AMB Property Corporation , a leading developer and owner of industrial real estate, today reported first quarter 2004 earnings per share (EPS) of $0.19. This compares to EPS of $0.69 reported in the same period last year, which included $0.53 per share of net gains on dispositions of real estate and net lease termination fees.

The company's industrial operating portfolio was 92.7% leased as of March 31, 2004, compared with 93.1% as of December 31, 2003. Preliminary data from Torto Wheaton Research indicate national industrial occupancy at the end of the first quarter was 88.3%, essentially unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2003. Cash-basis same store net operating income decreased 3.1% compared with a decline of 14.5% last quarter, driven by lower average same store occupancies and rental rate declines. Rents on lease renewals and rollovers decreased by 14.7% during the quarter, compared with 15.7% last quarter.

Hamid R. Moghadam, chairman and CEO, said, "As the national economy strengthens, we continue to see the fundamentals in place for a recovery in industrial real estate. The Industrial Production index has not only returned to levels last seen in December 2000, it has grown steadily over the last six monthly reporting periods. The inventory-to-sales ratio is at an historic low, and total business inventories have begun to expand, pointing to an increase in demand for industrial space as businesses meet restocking requirements. First quarter industrial absorption was positive for the third consecutive quarter, and positive economic trends should result in additional absorption and occupancy gains as the year progresses. While we have yet to see meaningful gains in national industrial occupancy, it is clear that the decline is over; we are encouraged by the signs of recovery."

Investment Activity

During the first quarter, AMB acquired 1.3 million square feet in seven buildings globally for a total investment of $134.2 million. Properties acquired in the quarter included $97.6 million of facilities in Boston and Los Angeles, part of the previously announced International Airport Centers (IAC) portfolio. The balance of the quarter's acquisition activity expanded the company's industrial holdings in key distribution markets of northern New Jersey, Miami, Mexico City and Tokyo.

Development starts in the quarter totaled approximately 1.8 million square feet in six projects with an expected total investment of $152.0 million. The two largest projects total approximately 1.3 million square feet of industrial product and are located in the company's target markets of Mexico City and Tokyo.

With Mexico City-based partner G.Accion, AMB is developing the 571,300- square-foot Encino Distribution Center in Mexico City's premier distribution park, San Martin Obispo. AMB and G.Accion have completed or are currently developing an anticipated 2.3 million square feet in San Martin Obispo and completed projects in the park are 100% occupied.

In Japan, AMB and Tokyo-based AMB BlackPine began construction on Phase I of AMB Narita Air Cargo Center I immediately adjacent to Tokyo's Narita International Airport. When complete, AMB Narita Air Cargo Center I is expected to be Japan's largest dedicated air cargo logistics park with an anticipated 1.7 million square feet of facilities. Phase I is expected to be stabilized in early 2006 and will provide an anticipated 685,000 square feet in two buildings of two and four stories.

The company's industrial development and renovation pipeline in North America, Europe and Asia, totals an estimated 6.7 million square feet with deliveries slated through 2006. Total investment in the current development pipeline is estimated at $385.2 million.

AMB's president, W. Blake Baird, commented, "We are seeing a much better opportunity set for new development globally to serve our customers' needs. This is particularly true of Japan and Mexico, which together accounted for 74% of our new development starts in the first quarter. Combined with our acquisition activity and additional development opportunities, we are well on our way to reach our goal of creating a trade-focused international platform that represents at least 15% of our business over the next three to four years."

The company disposed of one building in the San Francisco Bay Area consisting of 48,400 square feet for $5.0 million during the quarter.

Financing Activities

During the quarter, AMB issued $100 million of fixed-rate senior unsecured notes under AMB Property, L.P.'s medium-term note program. The notes mature on March 1, 2009 and bear an annual interest rate of 3.5%.

Supplemental Earnings Measure

AMB reports funds from operations per fully diluted share and unit (FFOPS) in accordance with the standards established by NAREIT. First quarter 2004 FFOPS was $0.53, at the high end of the company's guidance, compared with $0.60 in the same period of 2003. FFOPS for the first quarter included less than $0.01 per share in net lease termination fees compared to $0.08 per share in the same period last year.

