted in a 17.2% IRR on Winthrop's investment.        *Sold all of its interests in the loans secured directly or indirectly by     Hotel Wales, Wellington Tower, 500-512 Seventh Avenue, Legacy Orchard and     San Marbeya for an aggregate sales price of $42.9 million.In connection     with the sale, Winthrop retained an interest only participation in each of     the Legacy Orchard loan and the Hotel Wales loan entitling Winthrop to     payments equal to interest at 2.5% per annum on the principal amount of     the Legacy Orchard loan and 0.5% per annum on the principal amount of the     Hotel Wales loan.The sale of these loans resulted in a 15.5% IRR on     Winthrop's investment.        *Sold its interests in the Marc Realty ventures related to 4415 West     Harrison, Hillside, Illinois; 1701 E. Woodfield, Schaumburg, Illinois;     2205-55 Enterprise, Westchester, Illinois; and River City, Chicago,     Illinois for a gross sales price of $6.0 million.In addition, Winthrop     granted to Marc Realty an option exercisable within two years to acquire     Winthrop's interest in the 223 W. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois venture for a     purchase price, depending on adjustments and timing, expected to be not     less than $5.8 million.The sales price and option price on Winthrop's     interests is consistent with the aggregate net asset value of these assets     as provided in Winthrop's December 31, 2013 supplemental financial     report.        *Received payment in full of the outstanding principal balance on the     Queensridge loan. In addition, Winthrop received an exit fee of $1.8     million in connection with the early satisfaction of the loan.        *Amended the mezzanine loan agreement collateralized by ownership interests     in the office property located in Playa Vista, California to increase the     principal balance owed by the borrower to $4.0 million and to increase the     interest rate by 1.5% to a rate of 16.25% per annum. Winthrop's share of     the increased loan receivable amount was $2.0 million.  Subsequent Activity – Plan of Liquidation    *Announced on April 29, 2014 the adoption by the Board of Trustees a plan     of liquidation which is subject to approval by the holders of a majority     of Winthrop's common shares.  Second Quarter 2014 Dividend Declarations  The Company's Board of Trustees is declaring a regular quarterly cash dividend for the second quarter of 2014 of $0.1625 per common share payable on July 15, 2014 to common shareholders of record on June 30, 2014.  The Company's Board of Trustees is also declaring a regular quarterly cash dividend for the second quarter of 2014 of $0.578125 per Series D preferred share payable on June 30, 2014 to Series D preferred shareholders of record on June 16, 2014.  Conference Call Information  The Company will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2014 results today, Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. Interested parties may access the live call by dialing (877) 407-9205 or (201) 689-8054, or via the Internet at www.winthropreit.com within the News and Events section.A replay of the call will be available through June 1, 2014 by dialing (877) 660-6853; conference ID #13579056.An online replay will also be available for one year.  About Winthrop Realty Trust  Winthrop Realty Trust, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, is a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on acquiring, owning, operating and investing in real property as well as real estate collateralized debt, REIT preferred and common stock.For more information, please visit our website at www.winthropreit.com.  Forward-Looking Statements  "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.The statements in this release state the Company's and management's hopes, intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements for which the Company claims the protections of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.It is important to note that future events and the Company's actual results could differ materially from those described in or contemplated by such forward-looking statements.Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general economic conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or general downturn in their business, (iii) local real estate conditions, (iv) increases in interest rates, (v) increases in operating costs and real estate taxes, (vi) changes in accessibility of debt and equity capital markets and (vii) defaults by borrowers on loans.Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be obtained from the Company or the Securities and Exchange Commission.The Company refers you to the documents filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as may be updated or supplemented in the Company's Form 10-Q filings, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the Company's results.  Financial Results                                                                                                                                                                          Three Months Ended                                                        March 31,                                                       2014        2013                                                       (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Revenue                                                            Rents and reimbursements                               $19,507    $ 12,054 Interest, dividends and discount accretion             5,497      5,320                                                       25,004     17,374 Expenses                                                           Property operating                                     7,434       3,685 Real estate taxes                                      2,194       737 Depreciation and amortization                          7,399       4,154 Interest                                               5,693       5,691 Impairment loss on investments in real estate          9,200       -- General and administrative                             1,642       844 Related party fees                                     2,375       2,266 Transaction