Investors Real Estate Trust Announces 2012 Distribution Allocation

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MINOT, N.D., Jan. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET) (NYSE:IRETPR) (NYSE:IRETPRB) today announced the final tax treatment (Form 1099) for calendar year 2012 distributions on its common and preferred shares of beneficial interest. Shareholders are encouraged to consult with their personal tax advisors as to the specific tax treatment of their Investors Real Estate Trust distributions. None of the following 2012 calendar year distributions is eligible for treatment as "qualified dividend income."

Security Description Record
Date
Payable
Date
Cash
Distribution
Per Share
Ordinary
Taxable
Distribution
Return of
Capital
Total
Capital Gain
Unrecaptured
Section 1250
Gain
  1/3/12 1/16/12 $0.1300 $0.0301 $0.9680 $0.0031 $0.0020
Common Shares 3/19/12 4/2/12 $0.1300 $0.0301 $0.9680 $0.0031 $0.0020
CUSIP: 461730103 6/15/12 7/2/12 $0.1300 $0.0301 $0.9680 $0.0031 $0.0020
Symbol: IRET 9/17/12 10/1/12 $0.1300 $0.0301 $0.9680 $0.0031 $0.0020
    TOTALS $0.5200 $0.1204 $0.3872 $0.0124 $0.0080
               
 Security Description  Record
Date
 Payable
Date
Cash
Distribution
Per Share
Ordinary
Taxable
Distribution
Return of
Capital
Total
Capital Gain
Unrecaptured
Section 1250
Gain
Series A 3/19/12 4/2/12 $0.515625 $0.502943 $0.000000 $0.012682 $0.008160
Preferred Shares 6/15/12 7/2/12 $0.515625 $0.502943 $0.000000 $0.012682 $0.008160
CUSIP: 461730202 9/17/12 10/1/12 $0.515625 $0.502943 $0.000000 $0.012682 $0.008160
Symbol: IRETPR 12/17/12 12/31/12 $0.515625 $0.502943 $0.000000 $0.012682 $0.008160
     TOTALS $2.062500 $2.011772 $0.000000 $0.050728 $0.032642
               
Security Description Record
Date
Payable
Date
Cash
Distribution
Per Share
Ordinary
Taxable
Distribution
Return of
Capital
Total
Capital Gain
Unrecaptured
Section 1250
Gain
Series B 9/17/12 10/1/12 $0.331250 $0.331250 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
Preferred Shares 12/17/12 12/31/12 $0.496875 $0.496875 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
CUSIP: 461730301              
Symbol: IRETPRB              
    TOTALS $0.828125 $0.828200 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000

Investors Real Estate Trust is a real estate investment trust headquartered in Minot, North Dakota, with additional offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Omaha, Nebraska. As of October 31, 2012, IRET owned 267 properties consisting of multi-family, office, medical, industrial and retail properties, with a total of approximately 12.3 million square feet of commercial properties, and 9,934 units of multi-family residential properties, located primarily in the Midwest. For more company information, visit the Investors Real Estate Trust website at www.iret.com.

Lindsey Knoop Anderson
Director of Investor Relations
1400 31st Ave SW, Suite 60
PO Box 1988
Minot, North Dakota 58702-1988
phone: 701.837.4738
fax: 701.838.7785
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