SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):
December 13, 2012
Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
2800 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 5000, Houston, Texas
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
January 2013 Distributions
With the authorization of its board of directors, Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. ("Hines REIT") declared distributions for the month of January 2013. These distributions will be calculated based on shareholders of record each day during the month of January 2013 in an amount equal to $0.00138082 per share, per day and will be paid in April 2013 in cash or reinvested in stock for those participating in Hines REIT's dividend reinvestment plan. Of the amount described above, $0.00041425 of the per share, per day dividend will be designated by Hines REIT as a special distribution which will be a return of a portion of the shareholders’ invested capital and, as such, will reduce their remaining investment in Hines REIT. The special distribution represents a portion of the profits from sales of investment property. The designation of a portion of the distribution as a special distribution will not impact the tax treatment of the distributions to our shareholders.
Hines REIT Shareholder Letter
On December 13, 2012, Hines REIT distributed a communication to its shareholders and certain broker-dealers and is simultaneously making this information available through this filing. A copy of such communication is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
99.1 Hines REIT Shareholder Letter dated, December 13, 2012.
Statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections relating to items such as the timing of payment of distributions and long-term performance of Hines REIT's portfolio are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions that may prove incorrect or inaccurate. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements include the risks described in the "Risk Factors" section of Hines REIT's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
HINES REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST, INC.
December 14, 2012
/s/ J. Shea Morgenroth
J. Shea Morgenroth
Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer
Hines REIT Shareholder Letter, dated December 13, 2012