EdR Corporate Credit Rating Upgraded by S&P to ‘BBB-’

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--()--EdR, a leader in the development, ownership and management of high-quality collegiate housing properties, today announced that on Dec. 1, 2015 Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) raised its corporate credit rating on EdR (NYSE:EDR), to “BBB-” from “BB+”.

“Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

In its report, S&P noted “We are raising our corporate credit rating on EdR to ‘BBB-’, based on the recent deleveraging and strong recent operating performance, which we believe is sustainable over the next two years, driven by favorable tailwinds in the student housing industry.”

Further, the report states that EdR’s “outlook is stable” and “reflects our view that EdR’s stabilized communities will deliver modest growth, supported by favorable near-term fundamentals, and will be supplemented by the delivery of new development projects currently in process.”

About EdR

EdR (NYSE:EDR) is one of America's largest owners, developers and managers of collegiate housing. EdR is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns or manages 81 communities with more than 42,000 beds serving 52 universities in 23 states. EdR is a member of the Russell 2000 Index and the Morgan Stanley REIT indices. For details, please visit the company's Web site at www.EdRtrust.com.

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