costs                                      250         6 State and local taxes                                  12         14                                                       36,199     17,397 Other income (loss)                                                Equity in income of equity investments                 6,194       7,869 Earnings from preferred equity investments             7           202 Realized gain (loss) on sale of securities carried at  2           (102) fair value Unrealized gain on securities carried at fair value    --          1,718 Interest and other income                              85         69                                                       6,288      9,756                                                                   Income (loss) from continuing operations               (4,907)     9,733                                                                   Discontinued operations                                            Income from discontinued operations                    4,159      3,218                                                                   Net income (loss)                                      (748)       12,951 Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest      1,389      795 Net income attributable to Winthrop Realty Trust       641         13,746 Preferred dividend of Series D Preferred Shares        (2,787)     (2,787) Amount allocated to Restricted Common Shares           (96)       (2) Net income (loss) attributable to Common Shares        $(2,242)   $10,957                                                                   Per Common Share Data – Basic:                                     Income (loss) from continuing operations               $(0.18)    $0.23 Income from discontinued operations                    0.12       0.10 Net income (loss) attributable to Common Shares        $(0.06)    $0.33                                                                   Per Common Share Data – Diluted:                                   Income (loss) from continuing operations               $(0.18)    $0.23 Income from discontinued operations                    0.12       0.10 Net income (loss) attributable to Common Shares        $(0.06)    $0.33                                                                   Basic Weighted-Average Common Shares                   35,816     33,027 Diluted Weighted-Average Common Shares                 35,816     33,029                                                                   Comprehensive income                                               Net income (loss)                                      $(748)   $12,951 Change in unrealized loss on interest rate derivative  (145)      (1) Consolidated comprehensive income (loss)               (893)       12,950                                                                   Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest      1,389       795 Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling     1,389      795 interest Comprehensive income attributable to Winthrop Realty   $496     $13,745 Trust                                                                                                                                      Funds From Operations:  The following presents a reconciliation of net income to funds from operations ("FFO") for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 (in thousands, except per share amounts):                                                        Three Months Ended                                                        March 31,                                                       2014        2013                                                        (unaudited) (unaudited) Basic                                                                                                                                Net income attributable to Winthrop Realty Trust       $641       $13,746 Real estate depreciation                               4,676       3,263 Amortization of lease intangibles                      3,248       1,977 Trust's share of real estate depreciation and          1,793       2,623 amortization of unconsolidated interests Impairment loss on investments in real estate          9,200       -- Gain on sale of real estate                            (4,225)   (2,775) (Gain) loss on sale of equity investments              (69)        110 Less:Non-controlling interest share of depreciation   (1,635)    (877) and amortization                                                                   Funds from operations                                  13,629      18,067                                                                   Preferred dividend of Series D Preferred Shares        (2,787)     (2,787) Amount allocated to Restricted Shares                  (116)      (17) Funds from operations applicable to Common Shares –    $10,726    $ 15,263 Basic                                                                   Weighted-average Common Shares                         35,816     33,027                                                                   Funds from operations per Common Share - Basic         $0.30      $0.46                                                                   Diluted                                                                                                                              Funds from operations                                  13,629      18,067                                                                   Preferred dividend of Series D Preferred Shares        (2,787)     (2,787) Amount allocated to Restricted Shares                  (116)      (17) Funds from operations applicable to Common Shares –    $10,726  $15,263 Diluted                                                                   Basic weighted-average Common Shares                   35,816      33,027 Stock options                                          --          2 Restricted Shares                                      102        3 Diluted weighted-average Common Shares                 35,918     33,032                                                                   Funds from operations per Common Share – Diluted       $0.30    $0.46  FFO is computed