BRE Properties Shareholders Approve Strategic Combination With Essex Property Trust, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO– BRE Properties today announced that at the special meeting of BRE Properties shareholders held today, shareholders of BRE have approved the merger, pursuant to the Merger Agreement, dated December 19, 2013 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among BRE, Essex Property Trust, Inc. (“Essex”) and BEX Portfolio, Inc., a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Essex formerly known as Bronco Acquisition Sub, Inc. (“Merger Sub”), of BRE with and into Merger Sub. The transaction was unanimously approved by both companies’ Boards of Directors prior to signing the Merger Agreement.

Approximately 79.0% of the outstanding shares of BRE common stock voted with respect to the proposed merger and of those outstanding shares that voted, approximately 99.3% voted in favor of the merger.

Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the remaining conditions to the closing of the merger set forth in the Merger Agreement, the proposed merger is expected to close on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. At the effective time of the merger, each share of BRE common stock will be converted into (i) 0.2971 shares of Essex common stock and (ii) $12.33 in cash, without interest, subject to adjustment, in the event of the payment of a special distribution to the shareholders of BRE of record as of the close of business on the last business day preceding the effective time of the merger. As previously announced, BRE’s Board of Directors declared a special distribution of $5.15 per share of BRE common stock payable to BRE shareholders of record as of the close of business on the last business day preceding the effective time of the merger (the “Special Dividend”). The Special Dividend is conditioned upon the closing of the sale of certain interests in assets of BRE to certain parties designated by Essex, which are expected to occur on the business day prior to the closing of the merger. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, the amounts distributed as a Special Dividend will reduce the cash consideration payable by Essex in the merger. Assuming the Special Dividend of $5.15 is paid, then the cash consideration payable by Essex in the merger will be $7.18 in cash, without interest.

Assuming completion of the merger, shares of BRE common stock are expected to be delisted after the close of trading on April 1, 2014. Shares of Essex common stock will continue to trade under the existing ticker symbol “ESS” on the New York Stock Exchange.

About BRE Properties
BRE Properties, based in San Francisco, California, focuses on the development, acquisition and management of apartment communities located primarily in the major metropolitan markets of Southern and Northern California and Seattle. As of December 31, 2013, BRE directly owned 73 multifamily communities (totaling 20,724 homes) with an additional four communities under construction (totaling 1,382 homes) and a joint venture interest in one apartment community (totaling 252 homes). BRE Properties is a real estate investment trust (REIT) listed in the S&P MidCap 400 Index. For more information on BRE Properties, please visit our website atwww.breproperties.com.

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