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Excel Trust Announces Pricing of Public Offering of 8.5 Million Shares of Common Stock

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Excel Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EXL), a retail focused real estate investment trust (REIT), announced today the pricing of its public offering of 8.5 million shares of common stock at $12.00 per share. The offering is expected to close on or about October 30, 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions. The Company has granted to the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 1.275 million shares within thirty days after the offering. All shares are being offered by the Company. The offering will generate net proceeds, after deducting underwriting discounts and estimated offering expenses, of approximately $98.5 million, or $113.1 million if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares in full.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay existing indebtedness under its unsecured revolving credit facility incurred in connection with the recent acquisition of five retail shopping centers and a 50% interest in a sixth retail property for approximately $262.8 million, and for other general corporate and working capital purposes.

BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Raymond James are joint book-running managers for the offering. The co-managers of the offering are Barclays, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, PNC Capital Markets LLC, Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P., Stifel Nicolaus Weisel and UBS Investment Bank.

The common stock will be issued pursuant to an effective registration statement on Form S−3 that was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the offered shares, nor shall there be any sale of such shares in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

A copy of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus related to the offering will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and can be obtained, when available, from BofA Merrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, New York, New York 10038, Attn: Prospectus Department, or by email at dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; Morgan Stanley Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Prospectus Dept. or by email at prospectus@morganstanley.com; or Raymond James, 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 or by email at prospectus@raymondjames.com.

About Excel Trust

Excel Trust, Inc. is a retail focused real estate investment trust (REIT) that primarily targets community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. The Company has elected to be treated as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Excel Trust trades publicly on the NYSE under the symbol "EXL".

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. These statements include, but are not limited to, discussions related to the Company's expectations regarding the performance of its business, its liquidity and capital resources and other non-historical statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. When used in this release, the words "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. For a list and description of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, see the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Excel Trust, Inc.
Matt Romney, SVP, Capital Markets
858-613-1800
info@exceltrust.com

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