DDR Declares Common Share Dividend Increase for Fourth Quarter 2011

Nov 08, 2011

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) declared its fourth quarter 2011 common stock dividend of $0.08 per share, representing a 33 percent increase from the third quarter 2011 dividend and a 300 percent increase from the fourth quarter 2010 dividend. The dividend is payable January 6, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 16, 2011.

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"We remain confident in our near- and long-term prospects and are very pleased that the Board has approved another increase to the cash distribution to our shareholders. We believe that the value creation initiatives that we have underway, combined with a growing dividend and improving leverage ratios, provide a compelling opportunity for investors," said Daniel B. Hurwitz, president and chief executive officer of DDR.

"We are pleased to announce another increase in the common stock dividend which still results in a low payout ratio, allowing us to continue to retain an above average percentage of cash flow for deleveraging and portfolio reinvestment," said David J. Oakes, chief financial officer of DDR.

About DDR

DDR is an owner and manager of 538 value-oriented shopping centers representing 134 million square feet in 41 states, Puerto Rico and Brazil. The Company's assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable populations and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the company is available at www.ddr.com.

Safe Harbor

DDR considers portions of the information in this press release to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended, with respect to the Company's expectation for future periods. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, local conditions such as oversupply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; constructing properties or expansions that produce a desired yield on investment; our ability to sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; our ability to continue to pay dividends on our common shares at the current or higher rates; and the finalization of the financial statements for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.


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