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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-K  
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016
or
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission file number 1-34364
 
GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES INCOME TRUST
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter) 
Maryland
(State of Organization)
26-4273474
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
Two Newton Place, 255 Washington Street, Suite 300, Newton, MA 02458-1634
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                                                       (Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code 617-219-1440
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title Of Each Class
 
Name Of Each Exchange On Which Registered
Common Shares of Beneficial Interest
 
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
5.875% Senior Notes due 2046
 
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ☒  No ☐
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes ☐   No ☒
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒  No ☐
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes ☒  No ☐
 
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  ☒
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐  No ☒

The aggregate market value of the voting common shares of beneficial interest, $.01 par value, or common shares, of the registrant held by non-affiliates was approximately $1.6 billion based on the $23.06 closing price per common share on the New York Stock Exchange on June 30, 2016. For purposes of this calculation, an aggregate of 1,855,399 common shares held directly by, or by affiliates of, the trustees and the executive officers of the registrant have been included in the number of common shares held by affiliates.
 
Number of the registrant’s common shares outstanding as of February 21, 2017: 71,177,906.

References in this Annual Report on Form 10-K to the Company, GOV, we, us or our mean Government Properties Income Trust and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.
 
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Certain information required by Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K is incorporated by reference to our definitive Proxy Statement for the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 



WARNING CONCERNING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
THIS ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K CONTAINS STATEMENTS THAT CONSTITUTE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995 AND OTHER SECURITIES LAWS. ALSO, WHENEVER WE USE WORDS SUCH AS “BELIEVE”, “EXPECT”, “ANTICIPATE”, “INTEND”, “PLAN”, “ESTIMATE”, “WILL”, “MAY” AND NEGATIVES OR DERIVATIVES OF THESE OR SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS, WE ARE MAKING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED UPON OUR PRESENT INTENT, BELIEFS OR EXPECTATIONS, BUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO OCCUR AND MAY NOT OCCUR. FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS IN THIS REPORT RELATE TO VARIOUS ASPECTS OF OUR BUSINESS, INCLUDING:
OUR ACQUISITIONS AND SALES OF PROPERTIES, 
OUR ABILITY TO COMPETE FOR ACQUISITIONS AND TENANCIES EFFECTIVELY, 
THE LIKELIHOOD THAT OUR TENANTS WILL PAY RENT OR BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY CYCLICAL ECONOMIC CONDITIONS OR GOVERNMENT BUDGET CONSTRAINTS,
THE LIKELIHOOD THAT OUR TENANTS WILL RENEW OR EXTEND THEIR LEASES AND NOT EXERCISE EARLY TERMINATION OPTIONS PURSUANT TO THEIR LEASES OR THAT WE WILL OBTAIN REPLACEMENT TENANTS,
OUR ABILITY TO PAY DISTRIBUTIONS TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS AND THE AMOUNT OF SUCH DISTRIBUTIONS, 
OUR EXPECTATION THAT WE BENEFIT FINANCIALLY FROM OUR OWNERSHIP INTEREST IN SELECT INCOME REIT, OR SIR, 
OUR POLICIES AND PLANS REGARDING INVESTMENTS, FINANCINGS AND DISPOSITIONS, 
THE FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF BORROWINGS UNDER OUR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY, 
OUR EXPECTATION THAT THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO ACQUIRE, AND THAT WE WILL ACQUIRE, ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES THAT ARE MAJORITY LEASED TO GOVERNMENT TENANTS OR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR TENANTS, 
OUR EXPECTATIONS REGARDING DEMAND FOR LEASED SPACE BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, 
OUR ABILITY TO RAISE EQUITY OR DEBT CAPITAL, 
OUR ABILITY TO PAY INTEREST ON AND PRINCIPAL OF OUR DEBT, 
OUR ABILITY TO APPROPRIATELY BALANCE OUR USE OF DEBT AND EQUITY CAPITAL, 
OUR CREDIT RATINGS, 
OUR EXPECTATION THAT WE BENEFIT FROM OUR OWNERSHIP OF THE RMR GROUP INC., OR RMR INC., 
OUR EXPECTATION THAT WE BENEFIT FROM OUR OWNERSHIP OF AFFILIATES INSURANCE COMPANY, OR AIC, AND FROM OUR PARTICIPATION IN INSURANCE PROGRAMS ARRANGED BY AIC,
THE CREDIT QUALITIES OF OUR TENANTS,
OUR QUALIFICATION FOR TAXATION AS A REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST, OR REIT, AND
OTHER MATTERS.
 
OUR ACTUAL RESULTS MAY DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE CONTAINED IN OR IMPLIED BY OUR FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS AS A RESULT OF VARIOUS FACTORS. FACTORS THAT COULD HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON OUR FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS AND UPON OUR BUSINESS, RESULTS OF OPERATIONS, FINANCIAL CONDITION, FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS, OR FFO, NORMALIZED FFO, NET OPERATING INCOME, OR NOI, CASH FLOWS, LIQUIDITY AND PROSPECTS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: 

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THE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY AND THE CAPITAL MARKETS ON US AND OUR TENANTS, 
COMPETITION WITHIN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO THOSE MARKETS IN WHICH OUR PROPERTIES ARE LOCATED AND WITH RESPECT TO GOVERNMENT TENANCIES, 
THE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN THE REAL ESTATE NEEDS AND FINANCIAL CONDITIONS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, 
COMPLIANCE WITH, AND CHANGES TO, FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS, ACCOUNTING RULES, TAX LAWS AND SIMILAR MATTERS, 
ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST WITH OUR RELATED PARTIES, INCLUDING OUR MANAGING TRUSTEES, THE RMR GROUP LLC, OR RMR LLC, RMR INC., SIR, AIC AND OTHERS AFFILIATED WITH THEM, 
LIMITATIONS IMPOSED ON OUR BUSINESS AND OUR ABILITY TO SATISFY COMPLEX RULES IN ORDER FOR US TO QUALIFY FOR TAXATION AS A REIT FOR U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES, AND 
ACTS OF TERRORISM, OUTBREAKS OF SO CALLED PANDEMICS OR OTHER MANMADE OR NATURAL DISASTERS BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

FOR EXAMPLE:
OUR ABILITY TO MAKE FUTURE DISTRIBUTIONS TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS AND TO MAKE PAYMENTS OF PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST ON OUR INDEBTEDNESS DEPENDS UPON A NUMBER OF FACTORS, INCLUDING OUR FUTURE EARNINGS, THE CAPITAL COSTS WE INCUR TO LEASE OUR PROPERTIES, OUR WORKING CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS AND OUR RECEIPT OF DISTRIBUTIONS FROM SIR. WE MAY BE UNABLE TO PAY OUR DEBT OBLIGATIONS OR TO MAINTAIN OUR CURRENT RATE OF DISTRIBUTIONS ON OUR COMMON SHARES AND FUTURE DISTRIBUTIONS MAY BE REDUCED OR ELIMINATED, 
OUR ABILITY TO GROW OUR BUSINESS AND INCREASE DISTRIBUTIONS TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS DEPENDS IN LARGE PART UPON OUR ABILITY TO BUY PROPERTIES AND LEASE THEM FOR RENTS, LESS PROPERTY OPERATING EXPENSES, THAT EXCEED OUR CAPITAL COSTS. WE MAY BE UNABLE TO IDENTIFY PROPERTIES THAT WE WANT TO ACQUIRE OR TO NEGOTIATE ACCEPTABLE PURCHASE PRICES, ACQUISITION FINANCING OR LEASE TERMS FOR NEW PROPERTIES,
SOME OF OUR TENANTS MAY NOT RENEW EXPIRING LEASES, AND WE MAY BE UNABLE TO OBTAIN NEW TENANTS TO MAINTAIN OR INCREASE THE HISTORICAL OCCUPANCY RATES OF, OR RENTS FROM, OUR PROPERTIES, 
SOME GOVERNMENT TENANTS MAY EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS TO VACATE THEIR SPACE BEFORE THE STATED EXPIRATION OF THEIR LEASES, AND WE MAY BE UNABLE TO OBTAIN NEW TENANTS TO MAINTAIN THE HISTORICAL OCCUPANCY RATES OF, OR RENTS FROM, OUR PROPERTIES,
RENTS THAT WE CAN CHARGE AT OUR PROPERTIES MAY DECLINE BECAUSE OF CHANGING MARKET CONDITIONS OR OTHERWISE, 
CONTINGENCIES IN OUR ACQUISITION AND SALE AGREEMENTS MAY NOT BE SATISFIED AND OUR PENDING ACQUISITIONS AND SALES MAY NOT OCCUR, MAY BE DELAYED OR THE TERMS OF SUCH TRANSACTIONS MAY CHANGE, 
CONTINUED AVAILABILITY OF BORROWINGS UNDER OUR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY IS SUBJECT TO OUR SATISFYING CERTAIN FINANCIAL COVENANTS AND OTHER CUSTOMARY CREDIT FACILITY CONDITIONS THAT WE MAY BE UNABLE TO SATISFY, 
ACTUAL COSTS UNDER OUR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY OR OTHER FLOATING RATE CREDIT FACILITIES WILL BE HIGHER THAN LIBOR PLUS A PREMIUM BECAUSE OF OTHER FEES AND EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH FACILITIES, 

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WE MAY BE UNABLE TO REPAY OUR DEBT OBLIGATIONS WHEN THEY BECOME DUE, 
THE MAXIMUM BORROWING AVAILABILITY UNDER OUR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY AND TERM LOANS MAY BE INCREASED TO UP TO $2.5 BILLION ON A COMBINED BASIS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; HOWEVER, INCREASING THE MAXIMUM BORROWING AVAILABILITY UNDER OUR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY AND TERM LOANS IS SUBJECT TO OUR OBTAINING ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS FROM LENDERS, WHICH MAY NOT OCCUR, 
WE HAVE THE OPTION TO EXTEND THE MATURITY DATE OF OUR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY UPON PAYMENT OF A FEE AND MEETING OTHER CONDITIONS.  HOWEVER, THE APPLICABLE CONDITIONS MAY NOT BE MET, 
THE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS BETWEEN US AND RMR LLC HAVE CONTINUING 20 YEAR TERMS.  HOWEVER, THOSE AGREEMENTS INCLUDE TERMS WHICH PERMIT EARLY TERMINATION IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.  ACCORDINGLY, WE CANNOT BE SURE THAT THESE AGREEMENTS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR CONTINUING 20 YEAR TERMS OR FOR SHORTER TERMS,
WE BELIEVE THAT OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR RELATED PARTIES, INCLUDING RMR LLC, RMR INC., SIR, AIC AND OTHERS AFFILIATED WITH THEM MAY BENEFIT US AND PROVIDE US WITH COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES IN OPERATING AND GROWING OUR BUSINESS.  HOWEVER, THE ADVANTAGES WE BELIEVE WE MAY REALIZE FROM THESE RELATIONSHIPS MAY NOT MATERIALIZE, 
THE PREMIUMS USED TO DETERMINE THE INTEREST RATE PAYABLE ON OUR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY AND TERM LOANS AND THE FACILITY FEE PAYABLE ON OUR REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY ARE BASED ON OUR CREDIT RATINGS.  FUTURE CHANGES IN OUR CREDIT RATINGS MAY CAUSE THE INTEREST AND FEES WE PAY TO INCREASE, 
SIR MAY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF ITS DISTRIBUTIONS TO ITS SHAREHOLDERS, INCLUDING US,  
WE MAY BE UNABLE TO SELL OUR SIR COMMON SHARES FOR AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO OUR CARRYING VALUE OF THOSE SHARES AND ANY SUCH SALE MAY BE AT A DISCOUNT TO MARKET PRICE BECAUSE OF THE LARGE SIZE OF OUR SIR HOLDINGS OR OTHERWISE; WE MAY REALIZE A LOSS ON OUR INVESTMENT IN OUR SIR SHARES, AND
WE CURRENTLY EXPECT TO SPEND APPROXIMATELY $15.4 MILLION TO COMPLETE OUR REDEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF AN EXISTING PROPERTY IN CONNECTION WITH A NEW LEASE AGREEMENT.  IN ADDITION, AS OF DECEMBER 31 2016, WE HAVE ESTIMATED UNSPENT LEASING RELATED OBLIGATIONS OF $26.5 MILLION, EXCLUDING THE ESTIMATED DEVELOPMENT COSTS NOTED IN THE PRECEDING SENTENCE. IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACCURATELY ESTIMATE DEVELOPMENT COSTS.  THIS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND OUR UNSPENT LEASING RELATED OBLIGATIONS MAY COST MORE OR LESS AND MAY TAKE LONGER TO COMPLETE THAN WE CURRENTLY EXPECT, AND WE MAY INCUR INCREASING AMOUNTS FOR THESE AND SIMILAR PURPOSES IN THE FUTURE.
 
CURRENTLY UNEXPECTED RESULTS COULD OCCUR DUE TO MANY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES, SOME OF WHICH ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL, SUCH AS CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT TENANTS’ NEEDS FOR LEASED SPACE, ACTS OF TERRORISM, NATURAL DISASTERS OR CHANGES IN CAPITAL MARKETS OR THE ECONOMY GENERALLY.
THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ELSEWHERE IN THIS ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K OR IN OUR OTHER FILINGS WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, OR SEC, INCLUDING UNDER THE CAPTION “RISK FACTORS”, OR INCORPORATED HEREIN OR THEREIN, IDENTIFIES OTHER IMPORTANT FACTORS THAT COULD CAUSE DIFFERENCES FROM OUR FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. OUR FILINGS WITH THE SEC ARE AVAILABLE ON THE SEC’S WEBSITE AT WWW.SEC.GOV.
YOU SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE UPON OUR FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS.
EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, WE DO NOT INTEND TO UPDATE OR CHANGE ANY FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS AS A RESULT OF NEW INFORMATION, FUTURE EVENTS OR OTHERWISE.

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STATEMENT CONCERNING LIMITED LIABILITY
THE AMENDED AND RESTATED DECLARATION OF TRUST ESTABLISHING GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES INCOME TRUST, DATED JUNE 8, 2009, AS AMENDED, AS FILED WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ASSESSMENTS AND TAXATION OF MARYLAND, PROVIDES THAT NO TRUSTEE, OFFICER, SHAREHOLDER, EMPLOYEE OR AGENT OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES INCOME TRUST SHALL BE HELD TO ANY PERSONAL LIABILITY, JOINTLY OR SEVERALLY, FOR ANY OBLIGATION OF, OR CLAIM AGAINST, GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES INCOME TRUST. ALL PERSONS DEALING WITH GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES INCOME TRUST IN ANY WAY SHALL LOOK ONLY TO THE ASSETS OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES INCOME TRUST FOR THE PAYMENT OF ANY SUM OR THE PERFORMANCE OF ANY OBLIGATION.


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GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES INCOME TRUST
2016 FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORT
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PART I
Item 1.  Business
The Company.  We are a real estate investment trust, or REIT, formed in 2009 under Maryland law.  As of December 31, 2016, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, we owned 73 properties (95 buildings) with an undepreciated carrying value of approximately $1.9 billion and a depreciated carrying value of approximately $1.6 billion. These 73 properties have approximately 11.4 million rentable square feet. 
As of December 31, 2016, we also owned 24,918,421 common shares of beneficial interest, par value $.01 per share, of Select Income REIT, or SIR, or approximately 27.9% of the then outstanding common shares of SIR.  SIR is a REIT which primarily owns single tenant, net leased properties.  As of December 31, 2016 our investment in SIR had a carrying value of approximately $487.7 million.  See Note 12 to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part IV, Item 15 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for more information regarding our investment in SIR.  We account for our investment in SIR under the equity method.    
Our principal executive offices are located at Two Newton Place, 255 Washington Street, Suite 300, Newton, Massachusetts 02458-1634, and our telephone number is (617) 219-1440.
Our Business.  Our business plan is to maintain our properties, seek to extend or enter into new leases as leases approach expiration, enter into new leases for our vacant space, selectively acquire additional properties that are majority leased to government tenants and government contractor tenants, selectively dispose of properties when we determine that our continued ownership will not achieve desired returns or if the opportunity costs from continuing to own such properties exceed our expected returns from those properties and pay distributions to our shareholders. As our current leases expire, we will attempt to renew our leases with existing tenants or to enter into leases with new tenants, in both circumstances at rents equal to or higher than the rents we now receive. Our ability to renew leases with our existing tenants or to enter into new leases with new tenants and the rents we are able to charge will depend in large part upon market conditions which are generally beyond our control.
Our Growth Strategy.  Our internal growth strategy is to attempt to increase the rents we receive from our current properties. To achieve rent increases we may invest in our properties to make improvements requested by existing tenants or to induce lease renewals or new tenant leases when our current leases expire or vacant space is leased. However, as noted above, our ability to maintain or increase the rents we receive from our current properties will depend in large part upon market conditions which are beyond our control.
Our external growth strategy is defined by our acquisition, disposition and financing policies.  Our acquisition, disposition and financing policies are established by our Board of Trustees and may be changed by our Board of Trustees at any time without shareholder approval.
Our Investment Policies

Our investment objectives include increasing cash flow by acquiring properties at yields that are greater than our cost of capital in order to increase per share distributions to our shareholders. To achieve these objectives, we seek to: maintain a strong capital base of shareholders’ equity; invest in quality properties with high quality tenants; use moderate debt leverage to fund additional investments; when market conditions permit, refinance debt with additional equity or long term debt; and pursue diversification so that our cash flow from operations comes from diverse properties and tenants.

Acquisition Policies. We expect to acquire additional properties that are majority leased to government tenants or government contractor tenants. We expect to use the extensive nationwide resources of our manager, The RMR Group LLC, a Maryland limited liability company, or RMR LLC, to locate and acquire such properties. We believe that current government budgetary methodology and spending priorities have resulted in a decrease in government employment, government tenants reducing their space utilization per employee and consolidation into existing government owned properties, thereby reducing the demand for government leased space. Although we believe that we will be able to locate and acquire additional properties that are majority leased to government tenants, we have recently expanded our acquisition policy to include properties majority leased to government contractor tenants. We currently expect that our future acquisitions will continue to be primarily of properties that are majority leased to government tenants. We expect to acquire additional properties primarily for the purpose of realizing income from the operations of those properties rather than to realize capital gains by selling those properties.






In implementing our acquisition strategy, we consider a range of factors relating to proposed property purchases including:

the historic and projected rents received and likely to be received from the property;

the historic and expected operating expenses, including real estate taxes, incurred and expected to be incurred at the property;

the strategic fit of the property with the rest of our properties;

the growth, tax and regulatory environments of the markets in which the property is located;

the current or potential market position of the property;

the current and expected future space utilization at the property by tenant(s);

the remaining term of the lease at the property and other lease terms;

the quality, experience and creditworthiness of the property’s tenant(s) and how essential the occupant’s mission at the property is to the tenant(s);

the occupancy and demand for similar properties in the same or nearby markets;

the likelihood of the tenant(s) renewing at lease expiration;

the construction quality, physical condition, age and design of the property and expected capital expenditures that may be needed at the property;

the location and type of property;

the use and size of the property;

the proposed acquisition price of the property;

the estimated replacement cost of the property;

our weighted average long term cost of capital compared to the projected returns we may realize by owning the property;

the pricing of comparable properties as evidenced by recent arm’s length market sales; and

the existence of alternative sources, uses or needs for our capital.

Other Investments. We prefer wholly owned investments in fee interests. However, circumstances may arise in which we may invest in leaseholds, joint ventures, mortgages and other real estate interests. We may invest in or enter into real estate joint ventures if we conclude that by doing so we may benefit from the participation of coventurers or that our opportunity to participate in the investment is contingent on the use of a joint venture structure. We may invest in participating, convertible or other types of mortgages if we conclude that by doing so, we may benefit from the cash flow or appreciation in the value of a property which is not available for purchase.

We have in the past considered, and may in the future consider, the possibility of entering into mergers or strategic combinations with other companies. A principal goal of any such transaction may be to further diversify our revenue sources and increase our cash flow from operations.

We have no policies which specifically limit the percentage of our assets that may be invested in any individual property, in any one type of property, in properties managed by or leased to any one entity, in properties managed by or leased to any affiliated group of entities or in securities of one or more other persons.






We may in the future acquire additional common shares of SIR or The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq: RMR), a Maryland corporation, or RMR Inc., or securities of other entities, including entities engaged in real estate activities. We may invest in the securities of other entities for the purpose of exercising control, or otherwise, make loans to other persons or entities, engage in the sale of investments, offer securities in exchange for property or repurchase or reacquire our securities.

Disposition Policies. We generally consider ourselves to be a long term owner of properties and are more interested in the long term earnings potential of our properties than selling properties for short term gains. However, from time to time, we consider the sale of properties. We make disposition decisions based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the following:

the remaining length of the current lease and its other terms;
our expectation regarding tenant lease renewals or the likelihood of finding a replacement tenant if the property has significant vacancies or is likely to become substantially vacant;
the future expected space utilization of the tenant(s) and the potential impact that may have on occupancy at the property;
the potential costs associated with finding a replacement tenant, including tenant improvements, leasing commissions and concessions, the cost to operate the property while vacant and building improvement capital, as compared to our projected returns from future rents;
our evaluation of future rent for the property relative to leasing costs;
the capital required to maintain the property;
the strategic fit of the property or investment with the rest of our portfolio;
the estimated value we may receive by selling the property;
our intended use of the proceeds we may realize from the sale of a property;
the proposed sale price; and
the existence of alternative sources, uses or needs for capital.
Our Board of Trustees may change our investment policies at any time without a vote of, or notice to, our shareholders.

Our Financing Policies

To qualify for taxation as a REIT under the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the IRC, we must distribute at least 90% of our annual REIT taxable income (excluding net capital gains). Accordingly, we generally will not be able to retain sufficient cash to fund our operations, repay our debts, invest in our properties and fund acquisitions and development or redevelopment efforts. Instead, we expect to repay our debts, invest in our properties and fund acquisitions and development or redevelopment efforts with borrowings under our revolving credit facility, proceeds from equity or debt securities we may issue (domestically or in foreign markets), including by subsidiaries, cash distributions we may receive on our SIR common shares or retained cash from operations which may exceed our distributions. To the extent we obtain additional debt financing, we may do so on an unsecured or a secured basis. We may seek to obtain lines of credit or to issue securities senior to our common shares, including preferred shares or debt securities, some of which may be convertible into our common shares or be accompanied by warrants to purchase our common shares. We may also finance acquisitions by assuming debt or through the issuance of equity or other securities. The proceeds from any of our financings may be used to pay distributions, to provide working capital, to refinance existing indebtedness or to finance acquisitions and expansions of existing or new properties.

Although there are no limitations in our organizational documents on the amount of indebtedness we may incur, the borrowing limitations established by the covenants in the agreement governing our revolving credit facility and term loans, or our credit agreement, and our senior unsecured notes indenture and its supplements currently restrict our ability to incur indebtedness and require us to maintain certain financial ratios. However, we may seek to amend these covenants or seek replacement financings with less restrictive covenants. In the future, we may decide to seek changes in the financial covenants





which currently restrict our debt leverage based upon then current economic conditions, the relative availability and costs of debt versus equity capital and our need for capital to take advantage of acquisition opportunities or otherwise.

We currently have a $750 million unsecured revolving credit facility, or our revolving credit facility, that we use for working capital and general business purposes and to fund acquisitions. In some instances, we may assume outstanding mortgage debt in connection with our acquisitions or place new mortgages on properties we own. For more information regarding our financing sources and activities, please see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Liquidity and Capital Resources—Our Investment and Financing Liquidity and Resources” of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Generally, we intend to manage our leverage in a way that may allow us to maintain “investment grade” ratings from nationally recognized statistical rating organizations; however, we cannot be sure that we will be able to maintain our investment grade ratings.

