BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ Geo Group Inc. (GEO) on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations.

The Boca Raton, Florida-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $72.2 million, or 60 cents per share, in the period.

The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 48 cents per share.

Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.

The company said it had net income of $37.4 million, or 31 cents per share.

The private prison operator, based in Boca Raton, Florida, posted revenue of $583.5 million in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $573.7 million.

For the current quarter ending in October, Geo Group expects its per-share funds from operations to range from 65 cents to 67 cents.

The company said it expects revenue in the range of $585 million to $590 million for the fiscal third quarter.

Geo Group expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.47 to $2.51 per share, with revenue expected to be $2.3 billion.

The company's shares have climbed almost 9 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has dropped 13 percent in the last 12 months.

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