FAQs

STOCK & FINANCIAL INFORMATION

What is Columbia’s ticker symbol and when did it become a publicly traded REIT?

Columbia’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “CXP,” and has been since October 10, 2013.

back to top

Where can I find all of the Securities & Exchange (SEC) filings for Columbia?

All Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are available on our SEC Filings page and www.SEC.gov. If you would like any such information to be sent to you via mail or email, please use our Information Request page.

back to top

How can I get a copy of the annual report?

Our Annual Report, filed on Form 10-K with the SEC, can be found on our Annual Reports page and on www.SEC.gov. If you would like to have a copy of the Annual Report sent to you via mail or email, please use our Information Request page.

back to top

How can I be notified when new information is available on your website?

To sign up for email alerts on our events, documents, press releases, closing stock price, and other information, please visit our Email Notification page.

back to top

When is Columbia’s next earnings release?

For information on our next and most recent earnings releases, including links to the webcast, conference call access information, and related filings and presentations, please visit our Quarterly Filings page.

back to top

When and where is Columbia’s Annual Stockholders' Meeting?

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Columbia Property Trust, Inc., was held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. ET in New York, New York.

back to top

What is the CUSIP number for Columbia shares?

The CUSIP number for Columbia’s common stock is 198287 203.

back to top

How may I purchase or trade Columbia shares?

Like any other stock traded on the NYSE, Columbia’s common stock can be bought or sold through a bank, broker, or financial institution that offers brokerage services. At present, Columbia does not have a direct stock purchase plan.

back to top

When did Columbia complete a Reverse Stock Split?

Effective August 14, 2013, Columbia executed a four-for-one reverse stock split of the Company’s outstanding shares in preparation for its listing on the New York Stock Exchange in October 2013. Click here to read the Form 8-K Columbia filed with the SEC on August 7, 2013, regarding the reverse stock split.

back to top

DIVIDENDS

Does Columbia pay a dividend on its common stock?

While Columbia does not guarantee future dividends and reserves the right to change the dividend rate at any time, Columbia has paid a quarterly dividend without interruption since the first quarter of 2004. For information on the most recent dividend paid, please visit our Dividends page.

For historical dividend information, please see Question 3, below.

back to top

How are my dividends delivered to me, and how can I change the delivery method or address?

Dividends are typically paid quarterly and distributed by our transfer agent, AST, to either the stockholder of record or to the bank, broker, or custodian with whom the shares are held. In the latter case, the bank, broker or custodian is then responsible for distributing the dividend payments in accordance with the stockholder instructions.

If you hold your shares directly and wish to enroll in direct deposit, or otherwise change your method of delivery for quarterly dividend payments, please contact AST. For your protection, please do not send personal or account information via email.

back to top

Does Columbia have a Dividend Reinvestment Plan?

No, Columbia does not offer a dividend reinvestment plan at this time.

back to top

Where can I find historical dividend tax treatment information?

Dividend tax treatment information for Columbia’s common stock is usually announced by the third week of January and subsequently posted on www.REIT.com, a public website hosted by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). We also report such data to direct stockholders on their Form 1099-DIV, and it is reported to all banks, brokers, and custodians.

As a helpful reference, we have also compiled a chart of Columbia’s Historical 1099-DIV Information.

back to top

STOCKHOLDER & Transfer agent services

Who is Columbia’s transfer agent and how can I contact them?

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
Phone: 855-347-0042 (toll-free)
Email: help@astfinancial.com
(For your protection, please do not send personal or account information via email.)

AST provides Stockholder Services for Columbia and maintains stock registries for all Columbia stockholders whose shares have not yet been moved to a brokerage account. AST also maintains historical account records for most stockholders who owned Columbia shares prior to the Company’s listing on the NYSE on October 10, 2013, up to the point at which the shares were transferred to a brokerage account. If your shares are held in a brokerage account at a bank, broker, or custodian, please direct questions to the bank, broker, or custodian with which the shares are held.

If you are unsure of how your shares are held, please contact AST for guidance.

back to top

My shares are held in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Whom should I contact for assistance?

Please contact your IRA account custodian for assistance. If your shares are or were held in an IRA with First Trust Retirement as custodian, you may contact them at 855-387-3847 or ftr@dstsystems.com.

back to top

Where can I find assistance in calculating my cost basis?

Please note that Columbia does not provide tax advice. Stockholders should consult a tax professional for assistance in calculating their cost basis.

Columbia provides current year tax information to stockholders on the appropriate tax form in advance of tax filing deadlines, as required by law. Year-end tax reporting data is typically announced via a press release and reported to www.REIT.com, a public website hosted by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).

For shares held in an after tax (non-qualified) account, we have also compiled a chart of Columbia’s of Historical 1099-DIV Information as a helpful reference. This chart shows the historical taxable breakdown of distributions from the Company’s inception to the present.

back to top

Whom should I contact regarding investor inquiries?

For questions about a Columbia stockholder account, please contact our transfer agent, AST, or your bank, broker, or custodian for assistance. Please note that Columbia’s investor relations and corporate personnel do not have direct access to stockholder account information.

For questions about the Company and our financial performance, please contact: 

Investor Relations, Columbia Property Trust
1170 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309
t 404-465-2227
IR@columbia.reit

back to top

ESCHEATMENT INFORMATION

What is escheatment?

Escheatment is a process under which abandoned or unclaimed property is remitted to a state authority. Columbia is required to remit unclaimed property, such as uncashed dividend checks, after a specified period of account dormancy. In some cases, Columbia is required to transfer actual shares to the states. The escheatment laws and dormancy periods vary by state. Columbia works with its transfer agent, AST, to manage the escheatment process.

back to top

What do you mean by ‘dormancy,’ and how can I avoid it?

The only way to avoid having your account become dormant is to maintain contact in writing and keep your information up to date. Make sure to inform AST promptly of any address changes. If you elect to receive your dividend via a paper check, make sure you deposit or cash the check in a timely manner. Additionally, be sure to vote your shares when you receive the annual proxy statement or notice of access from Columbia.

back to top

How can I find out if I have any property that has been escheated? How can I recover any escheated property?

If you believe you may have escheated (or unclaimed) funds or assets from any source, go to your resident state’s official website (designated by a “.gov” domain). Then, simply follow the state’s step-by-step instructions to search for unclaimed property and, if found, claim any such property. Be sure to search in all states in which you have established a prior residency, as well as under any prior names, if your name has changed.

back to top

general corporate Information

Where are Columbia’s operational offices?

Columbia has corporate offices in New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

Legal and financial correspondence should be directed to Columbia’s Atlanta office for processing:

1170 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309

back to top

What happened to Wells Real Estate Investment Trust II, Inc. (“Wells REIT II”)?

On February 20, 2013, in preparation for Columbia’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange in October 2013, the Company changed its name from Wells Real Estate Investment Trust II, Inc. (“Wells REIT II”) to Columbia Property Trust, Inc. At that time, the Company also internalized its management and operations.

back to top

Who are Columbia’s independent auditors?

Deloitte & Touche LLP
Atlanta, Georgia

back to top