- Adjusted Earnings Per Share Increased 5.9% to $0.36; EPS Increased
    47.1% to $0.50
  - FFO per share increased 3.6% over the first quarter of 2000 to $0.57;
    FFO per share excluding non-cash charges of $0.05 per share increased
    12.7% to $0.62
  - Same store NOI growth was 8.0%
  - Raised $125 million of private equity in two separate co-investment
  - Issued $25.5 million of cumulative redeemable preferred units at 8.0%
  - Issued $75 million of fixed rate senior unsecured notes at an average
    rate of 7.0% and a weighted average maturity of 8 years under
    medium-term note program
  - Increased 2001 dividends on common stock 6.8% to $1.58 per share

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- AMB Property Corporation today reported adjusted earnings per share, before gains, extraordinary and one-time items of $0.36, a 5.9% increase over the first quarter 2000. Earnings per share (EPS) were $0.50, an increase of 47.1% over the first quarter 2000. Funds from Operations (FFO) per fully diluted share were $0.57, reflecting an increase of 3.6% over the first quarter of 2000. Earnings and funds from operations include a non-cash charge of $4.7 million, or $0.05 per share, related to an impairment reserve taken on the company's equity investment in Webvan Group. Excluding the non-cash charge, FFO was $0.62 per fully diluted share for the first quarter 2001, a 12.7% increase over the first quarter 2000. EPS includes a gain of $0.20 per share on asset sales and contributions.

"While we are disappointed with the performance of our equity investment in Webvan, we believe that we have put this issue behind us by writing down 93% of our original investment. At the same time, we are very pleased with our operating results for the quarter, including our better than expected same store NOI growth," stated Hamid R. Moghadam, chairman and chief executive officer of AMB. "We demonstrated the strength of our private capital model with the completion of two significant co-investment ventures, raising more than half of our private equity target for the year. Our private capital model allows us to grow our operating platform while keeping our equity scarce and increasing our return on invested capital."

For the first quarter, same store cash basis net operating income grew 8.0% with a 27.7% increase in same store base rents on lease renewals and rollovers during the quarter and 61.9% tenant retention at the same-store properties. Rent increases on renewals and rollovers during the quarter for the entire portfolio were 25.8%. Occupancy was 95.9% at quarter-end, down slightly from 96.3% at year-end 2000.

During the quarter, AMB announced the closing of two co-investment ventures totaling more than $585 million in expected total capitalization. AMB formed a $250 million partnership with the City and County of San Francisco Employee's Retirement System and a $335 million venture with a subsidiary of GIC Real Estate Pte Ltd., the real estate investment subsidiary of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. The combined third party equity contribution of the two ventures was $125 million.

"AMB's strategy of owning High Throughput Distribution(TM) properties, operated through an alliance-based model and financed with private capital, is producing solid long-term results," said W. Blake Baird, president of AMB. "During the first quarter, we executed on our capital recycling program by disposing of non-strategic assets to third parties totaling $31.5 million and 588,427 square feet and contributing core operating assets into our co-investment ventures totaling $427.3 million and 8.8 million square feet." Baird continued, "Focused on long-term fixed-rate capital, we issued $75 million of notes at attractive pricing, including $25 million of 5-year notes at 6.9% and $50 million of 10-year notes at 7.0% under our medium-term note (MTN) program. Additionally we issued $25.5 million of cumulative redeemable preferred units at 8.0%, and we reduced our share of total debt outstanding by $50 million during the quarter."

Acquisitions totaled $93.4 million and 1.8 million square feet in the first quarter. AMB completed and stabilized one industrial renovation project totaling 397,000 square feet for a total investment of $21.6 million. New development starts on 103,000 square feet began in Atlanta during the first quarter for an estimated $4.9 million investment. The industrial development and renovation pipeline currently stands at $290.8 million and consists of 5.2 million square feet, of which $157.2 million, or 54.1%, has been funded.

AMB increased its regular cash dividend for the quarter ending March 31, 2001 to $0.395 per common share, equivalent to a new annualized rate of $1.58 per share and reflecting an increase of 6.8% over the previous quarterly dividend of $0.37 per common share.

AMB will hold its first quarter 2001 conference call tomorrow, April 10, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PDT). Stockholders and interested parties may access a webcast of the call through AMB's website at http://www.amb.com/ or a broadcast of the call by dialing 719-457-2642, reservation code 445916. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available for two weeks following the call on AMB's website at http://www.amb.com/ or by dialing 719-457-0820, reservation code 445916.

AMB Property Corporation is one of the leading owners and operators of industrial real estate nationwide. As of March 31, 2001, AMB owned, managed and had renovation and development projects totaling 93 million square feet and 998 buildings in 27 metropolitan markets. AMB targets High Throughput Distribution(TM) properties -- industrial properties located in major distribution markets near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems. These HTD(TM) facilities are built for speed and benefit from barriers to entry due to their supply-constrained locations and proximity to large customer bases. AMB -- A tradition of nontraditional thinking(TM).

AMB's press releases are available on the company website at http://www.amb.com/ or by contacting the Investor Relations department toll-free at 877-285-3111.