Our Board of Trustees may change our financing policies at any time without a vote of, or notice to, our shareholders.

Other Information

Our Manager.   RMR Inc. is a holding company and substantially all of its business is conducted by its majority owned subsidiary, RMR LLC.  Barry Portnoy and Adam Portnoy, our Managing Trustees, are the controlling shareholders, directors and officers of RMR Inc.  Our day to day operations are conducted by RMR LLC.  RMR LLC originates and presents investment and divestment opportunities to our Board of Trustees and provides management and administrative services to us.  RMR LLC has a principal place of business at Two Newton Place, 255 Washington Street, Suite 300, Newton, Massachusetts 02458-1634, and its telephone number is (617) 796-8390.  RMR LLC also acts as the manager to SIR, Hospitality Properties Trust, or HPT, and Senior Housing Properties Trust, or SNH, and provides management and other services to other private and public companies, including Five Star Quality Care, Inc., or FVE, TravelCenters of America LLC, or TA, and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, or Sonesta.  As of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the executive officers of RMR LLC are: Adam Portnoy, President and Chief Executive Officer; Barry Portnoy, Chairman;  David M. Blackman, Executive Vice President; Jennifer B. Clark, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary; David J. Hegarty, Executive Vice President; Mark L. Kleifges, Executive Vice President; Bruce J. Mackey Jr., Executive Vice President; John G. Murray, Executive Vice President; Thomas M. O’Brien, Executive Vice President; and John C. Popeo, Executive Vice President.  David M. Blackman and Mark L. Kleifges are also our executive officers.  Messrs. Blackman and Kleifges and other officers of RMR LLC also serve as officers of other companies to which RMR LLC provides management services.
Employees.  We have no employees. Services which would otherwise be provided to us by employees are provided by RMR LLC and by our Managing Trustees and officers. As of February 21, 2017, RMR LLC had over 450 full time employees in its headquarters and regional offices located throughout the United States.
Competition.  Investing in and operating office buildings and maintaining relationships with government tenants and government contractor tenants and attracting new tenants is a highly competitive business. We compete against other REITs, numerous financial institutions, individuals and public and private companies who are actively engaged in this business. Also, we compete for investments based on a number of factors including purchase prices, closing terms, underwriting criteria and our reputation. Our ability to successfully compete is also materially impacted by the availability and cost of capital to us. We do not believe we have a dominant position in any of the geographic markets in which we operate, but some of our competitors are dominant in selected markets. Some of our competitors may have greater financial and other resources than we have. We believe we have some competitive advantages in leasing to government tenants and purchasing government leased properties because of our experience and familiarity with government leasing procedures. We also believe the experience and abilities of our management and the quality of our properties may afford us some competitive advantages and allow us to operate our business successfully despite the competitive nature of our business.
For additional information about competition and other risks associated with our business, please see “Risk Factors” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Environmental Matters.  Under various laws, owners as well as tenants and operators of real estate may be required to investigate and clean up or remove hazardous substances present at or migrating from properties they own, lease or operate and may be held liable for property damage or personal injuries that result from hazardous substances. These laws also expose us to the possibility that we may become liable to governmental agencies or third parties for costs and damages they incur in connection with hazardous substances. It is our practice to obtain and review “Phase I” environmental surveys prior to our acquisition of properties in order to assess the possible presence of and cost of removing hazardous substances. Certain of our





buildings contain asbestos. We believe any asbestos in our buildings is contained in accordance with current regulations, and we have no current plans to remove it. If we remove the asbestos or renovate or demolish these properties, certain environmental regulations govern the manner in which the asbestos must be handled and removed. We do not believe that there are environmental conditions at any of our properties that have had or will have a material adverse effect on us. However, we cannot be sure that conditions are not present at our properties or that costs we may be required to incur in the future to remediate contamination will not have a material adverse effect on our business or financial condition. For more information, see “Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business—Ownership of real estate is subject to environmental and climate change risks.”
In reaction to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the U.S. Government has instituted “green lease” policies which include the “Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Use of Renewable Energy” as one of the factors it considers when leasing property. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 also allows the General Services Administration, or GSA, to give preference to buildings for lease that have received an “ENERGY STAR” certification. The ENERGY STAR program is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy which is focused on promoting energy efficient products and buildings.  Buildings that reach a specified level of energy efficiency may receive the ENERGY STAR recognition for a period of 12 months before the requirement that they be recertified.  Furthermore, certain buildings are not eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.  For example, lab uses, medical office buildings and buildings less than 50% occupied cannot be ENERGY STAR certified.  For the year ended December 31, 2016, 50 of our buildings with an aggregate of 6,054,603 rentable square feet (56.2% and 55.9% of our eligible buildings and eligible rentable square feet, respectively) were ENERGY STAR certified.
The U.S. Government’s “green lease” policies also permit government tenants to require leadership in energy and environmental design, or LEED®, designation in selecting new premises or renewing leases at existing premises. The LEED® designation program is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting environmental sustainability for the built environment.  Buildings that reach specified levels of sustainability may receive a LEED® designation. As of December 31, 2016, 16 of our buildings with an aggregate of 2,424,923 rentable square feet (16.8% and 21.2% of our total buildings and total rentable square feet, respectively) were LEED® designated.
We and our manager, RMR LLC, continuously study ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental impacts at our properties.  We and RMR LLC are members of the ENERGY STAR Partner program and RMR LLC is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Our effort to obtain additional ENERGY STAR labels and/or LEED® designations and manage our properties in a sustainable manner benefit our business while also bettering the environment. We are also monitoring the new administration for potential changes to "green lease" policies. For more information, see “Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business—The U.S. Government’s “green lease” policies may adversely affect us.”
Insurance.    We generally have insurance coverage for our properties and the operations conducted on them, including for casualty, liability, fire and extended coverage. We participate with RMR LLC and other companies to which RMR LLC provides management services in a combined property insurance program through Affiliates Insurance Company, or AIC, and with respect to which AIC is a reinsurer of certain coverage amounts. We also participate with RMR Inc. and other companies managed by RMR LLC in a partial joint program for director and officers liability insurance as well as purchasing such insurance for our own account. For more information, see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Related Person Transactions” and Note 7 to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part IV, Item 15 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Other Matters.  Legislative and regulatory developments may occur at the federal, state and local levels that have direct or indirect impact on the ownership, leasing and operation of our properties. We may need to make expenditures, to the extent these costs are not paid by our tenants, due to changes in government regulations, or the application of such regulations to our properties, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, fire and safety regulations, building codes, land use regulations or environmental regulations on containment, abatement or removal.
Segment Information. We operate in two business segments: ownership of properties that are primarily leased to government tenants and our equity method investment in SIR.
Internet Website.  Our internet website address is www.govreit.com. Copies of our governance guidelines, code of business conduct and ethics, or Code of Conduct, and the charters of our audit, compensation and nominating and governance committees are posted on our website and also may be obtained free of charge by writing to our Secretary, Government Properties Income Trust, Two Newton Place, 255 Washington Street, Suite 300, Newton, Massachusetts, 02458-1634 or at our website. We also have a policy outlining procedures for handling concerns or complaints about accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters and a governance hotline accessible on our website that shareholders can use to report concerns or





complaints about accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters or violations or possible violations of our Code of Conduct. We make available, free of charge, on our website, our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to these reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, as soon as reasonably practicable after these forms are filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. Our Board of Trustees provides a process for security holders to send communications to our Board of Trustees or individual Trustees. Information about the process for sending communications to our Board of Trustees or individual Trustees can be found on our website. Our website address is included several times in this Annual Report on Form 10-K as textual references only and the information in our website is not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K.






MATERIAL UNITED STATES FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSIDERATIONS
The following summary of material United States federal income tax considerations is based on existing law, and is limited to investors who own our shares as investment assets rather than as inventory or as property used in a trade or business. The summary does not discuss all of the particular tax considerations that might be relevant to you if you are subject to special rules under federal income tax law, for example if you are:
a bank, insurance company or other financial institution;
a regulated investment company or REIT;
a subchapter S corporation;
a broker, dealer or trader in securities or foreign currency;
a person who marks-to-market our shares for U.S. federal income tax purposes;
a U.S. shareholder (as defined below) that has a functional currency other than the U.S. dollar;
a person who acquires or owns our shares in connection with employment or other performance of services;
a person subject to alternative minimum tax;
a person who acquires or owns our shares as part of a straddle, hedging transaction, constructive sale transaction, constructive ownership transaction or conversion transaction, or as part of a “synthetic security” or other integrated financial transaction;
a person who owns 10% or more (by vote or value, directly or constructively under the IRC) of any class of our shares;
a U.S. expatriate;
a non-U.S. shareholder (as defined below) whose investment in our shares is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States;
a nonresident alien individual present in the United States for 183 days or more during an applicable taxable year;
a “qualified shareholder” (as defined in Section 897(k)(3)(A) of the IRC);
a “qualified foreign pension fund” (as defined in Section 897(l)(2) of the IRC) or any entity wholly owned by one or more qualified foreign pension funds; or
except as specifically described in the following summary, a trust, estate, tax-exempt entity or foreign person.
The sections of the IRC that govern the federal income tax qualification and treatment of a REIT and its shareholders are complex. This presentation is a summary of applicable IRC provisions, related rules and regulations, and administrative and judicial interpretations, all of which are subject to change, possibly with retroactive effect. Future legislative, judicial or administrative actions or decisions could also affect the accuracy of statements made in this summary. We have not received a ruling from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or the IRS, with respect to any matter described in this summary, and we cannot assure you that the IRS or a court will agree with all of the statements made in this summary. The IRS could, for example, take a different position from that described in this summary with respect to our acquisitions, operations, restructurings or other matters, which, if a court agreed, could result in significant tax liabilities for applicable parties. In addition, this summary is not exhaustive of all possible tax considerations, and does not discuss any estate, gift, state, local or foreign tax considerations. For all these reasons, we urge you and any holder of or prospective acquiror of our shares to consult with a tax advisor about the federal income tax and other tax consequences of the acquisition, ownership and disposition of our shares. Our intentions and beliefs described in this summary are based upon our understanding of applicable laws and regulations that are in effect as





of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. If new laws or regulations are enacted which impact us directly or indirectly, we may change our intentions or beliefs.
Your federal income tax consequences generally will differ depending on whether or not you are a “U.S. shareholder.” For purposes of this summary, a “U.S. shareholder” is a beneficial owner of our shares that is:
an individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States, including an alien individual who is a lawful permanent resident of the United States or meets the substantial presence residency test under the federal income tax laws;
an entity treated as a corporation for federal income tax purposes that is created or organized in or under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia;
an estate the income of which is subject to federal income taxation regardless of its source; or
a trust if a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over the administration of the trust and one or more U.S. persons have the authority to control all substantial decisions of the trust, or, to the extent provided in Treasury regulations, a trust in existence on August 20, 1996 that has elected to be treated as a domestic trust;
whose status as a U.S. shareholder is not overridden by an applicable tax treaty. Conversely, a “non-U.S. shareholder” is a beneficial owner of our shares other than a partnership or a U.S. shareholder.
If any entity treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes holds our shares, the tax treatment of a partner in the partnership generally will depend upon the status of the partner and the activities of the partnership. Any entity or other arrangement treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes that is a holder of our shares and the partners in such a partnership (as determined for federal income tax purposes) are urged to consult their own tax advisors about the federal income tax consequences and other tax consequences of the acquisition, ownership and disposition of our shares.
Taxation as a REIT
We have elected to be taxed as a REIT under Sections 856 through 860 of the IRC, commencing with our 2009 taxable year. Our REIT election, assuming continuing compliance with the then applicable qualification tests, has continued and will continue in effect for subsequent taxable years. Although no assurance can be given, we believe that from and after our 2009 taxable year we have been organized and have operated, and will continue to be organized and to operate, in a manner that qualified and will continue to qualify us to be taxed as a REIT under the IRC.
As a REIT, we generally are not subject to federal income tax on our net income distributed as dividends to our shareholders. Distributions to our shareholders generally are included in their income as dividends to the extent of our available current or accumulated earnings and profits. Our dividends are not generally entitled to the preferential tax rates on qualified dividend income, but a portion of our dividends may be treated as capital gain dividends or as qualified dividend income, all as explained below. No portion of any of our dividends is generally eligible for the dividends received deduction for corporate shareholders. Distributions in excess of our current or accumulated earnings and profits generally are treated for federal income tax purposes as returns of capital to the extent of a recipient shareholder’s basis in our shares, and will reduce this basis. Our current or accumulated earnings and profits are generally allocated first to distributions made on our preferred shares, of which there are none outstanding at this time, and thereafter to distributions made on our common shares. For these purposes, our distributions include cash distributions, any in kind distributions of property that we might make, and deemed or constructive distributions resulting from capital market activities (such as some redemptions), as described below.
Our counsel, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, has provided to us an opinion that we have been organized and have qualified for taxation as a REIT under the IRC for our 2009 through 2016 taxable years, and that our current and anticipated investments and plan of operation will enable us to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the IRC. Our counsel’s opinions are conditioned upon the assumption that our leases, our declaration of trust and all other legal documents to which we have been or are a party have been and will be complied with by all parties to those documents, upon the accuracy and completeness of the factual matters described in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and upon representations made by us to our counsel as to certain factual matters relating to our organization and operations and our expected manner of operation. If this assumption or a representation is inaccurate or incomplete, our counsel’s opinions may be adversely affected and may not be relied upon. The opinions of our counsel are based upon the law as it exists today, but the law may change in the future, possibly with retroactive effect. Given the highly complex nature of the rules governing REITs, the ongoing





importance of factual determinations, and the possibility of future changes in our circumstances, no assurance can be given by Sullivan & Worcester LLP or us that we will qualify as or be taxed as a REIT for any particular year. Any opinion of Sullivan & Worcester LLP as to our qualification or taxation as a REIT will be expressed as of the date issued. Our counsel will have no obligation to advise us or our shareholders of any subsequent change in the matters stated, represented or assumed, or of any subsequent change in the applicable law. Also, the opinions of our counsel are not binding on either the IRS or a court, and either could take a position different from that expressed by our counsel.
Our continued qualification and taxation as a REIT will depend upon our compliance on a continuing basis with various qualification tests imposed under the IRC and summarized below. While we believe that we have satisfied and will satisfy these tests, our counsel does not review compliance with these tests on a continuing basis. If we fail to qualify for taxation as a REIT in any year, we will be subject to federal income taxation as if we were a corporation taxed under subchapter C of the IRC, or a C corporation, and our shareholders will be taxed like shareholders of regular C corporations, meaning that federal income tax generally will be applied at both the corporate and shareholder levels. In this event, we could be subject to significant tax liabilities, and the amount of cash available for distribution to our shareholders could be reduced or eliminated.
If we qualify for taxation as a REIT and meet the tests described below, we generally will not pay federal income tax on amounts we distribute to our shareholders. However, even if we qualify for taxation as a REIT, we may still be subject to federal tax in the following circumstances, as described below:
We will be taxed at regular corporate tax rates on any undistributed “real estate investment trust taxable income,” determined by including our undistributed net capital gains, if any.
We may be subject to the corporate alternative minimum tax on our items of tax preference.
If we have net income from the disposition of “foreclosure property,” as described in Section 856(e) of the IRC, that is held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business or from other nonqualifying income from foreclosure property, we will be subject to tax on this income at the highest regular corporate tax rate.
If we have net income from “prohibited transactions” - that is, dispositions at a gain of inventory or property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business other than dispositions of foreclosure property and other than dispositions excepted by statutory safe harbors - we will be subject to tax on this income at a 100% rate.
If we fail to satisfy the 75% gross income test or the 95% gross income test discussed below, due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect, but nonetheless maintain our qualification for taxation as a REIT because of specified cure provisions, we will be subject to tax at a 100% rate on the greater of the amount by which we fail the 75% gross income test or the 95% gross income test, with adjustments, multiplied by a fraction intended to reflect our profitability for the taxable year.
If we fail to satisfy the REIT asset tests described below, due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect, but nonetheless maintain our qualification for taxation as a REIT because of specified cure provisions, we will be subject to a tax equal to the greater of $50,000 or the highest regular corporate tax rate multiplied by the net income generated by the nonqualifying assets that caused us to fail the test.
If we fail to satisfy any provision of the IRC that would result in our failure to qualify for taxation as a REIT (other than violations of the REIT gross income tests or violations of the REIT asset tests described below), due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect, we may retain our qualification for taxation as a REIT but will be subject to a penalty of $50,000 for each failure.
If we fail to distribute for any calendar year at least the sum of 85% of our REIT ordinary income for that year, 95% of our REIT capital gain net income for that year and any undistributed taxable income from prior periods, we will be subject to a 4% nondeductible excise tax on the excess of the required distribution over the amounts actually distributed.
If we acquire a REIT asset where our adjusted tax basis in the asset is determined by reference to the adjusted tax basis of the asset in the hands of a C corporation, under specified circumstances we may be subject to federal income taxation on all or part of the built-in gain (calculated as of the date the property ceased being owned by





the C corporation) on such asset. We generally do not expect to sell assets if doing so would result in the imposition of a material built-in gains tax liability; but if and when we do sell assets that may have associated built-in gains tax exposure, then we expect to make appropriate provision for the associated tax liabilities on our financial statements.
If we acquire a corporation in a transaction where we succeed to its tax attributes, to preserve our qualification for taxation as a REIT we must generally distribute all of the C corporation earnings and profits inherited in that acquisition, if any, no later than the end of our taxable year in which the acquisition occurs. However, if we fail to do so, relief provisions would allow us to maintain our qualification for taxation as a REIT provided we distribute any subsequently discovered C corporation earnings and profits and pay an interest charge in respect of the period of delayed distribution.
Our subsidiaries that are C corporations, including our “taxable REIT subsidiaries” as defined in Section 856(l) of the IRC, or TRSs, generally will be required to pay federal corporate income tax on their earnings, and a 100% tax may be imposed on any transaction between us and one of our TRSs that does not reflect arm’s length terms.
If we fail to qualify for taxation as a REIT in any year, then we will be subject to federal income tax in the same manner as a regular C corporation. Further, as a regular C corporation, distributions to our shareholders will not be deductible by us, nor will distributions be required under the IRC. Also, to the extent of our current and accumulated earnings and profits, all distributions to our shareholders will generally be taxable as ordinary dividends potentially eligible for the preferential tax rates discussed below in “—Taxation of Taxable U.S. Shareholders” and, subject to limitations in the IRC, will be potentially eligible for the dividends received deduction for corporate shareholders. Finally, we will generally be disqualified from taxation as a REIT for the four taxable years following the taxable year in which the termination is effective. Our failure to qualify for taxation as a REIT for even one year could result in us reducing or eliminating distributions to our shareholders, or in us incurring substantial indebtedness or liquidating substantial investments in order to pay the resulting corporate-level taxes. Relief provisions under the IRC may allow us to continue to qualify for taxation as a REIT even if we fail to comply with various REIT requirements, all as discussed in more detail below. However, it is impossible to state whether in any particular circumstance we would be entitled to the benefit of these relief provisions.
REIT Qualification Requirements
General Requirements. Section 856(a) of the IRC defines a REIT as a corporation, trust or association:
(1)
that is managed by one or more trustees or directors;
(2)
the beneficial ownership of which is evidenced by transferable shares or by transferable certificates of beneficial interest;
(3)
that would be taxable, but for Sections 856 through 859 of the IRC, as a domestic C corporation;
(4)
that is not a financial institution or an insurance company subject to special provisions of the IRC;
(5)
the beneficial ownership of which is held by 100 or more persons;
(6)
that is not “closely held,” meaning that during the last half of each taxable year, not more than 50% in value of the outstanding shares are owned, directly or indirectly, by five or fewer “individuals” (as defined in the IRC to include specified tax-exempt entities); and
(7)
that meets other tests regarding the nature of its income and assets and the amount of its distributions, all as described below.
Section 856(b) of the IRC provides that conditions (1) through (4) must be met during the entire taxable year and that condition (5) must be met during at least 335 days of a taxable year of 12 months, or during a proportionate part of a taxable year of less than 12 months. We believe that we have met conditions (1) through (7) during each of the requisite periods ending on or before the close of our most recently completed taxable year, and that we will continue to meet these conditions in our current and future taxable years. There can, however, be no assurance in this regard.
To help comply with condition (6), our declaration of trust restricts transfers of our shares that would otherwise result in concentrated ownership positions. These restrictions, however, do not ensure that we have previously satisfied, and may not





ensure that we will in all cases be able to continue to satisfy, the share ownership requirements described in condition (6). If we comply with applicable Treasury regulations to ascertain the ownership of our outstanding shares and do not know, or by exercising reasonable diligence would not have known, that we failed condition (6), then we will be treated as having met condition (6). Accordingly, we have complied and will continue to comply with these regulations, including by requesting annually from record holders of significant percentages of our shares information regarding the ownership of our shares. Under our declaration of trust, our shareholders are required to respond to these requests for information. A shareholder that fails or refuses to comply with the request is required by Treasury regulations to submit a statement with its federal income tax return disclosing its actual ownership of our shares and other information.
For purposes of condition (6), an “individual” generally includes a natural person, a supplemental unemployment compensation benefit plan, a private foundation, or a portion of a trust permanently set aside or used exclusively for charitable purposes, but does not include a qualified pension plan or profit-sharing trust. As a result, REIT shares owned by an entity that is not an “individual” are considered to be owned by the direct and indirect owners of the entity that are individuals (as so defined), rather than to be owned by the entity itself. Similarly, REIT shares held by a qualified pension plan or profit-sharing trust are treated as held directly by the individual beneficiaries in proportion to their actuarial interests in such plan or trust. Consequently, five or fewer such trusts could own more than 50% of the interests in an entity without jeopardizing that entity’s qualification for taxation as a REIT.
The IRC provides that we will not automatically fail to qualify for taxation as a REIT if we do not meet conditions (1) through (6), provided we can establish that such failure was due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect. Each such excused failure will result in the imposition of a $50,000 penalty instead of REIT disqualification. This relief provision may apply to a failure of the applicable conditions even if the failure first occurred in a year prior to the taxable year in which the failure was discovered.
Our Wholly Owned Subsidiaries and Our Investments Through Partnerships. Except in respect of a TRS as discussed below, Section 856(i) of the IRC provides that any corporation, 100% of whose stock is held by a REIT and its disregarded subsidiaries, is a qualified REIT subsidiary and shall not be treated as a separate corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The assets, liabilities and items of income, deduction and credit of a qualified REIT subsidiary are treated as the REIT’s. We believe that each of our direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, other than the TRSs discussed below (and entities owned in whole or in part by the TRSs), will be either a qualified REIT subsidiary within the meaning of Section 856(i) of the IRC, or a noncorporate entity that for federal income tax purposes is not treated as separate from its owner under Treasury regulations issued under Section 7701 of the IRC, each such disregarded entity referred to as a QRS. Thus, in applying all of the REIT qualification requirements described in this summary, all assets, liabilities and items of income, deduction and credit of our QRSs are treated as ours, and our investment in the stock and other securities of such QRSs will be disregarded.
We may in the future invest in real estate through one or more entities that are treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes. In the case of a REIT that is a partner in a partnership, Treasury regulations under the IRC provide that, for purposes of the REIT qualification requirements regarding income and assets described below, the REIT is generally deemed to own its proportionate share, based on respective capital interests, of the income and assets of the partnership (except that for purposes of the 10% value test, described below, the REIT’s proportionate share of the partnership’s assets is based on its proportionate interest in the equity and specified debt securities issued by the partnership). In addition, for these purposes, the character of the assets and items of gross income of the partnership generally remains the same in the hands of the REIT. In contrast, for purposes of the distribution requirement discussed below, we would take into account as a partner our share of the partnership’s income as determined under the general federal income tax rules governing partners and partnerships under Sections 701 through 777 of the IRC.
Subsidiary REITs. We may in the future invest in real estate through one or more subsidiary entities that are intended to qualify for taxation as REITs. Any subsidiary REIT will generally be subject to the various REIT qualification requirements and other limitations described in this summary that are applicable to us. If one of our subsidiary REITs were to fail to qualify for taxation as a REIT, then (a) the subsidiary REIT would become subject to regular U.S. corporate income tax, as described above, and (b) our ownership of shares in the subsidiary REIT would cease to be a qualifying real estate asset for purposes of the 75% asset test and would become subject to the 5% asset test, the 10% vote test and the 10% value test generally applicable to our ownership in corporations other than REITs and TRSs, all as described under “—Asset Tests” below. If a subsidiary REIT were to fail to qualify for taxation as a REIT, it is possible that we would not meet the 5% asset test, the 10% vote test or the 10% value test with respect to our interest in the subsidiary REIT, in which event we would fail to qualify for taxation as a REIT unless we could utilize applicable relief provisions. We expect to make protective TRS elections with respect to our subsidiary REITs and may implement other protective arrangements intended to avoid a cascading REIT failure if any of our





