General/Business Questions

What is a REIT?

A real estate investment trust, or REIT, is a company that owns (and in some cases operates) income producing real estate such as offices properties. In order to qualify to be a REIT under the United States Internal Revenue Code, a company generally must distribute annually at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. REITs generally pay little or no corporate income taxes because they are able to deduct dividends they pay from their taxable earnings.

REITs are total return investments and they typically pay dividends plus the potential for moderate, long term capital appreciation.

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What is funds from operations (FFO) and normalized FFO?

FFO is a non-GAAP measure of a REIT's operating cash flow. It differs from GAAP net income largely due to the exclusion of non-cash items, such as depreciation and amortization. Many securities analysts judge a REIT's performance based largely upon FFO per share results. GOV's normalized FFO also excludes the difference between FFO and Normalized FFO attributable to GOV's equity investment in SIR as well as the impact of acquisition related costs, estimated business management incentive fees and gains/losses on the early extinguishment of debt.

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What are your debt ratings?

GOV is investment grade rated by both Moody’s (Baa3) and S&P (BBB-).

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When does your fiscal year end?

GOV’s fiscal year ends on December 31.

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Stock & Dividend Questions

What is the ticker symbol and exchange that the company trades under?

GOV’s shares are traded on Nasdaq under the symbol GOV.

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When did you go public and at what price?

GOV went public on June 2, 2009 at a price of $20.00 per share.

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What is your CUSIP number?

GOV’s CUSIP number is 38376A103.

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How can I purchase your stock?

GOV shares must be purchased through a registered broker.

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Does GOV pay a dividend on its stock? At what rate and when is it paid?

Yes, GOV currently pays a dividend on its common shares at a quarterly rate of $0.43 per share, or $1.72 per share per year. The timing and amount of future dividends is subject to Board approval and may change, but we anticipate that GOV will continue to pay a dividend on a quarterly basis. To view GOV’s historical dividends.

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How do I receive the dividend payout? Will I receive a check to my home or business address?

If you hold your shares in your own name through GOV’s transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, you will receive a check for the dividend at the address they have on record unless you participate in GOV's Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

If you hold your shares through a bank or broker (referred to as "in street name"), your dividend will be deposited directly into your account unless you register for GOV's Dividend Reinvestment Plan. If you have any questions, please contact your broker directly.

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Can the dividend be used to buy more shares? If so, can this purchase happen automatically?

Yes. If you hold your shares in your own name through GOV's transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, you may elect to reinvest future dividends through the Dividend Reinvestment Plan. To find out more or to enroll, please visit Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

If you hold your shares through a bank or broker, please contact your broker directly to register.

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Will I be taxed on your dividend?

Dividends are typically considered taxable income, which is reported annually to the IRS on Form 1099-DIV. Forms 1099-DIV will be mailed to shareholders following the end of the calendar year. Please contact your financial advisor or tax accountant with tax related questions.

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Other Questions

How can I get a copy of my 1099-DIV form?

GOV’s transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, distributes 1099-DIV forms to GOV shareholders. They can be reached at:
Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
1110 Centre Pointe Curve
Suite 101
Mendota Heights, MN 55120-4100
Phone: 855-235-0844
www.shareowneronline.com

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Who is your stock transfer agent?

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
1110 Centre Pointe Curve
Suite 101
Mendota Heights, MN 55120-4100
Phone: 855-235-0844
www.shareowneronline.com

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Who are your independent accountants/auditors?

Ernst & Young LLP
200 Clarendon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
Phone: 617-266-2000

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Who is your corporate counsel?

Sullivan & Worcester LLP
One Post Office Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
Phone: 617-338-2800

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How can I be notified of new developments at GOV?

Investors can register for GOV’s email alerts by visiting email alerts page.

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The information appearing in GOV’s website includes statements which constitute forward looking statements. These forward looking statements are based upon GOV’s present intents, beliefs or expectations, but forward looking statements are not guaranteed to occur and may not occur. GOV’s actual results may differ materially from those contained in GOV’s forward looking statements. The information contained in GOV’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including under “Risk Factors” and “Warnings Concerning Forward Looking Statements” in GOV’s periodic reports and other filings, identifies important factors that could cause GOV’s actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied in GOV’s forward looking statements. GOV’s filings with the SEC are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and are also accessible on GOV’s website at the following link: SEC Filings. You should not place undue reliance upon forward looking statements. Except as required by law, GOV does not intend to update or change any forward looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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