Included in the footnotes to the company's attached financial statements is a discussion of why management believes FFO is a useful supplemental measure of operating performance, of ways in which investors might use FFO when assessing the company's financial performance, and of FFO's limitations as a measurement tool.

A reconciliation from net income to funds from operations is provided in the attached tables and published in AMB's quarterly supplemental analyst package, available on the company's website at

Conference Call and Supplemental Information

AMB will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2004 results on April 15, 2004 at 10:00 AM PDT/1:00 PM EDT. Stockholders and interested parties may listen to a live broadcast of the conference call by dialing +1 877 359 6098 and using reservation code 6382534 or by webcast through a link on the company's website at If you are unable to listen to the live conference call, a telephone and webcast replay will be available after 12:00 PM PDT on Thursday, April 15, 2004. The telephone replay will be available until 5:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 14, 2004 and can be accessed by dialing +1 800 642 1687 or +1 706 645 8600 and using reservation code 6382534. The webcast can be accessed through a link on the company's website at and will be available until 5:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 14, 2004. In addition, the company will post a summary of the guidance given on the call and a supplement detailing the components of net asset value to the Investor Information portion of its website on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 by 5:00 PM PDT.

AMB Property Corporation. Local partner to global trade.(TM)

AMB Property Corporation is a leading owner and operator of industrial real estate, focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As of March 31, 2004 AMB owned, managed and had renovation and development projects totaling 104.5 million square feet (9.7 million square meters) and 1,070 buildings in 36 markets within seven countries. AMB invests in properties located predominantly in the infill submarkets of its targeted markets. The company's portfolio is comprised of High Throughput Distribution(R) facilities -- industrial properties built for speed and located near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems.

AMB's press releases are available on the company website at or by contacting the Investor Relations department at 1-877-285-3111.

This document contains forward-looking statements such as the company's interpretation of trends regarding national and portfolio industrial space absorption; size and timing of deliveries and total investment in development projects; goals regarding amount of non-U.S. investment; and timing and use of funds for planned refinancing activity, 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. We assume no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements. For further information on 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, 2003.

  (dollars in thousands)

                                                            As of
                                                    March 31,   December 31,
                                                      2004          2003
  Investments in real estate:
    Total investments in properties                $5,730,654    $5,491,707
    Accumulated depreciation                         (511,611)     (474,452)
      Net investments in properties                 5,219,043     5,017,255
  Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures          54,006        52,009
  Properties held for divestiture, net                  9,628        11,751
      Net investments in real estate                5,282,677     5,081,015
  Cash and cash equivalents                           150,903       156,663
  Mortgages receivable                                 23,620        43,145
  Accounts receivable, net                             92,081        88,452
  Other assets                                         69,669        51,391
      Total assets                                 $5,618,950    $5,420,666

  Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
  Secured debt                                     $1,457,630    $1,363,890
  Unsecured senior debt securities                  1,025,000       925,000
  Unsecured debt                                        9,482         9,628
  Unsecured credit facility                           261,369       275,739
  Accounts payable and other liabilities              208,614       187,095
      Total liabilities                             2,962,095     2,761,352
  Minority interests:
    Joint venture partners                            663,087       659,487
    Preferred unitholders                             241,873       241,899
    Limited partnership unitholders                    89,688        91,029
      Total minority interests                        994,648       992,415
  Stockholders' equity:
    Common stock                                    1,558,995     1,563,526
    Preferred stock                                   103,212       103,373
      Total stockholders' equity                    1,662,207     1,666,899
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $5,618,950    $5,420,666

  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)

                                               For the Quarters Ended
                                                      March 31,
                                                 2004           2003
  Rental revenues                             $163,812       $148,523
  Private capital income                         2,429          2,361
      Total revenues                           166,241        150,884

  Costs and expenses
  Property operating costs                     (43,472)       (39,656)
  Depreciation and amortization                (38,234)       (34,433)
  General and administrative                   (15,036)       (12,186)
      Total costs and expenses                 (96,742)       (86,275)

        Operating income                        69,499         64,609

  Other income and expenses
  Equity in earnings of unconsolidated
   joint ventures                                1,709          1,235
  Interest and other income                      1,665          1,393
  Gains from dispositions of real estate            --          7,429
  Interest, including amortization             (39,425)       (35,914)
      Total other income and expenses          (36,051)       (25,857)

