Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Nature Of Business

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Nature Of Business
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Nature Of Business [Abstract]  
Nature Of Business
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (“WRIT”), a Maryland real estate investment trust, is a self-administered, self-managed equity real estate investment trust, successor to a trust organized in 1960. Our business consists of the ownership and operation of income-producing real estate properties in the greater Washington Metro region. We own a diversified portfolio of office buildings, medical office buildings, multifamily buildings and retail centers.
Federal Income Taxes
We believe that we qualify as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) under Sections 856-860 of the Internal Revenue Code and intend to continue to qualify as such. To maintain our status as a REIT, we are required to distribute 90% of our ordinary taxable income to our shareholders. When selling properties, we have the option of (a) reinvesting the sale proceeds of properties sold, allowing for a deferral of income taxes on the sale, (b) paying out capital gains to the shareholders with no tax to WRIT or (c) treating the capital gains as having been distributed to the shareholders, paying the tax on the gain deemed distributed and allocating the tax paid as a credit to the shareholders. During the three years ended December 31, 2013, we sold the following properties (in thousands):
Disposition Date
Property
Type
Gain on Sale
March 19, 2013
Atrium Building
Office
$
3,195

November 2013
Medical Office Portfolio Transactions I & II (1)
Medical Office / Office
18,949

 
 
Total 2013
$
22,144

 
 
 
 
August 31, 2012
1700 Research Boulevard
Office
$
3,724

December 20, 2012
Plumtree Medical Center
Medical Office
1,400

 
 
Total 2012
$
5,124

 
 
 
 
April 5, 2011
Dulles Station, Phase I
Office
$

October - November 2011
Industrial Portfolio (2)
Office/Industrial
97,491

 
 
Total 2011
$
97,491

(1) 2440 M Street, 15001 Shady Grove Road, 15505 Shady Grove Road, 19500 at Riverside Park (formerly Lansdowne Medical Office Building), 9707 Medical Center Drive, CentreMed I and II, 8301 Arlington Boulevard, Sterling Medical Office Building, Shady Grove Medical Village II, Alexandria Professional Center, Ashburn Farm Office Park I, Ashburn Farm Office Park II, Ashburn Farm Office Park III, Woodholme Medical Office Building, two office properties (6565 Arlington Boulevard and Woodholme Center) and undeveloped land at 4661 Kenmore Avenue. Subsequent to the end of 2013, we closed on Transaction III, consisting of Woodburn Medical Park I and II, and Transaction IV, consisting of Prosperity Medical Center I, II and III (see note 17).

(2) The Industrial Portfolio consists of every property in our industrial segment and two office properties (the Crescent and Albemarle Point).
We have identified a portion of the sold Medical Office Portfolio properties for tax deferred exchange under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 1031 requires that we identify and close on the acquisition of replacement properties within limited time periods. We may not be able to identify and acquire appropriate replacement properties within the specified time periods. If we do not identify and acquire the replacement properties within the specified time periods, we would expect to recognize a taxable gain with respect to the sale of the Medical Office Portfolio. The amount of this taxable gain would depend upon the timing and size of the replacement property acquisitions and also our other results of operations, and it could be a material amount. If we recognize this taxable gain, we could be required to pay a significant portion of it as a special capital gain dividend to our shareholders or alternatively be subject to income taxes on the taxable gain. 
Generally, and subject to our ongoing qualification as a REIT, no provisions for income taxes are necessary except for taxes on undistributed REIT taxable income and taxes on the income generated by our taxable REIT subsidiaries (“TRS's”). Our TRS's are subject to corporate federal and state income tax on their taxable income at regular statutory rates, or as calculated under the alternative minimum tax, as appropriate. As of December 31, 2013, our TRS's had no net deferred tax assets and a net deferred tax liability of $0.6 million. As of December 31, 2012, our TRS's had no net deferred tax assets and a net deferred tax liability of $0.6 million. These are primarily related to temporary differences in the timing of the recognition of revenue, amortization and depreciation.
During 2011, we settled on the sale of Dulles Station, Phase I, an office property held by one of our TRS's. After the application of available net operating loss carryforwards, we recognized $1.1 million in net federal and state income tax liabilities during 2011 in connection with the sale and operations of the entities.
Also during 2011, we recognized a $14.5 million impairment charge at Dulles Station, Phase II, a development property held by one of our TRS's (see note 3). The impairment charge created a deferred tax asset of $5.7 million at this TRS, but we have determined that it is more likely than not that this deferred tax asset will not be realized. We have therefore recorded a valuation allowance for the full amount of the deferred tax asset related to the impairment charge at Dulles Station, Phase II.

The following is a breakdown of the taxable percentage of our dividends for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011,(unaudited):
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011
Ordinary income
62
%
 
72
%
 
60
%
Return of capital
38
%
 
26
%
 
17
%
Qualified dividends
%
 
%
 
5
%
Unrecaptured Section 1250 gain
%
 
2
%
 
13
%
Capital gain
%
 
%
 
5
%