subsidiary REITs were not to qualify for taxation as a REIT, but there can be no assurance that such protective elections and other arrangements will be effective to avoid the resulting adverse consequences to us.
Taxable REIT Subsidiaries. We are permitted to own any or all of the securities of a TRS, provided that no more than 25% (20% beginning with our 2018 taxable year) of the total value of our assets, at the close of each quarter, is comprised of our investments in the stock or other securities of our TRSs. Very generally, a TRS is a subsidiary corporation other than a REIT in which a REIT directly or indirectly holds stock and that has made a joint election with its parent REIT to be treated as a TRS. Our ownership of stock and other securities in TRSs is exempt from the 5% asset test, the 10% vote test and the 10% value test discussed below.
In addition, any corporation (other than a REIT) in which a TRS directly or indirectly owns more than 35% of the voting power or value of the outstanding securities of such corporation will automatically be treated as a TRS. Subject to the discussion below, we believe that we and each of our TRSs have complied with, and will continue to comply with, the requirements for TRS status at all times during which we intend for the subsidiary’s TRS election to be in effect, and we believe that the same will be true for any TRS that we later form or acquire.
We acquired in the second quarter of 2015, and owned until the fourth quarter of 2015, an ownership position in RMR Inc., that was in excess of 10% of RMR Inc.’s outstanding securities by vote or value. Accordingly, we elected to treat RMR Inc. as a TRS effective as of June 5, 2015. RMR Inc., through its principal subsidiary, RMR LLC, has provided and continues to provide business and property management and other services to us and to other public and private companies, including other public REITs. Among these clients were and are operators of lodging facilities, operators of health care facilities, and owners of such facilities. Our counsel, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, has provided to us an opinion that the activities proscribed to TRSs under Section 856(l)(3) of the IRC relating to operating or managing lodging facilities or health care facilities should include only regular onsite services or day-to-day operational activities at or for lodging facilities or health care facilities. To the best of our knowledge, neither RMR Inc. nor RMR LLC has been or is involved in proscribed activities at or for lodging facilities or health care facilities. Thus, we do not believe that Section 856(l)(3) of the IRC precluded or precludes RMR Inc. from being treated as our TRS. In addition, because we acquired a significant portion of our investment in RMR Inc. in exchange for our common shares that were newly issued, our counsel, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, is of the opinion that our investment in RMR Inc. should have qualified as a “temporary investment of new capital” under Section 856(c)(5)(B) of the IRC to the extent related to such issuance of our common shares. To the extent our investment in RMR Inc. so qualified, it constituted a “real estate asset” under Section 856(c) of the IRC and did not constitute a security subject to the REIT asset test limitations discussed below for a one-year period that ended in June 2016. If the IRS or a court determines, contrary to the opinion of our counsel, that RMR Inc. was or is precluded from being treated as our TRS, then our ownership position in RMR Inc. in excess of 10% of RMR Inc.’s outstanding securities by vote or value, except to the extent and for the period that such ownership qualified as a “temporary investment of new capital,” would have been and would be in violation of the applicable REIT asset tests described below. Under those circumstances, however, we expect that we would qualify for the REIT asset tests’ relief provision described below, and thereby would preserve our qualification for taxation as a REIT. If the relief provision below were to apply to us, we would be subject to tax at the highest regular corporate tax rate on the net income generated by our investment in RMR Inc. in excess of a 10% ownership position in that company.

Our TRSs are taxed as C corporations that are separate from us. As regular C corporations, TRSs may generally utilize net operating losses and other tax attribute carry-forwards to reduce or otherwise eliminate federal income tax liability in a given taxable year. Net operating losses and other carry-forwards are subject to limitations, including limitations imposed under Section 382 of the IRC following an “ownership change” (as defined in applicable Treasury regulations). As a result, there can be no assurance that our TRSs will be able to utilize, in full or in part, any net operating losses or other carry-forwards that they may generate in the future.
As discussed below, TRSs can perform services for our tenants without disqualifying the rents we receive from those tenants under the 75% gross income test or the 95% gross income test discussed below. Moreover, because our TRSs are taxed as C corporations that are separate from us, their assets, liabilities and items of income, deduction and credit generally are not imputed to us for purposes of the REIT qualification requirements described in this summary. Therefore, our TRSs may generally undertake third-party management and development activities and activities not related to real estate.
Restrictions and sanctions, such as deduction limitations and excise taxes, are imposed on TRSs and their affiliated REITs to ensure that the TRSs will be subject to an appropriate level of federal income taxation. For example, a TRS may not deduct interest paid in any year to an affiliated REIT to the extent that the interest payments exceed, generally, 50% of the TRS’s adjusted taxable income for that year. However, the TRS may carry forward the disallowed interest expense to a succeeding year, and deduct the interest in that later year subject to that year’s 50% adjusted taxable income limitation. In addition, if a TRS pays interest, rent or other amounts to its affiliated REIT in an amount that exceeds what an unrelated third





party would have paid in an arm’s length transaction, then the REIT generally will be subject to an excise tax equal to 100% of the excessive portion of the payment. Further, if in comparison to an arm’s length transaction, a third-party tenant has overpaid rent to the REIT in exchange for underpaying the TRS for services rendered, and if the REIT has not adequately compensated the TRS for services provided to or on behalf of the third-party tenant, then the REIT may be subject to an excise tax equal to 100% of the undercompensation to the TRS. A safe harbor exception to this excise tax applies if the TRS has been compensated at a rate at least equal to 150% of its direct cost in furnishing or rendering the service. Finally, beginning with our 2016 taxable year, the 100% excise tax also applies to the underpricing of services by a TRS to its affiliated REIT in contexts where the services are unrelated to services for REIT tenants. There can be no assurance that arrangements involving our TRSs will not result in the imposition of one or more of these deduction limitations or excise taxes, but we do not believe that we or our TRSs are or will be subject to these impositions.
Income Tests. There are two gross income requirements for qualification for taxation as a REIT under the IRC:
At least 75% of our gross income for each taxable year (excluding: (a) gross income from sales or other dispositions of property subject to the 100% tax on prohibited transactions; (b) any income arising from “clearly identified” hedging transactions that we enter into to manage interest rate or price changes or currency fluctuations with respect to borrowings we incur to acquire or carry real estate assets; (c) any income arising from “clearly identified” hedging transactions that we enter into primarily to manage risk of currency fluctuations relating to any item that qualifies under the 75% gross income test or the 95% gross income test (or any property that generates such income or gain); (d) beginning with our 2016 taxable year, any income from “clearly identified” hedging transactions that we enter into to manage risk associated with extant, qualified hedges of liabilities or properties that have been extinguished or disposed; (e) real estate foreign exchange gain (as defined in Section 856(n)(2) of the IRC); and (f) income from the repurchase or discharge of indebtedness) must be derived from investments relating to real property, including “rents from real property” as defined under Section 856 of the IRC, interest and gain from mortgages on real property or on interests in real property, income and gain from foreclosure property, gain from the sale or other disposition of real property, or dividends on and gain from the sale or disposition of shares in other REITs (but excluding in all cases any gains subject to the 100% tax on prohibited transactions). When we receive new capital in exchange for our shares or in a public offering of our five-year or longer debt instruments, income attributable to the temporary investment of this new capital in stock or a debt instrument, if received or accrued within one year of our receipt of the new capital, is generally also qualifying income under the 75% gross income test.
At least 95% of our gross income for each taxable year (excluding: (a) gross income from sales or other dispositions of property subject to the 100% tax on prohibited transactions; (b) any income arising from “clearly identified” hedging transactions that we enter into to manage interest rate or price changes or currency fluctuations with respect to borrowings we incur to acquire or carry real estate assets; (c) any income arising from “clearly identified” hedging transactions that we enter into primarily to manage risk of currency fluctuations relating to any item that qualifies under the 75% gross income test or the 95% gross income test (or any property that generates such income or gain); (d) beginning with our 2016 taxable year, any income from “clearly identified” hedging transactions that we enter into to manage risk associated with extant, qualified hedges of liabilities or properties that have been extinguished or disposed; (e) passive foreign exchange gain (as defined in Section 856(n)(3) of the IRC); and (f) income from the repurchase or discharge of indebtedness) must be derived from a combination of items of real property income that satisfy the 75% gross income test described above, dividends, interest, or gains from the sale or disposition of stock, securities or real property (but excluding in all cases any gains subject to the 100% tax on prohibited transactions).
Although we will use our best efforts to ensure that the income generated by our investments will be of a type that satisfies both the 75% and 95% gross income tests, there can be no assurance in this regard.
In order to qualify as “rents from real property” under Section 856 of the IRC, several requirements must be met:
The amount of rent received generally must not be based on the income or profits of any person, but may be based on a fixed percentage or percentages of receipts or sales.
Rents do not qualify if the REIT owns 10% or more by vote or value of stock of the tenant (or 10% or more of the interests in the assets or net profits of the tenant, if the tenant is not a corporation), whether directly or after application of attribution rules. We generally do not intend to lease property to any party if rents from that property would not qualify as “rents from real property,” but application of the 10% ownership rule is dependent upon complex attribution rules and circumstances that may be beyond our control. Our declaration of trust





generally disallows transfers or purported acquisitions, directly or by attribution, of our shares to the extent necessary to maintain our qualification for taxation as a REIT under the IRC. Nevertheless, there can be no assurance that these restrictions will be effective to prevent our qualification for taxation as a REIT from being jeopardized under the 10% affiliated tenant rule. Furthermore, there can be no assurance that we will be able to monitor and enforce these restrictions, nor will our shareholders necessarily be aware of ownership of our shares attributed to them under the IRC’s attribution rules.
There is a limited exception to the above prohibition on earning “rents from real property” from a 10% affiliated tenant where the tenant is a TRS. If at least 90% of the leased space of a property is leased to tenants other than TRSs and 10% affiliated tenants, and if the TRS’s rent to the REIT for space at that property is substantially comparable to the rents paid by nonaffiliated tenants for comparable space at the property, then otherwise qualifying rents paid by the TRS to the REIT will not be disqualified on account of the rule prohibiting 10% affiliated tenants.
In order for rents to qualify, we generally must not manage the property or furnish or render services to the tenants of the property, except through an independent contractor from whom we derive no income or through one of our TRSs. There is an exception to this rule permitting a REIT to perform customary tenant services of the sort that a tax-exempt organization could perform without being considered in receipt of “unrelated business taxable income,” or UBTI, under Section 512(b)(3) of the IRC. In addition, a de minimis amount of noncustomary services provided to tenants will not disqualify income as “rents from real property” as long as the value of the impermissible tenant services does not exceed 1% of the gross income from the property.
If rent attributable to personal property leased in connection with a lease of real property is 15% or less of the total rent received under the lease, then the rent attributable to personal property qualifies as “rents from real property.” None of the rent attributable to personal property received under a lease will qualify if this 15% threshold is exceeded. The portion of rental income treated as attributable to personal property is determined according to the ratio of the fair market value of the personal property to the total fair market value of the real and personal property that is rented.
In addition, “rents from real property” includes both charges we receive for services customarily rendered in connection with the rental of comparable real property in the same geographical area, even if the charges are separately stated, as well as charges we receive for services provided by our TRSs when the charges are not separately stated. Whether separately stated charges received by a REIT for services that are not geographically customary and provided by a TRS are included in “rents from real property” has not been addressed clearly by the IRS in published authorities; however, our counsel, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, is of the opinion that, although the matter is not free from doubt, “rents from real property” also includes charges we receive for services provided by our TRSs when the charges are separately stated, even if the services are not geographically customary. Accordingly, we believe that our revenues from TRS-provided services, whether the charges are separately stated or not, qualify as “rents from real property” because the services satisfy the geographically customary standard, because the services have been provided by a TRS, or for both reasons.
We believe that all or substantially all of our rents and related service charges have qualified and will continue to qualify as “rents from real property” for purposes of Section 856 of the IRC.
In order to qualify as mortgage interest on real property for purposes of the 75% gross income test, interest must derive from a mortgage loan secured by real property (or interests in real property) with a fair market value at the time the loan is made (reduced by any senior liens on the property) at least equal to the amount of such loan. If the amount of the loan exceeds the fair market value of the real property (as so reduced by senior liens), the interest will be treated as interest on a mortgage loan in a ratio equal to the ratio of the fair market value of the real property (as so reduced by senior liens) to the total amount of the mortgage loan.
Other than sales of foreclosure property, any gain we realize on the sale of property held as inventory or other property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business, together known as dealer gains, may be treated as income from a prohibited transaction that is subject to a penalty tax at a 100% rate. Whether property is held as inventory or primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business is a question of fact that depends on all the facts and circumstances surrounding the particular transaction. Sections 857(b)(6)(C) and (E) of the IRC provide safe harbors pursuant to which limited sales of real property held for at least two years and meeting specified additional requirements will not be treated as prohibited transactions. However, compliance with the safe harbors is not always achievable in practice. There can be no assurance as to whether or not the IRS might successfully assert that one or more of





our dispositions is subject to the 100% penalty tax. Dealer gains subject to the 100% penalty tax are excluded from the 75% and 95% gross income tests, whereas dealer gains exempted from the 100% penalty tax on account of the safe harbors are considered qualifying gross income for purposes of the 75% and 95% gross income tests.
We believe that any gain from dispositions of assets that we have made, or that we might make in the future, including through any partnerships, will generally qualify as income that satisfies the 75% and 95% gross income tests to the extent that such assets qualify as real property, and will not be dealer gains or subject to the 100% penalty tax, because our general intent has been and is to:
own our assets for investment with a view to long-term income production and capital appreciation;
engage in the business of developing, owning, leasing and managing our existing properties and acquiring, developing, owning, leasing and managing new properties; and
make occasional dispositions of our assets consistent with our long-term investment objectives.
If we fail to satisfy one or both of the 75% gross income test or the 95% gross income test in any taxable year, we may nevertheless qualify for taxation as a REIT for that year if we satisfy the following requirements:
our failure to meet the test is due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect; and
after we identify the failure, we file a schedule describing each item of our gross income included in the 75% gross income test or the 95% gross income test for that taxable year.
Even if this relief provision does apply, a 100% tax is imposed upon the greater of the amount by which we failed the 75% gross income test or the amount by which we failed the 95% gross income test, with adjustments, multiplied by a fraction intended to reflect our profitability for the taxable year. This relief provision may apply to a failure of the applicable income tests even if the failure first occurred in a year prior to the taxable year in which the failure was discovered.
Based on the discussion above, we believe that we have satisfied, and will continue to satisfy, the 75% and 95% gross income tests outlined above on a continuing basis beginning with our first taxable year as a REIT.
Asset Tests. At the close of each calendar quarter of each taxable year, we must also satisfy the following asset percentage tests in order to qualify for taxation as a REIT for federal income tax purposes:
At least 75% of the value of our total assets must consist of “real estate assets,” defined as real property (including interests in real property and interests in mortgages on real property or on interests in real property), ancillary personal property to the extent that rents attributable to such personal property are treated as rents from real property in accordance with the rules described above (beginning with our 2016 taxable year), cash and cash items, shares in other REITs, debt instruments issued by “publicly offered REITs” as defined in Section 562(c)(2) of the IRC (beginning with our 2016 taxable year), government securities and temporary investments of new capital (that is, any stock or debt instrument that we hold that is attributable to any amount received by us (a) in exchange for our stock or (b) in a public offering of our five-year or longer debt instruments, but only for the one-year period commencing with our receipt of the new capital).
Not more than 25% of the value of our total assets may be represented by securities other than those securities that count favorably toward the preceding 75% asset test.
Of the investments included in the preceding 25% asset class, the value of any one non-REIT issuer’s securities that we own may not exceed 5% of the value of our total assets. In addition, we may not own more than 10% of the vote or value of any one non-REIT issuer’s outstanding securities, unless the securities are “straight debt” securities or otherwise excepted as discussed below. Our stock and other securities in a TRS are exempted from these 5% and 10% asset tests.
Not more than 25% (20% beginning with our 2018 taxable year) of the value of our total assets may be represented by stock or other securities of TRSs.
Beginning with our 2016 taxable year, not more than 25% of the value of our total assets may be represented by “nonqualified publicly offered REIT debt instruments” as defined in Section 856(c)(5)(L)(ii) of the IRC.





Our counsel, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, is of the opinion that, although the matter is not free from doubt, our investments in the equity or debt of a TRS, to the extent and during the period they qualify as temporary investments of new capital, will be treated as real estate assets, and not as securities, for purposes of the above REIT asset tests.
If we own a mortgage loan secured by real property (or interests in real property) with a fair market value at the time the loan is made (reduced by any senior liens on the property) at least equal to the amount of such loan, the mortgage loan will generally be treated as a real estate asset for purposes of the 75% asset test above. But if the loan is undersecured when made, then the portion adequately secured by real property (or interests in real property) will generally be treated as a real estate asset for purposes of the 75% asset test above and the remaining portion will generally be treated as a separate security that must satisfy applicable asset tests.
The above REIT asset tests must be satisfied at the close of each calendar quarter of each taxable year as a REIT. After a REIT meets the asset tests at the close of any quarter, it will not lose its qualification for taxation as a REIT in any subsequent quarter solely because of fluctuations in the values of its assets. This grandfathering rule may be of limited benefit to a REIT such as us that makes periodic acquisitions of both qualifying and nonqualifying REIT assets. When a failure to satisfy the above asset tests results from an acquisition of securities or other property during a quarter, the failure can be cured by disposition of sufficient nonqualifying assets within 30 days after the close of that quarter.
In addition, if we fail the 5% asset test, the 10% vote test or the 10% value test at the close of any quarter and we do not cure such failure within 30 days after the close of that quarter, that failure will nevertheless be excused if (a) the failure is de minimis and (b) within six months after the last day of the quarter in which we identify the failure, we either dispose of the assets causing the failure or otherwise satisfy the 5% asset test, the 10% vote test and the 10% value test. For purposes of this relief provision, the failure will be de minimis if the value of the assets causing the failure does not exceed $10,000,000. If our failure is not de minimis, or if any of the other REIT asset tests have been violated, we may nevertheless qualify for taxation as a REIT if (a) we provide the IRS with a description of each asset causing the failure, (b) the failure was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect, (c) we pay a tax equal to the greater of (1) $50,000 or (2) the highest regular corporate tax rate imposed on the net income generated by the assets causing the failure during the period of the failure, and (d) within six months after the last day of the quarter in which we identify the failure, we either dispose of the assets causing the failure or otherwise satisfy all of the REIT asset tests. These relief provisions may apply to a failure of the applicable asset tests even if the failure first occurred in a year prior to the taxable year in which the failure was discovered.
The IRC also provides an excepted securities safe harbor to the 10% value test that includes among other items (a) “straight debt” securities, (b) specified rental agreements in which payment is to be made in subsequent years, (c) any obligation to pay “rents from real property,” (d) securities issued by governmental entities that are not dependent in whole or in part on the profits of or payments from a nongovernmental entity, and (e) any security issued by another REIT. In addition, any debt instrument issued by an entity classified as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, and not otherwise excepted from the definition of a security for purposes of the above safe harbor, will not be treated as a security for purposes of the 10% value test if at least 75% of the partnership’s gross income, excluding income from prohibited transactions, is qualifying income for purposes of the 75% gross income test.
We have maintained and will continue to maintain records of the value of our assets to document our compliance with the above asset tests and intend to take actions as may be required to cure any failure to satisfy the tests within 30 days after the close of any quarter or within the six month periods described above.
Based on the discussion above, we believe that we have satisfied, and will continue to satisfy, the REIT asset tests outlined above on a continuing basis beginning with our first taxable year as a REIT.
Annual Distribution Requirements. In order to qualify for taxation as a REIT under the IRC, we are required to make annual distributions other than capital gain dividends to our shareholders in an amount at least equal to the excess of:
(1)
the sum of 90% of our “real estate investment trust taxable income” and 90% of our net income after tax, if any, from property received in foreclosure, over
(2)
the amount by which our noncash income (e.g., imputed rental income or income from transactions inadvertently failing to qualify as like-kind exchanges) exceeds 5% of our “real estate investment trust taxable income.”