This press release contains forward-looking statements about business strategy and future plans, which are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties and should not be relied upon as predictions of future events. The events or circumstances reflected in our forward-looking statements might not occur. In particular, a number of factors could cause AMB's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, among other things, defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants, increased interest rates and operating costs, AMB's failure to obtain necessary outside financing, difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and in effecting acquisitions, AMB's failure to successfully integrate acquired properties and operations, AMB's failure to timely reinvest proceeds from any such dispositions, risks and uncertainties affecting property development and construction (including construction delays, cost overruns, AMB's inability to obtain necessary permits and public opposition to these activities), AMB's failure to qualify and maintain its status as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code, environmental uncertainties, risks related to natural disasters, financial market fluctuations, risks arising from the California energy shortage, changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates. AMB's success also depends upon economic trends generally, including interest rates, income tax laws, governmental regulation, legislation and population changes. For further information on these and other factors that could impact AMB and the statements contained herein, reference should be made to AMB's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including AMB's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000.

                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                            (dollars in thousands)

                                                            As of
                                                   March 31,     Dec. 31,
                                                     2001          2000
  Investments in real estate:
    Total investments in properties               $4,084,799    $4,026,597
    Accumulated depreciation                        (202,188)     (177,467)
      Net investments in properties                3,882,611     3,849,130
    Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures       85,317        80,432
    Properties held for divestiture, net             236,746       197,146
      Net investments in real estate               4,204,674     4,126,708
  Cash and cash equivalents                          152,224        42,722
  Mortgage receivables                               121,297       115,969
  Accounts receivable, net                            67,482        69,874
  Investments in affiliated companies                 47,285        35,731
  Investments in other companies, net (A)             15,343        15,965
  Other assets                                        29,839        18,657
        Total assets                              $4,638,144    $4,425,626

  Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
  Unsecured credit facility                          $94,000      $216,000
  Unsecured senior debt securities                   755,000       680,000
  Secured debt                                     1,014,054       940,276
  Other liabilities                                  177,915       147,042
      Total liabilities                            2,040,969     1,983,318
  Minority interests:
    Preferred units                                  342,911       318,053
    Minority interests                               457,372       356,325
      Total minority interests                       800,283       674,378
  Stockholders' equity:
    Common stock                                   1,700,792     1,671,830
    Preferred stock                                   96,100        96,100
      Total stockholders' equity                   1,796,892     1,767,930
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $4,638,144    $4,425,626

  (A) Net of impairment reserves totaling $7.2 million at March 31, 2001,
      and $2.5 million at December 31, 2000.

                  (dollars in thousands, except share data)

                                                   Quarters Ended March 31,
                                                     2001           2000
  Rental revenues (A)                              $135,801       $108,266
  Equity in earnings of unconsolidated
   joint ventures                                     1,474          1,242
  Investment management income                        2,420            396
  Interest and other income                           5,139            419
    Total revenues                                  144,834        110,323

  Operating Expenses
  Property operating                                 32,920         24,973
  Interest, including amortization (B)               31,552         20,342
  Depreciation and amortization                      26,854         19,192
  General, administrative, and other                  8,183          5,351
  Loss on investments in other companies              4,655             --
    Total expenses                                  104,164         69,858

      Income from operations                         40,670         40,465

  Minority interests:
    Preferred units                                  (6,858)        (5,610)
    Minority interests                               (6,139)        (3,799)
      Total minority interests                      (12,997)        (9,409)
      Net income before gain from disposition
       of real estate                                27,673         31,056
  Gain/(loss) from disposition of real estate        16,767            (11)
      Net income                                     44,440         31,045
  Preferred stock dividends                          (2,125)        (2,125)
      Net income available to common
       stockholders                                 $42,315        $28,920

  Net income per common share:
    Basic                                             $0.50          $0.34
    Diluted (C)                                       $0.50          $0.34

  Weighted average common shares:
    Basic                                        83,895,993     83,849,157
    Diluted (C)                                  84,720,917     83,863,198

  (A) Includes straight-line rents of $1,325 and $3,160 for the quarters
      ended March 31, 2001 and 2000, respectively.
  (B) Net of capitalized interest of $3,782 and $3,015 for the quarters
      ended March 31, 2001 and 2000, respectively.
  (C) Includes the dilutive effect of stock options.

                  (dollars in thousands, except share data)

                                                   Quarters Ended March 31,
                                                      2001           2000

  Income from operations                            $40,670        $40,465

  Real estate related depreciation and
    Total depreciation and amortization              26,854         19,192
    FF& E Depreciation and ground lease
     amortization (A)                                  (481)          (403)
  FFO attributable to minority interests: (B)
    Separate account co-investors                    (2,503)        (1,264)
    AMB Institutional Alliance Fund I                (4,046)          (756)
    Other joint venture partners                       (638)          (606)

  Adjustments to derive FFO from unconsolidated
   JV's: (C)
    Company's share of net income                    (1,474)        (1,242)
    Company's share of FFO                            2,120          1,736
  Preferred stock dividends                          (2,125)        (2,125)
  Preferred units distributions                      (6,858)        (5,610)

  Funds from operations                             $51,519        $49,387

  FFO per common share and unit:
    Basic                                             $0.57          $0.55
    Diluted (D)                                       $0.57          $0.55

  Weighted average common shares and units:
    Basic                                        89,669,950     89,693,900
    Diluted (D)                                  90,494,874     89,707,941

  (A) Ground lease amortization represents the amortization of the Company's
      investments in ground leased properties, for which the Company does
      not have a purchase option.
  (B) Represents FFO allocated to minority interests in consolidated joint
      ventures whose interests are not exchangeable into common stock.  The
      minority interest's share of NOI for the quarters ended March 31, 2001
      and 2000, was $9,946 and $4,762, respectively.
  (C) AMB's share of NOI for the quarters ended March 31, 2001 and 2000, was
      $2,818 and $2,008, respectively.
  (D) Includes the dilutive effect of stock options.

SOURCE: AMB Property Corporation

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