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JACKSONVILLE, FL-Regency Centers Corp. continued to hammer out strong financials in the second quarter, posting net income of $25.6 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, compared to $22.2 million, or 38 cents per share, in the comparable 2002 period.

Net income for the first half, however, was down at $43.6 million, or 72 cents per share, against $46.7 million, or 80 cents per diluted share, in 2002.

On Wednesday, the company announced it is selling 3.6 million shares of its common stock at $35.96 per share, a Wall Street price expected to net Regency $123.6 million after the offering closes Aug. 18.

The locally based retail REIT showed income from continuing operations as $22.4 million, or 34 cents per share, versus $15.3 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, last year. For the six-month period, income was $40.5 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, versus $33.2 million, or 54 cents per share, a year ago.

Funds from operations for the quarter was $43.3 million, or 70 cents per diluted share, compared to $42.3 million, or 69 cents per share, last year. For the first half, FFO was $83.6 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, up from $82.2 million, or $1.34, in the first half of 2002.

“The fundamentals of our core business are extremely healthy and position Regency to increase our FFO per share growth rate and generate attractive returns on equity,” says Martin E. Stein Jr., the company’s chairman and CEO.

“The quality of our portfolio has been enhanced by our Premier Customer Initiative, development program and capital recycling strategy, where we are selling lower quality and lower growth assets and reinvesting in high quality new developments,” he adds.

At June 30 of this year, Regency’s investment in real estate before depreciation was about $3.2 billion, Stein says. At quarter end, the company owned 262 shopping centers and single-tenant properties, including those held in joint ventures, totaling 29.9 million sf located in major national markets.

Regency has 32 properties under development for an estimated total net investment at completion of about $441 million. “Demand for (retail) development space remains strong with over 400,000 sf leased during the quarter,” Stein says. The development portfolio is 80% leased and committed, and 43% funded.

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