        Income before minority interests
         and discontinued operations            33,448         38,752

  Minority interests' share of income:
   Joint venture partners' share
    of operating income                         (9,229)        (7,636)
   Preferred unitholders                        (4,912)        (6,380)
   Limited partnership unitholders                (955)        (1,328)
      Total minority interests'
       share of income                         (15,096)       (15,344)

      Income from continuing operations         18,352         23,408

  Discontinued operations:
   Income attributable to discontinued
    operations, net of minority interests         (246)         7,941
   (Loss) Gain from disposition of real estate,
    net of minority interests                     (286)        28,029

      Total discontinued operations               (532)        35,970

       Net income                               17,820         59,378

  Preferred stock dividends                     (1,783)        (2,123)

  Net income available to
   common stockholders                         $16,037        $57,255

  Net income per common share (diluted)          $0.19          $0.69

  Weighted average common
   shares (diluted)                         84,861,965     82,514,156

  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)

                                                      For the Quarters Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                         2004       2003 (B)

  Net income                                           $17,820      $59,378
  Loss (Gain) from disposition of real estate, net of
   minority interests                                      286      (35,458)
  Real estate related depreciation and amortization:
    Total depreciation and amortization                 38,234       34,433
    Discontinued operations' depreciation                   17          740
    FF& E depreciation                                    (175)        (189)
  Adjustments to derive FFO from consolidated JVs:
    Joint venture partners' minority interests (NI)      9,229        7,636
    Limited partnership unitholders' minority
     interests (NI)                                        955        1,328
    Discontinued operations' minority interests (NI)       (16)         604
    FFO attributable to minority interests             (17,861)     (14,983)
  Adjustments to derive FFO from unconsolidated JVs:
    AMB's share of net income                           (1,709)      (1,235)
    AMB's share of FFO                                   2,493        2,491
  Preferred stock dividends                             (1,783)      (2,123)
    Funds from operations                              $47,490      $52,622

    FFO per common share and unit (diluted)              $0.53        $0.60

    Weighted average common shares and units
     (diluted)                                      89,617,834   87,360,543

(A) The Company believes that net income, as defined by GAAP, is the most appropriate earnings measure. However, the Company considers funds from operations, or FFO, as defined by NAREIT, to be a useful supplemental measure of its operating performance. FFO is defined as net income, calculated in accordance with GAAP, less gains (or losses) from dispositions of real estate held for investment purposes and real estate-related depreciation, and adjustments to derive the Company's pro rata share of FFO of consolidated and unconsolidated joint ventures. Further, the Company does not adjust FFO to eliminate the effects of non-recurring charges. The Company believes that FFO, as defined by NAREIT, is a meaningful supplemental measure of its operating performance because historical cost accounting for real estate assets in accordance with GAAP implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time, as reflected through depreciation and amortization expenses. However, since real estate values have historically risen or fallen with market and other conditions, many industry investors and analysts have considered presentation of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient. Thus, NAREIT created FFO as a supplemental measure of operating performance for real estate investment trusts that excludes historical cost depreciation and amortization, among other items, from net income, as defined by GAAP. The Company believes that the use of FFO, combined with the required GAAP presentations, has been beneficial in improving the understanding of operating results of real estate investment trusts among the investing public and making comparisons of operating results among such companies more meaningful. The Company considers FFO to be a useful measure for reviewing comparative operating and financial performance because, by excluding gains or losses related to sales of previously depreciated operating real estate assets and real estate depreciation and amortization, FFO can help the investing public compare the operating performance of a company's real estate between periods or as compared to other companies. While FFO is a relevant and widely used measure of operating performance of real estate investment trusts, it does not represent cash flow from operations or net income as defined by GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to those measures in evaluating the Company's liquidity or operating performance. FFO also does not consider the costs associated with capital expenditures related to the Company's real estate assets nor is FFO necessarily indicative of cash available to fund our future cash requirements. Further, the Company's computation of FFO may not be comparable to FFO reported by other real estate investment trusts that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than the Company does.

(B) Effective January 1, 2003, the Company discontinued its practice of deducting amortization of investments in leasehold interests from FFO as such an adjustment is not provided for in NAREIT's FFO definition. As a result, FFO for the periods presented has been adjusted to reflect the changes.

SOURCE: AMB Property Corporation

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