For these purposes, our “real estate investment trust taxable income” is as defined under Section 857 of the IRC and is computed without regard to the dividends paid deduction and our net capital gain and will generally be reduced by specified corporate-level taxes that we pay (e.g., taxes on built-in gains or foreclosure property income).
For our 2014 and prior taxable years, a distribution of ours that was not pro rata within a class of our beneficial interests entitled to a distribution, or which was not consistent with the rights to distributions among our classes of beneficial interests, would have been a preferential distribution that would not have been taken into consideration for purposes of the distribution requirements, and accordingly the payment of a preferential distribution would have affected our ability to meet the distribution requirements. Taking into account our distribution policies, including any dividend reinvestment plan we adopted, we do not believe that we made any preferential distributions in 2014 or prior taxable years. From and after our 2015 taxable year, the preferential distribution rule has not applied to us because we have been and expect to remain a “publicly offered REIT” (as defined in Section 562(c)(2) of the IRC) that is required to file annual and periodic reports with the SEC under the Exchange Act.
Distributions must be paid in the taxable year to which they relate, or in the following taxable year if declared before we timely file our federal income tax return for the earlier taxable year and if paid on or before the first regular distribution payment after that declaration. If a dividend is declared in October, November or December to shareholders of record during one of those months, and is paid during the following January, then for federal income tax purposes such dividend will be treated as having been both paid and received on December 31 of the prior taxable year.
The 90% distribution requirements may be waived by the IRS if a REIT establishes that it failed to meet them by reason of distributions previously made to meet the requirements of the 4% excise tax discussed below. To the extent that we do not distribute all of our net capital gain and all of our “real estate investment trust taxable income,” as adjusted, we will be subject to federal income tax at regular corporate tax rates on undistributed amounts. Even if we fully distribute our net capital gain and all of our “real estate investment trust taxable income,” we may be subject to the corporate alternative minimum tax on our items of tax preference. In addition, we will be subject to a 4% nondeductible excise tax to the extent we fail within a calendar year to make required distributions to our shareholders of 85% of our ordinary income and 95% of our capital gain net income plus the excess, if any, of the “grossed up required distribution” for the preceding calendar year over the amount treated as distributed for that preceding calendar year. For this purpose, the term “grossed up required distribution” for any calendar year is the sum of our taxable income for the calendar year without regard to the deduction for dividends paid and all amounts from earlier years that are not treated as having been distributed under the provision. We will be treated as having sufficient earnings and profits to treat as a dividend any distribution by us up to the amount required to be distributed in order to avoid imposition of the 4% excise tax.
If we do not have enough cash or other liquid assets to meet the 90% distribution requirements, or if we so choose, we may find it necessary or desirable to arrange for new debt or equity financing to provide funds for required distributions in order to maintain our qualification for taxation as a REIT. We can provide no assurance that financing would be available for these purposes on favorable terms, or at all.
We may be able to rectify a failure to pay sufficient dividends for any year by paying “deficiency dividends” to shareholders in a later year. These deficiency dividends may be included in our deduction for dividends paid for the earlier year, but an interest charge would be imposed upon us for the delay in distribution. While the payment of a deficiency dividend will apply to a prior year for purposes of our REIT distribution requirements and our dividends paid deduction, it will be treated as an additional distribution to the shareholders receiving it in the year such dividend is paid.
In addition to the other distribution requirements above, to preserve our qualification for taxation as a REIT we are required to timely distribute all C corporation earnings and profits that we inherit from acquired corporations, as described below.
Our Relationship with SIR
We own a substantial amount of the outstanding common shares of SIR, which we currently expect is and will remain qualified for taxation as a REIT under the IRC. For any of our taxable years in which SIR qualifies for taxation as a REIT, our investment in SIR will count as a qualifying REIT asset toward the REIT gross asset tests and our gains and dividends from SIR common shares will count as qualifying income under the 75% and 95% gross income tests, all as described above. However, because we do not and cannot control SIR’s compliance with the federal income tax requirements for REIT qualification and taxation, we can provide no assurance that SIR is or will remain qualified for taxation as a REIT under the IRC. Accordingly, we have joined with SIR in filing a protective TRS election under Section 856(l) of the IRC, effective for the third quarter of 2014, and we have reaffirmed this protective election with SIR every January 1 thereafter, and may continue





to do so, unless and until our ownership of SIR falls below 10%. Pursuant to this protective TRS election, we believe that even if SIR is not a REIT for some reason, then it would instead be considered one of our TRSs, and as such its value would either fit within our REIT gross asset tests described above or would be such that any penalty taxes associated with our remediation of a REIT asset test failure for which there is reasonable cause, as described above, would be much lower than if no such TRS election were in place, though any applicable penalty taxes might still be substantial. The protective TRS election will not impact our compliance with the 75% and 95% gross income tests described above; we do not expect our gains and dividends from SIR common shares to jeopardize compliance with these tests even if for some reason SIR is not a REIT.
Acquisitions of C Corporations
We may in the future engage in transactions where we acquire all of the outstanding stock of a C corporation. Upon these acquisitions, except to the extent we make an applicable TRS election, each of our acquired entities and their various wholly-owned corporate and noncorporate subsidiaries will become our QRSs. Thus, after such acquisitions, all assets, liabilities and items of income, deduction and credit of the acquired and then disregarded entities will be treated as ours for purposes of the various REIT qualification tests described above. In addition, we generally will be treated as the successor to the acquired and then disregarded entities’ federal income tax attributes, such as those entities’ (a) adjusted tax bases in their assets and their depreciation schedules; and (b) earnings and profits for federal income tax purposes, if any. The carryover of these attributes creates REIT implications such as built-in gains tax exposure and additional distribution requirements, as described below. However, when we make an election under Section 338(g) of the IRC with respect to corporations that we acquire, we generally will not be subject to such attribute carryovers in respect of attributes existing prior to such election.
Built-in Gains from C Corporations. Notwithstanding our qualification and taxation as a REIT, under specified circumstances we may be subject to corporate taxation if we acquire a REIT asset where our adjusted tax basis in the asset is determined by reference to the adjusted tax basis of the asset as owned by a C corporation. For instance, we may be subject to federal income taxation on all or part of the built-in gain (calculated as of the date the property ceased being owned by the C corporation) on such an asset if we sell the asset during a prescribed period beginning on the day the asset was acquired. The prescribed period has ranged from as much as 10 years to as few as five years, and is currently five years. To the extent of our gains in a taxable year that are subject to the built-in gains tax, net of any taxes paid on such gains with respect to that taxable year, our taxable dividends paid in the following year will be potentially eligible for taxation to noncorporate U.S. shareholders at the preferential tax rates for “qualified dividends” as described below in “—Taxation of Taxable U.S. Shareholders”. We generally do not expect to sell assets if doing so would result in the imposition of a material built-in gains tax liability; but if and when we do sell assets that may have associated built-in gains tax exposure, then we expect to make appropriate provision for the associated tax liabilities on our financial statements.
Earnings and Profits. Following a corporate acquisition, we must generally distribute all of the C corporation earnings and profits inherited in that transaction, if any, no later than the end of our taxable year in which the transaction occurs, in order to preserve our qualification for taxation as a REIT. However, if we fail to do so, relief provisions would allow us to maintain our qualification for taxation as a REIT provided we distribute any subsequently discovered C corporation earnings and profits and pay an interest charge in respect of the period of delayed distribution. C corporation earnings and profits that we inherit are, in general, specially allocated under a priority rule to the earliest possible distributions following the event causing the inheritance, and only then is the balance of our earnings and profits for the taxable year allocated among our distributions to the extent not already treated as a distribution of C corporation earnings and profits under the priority rule. The distribution of these earnings and profits is potentially eligible for taxation to noncorporate U.S. shareholders at the preferential tax rates for “qualified dividends” as described below in “—Taxation of Taxable U.S. Shareholders”.
Depreciation and Federal Income Tax Treatment of Leases
Our initial tax bases in our assets will generally be our acquisition cost. We will generally depreciate our depreciable real property on a straight-line basis over 40 years and our personal property over the applicable shorter periods. These depreciation schedules may vary for properties that we acquire through tax-free or carryover basis acquisitions, or that are the subject of cost segregation analyses.
We are entitled to depreciation deductions from our facilities only if we are treated for federal income tax purposes as the owner of the facilities. This means that the leases of the facilities must be classified for federal income tax purposes as true leases, rather than as sales or financing arrangements, and we believe this to be the case.





Distributions to our Shareholders
As described above, we expect to make distributions to our shareholders from time to time. These distributions may include cash distributions, in kind distributions of property, and deemed or constructive distributions resulting from capital market activities. The U.S. federal income tax treatment of our distributions will vary based on the status of the recipient shareholder as more fully described below under “—Taxation of Taxable U.S. Shareholders,” “—Taxation of Tax-Exempt U.S. Shareholders,” and “—Taxation of Non-U.S. Shareholders.”
A redemption of our shares for cash only will be treated as a distribution under Section 302 of the IRC, and hence taxable as a dividend to the extent of our available current or accumulated earnings and profits, unless the redemption satisfies one of the tests set forth in Section 302(b) of the IRC enabling the redemption to be treated as a sale or exchange of the shares. The redemption for cash only will be treated as a sale or exchange if it (a) is “substantially disproportionate” with respect to the surrendering shareholder’s ownership in us, (b) results in a “complete termination” of the surrendering shareholder’s entire share interest in us, or (c) is “not essentially equivalent to a dividend” with respect to the surrendering shareholder, all within the meaning of Section 302(b) of the IRC. In determining whether any of these tests have been met, a shareholder must generally take into account shares considered to be owned by such shareholder by reason of constructive ownership rules set forth in the IRC, as well as shares actually owned by such shareholder. In addition, if a redemption is treated as a distribution under the preceding tests, then a shareholder’s tax basis in the redeemed shares generally will be transferred to the shareholder’s remaining shares in us, if any, and if such shareholder owns no other shares in us, such basis generally may be transferred to a related person or may be lost entirely. Because the determination as to whether a shareholder will satisfy any of the tests of Section 302(b) of the IRC depends upon the facts and circumstances at the time that our shares are redeemed, we urge you to consult your own tax advisor to determine your particular tax treatment of any redemption.
Taxation of Taxable U.S. Shareholders
For noncorporate U.S. shareholders, to the extent that their total adjusted income does not exceed applicable thresholds, the maximum federal income tax rate for long-term capital gains and most corporate dividends is generally 15%. For those noncorporate U.S. shareholders whose total adjusted income exceeds the applicable thresholds, the maximum federal income tax rate for long-term capital gains and most corporate dividends is generally 20%. However, because we are not generally subject to federal income tax on the portion of our “real estate investment trust taxable income” distributed to our shareholders, dividends on our shares generally are not eligible for such preferential tax rates, except that any distribution of C corporation earnings and profits and taxed built-in gain items will potentially be eligible for these preferential tax rates. As a result, our ordinary dividends are generally taxed at the higher federal income tax rates applicable to ordinary income. To summarize, the preferential federal income tax rates for long-term capital gains and for qualified dividends generally apply to:
(1)    long-term capital gains, if any, recognized on the disposition of our shares;
(2)
our distributions designated as long-term capital gain dividends (except to the extent attributable to real estate depreciation recapture, in which case the distributions are subject to a maximum 25% federal income tax rate);
(3)
our dividends attributable to dividend income, if any, received by us from C corporations such as TRSs;
(4)
our dividends attributable to earnings and profits that we inherit from C corporations; and
(5)
our dividends to the extent attributable to income upon which we have paid federal corporate income tax (such as taxes on built-in gains), net of the corporate taxes thereon.
As long as we qualify for taxation as a REIT, a distribution to our U.S. shareholders that we do not designate as a capital gain dividend generally will be treated as an ordinary income dividend to the extent of our available current or accumulated earnings and profits. Distributions made out of our current or accumulated earnings and profits that we properly designate as capital gain dividends generally will be taxed as long-term capital gains, as discussed below, to the extent they do not exceed our actual net capital gain for the taxable year. However, corporate shareholders may be required to treat up to 20% of any capital gain dividend as ordinary income under Section 291 of the IRC.
In addition, we may elect to retain net capital gain income and treat it as constructively distributed. In that case:
(1)
we will be taxed at regular corporate capital gains tax rates on retained amounts;





(2)
each U.S. shareholder will be taxed on its designated proportionate share of our retained net capital gains as though that amount were distributed and designated as a capital gain dividend;
(3)
each U.S. shareholder will receive a credit or refund for its designated proportionate share of the tax that we pay;
(4)
each U.S. shareholder will increase its adjusted basis in our shares by the excess of the amount of its proportionate share of these retained net capital gains over the U.S. shareholder’s proportionate share of the tax that we pay; and
(5)
both we and our corporate shareholders will make commensurate adjustments in our respective earnings and profits for federal income tax purposes.
If we elect to retain our net capital gains in this fashion, we will notify our U.S. shareholders of the relevant tax information within 60 days after the close of the affected taxable year.
If for any taxable year we designate capital gain dividends for our shareholders, then a portion of the capital gain dividends we designate will be allocated to the holders of a particular class of shares on a percentage basis equal to the ratio of the amount of the total dividends paid or made available for the year to the holders of that class of shares to the total dividends paid or made available for the year to holders of all outstanding classes of our shares. We will similarly designate the portion of any capital gain dividend that is to be taxed to noncorporate U.S. shareholders at preferential maximum rates (including any capital gains attributable to real estate depreciation recapture that are subject to a maximum 25% federal income tax rate) so that the designations will be proportionate among all outstanding classes of our shares.
Distributions in excess of our current or accumulated earnings and profits will not be taxable to a U.S. shareholder to the extent that they do not exceed the shareholder’s adjusted tax basis in our shares, but will reduce the shareholder’s basis in such shares. To the extent that these excess distributions exceed a U.S. shareholder’s adjusted basis in such shares, they will be included in income as capital gain, with long-term gain generally taxed to noncorporate U.S. shareholders at preferential maximum rates. No U.S. shareholder may include on its federal income tax return any of our net operating losses or any of our capital losses. In addition, no portion of any of our dividends is eligible for the dividends received deduction for corporate shareholders.
If a dividend is declared in October, November or December to shareholders of record during one of those months, and is paid during the following January, then for federal income tax purposes the dividend will be treated as having been both paid and received on December 31 of the prior taxable year. Also, items that are treated differently for regular and alternative minimum tax purposes are to be allocated between a REIT and its shareholders under Treasury regulations which are to be prescribed. It is possible that these Treasury regulations will permit or require tax preference items to be allocated to our shareholders with respect to any accelerated depreciation or other tax preference items that we claim. We may choose to allocate applicable tax preference items to our shareholders, even in the absence of such regulations.
A U.S. shareholder will generally recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized and the shareholder’s adjusted basis in our shares that are sold or exchanged. This gain or loss will be capital gain or loss, and will be long-term capital gain or loss if the shareholder’s holding period in our shares exceeds one year. In addition, any loss upon a sale or exchange of our shares held for six months or less will generally be treated as a long-term capital loss to the extent of any long-term capital gain dividends we paid on such shares during the holding period.
U.S. shareholders who are individuals, estates or trusts are generally required to pay a 3.8% Medicare tax on their net investment income (including dividends on and gains from the sale or other disposition of our shares), or in the case of estates and trusts on their net investment income that is not distributed, in each case to the extent that their total adjusted income exceeds applicable thresholds.
If a U.S. shareholder recognizes a loss upon a disposition of our shares in an amount that exceeds a prescribed threshold, it is possible that the provisions of Treasury regulations involving “reportable transactions” could apply, with a resulting requirement to separately disclose the loss-generating transaction to the IRS. These Treasury regulations are written quite broadly, and apply to many routine and simple transactions. A reportable transaction currently includes, among other things, a sale or exchange of our shares resulting in a tax loss in excess of (a) $10 million in any single year or $20 million in a prescribed combination of taxable years in the case of our shares held by a C corporation or by a partnership with only C corporation partners or (b) $2 million in any single year or $4 million in a prescribed combination of taxable years in the case of our shares held by any other partnership or an S corporation, trust or individual, including losses that flow through pass





through entities to individuals. A taxpayer discloses a reportable transaction by filing IRS Form 8886 with its federal income tax return and, in the first year of filing, a copy of Form 8886 must be sent to the IRS’s Office of Tax Shelter Analysis. The annual maximum penalty for failing to disclose a reportable transaction is generally $10,000 in the case of a natural person and $50,000 in any other case.
Noncorporate U.S. shareholders who borrow funds to finance their acquisition of our shares could be limited in the amount of deductions allowed for the interest paid on the indebtedness incurred. Under Section 163(d) of the IRC, interest paid or accrued on indebtedness incurred or continued to purchase or carry property held for investment is generally deductible only to the extent of the investor’s net investment income. A U.S. shareholder’s net investment income will include ordinary income dividend distributions received from us and, if an appropriate election is made by the shareholder, capital gain dividend distributions and qualified dividends received from us; however, distributions treated as a nontaxable return of the shareholder’s basis will not enter into the computation of net investment income.
Taxation of Tax-Exempt U.S. Shareholders
The rules governing the federal income taxation of tax-exempt entities are complex, and the following discussion is intended only as a summary of material considerations of an investment in our shares relevant to such investors. If you are a tax-exempt shareholder, we urge you to consult your own tax advisor to determine the impact of federal, state, local and foreign tax laws, including any tax return filing and other reporting requirements, with respect to your acquisition or investment in our shares.
Our distributions made to shareholders that are tax-exempt pension plans, individual retirement accounts or other qualifying tax-exempt entities should not constitute UBTI, provided that the shareholder has not financed its acquisition of our shares with “acquisition indebtedness” within the meaning of the IRC, that the shares are not otherwise used in an unrelated trade or business of the tax-exempt entity, and that, consistent with our present intent, we do not hold a residual interest in a real estate mortgage investment conduit. Special UBTI rules under Section 856(h)(3) of the IRC may apply to a trust described in Section 401(a) of the IRC if it owns more than 10% by value of a class of our shares.
Taxation of Non-U.S. Shareholders
The rules governing the U.S. federal income taxation of non-U.S. shareholders are complex, and the following discussion is intended only as a summary of material considerations of an investment in our shares relevant to such investors. If you are a non-U.S. shareholder, we urge you to consult your own tax advisor to determine the impact of U.S. federal, state, local and foreign tax laws, including any tax return filing and other reporting requirements, with respect to your acquisition or investment in our shares.
We expect that a non-U.S. shareholder’s receipt of (a) distributions from us, and (b) proceeds from the sale of our shares, will not be treated as income effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business and a non-U.S. shareholder will therefore not be subject to the higher tax rates and increased reporting requirements that apply to income effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business. This expectation and a number of the determinations below are predicated on our shares being listed on a U.S. national securities exchange, such as The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, or Nasdaq. Although there can be no assurance in this regard, we expect that each class of our shares has been and will remain listed on a U.S. national securities exchange; however, we can provide no assurance that our shares will continue to be so listed in future taxable years or that any class of our shares that we may issue in the future will be so listed.
Distributions. A distribution by us to a non-U.S. shareholder that is not designated as a capital gain dividend will be treated as an ordinary income dividend to the extent that it is made out of our current or accumulated earnings and profits. A distribution of this type will generally be subject to U.S. federal income tax and withholding at the rate of 30%, or at a lower rate if the non-U.S. shareholder has in the manner prescribed by the IRS demonstrated to the applicable withholding agent its entitlement to benefits under a tax treaty. Because we cannot determine our current and accumulated earnings and profits until the end of the taxable year, withholding at the statutory rate of 30% or applicable lower treaty rate will generally be imposed on the gross amount of any distribution to a non-U.S. shareholder that we make and do not designate as a capital gain dividend. Notwithstanding this potential withholding on distributions in excess of our current and accumulated earnings and profits, these distributions are a nontaxable return of capital to the extent that they do not exceed the non-U.S. shareholder’s adjusted basis in our shares, and the nontaxable return of capital will reduce the adjusted basis in these shares. To the extent that distributions in excess of our current and accumulated earnings and profits exceed the non-U.S. shareholder’s adjusted basis in our shares, the distributions will give rise to federal income tax liability only in the unlikely event that the non-U.S. shareholder would otherwise be subject to tax on any gain from the sale or exchange of these shares, as discussed below under “—Dispositions of





Our Shares.” A non-U.S. shareholder may seek a refund from the IRS of amounts withheld on distributions to it in excess of our current and accumulated earnings and profits.
For so long as a class of our shares is listed on a U.S. national securities exchange, capital gain dividends that we declare and pay to a non-U.S. shareholder on those shares, as well as dividends to a non-U.S. shareholder on those shares attributable to our sale or exchange of “United States real property interests” within the meaning of Section 897 of the IRC, or USRPIs, will not be subject to withholding as though those amounts were effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business, and non-U.S. shareholders will not be required to file U.S. federal income tax returns or pay branch profits tax in respect of these dividends. Instead, these dividends will generally be treated as ordinary dividends and subject to withholding in the manner described above.
Tax treaties may reduce the withholding obligations on our distributions. Under some treaties, however, rates below 30% that are applicable to ordinary income dividends from U.S. corporations may not apply to ordinary income dividends from a REIT or may apply only if the REIT meets specified additional conditions. A non-U.S. shareholder must generally use an applicable IRS Form W-8, or substantially similar form, to claim tax treaty benefits. If the amount of tax withheld with respect to a distribution to a non-U.S. shareholder exceeds the shareholder’s U.S. federal income tax liability with respect to the distribution, the non-U.S. shareholder may file for a refund of the excess from the IRS. Treasury regulations also provide special rules to determine whether, for purposes of determining the applicability of a tax treaty, our distributions to a non-U.S. shareholder that is an entity should be treated as paid to the entity or to those owning an interest in that entity, and whether the entity or its owners are entitled to benefits under the tax treaty.
If, contrary to our expectation, a class of our shares was not listed on a U.S. national securities exchange and we made a distribution on those shares that was attributable to gain from the sale or exchange of a USRPI, then a non-U.S. shareholder holding those shares would be taxed as if the distribution was gain effectively connected with a trade or business in the United States conducted by the non-U.S. shareholder. In addition, the applicable withholding agent would be required to withhold from a distribution to such a non-U.S. shareholder, and remit to the IRS, up to 35% of the maximum amount of any distribution that was or could have been designated as a capital gain dividend. The non-U.S. shareholder also would generally be subject to the same treatment as a U.S. shareholder with respect to the distribution (subject to any applicable alternative minimum tax and a special alternative minimum tax in the case of a nonresident alien individual), would be subject to fulsome U.S. federal income tax return reporting requirements, and, in the case of a corporate non-U.S. shareholder, may owe the up to 30% branch profits tax under Section 884 of the IRC (or lower applicable tax treaty rate) in respect of these amounts.
A special “wash sale” rule under Section 897(h)(5) of the IRC may apply to a non-U.S. shareholder that owns more than 10% of a class of our shares.
Dispositions of Our Shares. If as expected our shares are not USRPIs, then a non-U.S. shareholder’s gain on the sale of these shares generally will not be subject to U.S. federal income taxation or withholding. We expect that our shares will not be USRPIs because one or both of the following exemptions will be available at all times.
First, for so long as a class of our shares is listed on a U.S. national securities exchange, a non-U.S. shareholder’s gain on the sale of those shares will not be subject to U.S. federal income taxation as a sale of a USRPI. Second, our shares will not constitute USRPIs if we are a “domestically controlled REIT.” A domestically controlled REIT is a REIT in which at all times during the preceding five-year period less than 50% of the fair market value of its outstanding shares was directly or indirectly held by foreign persons. From and after December 18, 2015, a person who at all relevant times holds less than 5% of a REIT’s shares that are “regularly traded” on a domestic “established securities market” is deemed to be a U.S. person in making the determination of whether a REIT is domestically controlled, unless the REIT has actual knowledge that the person is not a U.S. person. Other presumptions apply in making the determination with respect to other classes of REIT shareholders. As a result of applicable presumptions, we expect to be able to demonstrate from and after December 18, 2015 that we are less than 50% foreign owned. For periods prior to December 18, 2015, we believe that we were less than 50% foreign owned, but that may not be possible to demonstrate unless and until a pending technical correction clarifies the statute on this point. Accordingly, we can provide no assurance that we have been or will remain a domestically controlled REIT, particularly if that determination includes the period before December 18, 2015, when the presumptions described above may not apply unless and until the pending technical correction is passed.
If, contrary to our expectation, a gain on the sale of our shares is subject to U.S. federal income taxation (for example, because neither of the above exemptions were then available, i.e., that class of our shares were not then listed on a U.S. national securities exchange and we were not a domestically controlled REIT), then (a) a non-U.S. shareholder would generally be subject to the same treatment as a U.S. shareholder with respect to its gain (subject to any applicable alternative minimum tax and a special alternative minimum tax in the case of nonresident alien individuals), (b) the non-U.S. shareholder would also be





