EdR Credit Rating Upgraded to Baa2 by Moody's

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- EdR (NYSE: EDR), a leader in the ownership, development and management of collegiate housing, today announced that Moody's Investor Services ("Moody's") has upgraded its senior unsecured debt and shelf ratings from Baa3 to Baa2; outlook stable. EdR's preferred equity shelf rating was also upgraded from Ba1 to Baa3; outlook stable.

In its Ratings Action dated August 31, 2017, Moody's states that "The upgrade reflects EdR's position as one of the leading student housing REITs in the U.S. and its strong credit profile, which is supported by a low-levered balance sheet, good-quality portfolio, large unencumbered asset pool, as well as ample liquidity to fund its growth strategy and meet its near-term debt commitments."

"As a growing REIT, EdR takes its capital management and capital allocation decisions seriously," said Drew Koester, EdR's senior vice president of capital markets. "Moody's rating upgrade recognizes our commitment to a low leverage strategy, which affectively prefunds our significant development pipeline and leaves the company in a good position to take advantage of additional growth opportunities."

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 87 communities with more than 46,000 beds serving 54 universities in 26 states. EdR is a member of the Russell 2000 Index, the S&P MidCap 400 and the Morgan Stanley REIT indices. For details, please visit the Company's Web site at www.EdRtrust.com.

For more information, contact:
J. Drew Koester, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations
901-259-2523 dkoester@EdRtrust.com

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Craig Wack, PR Coordinator
901-252-6809 cwack@EdRtrust.com

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