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Equity Commonwealth Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

Chicago - October 24, 2018 -
Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. All per share results are reported on a diluted basis.

Financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018
Net income attributable to common shareholders was $30.8 million, or $0.25 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. This compares to net income attributable to common shareholders of $31.2 million, or $0.25 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Funds from Operations (FFO), as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, were $20.9 million, or $0.17 per share. This compares to FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 of $27.0 million, or $0.22 per share. The following items impacted FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to the corresponding 2017 period:
($0.15) per share of income from properties sold;
$0.05 per share of interest expense savings;
$0.04 per of share of increase in interest and other income (net of a $0.02 per share loss on the sale of a mortgage receivable); and
$0.01 per share of general & administrative expense savings.

Normalized FFO was $21.6 million, or $0.18 per share. This compares to Normalized FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 of $24.0 million, or $0.19 per share. The following items impacted Normalized FFO for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to the corresponding 2017 period:
($0.15) per share of income from properties sold;
$0.06 per of share of increase in interest and other income;
$0.05 per share of interest expense savings;
$0.02 per share of increase in same property cash NOI; and
$0.01 per share of general & administrative expense savings.

Normalized FFO begins with FFO and eliminates certain items that, by their nature, are not comparable from period to period, non-cash items, and items that tend to obscure the companys operating performance. Definitions of FFO, Normalized FFO and reconciliations to net income, determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, are included at the end of this press release.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the company’s balance of cash and marketable securities net of distributions payable was $2.6 billion. Total debt outstanding was $280 million and availability under the company’s revolving credit facility was $750 million.

The weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding when calculating net income per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was 122,850,928 shares, compared to 125,174,651 for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. The weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding when calculating FFO or Normalized FFO per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was 122,896,648 shares, compared to 125,174,651 for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.


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The following information was filed by Equity Commonwealth (EQC) on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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