subject to fulsome U.S. federal income tax return reporting requirements, and (c) a purchaser of that class of our shares from the non-U.S. shareholder may be required to withhold 15% of the purchase price paid to the non-U.S. shareholder and to remit the withheld amount to the IRS.
Information Reporting, Backup Withholding, and Foreign Account Withholding
Information reporting, backup withholding, and foreign account withholding may apply to distributions or proceeds paid to our shareholders under the circumstances discussed below. If a shareholder is subject to backup or other U.S. federal income tax withholding, then the applicable withholding agent will be required to withhold the appropriate amount with respect to a deemed or constructive distribution or a distribution in kind even though there is insufficient cash from which to satisfy the withholding obligation. To satisfy this withholding obligation, the applicable withholding agent may collect the amount of U.S. federal income tax required to be withheld by reducing to cash for remittance to the IRS a sufficient portion of the property that the shareholder would otherwise receive or own, and the shareholder may bear brokerage or other costs for this withholding procedure.
The backup withholding rate is currently 28%. Amounts withheld under backup withholding are generally not an additional tax and may be refunded by the IRS or credited against the shareholder’s federal income tax liability. A U.S. shareholder may be subject to backup withholding when it receives distributions on our shares or proceeds upon the sale, exchange, redemption, retirement or other disposition of our shares, unless the U.S. shareholder properly executes, or has previously properly executed, under penalties of perjury an IRS Form W-9 or substantially similar form that:
provides the U.S. shareholder’s correct taxpayer identification number;
certifies that the U.S. shareholder is exempt from backup withholding because (a) it comes within an enumerated exempt category, (b) it has not been notified by the IRS that it is subject to backup withholding, or (c) it has been notified by the IRS that it is no longer subject to backup withholding; and
certifies that it is a U.S. citizen or other U.S. person.
If the U.S. shareholder has not provided and does not provide its correct taxpayer identification number and appropriate certifications on an IRS Form W-9 or substantially similar form, it may be subject to penalties imposed by the IRS, and the applicable withholding agent may have to withhold a portion of any distributions or proceeds paid to such U.S. shareholder. Unless the U.S. shareholder has established on a properly executed IRS Form W-9 or substantially similar form that it comes within an enumerated exempt category, distributions or proceeds on our shares paid to it during the calendar year, and the amount of tax withheld, if any, will be reported to it and to the IRS.
Distributions on our shares to a non-U.S. shareholder during each calendar year and the amount of tax withheld, if any, will generally be reported to the non-U.S. shareholder and to the IRS. This information reporting requirement applies regardless of whether the non-U.S. shareholder is subject to withholding on distributions on our shares or whether the withholding was reduced or eliminated by an applicable tax treaty. Also, distributions paid to a non-U.S. shareholder on our shares will generally be subject to backup withholding, unless the non-U.S. shareholder properly certifies to the applicable withholding agent its non-U.S. shareholder status on an applicable IRS Form W-8 or substantially similar form. Information reporting and backup withholding will not apply to proceeds a non-U.S. shareholder receives upon the sale, exchange, redemption, retirement or other disposition of our shares, if the non-U.S. shareholder properly certifies to the applicable withholding agent its non-U.S. shareholder status on an applicable IRS Form W-8 or substantially similar form. Even without having executed an applicable IRS Form W-8 or substantially similar form, however, in some cases information reporting and backup withholding will not apply to proceeds that a non-U.S. shareholder receives upon the sale, exchange, redemption, retirement or other disposition of our shares if the non-U.S. shareholder receives those proceeds through a broker’s foreign office.
Non-U.S. financial institutions and other non-U.S. entities are subject to diligence and reporting requirements for purposes of identifying accounts and investments held directly or indirectly by U.S. persons. The failure to comply with these additional information reporting, certification and other requirements could result in a 30% withholding tax on applicable payments to non-U.S. persons. In particular, a payee that is a foreign financial institution that is subject to the diligence and reporting requirements described above must enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department of the Treasury requiring, among other things, that it undertake to identify accounts held by “specified United States persons” or “United States owned foreign entities” (each as defined in the IRC), annually report information about such accounts, and withhold 30% on applicable payments to noncompliant foreign financial institutions and account holders. Foreign financial institutions located in jurisdictions that have an intergovernmental agreement with the United States with respect to these requirements may be





subject to different rules. The foregoing withholding regime generally applies to payments of dividends on our shares, and is expected to generally apply to other “withholdable payments” (including payments of gross proceeds from a sale, exchange, redemption, retirement or other disposition of our shares) made after December 31, 2018. In general, to avoid withholding, any non-U.S. intermediary through which a shareholder owns our shares must establish its compliance with the foregoing regime, and a non-U.S. shareholder must provide specified documentation (usually an applicable IRS Form W-8) containing information about its identity, its status, and if required, its direct and indirect U.S. owners. Non-U.S. shareholders and shareholders who hold our shares through a non-U.S. intermediary are encouraged to consult their own tax advisors regarding foreign account tax compliance.
Other Tax Considerations
Our tax treatment and that of our shareholders may be modified by legislative, judicial or administrative actions at any time, which actions may be retroactive in effect. The rules dealing with federal income taxation are constantly under review by the U.S. Congress, the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and statutory changes, new regulations, revisions to existing regulations and revised interpretations of established concepts are issued frequently. Likewise, the rules regarding taxes other than U.S. federal income taxes may also be modified. No prediction can be made as to the likelihood of passage of new tax legislation or other provisions, or the direct or indirect effect on us and our shareholders. Revisions to tax laws and interpretations of these laws could adversely affect our ability to qualify and be taxed as a REIT, as well as the tax or other consequences of an investment in our shares. We and our shareholders may also be subject to taxation by state, local or other jurisdictions, including those in which we or our shareholders transact business or reside. These tax consequences may not be comparable to the U.S. federal income tax consequences discussed above.
ERISA PLANS, KEOGH PLANS AND INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS
General Fiduciary Obligations
Fiduciaries of a pension, profit-sharing or other employee benefit plan subject to Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, or ERISA, must consider whether:
their investment in our shares or other securities satisfies the diversification requirements of ERISA;
the investment is prudent in light of possible limitations on the marketability of our shares;
they have authority to acquire our shares or other securities under the applicable governing instrument and Title I of ERISA; and
the investment is otherwise consistent with their fiduciary responsibilities.
Trustees and other fiduciaries of an ERISA plan may incur personal liability for any loss suffered by the plan on account of a violation of their fiduciary responsibilities. In addition, these fiduciaries may be subject to a civil penalty of up to 20% of any amount recovered by the plan on account of a violation. Fiduciaries of any individual retirement account or annuity, or IRA, Roth IRA, tax-favored account (such as an Archer MSA, Coverdell education savings account or health savings account), Keogh plan or other qualified retirement plan not subject to Title I of ERISA, or non-ERISA plans, should consider that the plan may only make investments that are authorized by the appropriate governing instrument.
Fiduciaries considering an investment in our securities should consult their own legal advisors if they have any concern as to whether the investment is consistent with the foregoing criteria or is otherwise appropriate. The sale of our securities to an ERISA or non-ERISA plan is in no respect a representation by us or any underwriter of the securities that the investment meets all relevant legal requirements with respect to investments by plans generally or any particular plan, or that the investment is appropriate for plans generally or any particular plan.
Prohibited Transactions
Fiduciaries of ERISA plans and persons making the investment decision for a non-ERISA plan should consider the application of the prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and the IRC in making their investment decision. Sales and other transactions between an ERISA or non-ERISA plan, and persons related to it, are prohibited transactions. The particular facts concerning the sponsorship, operations and other investments of an ERISA plan or non-ERISA plan may cause a wide range of other persons to be treated as disqualified persons or parties in interest with respect to it. A prohibited transaction, in addition to imposing potential personal liability upon fiduciaries of ERISA plans, may also result in the imposition of an excise tax





under the IRC or a penalty under ERISA upon the disqualified person or party in interest with respect to the plan. If the disqualified person who engages in the transaction is the individual on behalf of whom an IRA, Roth IRA or other tax-favored account is maintained or his beneficiary, the IRA, Roth IRA or other tax-favored account may lose its tax-exempt status and its assets may be deemed to have been distributed to the individual in a taxable distribution on account of the prohibited transaction, but no excise tax will be imposed. Fiduciaries considering an investment in our securities should consult their own legal advisors as to whether the ownership of our securities involves a prohibited transaction.
“Plan Assets” Considerations
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a regulation defining “plan assets.” The regulation, as subsequently modified by ERISA, generally provides that when an ERISA or non-ERISA plan acquires a security that is an equity interest in an entity and that security is neither a “publicly offered security” nor a security issued by an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, the ERISA plan’s or non-ERISA plan’s assets include both the equity interest and an undivided interest in each of the underlying assets of the entity, unless it is established either that the entity is an operating company or that equity participation in the entity by benefit plan investors is not significant. We are not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
Each class of our equity (that is, our common shares and any other class of equity that we may issue) must be analyzed separately to ascertain whether it is a publicly offered security. The regulation defines a publicly offered security as a security that is “widely held,” “freely transferable” and either part of a class of securities registered under the Exchange Act, or sold under an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, provided the securities are registered under the Exchange Act within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year of the issuer during which the offering occurred. Each class of our outstanding shares has been registered under the Exchange Act within the necessary time frame to satisfy the foregoing condition.
The regulation provides that a security is “widely held” only if it is part of a class of securities that is owned by 100 or more investors independent of the issuer and of one another. However, a security will not fail to be “widely held” because the number of independent investors falls below 100 subsequent to the initial public offering as a result of events beyond the issuer’s control. We believe our common shares have been and will remain widely held, and we expect the same to be true of any future class of equity that we may issue, but we can give no assurances in this regard.
The regulation provides that whether a security is “freely transferable” is a factual question to be determined on the basis of all relevant facts and circumstances. The regulation further provides that, where a security is part of an offering in which the minimum investment is $10,000 or less, some restrictions on transfer ordinarily will not, alone or in combination, affect a finding that these securities are freely transferable. The restrictions on transfer enumerated in the regulation as not affecting that finding include:
any restriction on or prohibition against any transfer or assignment that would result in a termination or reclassification for federal or state tax purposes, or would otherwise violate any state or federal law or court order;
any requirement that advance notice of a transfer or assignment be given to the issuer and any requirement that either the transferor or transferee, or both, execute documentation setting forth representations as to compliance with any restrictions on transfer that are among those enumerated in the regulation as not affecting free transferability, including those described in the preceding clause of this sentence;
any administrative procedure that establishes an effective date, or an event prior to which a transfer or assignment will not be effective; and
any limitation or restriction on transfer or assignment that is not imposed by the issuer or a person acting on behalf of the issuer.
We believe that the restrictions imposed under our declaration of trust on the transfer of shares do not result in the failure of our shares to be “freely transferable.” Furthermore, we believe that there exist no other facts or circumstances limiting the transferability of our shares that are not included among those enumerated as not affecting their free transferability under the regulation, and we do not expect or intend to impose in the future, or to permit any person to impose on our behalf, any limitations or restrictions on transfer that would not be among the enumerated permissible limitations or restrictions.
Assuming that each class of our shares will be “widely held” and that no other facts and circumstances exist that restrict transferability of these shares, our counsel, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, is of the opinion that our shares will not fail to be





“freely transferable” for purposes of the regulation due to the restrictions on transfer of our shares under our declaration of trust and that under the regulation each class of our currently outstanding shares is publicly offered and our assets will not be deemed to be “plan assets” of any ERISA plan or non-ERISA plan that acquires our shares in a public offering. This opinion is conditioned upon certain assumptions and representations, as discussed above in “Material United States Federal Income Tax Considerations—Taxation as a REIT.”

Item 1A. Risk Factors
Our business is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. The risks described below may not be the only risks we face but are risks we believe material at this time. Additional risks that we do not yet know of, or that we currently think are immaterial, may also impair our business operations or financial results. If any of the events or circumstances described below occurs, our business, financial condition or results of operations and the market price of our securities could decline. Investors and prospective investors should consider the following risks and the information contained under the heading “Warning Concerning Forward Looking Statements” before deciding whether to invest in our securities.
Risks Related to Our Business
We may be unable to lease our properties when our leases expire, and we may experience declining rents or incur significant costs to renew our leases or to lease our properties to new tenants.
The weighted average remaining term of our leases in effect as of December 31, 2016, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, is 4.8 years based upon annualized rental income and 5.0 years based upon occupied square footage. As of December 31, 2016, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, leases representing approximately 61.0% of our annualized rental income and 58.8% of our occupied square footage will expire by December 31, 2021.
Although we typically will seek to renew our leases with current tenants when they expire, we cannot be sure that we will be successful in doing so. If our tenants do not renew their leases, we may be unable to locate new tenants to maintain or increase the historical occupancy rates of, or rents from, our properties. When we renew our leases with current tenants or lease to new tenants, we may have to spend substantial amounts for leasing commissions, tenant improvements or other tenant inducements. Moreover, many of our properties have been specially designed for the particular business of our tenants; if the current leases for such properties are terminated or are not renewed, we may be required to renovate such properties at substantial costs, decrease the rents we charge or provide other concessions in order to lease such properties to new tenants.
Government tenants have been increasing space utilization when renewing or entering new leases. This may result in a government tenant occupying less space in our property. If that government tenant is the sole occupant of the property, the vacant space may become unleasable. If substantial reconfiguration of the government tenant's space is required to achieve the increase in space utilized, the government tenant may find it more advantageous to relocate than to renovate the existing space.
Leases with government contractor tenants tend to be for terms consistent with the tenant's government contracts which are generally three to five years. If a government contractor tenant does not retain its contract, the tenant may not renew its lease. Government contractors are dependent upon government spending. A reduction in government spending can have a negative effect on the contractor's business and the renewal of leases for our properties.
Further, laws and regulations applicable to government leasing often require public solicitations of bids when new or renewal leases are being considered. Market conditions may require us to lower our rents to retain government or other tenants. Some of our current rents include payments to amortize the cost of tenant improvements which government or other tenants may be unwilling to pay or contractually allowed to eliminate when leases are renewed.
Current and future government financial and other circumstances and trends may adversely impact our business.
Government budgetary pressures have resulted in a decrease in government employment, and in government tenants reducing their space utilization per employee and consolidating into existing government owned properties, thereby reducing the demand for government leased space. Our historical experience with respect to properties of the type we own that are majority leased to government tenants has been that government tenants frequently renew leases to avoid the costs and disruptions that may result from relocating their operations. However, efforts to reduce space utilization rates may result in our tenants exercising early termination rights under our leases, vacating our properties upon expiration of our leases in order to relocate, or in renewing their leases for less area than they currently occupy. Further, the need to reconfigure leased office space to reduce utilization per employee may require us to spend increased amounts for tenant improvements, and relocation





has become more prevalent in instances where efforts by government tenants to reduce their space utilization requires a significant reconfiguration of currently leased space. Moreover, uncertainty with respect to government agency budgets and a lack of adequate funding to implement relocations, consolidations and reconfigurations have resulted in delayed space decisions and reliance on short term lease renewals by government tenants.
For example, the IRS has publicly stated that it plans to discontinue its tax return processing operations at our property located in Fresno, CA in 2021. The IRS lease for this property, which accounted for approximately 3.1% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016, expires in 2021. The IRS has also publicly stated that it plans to discontinue its tax return processing operations in Covington, KY in 2019. Our property located in Florence, KY is leased to the IRS and we believe it is used to support these Covington, KY operations. Our Florence, KY property lease, which accounted for approximately 0.9% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016, expires in 2022 but is subject to early termination rights beginning in 2017. The IRS has not notified us of its intentions regarding these properties.
In addition, the Trump administration has recently ordered an employment freeze for the federal government that limits hiring for all new and existing government positions, except those in national security, public safety and the military. Although we are unable to reasonably project the future impact of changing government financial circumstances and policy priorities on our results, such changing circumstances and priorities could increase vacancy and decrease rental income at our government leased properties.
We may be unable to grow our business by acquisitions of additional properties.
Part of our business plan involves the acquisition of additional properties that are majority leased to government tenants. There are a limited number of such properties, which may limit our acquisition opportunities. In addition, our ability to make profitable acquisitions is subject to risks, including, but not limited to, risks associated with:
competition from other investors, including publicly traded and private REITs, numerous financial institutions, individuals and public and private companies;
contingencies in our acquisition agreements; and
the availability and terms of financing.
Additionally, we might encounter unanticipated difficulties and expenditures relating to any acquired properties. For example:
we do not believe that it is possible to fully understand a property before it is owned and operated for an extended period of time, and, notwithstanding pre-acquisition due diligence, we could acquire a property that contains undisclosed defects in design or construction;
the market in which an acquired property is located may experience unexpected changes that adversely affect the property’s value;
the occupancy of properties that we acquire may decline during our ownership and rents or returns that are in effect or expected at the time a property is acquired may decline thereafter;
property operating costs for our acquired properties may be higher than anticipated and our acquired properties may not yield expected returns;
we may acquire properties subject to unknown liabilities and without any recourse, or with limited recourse, such as liability for the cleanup of undisclosed environmental contamination or for claims by tenants, vendors or other persons related to actions taken by former owners of properties; and
acquired properties might require significant management attention that would otherwise be devoted to our ongoing business.
For these reasons, among others, we might not realize the anticipated benefits of our acquisitions and our business plan to acquire additional properties may not succeed or may cause us to experience losses.





REIT distribution requirements and limitations on our ability to access reasonably priced capital may adversely impact our ability to carry out our business plan.
To retain our qualification for taxation as a REIT, we are required to distribute at least 90% of our annual REIT taxable income (excluding capital gains). Accordingly, we may not be able to retain sufficient cash to fund our operations, repay our debts, invest in our properties or fund our acquisitions or development or redevelopment efforts. Our business strategies therefore depend, in part, upon our ability to raise additional capital at reasonable costs. The volatility in the availability of capital to businesses on a global basis in most debt and equity markets generally may limit our ability to raise reasonably priced capital. We may be also unable to raise reasonably priced capital because of reasons related to our business, market perceptions of our prospects, the terms of our indebtedness or for reasons beyond our control, such as market conditions. Because the earnings we are permitted to retain are limited, if we are unable to raise reasonably priced capital, we may not be able to carry out our business plan.
We face significant competition.
We face significant competition for acquisition opportunities from other investors, including publicly traded and private REITs, numerous financial institutions, individuals and public and private companies. Because of competition, we may be unable to acquire, or may pay a significantly increased purchase price for, a desired property, which would reduce our expected returns from that property. Some of our competitors may have greater financial and other resources than us.
In addition, we face competition for tenants at our properties. Some competing properties may be newer, better located or more attractive to tenants. Competing properties may have lower rates of occupancy than our properties, which may result in competing owners offering available space at lower rents than we offer at our properties. Development activities may increase the supply of properties of the type we own in the leasing markets in which we own properties which may increase the competition we face. These competition matters may affect our ability to attract and retain tenants and may reduce the rents we are able to charge. Government tenants are particularly difficult to attract and retain because they are generally viewed as desirable tenants.
The U.S. Government’s “green lease” policies may adversely affect us.
The U.S. Government has instituted “green lease” policies which allow a government tenant to require leadership in energy and environmental design for commercial interiors, or LEED®-CI, designation in selecting new premises or renewing leases at existing premises. In addition, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 allows the GSA to give preference to buildings for lease that have received an “Energy Star” label. Obtaining such certifications and labels may be costly and time consuming, but our failure to do so may result in a competitive disadvantage for us in acquiring new or retaining existing government tenants.
Some government tenants have the right to terminate their leases prior to their lease expiration date and changes in the U.S. Government’s and state governments’ requirements for leased space may adversely affect us.
Substantially all of our current rents come from government tenants. Some of our leases with government tenants allow the tenants to vacate the leased premises before the stated terms of the leases expire with little or no liability. In particular:
Tenants occupying approximately 11.7% of our rentable square feet and contributing approximately 9.3% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, have currently exercisable rights to terminate their leases before the stated term of their leases expire.
In 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2026 and 2027, early termination rights become exercisable by other tenants who currently occupy an additional approximately 2.3%, 2.2%, 4.9%, 7.0%, 0.7%, 2.9%, 1.9%, 0.9% and 0.6% of our rentable square feet, respectively, and contribute an additional approximately 1.8%, 3.0%, 5.1%, 7.5%, 0.6%, 2.3%, 1.7%, 1.1% and 0.6% of our annualized rental income, respectively, as of December 31, 2016.
Pursuant to leases with 15 of our government tenants, these tenants have currently exercisable rights to terminate their leases if their respective legislature or other funding authority does not appropriate rent amounts in their respective annual budgets. These 15 tenants represent approximately 17.4% of our rentable square feet and 16.9% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016.





For fiscal policy reasons, security concerns or other reasons, some or all of our government tenants may decide to exercise early termination rights under our leases or vacate our properties upon expiration of our leases. We believe the U.S. Government is actively trying to reduce their space utilization per employee and consolidate into existing government owned properties. If a significant number of such events occur, our income and cash flow may materially decline and our ability to make or sustain regular distributions to our shareholders may be jeopardized.
We currently have a concentration of properties in the Washington, D.C. metro area and are exposed to changes in market conditions in this area.
Approximately 27.1% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, was received from properties located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. A downturn in economic conditions in this area could result in reduced demand from tenants for our properties or lower the rents that our government tenants in this area are willing to pay when our leases expire or terminate and when renewal or new terms are negotiated. Additionally, in recent years there has been a decrease in demand for new leased space by the U.S. Government in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and that could increase competition for government tenants and adversely affect our ability to retain government tenants when our leases expire.
Real estate construction and redevelopment creates risks.
Part of our business plan involves the possible development or redevelopment of some of our properties as the existing leases expire or as our tenants’ needs evolve. The development and redevelopment of new and existing buildings involves significant risks in addition to those involved in the ownership and operation of leased properties, including the risks that financing may not be available on favorable terms for development projects and construction may not be completed on schedule or within budget, resulting in increased debt service expense and construction costs and delays in leasing such properties and generating cash flow. Development activities are also subject to risks relating to the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, all necessary zoning, land use, building, occupancy, and other required government permits and authorizations. Once completed, any new properties may perform below anticipated financial results. The occurrence of one or more of the foregoing in connection with our development or redevelopment activities could have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, development activities, regardless of whether or not they are ultimately successful, typically require a substantial amount of management’s time and attention which could take management’s time away from our other day to day operations.
We have debt and we may incur additional debt.
As of December 31, 2016, our consolidated indebtedness was $1.4 billion, our consolidated total debt to gross book value of real estate assets and market value of SIR common shares ratio was 49.9% and we had $590 million available for borrowing under our $750 million revolving credit facility. Our revolving credit facility, our $300 million term loan and our $250 million term loan may be increased to up to $2.5 billion on a combined basis under certain circumstances. There are no limits in our organizational documents on the amount of debt we may incur, and we may incur substantial debt.
Our incurring excessive debt could limit our ability to obtain financing for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions, construction projects, refinancing, lease obligations or other purposes and jeopardize our ability to maintain investment grade ratings. These obligations may also increase our vulnerability to adverse economic, market and industry conditions, limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business, and place us at a disadvantage in relation to competitors that have lower debt levels. As a result, we are subject to numerous risks associated with debt financing, including the risk that our cash flow could be insufficient to meet required payments on our debt or to enable us to sustain our rate of distribution to our shareholders. In addition, amounts outstanding under our revolving credit facility and term loans require interest to be paid at variable interest rates. When interest rates increase, so will our interest costs, which could adversely affect our cash flow, our ability to pay principal and interest on our debt and our cost of refinancing our debt when it becomes due. For further information regarding our exposure to risks associated with market changes in interest rates, please see elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including Part II, Item 7A, “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.” Additionally, if we choose to hedge our interest rate risk, we cannot be sure that the hedge will be effective or that any hedging counterparty will meet its obligations to us. Any or all of the above events and factors could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.
If we default under any of our debt obligations, we may be in default under the agreements governing other debt obligations of ours which have cross default provisions, including the agreement governing our revolving credit facility and term loans, or our credit agreement, and our senior unsecured notes indenture and its supplements. In such case, our lenders





may demand immediate payment of any outstanding indebtedness and we could be forced to liquidate our assets for less than the values we would receive in a more orderly process.
Our credit agreement and our senior unsecured notes indenture and its supplements contain terms limiting our ability to incur additional debt. These terms, or our failure or inability to meet them, could adversely affect our business and may prevent us from making distributions to our shareholders.
Our credit agreement includes various conditions to our borrowing, financial and other covenants, including covenants requiring us to maintain certain minimum debt service coverage and leverage ratios, and events of default. Our senior unsecured notes indenture and its supplements also impose customary restrictions on us, including requiring us to comply with certain debt to asset ratios and debt service coverage ratios if we want to incur additional debt and requiring us to maintain at least a specified ratio of total unencumbered assets to debt. We may not be able to satisfy all of these conditions or may default on some of these covenants for various reasons, including for reasons beyond our control. Complying with these covenants may limit our ability to take actions that may be beneficial to us and our shareholders.
If we default under our credit agreement, our lenders may demand immediate payment of any amounts outstanding and may elect not to fund future borrowings under our revolving credit facility or term loans. During the continuance of any event of default under our credit agreement, we may be limited or in some cases prohibited from making distributions to our shareholders. Any such default would likely have serious and adverse consequences to us and would likely cause the market price of our common shares to decline.
In the future, we may obtain additional debt financing, and the covenants and conditions which apply to any such additional indebtedness may be more restrictive than the covenants and conditions contained in our credit agreement or senior unsecured notes indenture and its supplements.
Amounts recoverable under our leases for increased operating costs may be less than the actual increased costs.
Under most of our leases, the tenant’s obligation to pay us adjusted rent for increased operating costs (e.g., the costs of cleaning services, supplies, materials, maintenance, trash removal, landscaping, snow removal, water, sewer charges, heating, electricity and certain administrative expenses) is increased annually based on a cost of living index rather than the actual amount of our costs. Accordingly, the amount of any rent adjustment may not fully offset any increased costs we may incur in providing these services, including any increased costs which result from climate change laws designed to reduce carbon emissions or otherwise.
Increasing interest rates may adversely affect us.
Since the most recent U.S. economic recession, the U.S. Federal Reserve has taken actions that have resulted in low interest rates for a long period of time. In December 2016, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point, and market interest rates rose after the recent U.S. presidential election in anticipation of possible increased government spending and inflation. Market interest rates may continue to increase, and increases may materially and negatively affect us in several ways, including:
Investors may consider whether to buy or sell our common shares based upon the distribution rate on our common shares relative to prevailing market interest rates. If market interest rates go up, investors may expect a higher distribution rate than we are able to pay or may sell our common shares and seek alternate investments with a higher distribution rate. Sales of our common shares may cause a decline in the market price of our common shares.
Amounts outstanding under our revolving credit facility and term loans require interest to be paid at variable interest rates. When interest rates increase, our interest costs will increase, which could adversely affect our cash flow, our ability to pay principal and interest on our debt, our cost of refinancing our debt when it becomes due and our ability to make or sustain the rate of distributions to our shareholders. Additionally, if we choose to hedge our interest rate risk, we cannot be sure that the hedge will be effective or that our hedging counterparty will meet its obligations to us.
Property values are often determined, in part, based upon a capitalization of rental income formula. When market interest rates increase, property investors often demand higher capitalization rates and that causes property values to decline. Increases in interest rates could lower the value of our properties and cause the market price of our common shares to decline.