in accordance with the definition adopted by the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"). Winthrop calculates FFO by adjusting net income (loss) (computed in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), including non-recurring items), for gains (or losses) from sales of properties, impairments, real estate related depreciation and amortization, and depreciation and amortization related to unconsolidated partnerships and ventures.FFO and FFO per diluted share are used by management, investors and industry analysts as supplemental measures of operating performance of equity REITs. FFO and FFO per diluted share should be evaluated along with GAAP net income and income per diluted share (the most directly comparable GAAP measures), as well as cash flow from operating activities, investing activities and financing activities, in evaluating the operating performance of equity REITs. FFO and FFO per diluted share exclude the effect of depreciation, amortization and gains or losses from sales of real estate, all of which are based on historical costs which implicitly assumes that the value of real estate diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, these non-GAAP measures can facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods and among other equity REITs. FFO does not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs as disclosed in the Company's Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. FFO should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or as an alternative to cash flows as a measure of liquidity.  Consolidated Balance Sheets:                                      (in thousands, except share data)                                                      March 31,   December 31,                                                      2014        2013                                                      (Unaudited) (Unaudited) ASSETS                                                            Investments in real estate, at cost                               Land                                                  $90,481    $82,215 Buildings and improvements                           591,824    588,653                                                      682,305     670,868 Less: accumulated depreciation                        (56,035)   (56,448) Investments in real estate, net                       626,270     614,420                                                                  Cash and cash equivalents                             102,512     112,512 Restricted cash held in escrows                       16,329      13,372 Loans receivable, net                                 48,667      101,100 Secured financing receivable                          30,700      30,728 Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $63 and     2,506       2,229 $414, respectively Accrued rental income, net of allowances of $354 and  12,572      19,760 $0, respectively Loan securities carried at fair value                 226         226 Preferred equity investments                          6,492       6,485 Equity investments                                    190,737     149,085 Lease intangibles, net                                53,822      49,866 Deferred financing costs, net                         6,036       6,189 Other assets                                          4,090       3,314 Assets held for sale                                  25,156      23,038 TOTAL ASSETS                                          $ 1,126,115 $1,132,324                                                                  LIABILITIES                                                       Mortgage loans payable                                $476,424   $444,933 Senior notes payable                                  86,250      86,250 Secured financings                                    --          29,150 Notes payable                                         1,693       1,742 Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other       24,493      26,266 liabilities Related party fees payable                            2,605       2,831 Dividends payable                                     8,964       6,099 Deferred income                                       825         1,353 Below market lease intangibles, net                   10,405      2,399 Liabilities of assets held for sale                   1,182       21,638 TOTAL LIABILITIES                                     612,841    622,661                                                                  COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                                                                                                      EQUITY                                                            Winthrop Realty Trust Shareholders' Equity:                       Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, $25 per share liquidation preference, 5,060,000 shares    120,500     120,500 authorized and 4,820,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 Common Shares, $1 par, unlimited shares authorized; 36,409,710 and 36,401,438 issued and outstanding at   35,817      35,809 March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively Additional paid-in capital                            647,618     647,121 Accumulated distributions in excess of net income     (330,494)   (322,432) Accumulated other comprehensive loss                  (269)       (124) Total Winthrop Realty Trust Shareholders' Equity      473,172     480,874 Non-controlling interests                             40,102      28,789 Total Equity                                          513,274     509,663 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                          $1,126,115 $1,132,324  Further details regarding the Company's results of operations, properties, joint ventures and tenants are available in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and will be available for download at the Company's website www.winthropreit.com or at the Securities and Exchange Commission website www.sec.gov.   CONTACT: AT THE COMPANY                   John Garilli          Chief Financial Officer          (617) 570-4614  
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