HCP: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) _ HCP Inc. (HCP) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results matched Wall Street expectations.

The real estate investment trust, based in Irvine, California, said it had funds from operations of $202.1 million, or 43 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 43 cents per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $829.3 million, or $1.73 per share.

The health care real estate investment trust posted revenue of $441.9 million in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $447.9 million.

HCP expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.70 to $1.76 per share.

The company's shares have increased 10 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased almost 10 percent. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $30.73, a climb of 35 percent in the last 12 months.

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