Ownership of real estate is subject to environmental and climate change risks.
Ownership of real estate is subject to risks associated with environmental hazards. We may be liable for environmental hazards at, or migrating from, our properties, including those created by prior owners or occupants, existing tenants, abutters or other persons. The U.S. Government is not required to indemnify us for environmental hazards they create at our properties. As a result, the U.S. Government could hold us liable for environmental hazards they create at our properties and we could have no recourse to them. Various federal and state laws impose liabilities upon property owners, including us, for environmental damages arising at, or migrating from, owned properties, and we cannot be sure that we will not be held liable for the costs of environmental investigation and clean up at, or near, our properties. As an owner or previous owner of properties, we also may be liable to pay damages to government agencies or third parties for costs and damages they incur arising from environmental hazards at, or migrating from, our properties. The costs and damages that may arise from environmental hazards are often difficult to project and may be substantial.
We believe some of our properties may contain asbestos. We believe any asbestos on our properties is contained in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, and we have no current plans to remove it. If we removed the asbestos or demolished the affected properties, certain environmental regulations govern the manner in which the asbestos must be handled and removed, and we could incur substantial costs complying with such regulations.
Some observers believe severe weather activities in different parts of the country the last few years is evidence of global climate change. Such severe weather that may result from climate change may have an adverse effect on individual properties we own. Further, the political debate about climate change has resulted in various treaties, laws and regulations that are intended to limit carbon emissions. These or future laws may cause costs at our properties to increase. Laws enacted to mitigate climate change may make some of our buildings obsolete or require us to make material investments in our properties which could materially and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations. For more information regarding climate change matters and their possible adverse impact on us, please see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Impact of Climate Change” in Part II, Item 7 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Real estate ownership creates risks and liabilities.
In addition to the risks related to environmental hazards and climate change, our business is subject to other risks associated with real estate ownership, including:
the illiquid nature of real estate markets, which limits our ability to sell our assets rapidly to respond to changing market conditions;
the subjectivity of real estate valuations and changes in such valuations over time;
costs that may be incurred relating to property maintenance and repair, and the need to make expenditures due to changes in government regulations; and
litigation incidental to our business.
RMR LLC relies on information technology networks and related systems, and any material failure, inadequacy, interruption or security failure of those networks and systems could materially and adversely affect us.
RMR LLC’s information technology networks and related systems are essential to its ability to perform our day to day operations (including managing our building systems). As a result, we face risks associated with security breaches, whether through cyber attacks or cyber intrusions over the Internet, malware, computer viruses, attachments to emails, persons who access our systems from inside or outside the RMR LLC organization and other significant disruptions of RMR LLC’s information technology networks and related systems. A security breach or other significant disruption involving RMR LLC’s information technology networks and related systems could disrupt our operations; result in the unauthorized access to, and the destruction, loss, theft, misappropriation or release of, proprietary, personally identifiable, confidential, sensitive or otherwise valuable information, which others could use to compete against us or which could expose us to damage claims by third parties for disruptive, destructive or otherwise harmful purposes and outcomes; require significant management attention and resources to remedy any damages that result; subject us to claims for breach of contract, damages, credits, penalties or termination of leases or other agreements; or damage our business relationships or reputation generally. Any or all of the foregoing could materially and adversely affect us.





Although RMR LLC takes various actions to maintain the security and integrity of its information technology networks and related systems, and has implemented various measures to manage the risk of a security breach or disruption, we cannot be sure that RMR LLC’s security efforts and measures will be effective or that any attempted security breaches or disruptions would not be successful or damaging. Even the most well protected information, networks, systems and facilities remain potentially vulnerable because the techniques used in such attempted security breaches evolve and generally are not recognized until launched against a target, and in some cases are designed to not be detected and, in fact, may not be detected. Accordingly, RMR LLC may be unable to anticipate these techniques or to implement adequate security barriers or other preventative measures. It is therefore not possible for this risk to be entirely mitigated.
The U.S. Government policies regarding interest rates and international trade may cause a recession.
The U.S. Federal Reserve policy regarding the timing and amount of future increases in interest rates, the risk of changing U.S. and other countries’ trade policies and the risk that declining foreign economic conditions and markets may hinder the growth of the U.S. economy. It is unclear whether the U.S. economy will be able to withstand these market challenges and global uncertainty and achieve meaningful and sustained growth. Economic weakness in the U.S. economy generally or a new U.S. recession would likely adversely affect our financial condition and that of our tenants, could impact the ability of our tenants to renew our leases or pay rent to us, and may cause the value of our properties to decline.
Insurance on our properties may not adequately cover all losses, and uninsured losses could materially and adversely affect us.
We are generally responsible for the costs of insurance coverage for our properties, including for casualty, liability, fire and extended coverage. Insurance proceeds may not be adequate to restore an affected property to its condition prior to a loss or to compensate us for our losses, including the loss of future revenues from an affected property, and we could be materially and adversely affected.
We may incur significant costs complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar laws.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain similar state statutes, places of public accommodation and many commercial properties must meet specified requirements related to access and use by disabled persons. We may be required to make substantial capital expenditures at our properties to comply with these laws. In addition, non-compliance could result in the imposition of fines or an award of damages to private litigants. These expenditures may have an adverse impact on our financial results and the market price of our common shares.
Changes in lease accounting standards may materially and adversely affect us.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, has adopted new accounting rules, to be effective for fiscal years ending after December 2018, which will require companies to capitalize all leases on their balance sheets by recognizing a lessee’s rights and obligations. When the final rules are effective, many companies that account for certain leases on an “off balance sheet” basis will be required to account for such leases “on balance sheet.” This change will remove many of the differences in the way companies account for owned property and leased property, and could have a material effect on various aspects of our tenants’ businesses, including the appearance of their credit quality and other factors they consider in deciding whether to own or lease properties. When the rules are effective, or as the effective date approaches, the rules could cause companies that lease properties to prefer shorter lease terms, in an effort to reduce the leasing liability required to be recorded on their balance sheets; however, we do not expect this rule will affect the behavior of our government tenants. The new rules may also make lease renewal options less attractive because under certain circumstances, the rules will require a tenant to assume that a renewal right will be exercised and accrue a liability relating to the longer lease term.
Our business could be adversely impacted if there are deficiencies in our disclosure controls and procedures or our internal control over financial reporting.
The design and effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and our internal control over financial reporting may not prevent all errors, misstatements or misrepresentations. While management will continue to review the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and our internal control over financial reporting, there can be no guarantee that our disclosure controls and internal control over financial reporting will be effective in accomplishing all control objectives all of the time. Deficiencies, including any material weaknesses, in our disclosure controls or internal control over financial reporting could result in misstatements of our results of operations or our financial statements or could otherwise materially and adversely affect our business, reputation, results of operations, financial condition or liquidity.





Risks Related to Our Relationships with RMR Inc., RMR LLC and SIR
We may not realize the expected benefits of our acquisition of an interest in RMR Inc.
On June 5, 2015, we participated in a transaction with RMR Inc., RMR LLC, ABP Trust, SIR and two other REITs to which RMR LLC provides management services in which, among other things, we acquired 1,541,201 shares of RMR Inc.’s class A common stock, ABP Trust acquired 700,000 of our common shares and we amended our management agreements with RMR LLC and extended them for continuing 20 year terms, or the Up-C Transaction. In December 2015, we distributed 768,032 of the shares of RMR Inc.’s class A common stock that we received in the Up-C Transaction pro rata to our shareholders. SIR also distributed shares of RMR Inc.’s class A common stock pro rata to its shareholders from which we received 441,056 shares of RMR Inc.’s class A common stock as a shareholder of SIR. We believe the Up-C Transaction provided several benefits to us, including an attractive investment in the equity securities of RMR Inc., the further alignment of the interests of RMR LLC, Adam Portnoy and Barry Portnoy with our interests and greater transparency for us and our shareholders into the compensation practices and financial and operating results of RMR LLC. However, our investment in RMR Inc. is subject to various risks, including the highly competitive nature of RMR LLC’s business and the limited public market for RMR Inc.’s securities, among others, which may result in us losing some or all of our investment in RMR Inc. or otherwise not realizing the benefits we expect from the Up-C Transaction. For further information on the Up-C Transaction, see Note 7 to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part IV, Item 15 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
We are dependent upon RMR LLC to manage our business and implement our growth strategy.
We have no employees. Personnel and services that we require are provided to us by RMR LLC pursuant to our management agreements with RMR LLC. Our ability to achieve our business objectives depends on RMR LLC and its ability to manage our properties, identify and complete our acquisitions and dispositions and to execute our growth strategy. Accordingly, our business is dependent upon RMR LLC’s business contacts, its ability to successfully hire, train, supervise and manage its personnel and its ability to maintain its operating systems. If we lose the services provided by RMR LLC or its key personnel, our business and growth prospects may decline. We may be unable to duplicate the quality and depth of management available to us by becoming internally managed or by hiring another manager. Also, in the event RMR LLC is unwilling or unable to continue to provide management services to us, our cost of obtaining substitute services may be greater than the fees we pay RMR LLC under our management agreements, and as a result our expenses may increase.
Each of our executive officers is also an officer of RMR LLC, our President and Chief Operating Officer, David Blackman, is the president and chief operating officer of SIR and our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Mark Kleifges, is the chief financial officer and treasurer of HPT. Because our executive officers have duties to RMR LLC, and David Blackman and Mark Kleifges have duties to SIR and HPT, respectively, as well as to our company, we do not have their undivided attention. They face conflicts in allocating their time and resources between our company and RMR LLC and other companies to which it provides services.
Our management structure and agreements and relationships with RMR LLC and RMR LLC’s and its controlling shareholders’ relationships with others may create conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such conflicts, and may restrict our investment activities.
RMR LLC is authorized to follow broad operating and investment guidelines and, therefore, has discretion in determining the properties that will be appropriate investments for us, as well as our individual operating and investment decisions. Our Board of Trustees periodically reviews our operating and investment guidelines and our operating activities and investments but it does not review or approve each decision made by RMR LLC on our behalf. In addition, in conducting periodic reviews, our Board of Trustees relies primarily on information provided to it by RMR LLC. Our Managing Trustees control RMR Inc., which is the managing member of and controls RMR LLC.
RMR LLC also acts as the manager for three other Nasdaq listed REITs: HPT, which owns hotels and travel centers; SNH, which primarily owns healthcare, senior living properties and medical office buildings; and SIR, which primarily owns and invests in net leased, single tenant properties. RMR LLC also provides services to other publicly and privately owned companies, including FVE, which operates senior living communities; TA, which operates and franchises travel centers, convenience stores and restaurants; and Sonesta, which operates, manages and franchises hotels, resorts and cruise ships. These multiple responsibilities and relationships could create competition for the time and efforts of RMR LLC, Adam Portnoy and Barry Portnoy and may give rise to conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such conflicts of interest.
As a result of these relationships, our management agreements were not negotiated on an arm’s length basis between unrelated parties, and therefore the terms, including the fees payable to RMR LLC, may not be as favorable to us as they





would have been if they were negotiated on an arm’s length basis between unrelated parties. Our property management fees are calculated based on rents we receive and construction supervision fees for construction at our properties overseen and managed by RMR LLC, and our base business management fee is calculated based upon the lower of the historical costs of our real estate investments and our market capitalization. These fee arrangements could incentivize RMR LLC to pursue acquisitions, capital transactions, tenancies and construction projects or to avoid disposing of our assets in order to increase or maintain its management fees. If we do not effectively manage our investment, disposition and capital transactions and leasing, construction and other property management activities, we may pay increased management fees without proportional benefits to us.
In our management agreements with RMR LLC, we acknowledge that RMR LLC may engage in other activities or businesses and act as the manager to any other person or entity (including other REITs) even though such person or entity has investment policies and objectives similar to our policies and objectives and we are not entitled to preferential treatment in receiving information, recommendations and other services from RMR LLC. Accordingly, we may lose investment opportunities to, and may compete for tenants with, other businesses managed by RMR LLC. 
Adam Portnoy is a managing director, president, chief executive officer and controlling shareholder (through ABP Trust) of RMR Inc. and an officer of RMR LLC, and Barry Portnoy is a managing director, officer and controlling shareholder (through ABP Trust) of RMR Inc. and an officer of RMR LLC. Adam Portnoy and Barry Portnoy (through ABP Trust) also own class A membership units of RMR LLC. All of the members of our Board of Trustees, including our Independent Trustees, are members of one or more boards of trustees or directors of other companies to which RMR LLC provides management services. Our executive officers are also officers of RMR LLC, our President and Chief Operating Officer, David Blackman, also serves as president and chief operating officer of SIR, and our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Mark Kleifges, also serves as chief financial officer and treasurer of HPT. In addition to their investments in RMR Inc. and RMR LLC, our Managing Trustees hold equity investments in other companies to which RMR LLC provides management services and some of these companies have significant cross ownership interests, including, for example: our Managing Trustees own, directly or indirectly, in aggregate 36.7% of FVE’s outstanding common stock, 2.5% of our common shares, 1.4% of HPT’s outstanding common shares, 1.3% of SNH’s outstanding common shares and 1.9% of SIR’s outstanding common shares; we own 27.9% of SIR’s outstanding common shares; HPT owns 8.7% of TA’s outstanding common shares; and SNH owns 8.5% of FVE’s outstanding common stock. Our executive officers may also own equity investments in other companies to which RMR LLC provides management services. Such equity ownership or positions could create, or appear to create, conflicts of interest with respect to matters involving us, the other companies to which RMR LLC provides management services and their related parties. Conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest could have a material adverse impact on our reputation, business and the market price of our common shares and other securities and we may be subject to increased risk of litigation as a result.
The Up-C Transaction and the agreements entered into as part of the Up-C Transaction are among related persons, which increases the risk of allegations of conflicts of interest, and such allegations may impair our ability to realize the benefits we expect from the Up-C Transaction.
Because of the various relationships among us, RMR Inc., RMR LLC and the other REITs to which RMR LLC provides management services, the Up-C Transaction and the agreements entered into as part of the Up-C Transaction, including the amendment and extension of our management agreements for continuing 20 year terms, are among related persons. The Up-C Transaction and the terms thereof were negotiated and reviewed by a Joint Special Committee comprised solely of our Independent Trustees and the independent trustees of the other REITs to which RMR LLC provides management services, or the Joint Special Committee, and were separately approved and adopted by our Independent Trustee who did not serve as an independent trustee of any of the other REITs, by a Special Committee of our Board of Trustees, comprised solely of our Independent Trustees, or our Special Committee, and by our Board of Trustees. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as financial advisor to the Joint Special Committee and Reynolds Advisory Partners, LLC acted as financial advisor to our Special Committee. Nonetheless, because of these various relationships, the Up-C Transaction was not negotiated on an arm’s length basis among unrelated third parties, and therefore may not be on terms as favorable to us or the other REITs to which RMR LLC provides management services as it would have been if it was negotiated on an arm’s length basis among unrelated parties. As a result of these relationships, we may be subject to increased risk that our shareholders or the shareholders of the other REITs to which RMR LLC provides management services may challenge the Up-C Transaction and the agreements entered into as part of the Up-C Transaction. Any such challenge could result in substantial costs and a diversion our management’s attention, could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, business and growth and could adversely affect our ability to realize the benefits we expect from the Up-C Transaction, whether or not the allegations have merit or are substantiated.





The termination of our management agreements may require us to pay a substantial termination fee, including in the case of a termination for unsatisfactory performance, which may limit our ability to end our relationship with RMR LLC.
The terms of our management agreements with RMR LLC automatically extend on December 31st of each year so that such terms thereafter end on the 20th anniversary of the date of the extension. We have the right to terminate these agreements: (1) at any time on 60 days’ written notice for convenience, (2) immediately upon written notice for cause, as defined in the agreements, (3) on written notice given within 60 days after the end of any applicable calendar year for a performance reason, as defined in the agreements, and (4) by written notice during the 12 months following a manager change of control, as defined in the agreements. However, if we terminate a management agreement for convenience, or if RMR LLC terminates a management agreement with us for good reason, as defined in such agreement, we are obligated to pay RMR LLC a termination fee in an amount equal to the sum of the present values of the monthly future fees, as defined in the agreement, payable to RMR LLC for the then remaining term, which depending on the time of termination would be between 19 and 20 years. Additionally, if we terminate a management agreement for a performance reason, as defined in the agreement, we are obligated to pay RMR LLC the termination fee calculated as described above, but assuming a remaining term of 10 years. These provisions substantially increase the cost to us of terminating the management agreements without cause, which may limit our ability to end our relationship with RMR LLC as our manager. The payment of the termination fee could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, including our ability to pay dividends to our shareholders. 
Our management arrangements with RMR LLC may discourage our change of control.
Our management agreements with RMR LLC have continuing 20 year terms that renew annually. As noted in the preceding risk factor, if we terminate either of these management agreements other than for cause or upon a change of control of our manager, we are obligated to pay RMR LLC a substantial termination fee. For these reasons, our management agreements with RMR LLC may discourage a change of control of us, including a change of control which might result in payment of a premium for our common shares.
We may be at an increased risk for dissident shareholder activities due to perceived conflicts of interest arising from our management structure.
In the past, in particular following periods of volatility in the overall market or declines in the market price of a company’s securities, shareholder litigation, dissident shareholder trustee nominations and dissident shareholder proposals have often been instituted against companies alleging conflicts of interest in business dealings with affiliated and related persons and entities. Our relationships with RMR Inc., RMR LLC, SIR, AIC, the other businesses and entities to which RMR LLC provides management services, Adam Portnoy and Barry Portnoy and other related persons of RMR LLC may precipitate such activities. Certain proxy advisory firms which have significant influence over the voting by shareholders of public companies have, in the past, recommended, and in the future may recommend, that shareholders withhold votes for the election of our incumbent Trustees and vote against our say on pay vote or other management proposals. These recommendations may affect the outcome of our Board elections and impact our governance, which may increase shareholder activism and litigation. These activities, if instituted against us, could result in substantial costs, and a diversion of our management’s attention, and could have a material adverse impact on our reputation and business.
We may experience losses from our business dealings with AIC.
We, ABP Trust, SIR and four other companies to which RMR LLC provides management services each own 14.3% of AIC, and we have invested $6.0 million in AIC. We and those other AIC shareholders participate in a combined property insurance program designed and reinsured in part by AIC and we periodically consider the possibilities for expanding our relationship with AIC to other types of insurance. Our principal reason for investing in AIC and for purchasing insurance in these programs is to seek to improve our financial results by obtaining improved insurance coverages at lower costs than may be otherwise available to us or by participating in any profits which we may realize as an owner of AIC. While we believe we have in the past benefitted from these arrangements, these beneficial financial results may not occur in the future, and we may need to invest additional capital in order to continue to pursue these results. AIC’s business involves the risks typical of an insurance business, including the risk that it may not operate profitably.  Accordingly, financial benefits from our business dealings with AIC may not be achieved in the future, and we may experience losses from these dealings.





Risks Related to Our Ownership Interest in SIR
The market price of our ownership in SIR may decline.
We own 24,918,421 SIR common shares. As of December 31, 2016, the carrying value of our SIR common shares was $487.7 million, and the market price of those common shares was $627.9 million based on the closing price of SIR’s common shares on Nasdaq on that day. We have no ability to control the market price of SIR’s common shares. If it appears that the market price of our SIR common shares is persistently below the carrying value of our SIR common shares, we may be required to record an impairment charge with regard to our ownership of the SIR common shares, and the amount of this charge may be material.
We may be unable to realize the market price or the carrying value of our SIR common shares at the time of sale.
As of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we own 27.9% of SIR’s total outstanding common shares. Because we own such a large number of SIR common shares which represents such a large percentage of SIR’s outstanding common shares, any effort we make to sell our SIR common shares may depress the market price of SIR’s common shares and we may be unable to realize an otherwise market price for our SIR common shares. Speculation by the press, stock analysts, our shareholders or others regarding our intention with respect to our investment in SIR could adversely affect the market price of SIR’s common shares. Also, we may be unable to sell our SIR common shares for an amount equal to the carrying value of our SIR common shares because of the significance of our SIR holdings, reduced market price of SIR common shares or otherwise; we may realize a loss on our investment in SIR common shares.
Although we own a large percentage of SIR’s outstanding common shares, we do not control SIR’s day to day activities, some of which may adversely impact us.
Although we own a large percentage of SIR’s outstanding common shares and may have significant influence over SIR’s board of trustees and the outcome of shareholder actions, we do not control SIR’s day to day activities. Certain activities by SIR could adversely impact us or the market price of our investment in SIR. For example:
SIR may incur substantial amounts of indebtedness, which may adversely impact the market price of SIR’s common shares, including our SIR common shares;
SIR’s board of trustees may lower the amount of distributions that SIR pays to its shareholders, including us, which would reduce the cash flow we realize by owning our SIR common shares and could adversely impact our ability to make payments of principal and interest on our indebtedness and future distributions on our common shares;
SIR may determine to issue significant amounts of equity capital, which would dilute our ownership interest in SIR;
SIR may issue additional common shares at a per share price below the per share carrying value of our SIR common shares, which may require us to reduce our cost basis for our SIR common shares and recognize losses on our SIR investment;
SIR may incur losses because it is unable to maintain the occupancy or rents it now receives from its properties or because of increased operating expenses or otherwise, and any such losses may reduce the market price of our SIR common shares;
SIR’s board of trustees may change or revise SIR’s business plans and policies from time to time without shareholder approval, and any such changes could adversely affect SIR’s financial condition, results of operations, the market price of SIR’s common shares and SIR’s ability to make distributions to its shareholders; and
Our relationship with SIR may create conflicts of interest or the perception of such conflicts.





Risks Related to Our Organization and Structure
Ownership limitations and certain provisions in our declaration of trust and bylaws, as well as certain provisions of Maryland law, may deter, delay or prevent a change in our control or unsolicited acquisition proposals.
Our declaration of trust prohibits any shareholder other than RMR LLC and its affiliates (as defined under Maryland law) and certain persons who have been exempted by our Board of Trustees from owning, directly and by attribution, more than 9.8% of the number or value of shares (whichever is more restrictive) of any class or series of our outstanding shares of beneficial interest, including our common shares. This provision of our declaration of trust is intended to, among other purposes, assist with our REIT compliance under the IRC and otherwise promote our orderly governance. However, this provision may also inhibit acquisitions of a significant stake in us and may deter, delay or prevent a change in control of us or unsolicited acquisition proposals that a shareholder may consider favorable. Additionally, provisions contained in our declaration of trust and bylaws or under Maryland law may have a similar impact, including, for example, provisions relating to:
the division of our Trustees into three classes, with the term of one class expiring each year, which could delay a change of control of us;
shareholder voting rights and standards for the election of Trustees and other provisions which require larger majorities for approval of actions which are not approved by our Trustees than for actions which are approved by our Trustees;
the authority of our Board of Trustees, and not our shareholders, to adopt, amend or repeal our bylaws and to fill vacancies on our Board of Trustees;
the fact that only our Board of Trustees, or if there are no Trustees, our officers, may call shareholder meetings and that shareholders are not entitled to act without a meeting;
required qualifications for an individual to serve as a Trustee and a requirement that certain of our Trustees be “Managing Trustees” and other Trustees be “Independent Trustees”, as defined in our governing documents;
limitations on the ability of our shareholders to propose nominees for election as Trustees and propose other business to be considered at a meeting of our shareholders;
limitations on the ability of our shareholders to remove our Trustees; and
the authority of our Board of Trustees to create and issue new classes or series of shares (including shares with voting rights and other rights and privileges that may deter a change in control) and issue additional common shares. 
In addition, our shareholders agreement with respect to AIC provides that AIC and the other shareholders of AIC may have rights to acquire our interests in AIC in the event that anyone acquires more than 9.8% of our shares or we experience some other change in control.
Our ownership interest in AIC may prevent shareholders from accumulating a large share stake in us, from nominating or serving as Trustees, or from taking actions to otherwise control our business.
As an owner of AIC, we are licensed and approved as an insurance holding company; and any shareholder who owns or controls 10% or more of our securities or anyone who wishes to solicit proxies for election of, or to serve as, one of our Trustees or for another proposal of business not approved by our Board of Trustees may be required to receive pre-clearance from the concerned insurance regulators. These pre-approval procedures may discourage or prevent investors from purchasing our securities, from nominating persons to serve as our Trustees or from taking other actions.
Our rights and the rights of our shareholders to take action against our Trustees and officers are limited.
Our declaration of trust limits the liability of our Trustees and officers to us and our shareholders for money damages to the maximum extent permitted under Maryland law. Under current Maryland law, our Trustees and officers will not have any liability to us and our shareholders for money damages other than liability resulting from:





actual receipt of an improper benefit or profit in money, property or services; or
active and deliberate dishonesty by the Trustee or officer that was established by a final judgment as being material to the cause of action adjudicated.
Our declaration of trust authorizes us, and our bylaws and indemnification agreements require us, to indemnify any present or former Trustee or officer, to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law, who is made or threatened to be made a party to a proceeding by reason of his or her service in those and certain other capacities. In addition, we may be obligated to pay or reimburse the expenses incurred by our present and former Trustees and officers without requiring a preliminary determination of their ultimate entitlement to indemnification. As a result, we and our shareholders may have more limited rights against our present and former Trustees and officers than might otherwise exist absent the provisions in our declaration of trust, bylaws and indemnification agreements or that might exist with other companies, which could limit our shareholders' recourse in the event of actions not in their best interest.
Disputes with RMR LLC and shareholder litigation against us or our Trustees and officers may be referred to binding arbitration proceedings.
Our contracts with RMR LLC provide that any dispute arising under those contracts may be referred to binding arbitration proceedings. Similarly, our bylaws provide that certain actions by our shareholders against us or against our Trustees and officers, other than disputes, or any portion thereof, regarding the meaning, interpretation or validity of any provision of our declaration of trust or bylaws, may be referred to binding arbitration proceedings. As a result, we and our shareholders would not be able to pursue litigation in courts against RMR LLC or our Trustees and officers for disputes referred to arbitration in accordance with our bylaws. In addition, the ability to collect attorneys’ fees or other damages may be limited in the arbitration proceedings, which may discourage attorneys from agreeing to represent parties wishing to commence such a proceeding.
Our bylaws designate the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland as the sole and exclusive forum for certain actions and proceedings that may be initiated by our shareholders, which could limit our shareholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us or our Trustees, officers, manager, agents or employees.
Our bylaws currently provide that, unless the dispute has been referred to binding arbitration, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland will be the sole and exclusive forum for: (1) any derivative action or proceeding brought on our behalf; (2) any action asserting a claim for breach of a duty owed by any Trustee, officer, manager, agent or employee of ours to us or our shareholders; (3) any action asserting a claim against us or any Trustee, officer, manager, agent or employee of ours arising pursuant to Maryland law, our declaration of trust or bylaws brought by or on behalf of a shareholder; or (4) any action asserting a claim against us or any Trustee, officer, manager, agent or employee of ours that is governed by the internal affairs doctrine. Our bylaws currently also provide that the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland will be the sole and exclusive forum for any dispute, or portion thereof, regarding the meaning, interpretation or validity of any provision of our declaration of trust or bylaws. Any person or entity purchasing or otherwise acquiring or holding any interest in our shares of beneficial interest shall be deemed to have notice of and to have consented to these provisions of our bylaws, as they may be amended from time to time. These choice of forum provisions may limit a shareholder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that the shareholder believes is favorable for disputes with us or our Trustees, officers, manager, agents or employees, which may discourage lawsuits against us and our Trustees, officers, manager or agents. 
We may change our operational, financing and investment policies without shareholder approval and we may become more highly leveraged, which may increase our risk of default under our debt obligations.
Our Board of Trustees determines our operational, financing and investment policies and may amend or revise our policies, including our policies with respect to our intention to qualify for taxation as a REIT, acquisitions, dispositions, growth, operations, indebtedness, capitalization and distributions, or approve transactions that deviate from these policies, without a vote of, or notice to, our shareholders. Policy changes could adversely affect the market price of our common shares and our ability to make distributions to our shareholders. Further, our organizational documents do not limit the amount or percentage of indebtedness, funded or otherwise, that we may incur. Our Board of Trustees may alter or eliminate our current policy on borrowing at any time without shareholder approval. If this policy changes, we could become more highly leveraged, which could result in an increase in our debt service costs. Higher leverage also increases the risk of default on our obligations. In addition, a change in our investment policies, including the manner in which we allocate our resources across our portfolio or the types of assets in which we seek to invest, may increase our exposure to interest rate risk, real estate market fluctuations and liquidity risk.





Risks Related to Our Taxation
The loss of our status as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes could have significant adverse consequences.
As a REIT, we generally do not pay federal or state income taxes. However, actual qualification for taxation as a REIT under the IRC depends on our satisfying complex statutory requirements, for which there are only limited judicial and administrative interpretations. We believe that we have been organized and have operated, and will continue to be organized and to operate, in a manner that qualified and will continue to qualify us to be taxed as a REIT under the IRC. However, we cannot be certain that, upon review or audit, the IRS will agree with this conclusion. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that the federal government will continue to afford favorable income tax treatment to REITs and their shareholders.
Maintaining our qualification for taxation as a REIT will require us to continue to satisfy tests concerning, among other things, the nature of our assets, the sources of our income and the amounts we distribute to our shareholders. In order to meet these requirements, it may be necessary for us to sell or forgo attractive investments.
If we cease to qualify for taxation as a REIT, then our ability to raise capital might be adversely affected, we will be in breach under our credit agreement, we may be subject to material amounts of federal and state income taxes and the value of our shares likely would decline. In addition, if we lose or revoke our qualification for taxation as a REIT for a taxable year, we will generally be prevented from requalifying for taxation as a REIT for the next four taxable years.
Distributions to shareholders generally will not qualify for reduced tax rates.
Dividends payable by U.S. corporations to noncorporate shareholders, such as individuals, trusts and estates, are generally eligible for reduced tax rates. Distributions paid by REITs, however, generally are not eligible for these reduced rates. The more favorable rates for corporate dividends may cause investors to perceive that an investment in a REIT is less attractive than an investment in a non-REIT entity that pays dividends, thereby reducing the demand and market price of our shares.
REIT distribution requirements could adversely affect our ability to execute our business plan.
We generally must distribute annually at least 90% of our taxable income, subject to specified adjustments and excluding any net capital gain, in order for federal corporate income tax not to apply to earnings that we distribute. To the extent that we satisfy this distribution requirement, but distribute less than 100% of our taxable income, we will be subject to federal corporate income tax on our undistributed taxable income. We intend to make distributions to our shareholders to comply with the REIT requirements of the IRC. In addition, we will be subject to a 4% nondeductible excise tax if the actual amount that we pay out to our shareholders in a calendar year is less than a minimum amount specified under federal tax laws.
From time to time, we may generate taxable income greater than our income for financial reporting purposes prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, or differences in timing between the recognition of taxable income and the actual receipt of cash may occur. If we do not have other funds available in these situations we could be required to borrow funds on unfavorable terms, sell investments at disadvantageous prices or distribute amounts that would otherwise be invested in future acquisitions to make distributions sufficient to enable us to pay out enough of our taxable income to satisfy the REIT distribution requirement and to avoid corporate income tax and the 4% excise tax in a particular year. These alternatives could increase our costs or reduce our shareholders’ equity. Thus, compliance with the REIT requirements may hinder our ability to grow, which could adversely affect the value of our shares.
Even if we qualify and remain qualified for taxation as a REIT, we may face other tax liabilities that reduce our cash flow.
Even if we qualify and remain qualified for taxation as a REIT, we may be subject to federal, state and local taxes on our income and assets, including taxes on any undistributed income, excise taxes, state or local income, property and transfer taxes, and other taxes. See “Business—Material United States Federal Income Tax Considerations-Taxation as a REIT.” Also, some state jurisdictions may in the future limit or eliminate certain favorable deductions, including the dividends paid deduction, which could increase our income tax expense. In addition, in order to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT, prevent the recognition of particular types of non-cash income, or avert the imposition of a 100% tax that applies to specified gains derived by a REIT from dealer property or inventory, we may hold some of our assets and operations through our TRSs or other subsidiary corporations that will be subject to corporate level income tax at regular rates. Any of these taxes would decrease cash available for distribution to our shareholders.





Risks Related to our Securities
Our distributions to our shareholders may decline.
We intend to continue to make regular quarterly distributions to our shareholders. However:
our ability to make or sustain the rate of our distributions will be adversely affected if any of the risks described herein, or other significant events, occur;
our making of distributions is subject to compliance with restrictions contained in our credit agreement and may be subject to restrictions in future debt obligations we may incur; and
any distributions will be made at the discretion of our Board of Trustees and will depend upon various factors that our Board of Trustees deems relevant, including our results of operations, our financial condition, debt and equity capital available to us, our expectation of our future capital requirements, our funds from operations, or FFO, our normalized funds from operations, or Normalized FFO, restrictive covenants in our financial or other contractual arrangements (including those contained in our credit agreement), tax law requirements to maintain our qualification for taxation as a REIT, restrictions under Maryland law and our expected needs and availability of cash to pay our obligations.
For these reasons, among others, our distribution rate may decline or we may cease making distributions. Also, our distributions may include a return of capital.
Changes in market conditions could adversely affect the market price of our common shares.
As with other publicly traded equity securities and REIT securities, the market price of our common shares depends on various market conditions that may change from time to time, including:
the extent of investor interest in our securities;
the general reputation of REITs and externally managed companies and the attractiveness of our equity securities in comparison to other equity securities, including securities issued by other real estate based companies or by other issuers less sensitive to rises in interest rates;
our underlying asset value;
investor confidence in the stock and bond markets, generally;
market interest rates;
national economic conditions;
changes in tax laws;
changes in our credit ratings; and
general market conditions.
We believe that one of the factors that investors consider important in deciding whether to buy or sell equity securities of a REIT is the distribution rate, considered as a percentage of the price of the equity securities, relative to market interest rates. Interest rates have been at historically low levels for an extended period of time. There is a general market perception that REIT shares outperform in low interest rate environments and underperform in rising interest rate environments when compared to the broader market. In December 2016, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point. Market interest rates may continue to increase in the near to intermediate term. If market interest rates continue to increase, or if there is market expectation of such increases, prospective purchasers of REIT equity securities may want to achieve a higher distribution rate. Thus, higher market interest rates, or the expectation of higher interest rates, could cause the market price of our common shares to decline.





Further issuances of equity securities may be dilutive to current shareholders.
The interests of our existing shareholders could be diluted if we issue additional equity securities to finance future acquisitions or to repay indebtedness. Our ability to execute our business strategy depends on our access to an appropriate blend of debt financing, which may include secured and unsecured debt, and equity financing, which may include common and preferred shares.
The Notes are structurally subordinated to the payment of all indebtedness and other liabilities and any preferred equity of our subsidiaries.
We are the sole obligor on our outstanding senior unsecured notes, and our outstanding senior unsecured notes and any notes or other debt securities we may issue in the future, or, together with our outstanding senior unsecured notes, the Notes, and such Notes are not, and any Notes we may issue in the future may not be guaranteed by any of our subsidiaries. Our subsidiaries are separate and distinct legal entities and have no obligation, contingent or otherwise, to pay any amounts due on the Notes, or to make any funds available therefor, whether by dividend, distribution, loan or other payments. The rights of holders of Notes to benefit from any of the assets of our subsidiaries are subject to the prior satisfaction of claims of our subsidiaries’ creditors and any preferred equity holders. As a result, the Notes are, and, except to the extent that future Notes are guaranteed by our subsidiaries, will be, structurally subordinated to all of the debt and other liabilities and obligations of our subsidiaries, including guarantees of other indebtedness of ours, payment obligations under lease agreements, trade payables and preferred equity. As of December 31, 2016, our subsidiaries had total indebtedness and other liabilities (excluding security and other deposits and guaranties) of $54.7 million.
The Notes are unsecured and effectively subordinated to all of our existing and future secured indebtedness to the extent of the value of the assets securing such indebtedness.
The outstanding Notes are not secured and any Notes we may issue in the future may not be secured. Upon any distribution to our creditors in a bankruptcy, liquidation, reorganization or similar proceeding relating to us or our property, the holders of our secured debt will be entitled to exercise the remedies available to a secured lender under applicable law and pursuant to the instruments governing such debt and to be paid in full from the assets securing that secured debt before any payment may be made with respect to Notes that are not secured by those assets. In that event, because such Notes will not be secured by any of our assets, it is possible that there will be no assets from which claims of holders of such Notes can be satisfied or, if any assets remain, that the remaining assets will be insufficient to satisfy those claims in full. If the value of such remaining assets is less than the aggregate outstanding principal amount of such Notes and accrued interest and all future debt ranking equally with such Notes, we will be unable to fully satisfy our obligations under such Notes. In addition, if we fail to meet our payment or other obligations under our secured debt, the holders of that secured debt would be entitled to foreclose on our assets securing that secured debt and liquidate those assets. Accordingly, we may not have sufficient funds to pay amounts due on such Notes. As a result, noteholders may lose a portion of or the entire value of their investment in such Notes. Further, the terms of the outstanding Notes permit, and the terms of any Notes we may issue in the future may permit us to incur additional secured indebtedness subject to compliance with certain debt ratios. The Notes that are not secured will be effectively subordinated to any such additional secured indebtedness. As of December 31, 2016, we had $27.8 million in secured mortgage debt.
There may be no public market for certain of the Notes, and one may not develop, be maintained or be liquid.
We have not applied for listing of certain of the Notes on any securities exchange or for quotation on any automatic dealer quotation system, and we may not do so for Notes issued in the future. We can give no assurances concerning the liquidity of any market that may develop for such Notes, the ability of any holder to sell such Notes or the price at which holders would be able to sell such Notes. If a market for such Notes does not develop, holders may be unable to resell such Notes for an extended period of time, if at all. If a market for such Notes does develop, it may not continue or it may not be sufficiently liquid to allow holders to resell such Notes. Consequently, holders of such Notes may not be able to liquidate their investment readily, and lenders may not readily accept such Notes as collateral for loans.
The Notes may trade at a discount from their initial issue price or principal amount, depending upon many factors, including prevailing interest rates, the ratings assigned by rating agencies, the market for similar securities and other factors, including general economic conditions and our financial condition, performance and prospects. Any decline in market prices, regardless of cause, may adversely affect the liquidity and trading markets for the Notes.





A downgrade in credit ratings could materially adversely affect the market price of the Notes and may increase our cost of capital.
The outstanding Notes are rated by two rating agencies and any Notes we may issue in the future may be rated by one or more rating agencies. These credit ratings are continually reviewed by rating agencies and may change at any time based upon, among other things, our results of operations and financial condition. Negative changes in the ratings assigned to our debt securities could have an adverse effect on the market price of the Notes and our costs and availability of capital, which could in turn have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and our ability to satisfy our debt service obligations.
Redemption may adversely affect noteholders’ return on the Notes.
We have the right to redeem some or all of the outstanding Notes prior to maturity and may have such a right with respect to any Notes we issue in the future. We may redeem such Notes at times when prevailing interest rates may be relatively low compared to the interest rate of such Notes. Accordingly, noteholders may not be able to reinvest the redemption proceeds in a comparable security at an effective interest rate as high as that of the Notes.
Item 1B.  Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

 Item 2.  Properties
General. As of December 31, 2016, we owned 73 properties (95 buildings), excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations. Our properties are located in 31 states and the District of Columbia and contain approximately 11.4 million rentable square feet. As of December 31, 2016, 46 of those properties (60 buildings), with approximately 7.2 million rentable square feet, were majority leased to the U.S. Government, 20 of those properties (26 buildings), with approximately 3.0 million rentable square feet, were majority leased to 13 state governments, two of those properties (two building), with 377,104 rentable square feet were majority leased to other government tenants, one of those properties (three buildings), with 409,478 rentable square feet, was majority leased to government contractor tenants, two of those properties (two buildings), with 319,344 rentable square feet, were majority leased to other non-government tenants and two properties (two buildings), with 109,595 rentable square feet, were available for lease.





The following table provides certain information about our properties, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, as of December 31, 2016 (dollars in thousands):
Property Location
 
Number of
Properties
 
Number of
Buildings
 
Undepreciated
Carrying
Value (1)
 
Depreciated
Carrying
Value (1)
 
Annualized
Rental
Income (2)
Alabama
 
2
 
2
 
$
23,052

 
$
20,927

 
$
2,952

Arizona
 
2
 
2
 
21,834

 
19,475

 
2,335

California
 
11
 
11
 
296,317

 
245,728

 
39,239

Colorado
 
3
 
5
 
68,836

 
50,747

 
10,628

District of Columbia
 
2
 
2
 
142,244

 
105,634

 
26,422

Florida
 
2
 
2
 
48,817

 
42,530

 
6,802

Georgia
 
5
 
9
 
146,917

 
123,892

 
23,635

Idaho
 
1
 
3
 
33,209

 
29,957

 
4,681

Illinois
 
1
 
1
 
15,536

 
12,945

 
2,120

Indiana
 
1
 
3
 
75,944

 
66,324

 
9,905

Kansas
 
1
 
1
 
13,680

 
11,689

 
3,029

Kentucky
 
1
 
1
 
13,438

 
12,264

 
2,539

Maryland
 
7
 
8
 
167,330

 
131,475

 
19,553

Massachusetts
 
4
 
4
 
83,009

 
71,651

 
13,571

Michigan
 
1
 
1
 
18,655

 
15,654

 
2,714

Minnesota
 
2
 
2
 
39,892

 
32,504

 
3,906

Mississippi
 
1
 
1
 
25,946

 
23,126

 
3,792

Missouri
 
2
 
2
 
25,639

 
20,683

 
4,016

New Hampshire
 
1
 
1
 
17,491

 
14,849

 
2,310

New Jersey
 
1
 
1
 
45,067

 
39,149

 
5,923

New Mexico
 
1
 
1
 
2,418

 
2,147

 

New York
 
4
 
4
 
168,994

 
145,945

 
20,870

Oregon
 
1
 
1
 
28,670

 
25,406

 
5,151

South Carolina
 
1
 
3
 
17,333

 
14,225

 
2,126

Tennessee
 
1
 
1
 
9,696

 
8,528

 
3,028

Texas
 
1
 
1
 
13,516

 
8,841

 
2,201

Vermont
 
1
 
1
 
9,236

 
7,797

 
1,114

Virginia
 
7
 
14
 
252,039

 
241,299

 
38,994

Washington
 
2
 
4
 
42,693

 
32,121

 
5,447

West Virginia
 
1
 
1
 
5,062

 
3,057

 
767

Wisconsin
 
1
 
1
 
5,587

 
4,942

 
795

Wyoming
 
1
 
1
 
10,663

 
6,445

 
1,791

Total
 
73
 
95
 
$
1,888,760

 
$
1,591,956

 
$
272,356


(1)
Excludes value assigned to real estate intangibles in purchase price allocation.
(2)
Annualized rental income is defined as the annualized contractual base rents from our tenants pursuant to our lease agreements as of December 31, 2016, plus straight line rent adjustments and estimated recurring expense reimbursements to be paid to us, and excluding lease value amortization.

At December 31, 2016, three of our properties (three buildings) with an aggregate undepreciated carrying value of $56.3 million were encumbered by three mortgages totaling $27.8 million.

Item 3.  Legal Proceedings
From time to time, we may become involved in litigation matters incidental to the ordinary course of our business.  Although we are unable to predict with certainty the eventual outcome of any litigation, we are currently not a party to any litigation which we expect to have a material adverse effect on our business.
Item 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures
Not applicable.





PART II
Item 5.  Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Our common shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange, or the NYSE (symbol: GOV) through June 30, 2016. Beginning on July 1, 2016, our common shares are traded on Nasdaq (symbol: GOV). The following table sets forth for the periods indicated the high and low sale prices for our common shares as reported by the NYSE or Nasdaq, as applicable.
 
 
High
 
Low
2016
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
$
17.90

 
$
12.33

Second Quarter
 
23.07

 
17.59

Third Quarter
 
24.61

 
21.82

Fourth Quarter
 
22.67

 
17.66

2015
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
$
23.80

 
$
22.11

Second Quarter
 
23.15

 
18.40

Third Quarter
 
19.34

 
15.10

Fourth Quarter
 
17.97

 
15.35

 
The closing price of our common shares on Nasdaq on February 1, 2017, was $19.09 per common share.
As of February 1, 2017, there were 169 shareholders of record of our common shares.
Information about cash distributions declared on our common shares is summarized in the table below. Common share cash distributions are generally paid in the quarter following the quarter to which they relate.
 
 
Cash
Distributions
Per Common Share
 
 
2016
 
2015
First Quarter
 
$
0.43

 
$
0.43

Second Quarter
 
0.43

 
0.43

Third Quarter
 
0.43

 
0.43

Fourth Quarter
 
0.43

 
0.43

Total
 
$
1.72

 
$
1.72

We currently intend to continue to declare and pay common share distributions on a quarterly basis in cash. However, the timing, amount and form of future distributions are determined at the discretion of our Board of Trustees and will depend upon various factors that our Board of Trustees deems relevant, including our results of operations, our financial condition, debt and equity capital available to us, our expectation of our future capital requirements and operating performance, our FFO, our Normalized FFO, our receipt of distributions from SIR, restrictive covenants in our financial or other contractual arrangements (including those in our credit agreement and our senior unsecured notes indenture and its supplements), tax law requirements to maintain our qualification for taxation as a REIT, restrictions under Maryland law and our expected needs and availability of cash to pay our obligations. Therefore, we cannot assure you that we will continue to pay distributions in the future or that the amount of any distributions we do pay will not decrease.
In addition to the cash distributions paid to our common shareholders in 2015, on December 14, 2015, we distributed 768,032 shares, or 0.0108 of a share for each of our common shares, of RMR Inc. class A common stock we owned to our shareholders as a special distribution.  This distribution resulted in a taxable valuation of this in-kind distribution of $0.1284 for each of our common shares.





Item 6.  Selected Financial Data
The following table sets forth selected financial data for the periods and dates indicated. This data should be read in conjunction with, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Amounts are in thousands, except per share data.
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Income statement data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rental income
 
$
258,180

 
$
248,549

 
$
251,031

 
$
226,910

 
$
203,700

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Real estate taxes
 
30,703

 
29,906

 
28,389

 
25,710

 
22,485

Utility expenses
 
17,269

 
17,916

 
19,369

 
17,116

 
15,767

Other operating expenses
 
54,290

 
50,425

 
45,982

 
41,134

 
37,074

Depreciation and amortization
 
73,153

 
68,696

 
66,593

 
55,699

 
49,070

Loss on impairment of real estate
 

 

 
2,016

 

 

Acquisition related costs
 
1,191

 
811

 
1,344

 
2,439

 
1,614

General and administrative
 
14,897

 
14,826

 
15,809

 
12,710

 
11,924

Total expenses
 
191,503

 
182,580

 
179,502

 
154,808

 
137,934

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating income
 
66,677

 
65,969

 
71,529

 
72,102

 
65,766

Dividend income
 
971

 
811

 

 

 

Interest income
 
158

 
14

 
69

 
37

 
29

Interest expense
 
(45,060
)
 
(37,008
)
 
(28,048
)
 
(16,831
)
 
(16,892
)
Gain (loss) on early extinguishment of debt
 
104

 
34

 
(1,307
)
 

 

Loss on distribution to common shareholders of The RMR Group Inc. common stock
 

 
(12,368
)
 

 

 

Net gain (loss) on issuance of shares by Select Income REIT
 
86

 
(42,145
)
 
(53
)
 

 

Loss on impairment of Select Income REIT investment
 

 
(203,297
)
 

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes and equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
in earnings of investees
 
22,936

 
(227,990
)
 
42,190

 
55,308

 
48,903

Income tax expense 
 
(101
)
 
(86
)
 
(117
)
 
(133
)
 
(159
)
Equity in earnings of investees
 
35,518

 
18,640

 
10,963

 
334

 
316

Income (loss) from continuing operations
 
58,353

 
(209,436
)
 
53,036

 
55,509

 
49,060

Income (loss) from discontinued operations
 
(589
)
 
(525
)
 
3,498

 
(889
)
 
900

Income (loss) before gain on sale of property
 
57,764

 
(209,961
)
 
56,534

 
54,620

 
49,960

Gain on sale of property
 
79

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)
 
$
57,843

 
$
(209,961
)
 
$
56,534

 
$
54,620

 
$
49,960

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding (basic)
 
71,050

 
70,700

 
61,313

 
54,606

 
48,558

Weighted average shares outstanding (diluted)
 
71,071

 
70,700

 
61,399

 
54,685

 
48,644

Per common share data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations (basic)
 
$
0.82

 
$
(2.96
)
 
$
0.87

 
$
1.02

 
$
1.01

Income (loss) from continuing operations (diluted)
 
$
0.82

 
$
(2.96
)
 
$
0.86

 
$
1.02

 
$
1.01

Income (loss) from discontinued operations (basic and diluted)
 
$
(0.01
)
 
$
(0.01
)
 
$
0.06

 
$
(0.02
)
 
$
0.02

Net income (loss) (basic and diluted)
 
$
0.81

 
$
(2.97
)
 
$
0.92

 
$
1.00

 
$
1.03

Common distributions paid
 
$
1.72

 
$
1.72

(1) 
$
1.72

 
$
1.72

 
$
1.69

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31,
Balance sheet data:
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Total real estate investments, gross (2)
 
$
1,888,760

 
$
1,696,132

 
$
1,682,480

 
$
1,568,562

 
$
1,467,863

Real estate investments, net (2)
 
1,591,956

 
1,440,253

 
1,462,689

 
1,380,927

 
1,311,202

Total assets
 
2,385,066

 
2,168,510

 
2,419,908

 
1,630,789

 
1,559,912

Debt, net
 
1,381,852

 
1,145,598

 
1,077,410

 
596,063

 
490,405

Shareholders' equity
 
935,004

 
956,651

 
1,297,449

 
989,675

 
1,027,451


(1)
Excludes a non-cash distribution of $0.1284 per share related to the distribution of shares of RMR Inc. class A common stock to our shareholders on December 14, 2015.
(2)
Excludes properties classified as assets held for sale or discontinued operations.





Item 7.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
The following information should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
OVERVIEW
We are a REIT organized under Maryland law. As of December 31, 2016, we owned 73 properties (95 buildings), excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations.  Our properties are located in 31 states and the District of Columbia and contain approximately 11.4 million rentable square feet, of which 58.6% was leased to the U.S. Government, 21.9% was leased to 13 state governments, 2.6% was leased to three other government tenants, 3.5% was leased to government contractor tenants, 8.5% was leased to various other non-governmental organizations and 4.9% was available for lease as of December 31, 2016. The U.S. Government, 13 state governments and three other government tenants combined were responsible for 87.9% and 92.8% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The term annualized rental income as used in this section is defined as the annualized contractual base rents from our tenants pursuant to our lease agreements as of the measurement date, plus straight line rent adjustments and estimated recurring expense reimbursements to be paid to us, and excluding lease value amortization.
As of December 31, 2016, we also owned 24,918,421 common shares, or approximately 27.9% of the then outstanding common shares, of SIR. SIR is a REIT which primarily owns single tenant, net leased properties.  See Notes 7 and 12 to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part IV, Item 15 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for more information regarding our investment in SIR. We account for our investment in SIR under the equity method.

Property Operations
As of December 31, 2016, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, 95.1% of our rentable square feet was leased, compared to 94.5% of our rentable square feet as of December 31, 2015.  Occupancy data for our properties as of December 31, 2016 and 2015 is as follows (square feet in thousands):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comparable
 
 
All Properties (1)
 
Properties (2)
 
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Total properties
 
73

 
71

 
70

 
70

Total buildings
 
95

 
91

 
90

 
90

Total square feet (3)
 
11,443

 
10,701

 
10,612

 
10,666

Percent leased  (3)(4)     
 
95.1
%
 
94.5
%
 
95.1
%
 
94.8
%

(1)
Based on properties we owned on December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations.
(2)
Based on properties we owned on December 31, 2016 and which we owned continuously since January 1, 2015, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations.  Our comparable properties increased from 67 properties (86 buildings) at December 31, 2015 as a result of our acquisition of four properties (five buildings) during the year ended December 31, 2014, offset by the sale of one property (one building) during the year ended December 31, 2016.
(3)
Subject to changes when space is re-measured or re-configured for tenants.
(4)
Percent leased includes (i) space being fitted out for tenant occupancy pursuant to our lease agreements, if any, and (ii) space which is leased, but is not occupied or is being offered for sublease by tenants, if any, as of the measurement date.





The average annualized effective rental rate per square foot for our properties for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 are as follows:
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
Average annualized effective rental rate per square foot (1):
 
 
 
 
  All properties (2)
 
$
25.26

 
$
24.73

  Comparable properties (3)
 
$
25.03

 
$
24.72


(1)
Average annualized effective rental rate per square foot represents annualized total rental income during the period specified divided by the average rentable square feet leased during the period specified. Excludes one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations.
(2)
Based on properties we owned on December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations.
(3)
Based on properties we owned on December 31, 2016 and which we owned continuously since January 1, 2015 excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations.

During the year ended December 31, 2016, changes in rentable square feet leased and available for lease at our properties, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, were as follows:
 
 
Year Ended December 31, 2016
 
 
 
 
Available
 
 
 
 
Leased
 
for Lease
 
Total
Beginning of year
 
10,115,001

 
585,963

 
10,700,964

Changes resulting from:
 
 

 
 

 
 

Acquisition of properties
 
773,429

 
56,756

 
830,185

Disposition of properties
 

 
(35,228
)
 
(35,228
)
Lease expirations
 
(1,594,603
)
 
1,594,603

 

Lease renewals (1)
 
1,394,256

 
(1,394,256
)
 

New leases (1)(2)
 
193,206

 
(193,206
)
 

Re-measurements (3)
 

 
(53,408
)
 
(53,408
)
End of year
 
10,881,289

 
561,224

 
11,442,513


(1)
Based on leases entered into during the year ended December 31, 2016.
(2)
Rentable square footage of new leases for the year ended December 31, 2016 excludes a 25,579 square foot expansion to be constructed at an existing property prior to the commencement of the lease.
(3)
Rentable square footage is subject to changes when space is re-measured or re-configured for tenants.
 
Leases at our properties totaling 1,594,603 rentable square feet expired during the year ended December 31, 2016. During the year ended December 31, 2016, we entered into leases totaling 1,613,041 rentable square feet, including a 25,579 square foot expansion to be constructed at an existing property and lease renewals of 1,394,256 rentable square feet.  The weighted (by rentable square feet) average rental rates for leases of 1,381,593 rentable square feet entered into with government tenants (which includes the 25,579 square foot expansion referenced above) during the year ended December 31, 2016 increased by 8.0% when compared to the weighted (by rentable square feet) average prior rents for the same space. The weighted (by rentable square feet) average rental rates for leases of 231,448 rentable square feet entered into with non-government tenants during the year ended December 31, 2016 decreased by 5.3% when compared to the weighted (by rentable square feet) average rental rates previously charged for the same space.






During the year ended December 31, 2016, changes in effective rental rates per square foot achieved for new leases and lease renewals that commenced during the year ended December 31, 2016, when compared to prior effective rental rates per square foot in effect for the same space (and excluding space acquired vacant), were as follows: 
 
 
Year Ended December 31, 2016
 
 
Old Effective
 
New Effective
 
    
 
 
Rent Per
 
Rent Per
 
Rentable
 
 
Square Foot (1)
 
Square Foot (1)
 
Square Feet
New leases
 
$
29.08

 
$
23.33

 
185,715

Lease renewals
 
$
31.27

 
$
32.78

 
1,406,025

Total leasing activity
 
$
31.01

 
$
31.68

 
1,591,740

(1)
Effective rental rate includes contractual base rents from our tenants pursuant to our lease agreements, plus straight line rent adjustments and estimated expense reimbursements to be paid to us, and excluding lease value amortization.

During the year ended December 31, 2016, commitments made for expenditures, such as tenant improvements andl leasing costs, in connection with leasing space at our properties were as follows:
 
 
Year Ended December 31, 2016
 
 
Government
 
Non-Government
 
    
 
 
Leases
 
Leases
 
Total
Rentable square feet leased during the year (1)
 
1,381,593

 
231,448

 
1,613,041

Tenant leasing costs and concession commitments (2)(3) (in thousands)
 
$
32,207

 
$
6,282

 
$
38,489

Tenant leasing costs and concession commitments per rentable square foot (2)(3)
 
$
23.31

 
$
27.14

 
$
23.86

Weighted (by square feet) average lease term (years)
 
9.1

 
6.1

 
8.6

Total leasing costs and concession commitments per rentable square foot per year (1)(2)(3)
 
$
2.57

 
$
4.44

 
$
2.76


(1)
Includes a 25,579 square foot expansion to be constructed at an existing property prior to the commencement of the lease.
(2)
Includes commitments made for leasing expenditures and concessions, such as tenant improvements, leasing commissions, tenant reimbursements and free rent.
(3)
Excludes the estimated cost of $19,742 to redevelop and expand an existing property prior to the commencement of the lease.

As of December 31, 2016, we have estimated unspent leasing related obligations of $26,459 plus have committed to redevelop and expand an existing property at an estimated cost to complete of approximately $15,355.

During the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, amounts capitalized at our properties, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, for tenant improvements, leasing costs, building improvements and development and redevelopment activities were as follows (dollars in thousands):
 
 
Year Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
Tenant improvements (1)
 
$
15,856

 
$
7,802

Leasing costs (2)
 
$
9,949

 
$
5,166

Building improvements (3)
 
$
11,261

 
$
9,407

Development, redevelopment and other activities (4)
 
$
7,818

 
$
2,414


(1)
Tenant improvements include capital expenditures used to improve tenants’ space or amounts paid directly to tenants to improve their space.
(2)
Leasing costs include leasing related costs, such as brokerage commissions and other tenant inducements.
(3)
Building improvements generally include expenditures to replace obsolete building components and expenditures that extend the useful life of existing assets.
(4)
Development, redevelopment and other activities generally include (i) capital expenditures that are identified at the time of a property acquisition and incurred within a short time period after acquiring the property, and (ii) capital expenditure projects that reposition a property or result in new sources of revenue.
 







We believe that current government budgetary pressures have resulted in a decrease in government employment, government tenants reducing their space utilization per employee and consolidation into existing government owned properties, thereby reducing the demand for government leased space. Further, the Trump administration has recently ordered an employment freeze for the federal government that limits hiring for all new and existing government positions, except those in national security, public safety and the military, which could increase vacancy and decrease rental income at our government leased properties.

Our historical experience with respect to properties of the type we own that are majority leased to government tenants has been that government tenants frequently renew leases to avoid the costs and disruptions that may result from relocating their operations. However, relocation has become more prevalent when efforts by government tenants to reduce their space utilization requires a significant reconfiguration of currently leased space. Accordingly, we are unable to reasonably project what the financial impact of market conditions or changing government financial circumstances will be on our financial results for future periods.

The IRS, has publicly stated that it plans to discontinue its tax return processing operations at our property located in Fresno, CA in 2021. The IRS lease for this property, which accounted for approximately 3.1% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016, expires in 2021. The IRS has also publicly stated that it plans to discontinue its tax return processing operations in Covington, KY in 2019. Our property located in Florence, KY is leased to the IRS and we believe it is used to support the Covington, KY operations. Our Florence, KY property lease, which accounted for approximately 0.9% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016, expires in 2022 and is subject to early termination rights beginning in 2017. The IRS has not notified us of its intentions regarding these properties.
    
As of December 31, 2016, we had leases totaling 904,299 rentable square feet that were scheduled to expire during 2017. As of February 21, 2017, tenants with leases totaling 131,219 rentable square feet that are scheduled to expire during 2017 have notified us that they do not plan to renew their leases upon expiration and we cannot be sure as to whether other tenants may or may not renew their leases upon expiration.  Based upon current market conditions and tenant negotiations for leases scheduled to expire during 2017, we expect that the rental rates we are likely to achieve on new or renewed leases for space under leases expiring during 2017 will, in the aggregate and on a weighted (by annualized revenues) average basis, be modestly lower than the rates currently being paid, thereby generally resulting in lower revenue from the same space. We cannot be sure of the rental rates that will result from our ongoing negotiations regarding lease renewals or any new leases we may enter into; also, we may experience material declines in our rental income due to vacancies upon lease expirations or early terminations.  Prevailing market conditions and government and other tenants' needs at the time we negotiate and enter leases will generally determine rental rates and demand for leased space at our properties, and market conditions and government and other tenants' needs are beyond our control.

As of December 31, 2016, lease expirations at our properties, excluding one property (one building) classified as discontinued operations, by year are as follows (dollars in thousands):
 
 
Number
 
Expirations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Annualized
 
 
 
 
 
 
of
 
of Leased
 
 
 
 
 
Cumulative
 
Rental
 
 
 
Cumulative
 
 
Tenants
 
Square
 
 
 
Percent
 
Percent
 
Income
 
Percent
 
Percent
Year (1)
 
Expiring
 
Feet (2)
 
 
 
of Total
 
of Total
 
Expiring
 
of Total
 
of Total
2017
 
45

 
904,299

 
 
 
8.3
%
 
8.3
%
 
$
20,065

 
7.4
%
 
7.4
%
2018
 
41

 
1,225,044

 
 
 
11.3
%
 
19.6
%
 
36,471

 
13.4
%
 
20.8
%
2019
 
41

 
1,907,410

 
 
 
17.5
%
 
37.1
%
 
57,622

 
21.2
%
 
42.0
%
2020
 
33

 
1,307,618

 
 
 
12.0
%
 
49.1
%
 
31,101

 
11.4
%
 
53.4
%
2021
 
37

 
1,059,747

 
 
 
9.7
%
 
58.8
%
 
20,802

 
7.6
%
 
61.0
%
2022
 
20

 
907,530

 
 
 
8.3
%
 
67.1
%
 
21,828

 
8.0
%
 
69.0
%
2023
 
15

 
600,262

 
 
 
5.5
%
 
72.6
%
 
13,866

 
5.1
%
 
74.1
%
2024
 
14

 
980,097

 
 
 
9.0
%
 
81.6
%
 
22,196

 
8.1
%
 
82.2
%
2025
 
11

 
585,990

 
 
 
5.4
%
 
87.0
%
 
11,136

 
4.1
%
 
86.3
%
2026 and thereafter
 
23

 
1,403,292

 
(3) 
 
13.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
37,269

 
13.7
%
 
100.0
%
Total
 
280

 
10,881,289

 
 
 
100.0
%
 
 
 
$
272,356

 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average remaining lease term (in years)
 
5.0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.8
 
 
 
 
 
(1)
The year of lease expiration is pursuant to current contract terms. Some government tenants have the right to vacate their space before the stated expirations of their leases. As of December 31, 2016, government tenants occupying approximately 11.7% of our rentable square feet and responsible for approximately 9.3% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016 have currently exercisable rights to terminate their leases before the stated terms of their leases expire. Also, in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2026 and 2027, early termination rights become exercisable by other tenants who currently occupy an additional approximately 2.3%, 2.2%, 4.9%, 7.0%, 0.7%, 2.9%, 1.9%, 0.9% and 0.6% of our rentable square feet, respectively, and contribute an additional approximately 1.8%, 3.0%, 5.1%, 7.5%, 0.6%, 2.3%, 1.7%, 1.1% and 0.6% of our annualized rental income,





respectively, as of December 31, 2016. In addition, as of December 31, 2016, 15 of our government tenants have currently exercisable rights to terminate their leases if the legislature or other funding authority does not appropriate rent amounts in their respective annual budgets. These 15 tenants occupy approximately 17.4% of our rentable square feet and contribute approximately 16.9% of our annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016.

(2)
Leased square feet is pursuant to leases existing as of December 31, 2016, and includes (i) space being fitted out for tenant occupancy pursuant to our lease agreements, if any, and (ii) space which is leased, but is not occupied or is being offered for sublease by tenants, if any.  Square feet measurements are subject to changes when space is re-measured or re-configured for new tenants.

(3)
Leased square footage excludes a 25,579 square foot expansion to be constructed at an existing property prior to the commencement of the lease.

Acquisition Activities (dollar amounts in thousands)
During the year ended December 31, 2016, we acquired three properties (five buildings) with a combined 830,185 rentable square feet and a land parcel adjacent to one of our existing properties for an aggregate purchase price of $199,031, excluding acquisition related costs. We acquired these properties at a range of capitalization rates from 7.2%. to 9.1% with a weighted (by purchase price) average capitalization of 7.9%. We calculate the capitalization rate for property acquisitions as the ratio of (x) annual straight line rental income, excluding the impact of above and below market lease amortization, based on leases in effect on the acquisition date, less our estimated annual property operating expenses as of the acquisition date, excluding depreciation and amortization expense, to (y) the acquisition purchase price, including the principal amount of assumed debt, if any, and excluding acquisition costs.

In January 2016, we acquired an office property (one building) located in Sacramento, CA with 337,811 rentable square feet for a purchase price of $79,235, excluding acquisition costs, using cash on hand and borrowings under our revolving credit facility.  This property was 86% leased to the State of California on the date of acquisition.    

In July 2016, we acquired a land parcel in Atlanta, GA adjacent to one of our existing properties for $1,670 using cash on hand.

In August 2016, we entered an agreement to acquire transferable development rights that would allow us to expand a property we own in Washington, D.C. for a purchase price of $2,030, excluding acquisition costs. This acquisition is currently expected to occur in the third quarter of 2017.

In December 2016, we acquired an office property (one building) located in Rancho Cordova, CA with 82,896 rentable square feet for a purchase price of $13,943, excluding acquisition costs, using cash on hand and borrowings under our revolving credit facility. This property was 100% leased, including 77% leased to the State of California on the date of acquisition.

Also in December 2016, we acquired an office property (three buildings) located in Chantilly, VA with 409,478 rentable square feet for a purchase price of $104,183, excluding acquisition costs, using cash on hand and borrowings under our revolving credit facility. This property was 98% leased to three government contractor tenants on the date of acquisition.

In January 2017, we acquired an office property (one building) located in Manassas, VA with 69,374 rentable square feet for a purchase price of $13,200, excluding acquisition costs, using cash on hand and borrowings under our revolving credit facility. This property was 100% leased to Prince William County.

Disposition Activities (dollar amounts in thousands)
In March 2016, we entered an agreement to sell an office property (one building) in Falls Church, VA with 164,746 rentable square feet and a net book value of $12,282 at December 31, 2016.  The contract sales price is $13,148, excluding closing costs.  This sale is currently expected to occur in the first quarter of 2017. 

In July 2016, we sold an office property (one building) in Savannah, GA with 35,228 rentable square feet and a net book value of $2,986 for $4,000, excluding closing costs. In connection with this sale, we provided $3,600 of mortgage financing to the buyer.

Our pending acquisitions and disposition are subject to conditions; accordingly, we cannot be sure that we will complete these transactions or that these transactions will not be delayed or the terms of these transactions will not change.

For more information about our property acquisition and disposition activities, please see “Business—Acquisition Policies” and “Business —Disposition Policies” in Part 1, Item 1 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K and Note 5 to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part IV, Item 15 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.






Segment Information
We operate in two business segments: ownership of properties that are primarily leased to government tenants and our equity method investment in SIR.





RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
Year Ended December 31, 2016, Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Acquired Properties  Results (2)
 
Disposed Properties Results (3)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comparable Properties Results (1)
 
Year Ended
 
Year Ended
 
Consolidated Results
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
 
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
 
%
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
Change
 
Change