Ashford Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

Proposed Combination with Remington Rapidly Builds Operating Scale and Earnings Power of Platform

Assets Under Management Over $6 Billion at Quarter End

04 Nov, 2015, 16:15 ET from Ashford Inc.

DALLAS, Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford (NYSE MKT: AINC) (the "Company") today reported the following results and performance measures for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.  On November 12, 2014, the Company completed its spin-off from Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Trust"), but the Company has presented its prior year financial statements in accordance with GAAP, which requires that historical carve-out financial statements be presented.  Accordingly, the Company's results for the prior year period may not be representative of results in future periods.  Also, for the third quarter, the Company has consolidated the financial position and operating results of the private investment funds managed by Ashford Investment Management.  The financial impact from this consolidation is adjusted out of the Company's financials through the noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities line items on the Company's income statement and balance sheet.  Unless otherwise stated, all reported results compare the third quarter ended September 30, 2015, with the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 (see discussion below).  The reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is included in the financial tables accompanying this press release. 

OVERVIEW

  • Fee based, low cap-ex business model
  • Diversified platform of multiple fee generators
  • Leader in asset and investment management for the real estate & hospitality sectors

FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

  • On September 18, 2015, the Company announced that it entered into a definitive agreement for a business combination with Remington Holdings, LP ("Remington") creating the only public, pure-play provider of asset and property management services to the lodging industry. The proposed combination is intended to rapidly build the operating scale and increase the earnings power of the Company.
  • Total revenue for the third quarter of 2015 was $14.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $4.0 million
  • Adjusted net income for the third quarter was $3.0 million, or $1.34 per diluted share
  • At the end of the third quarter 2015, the Company had approximately $6 billion of assets under management
  • As of September 30, 2015, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $25.3 million

PROPOSED COMBINATION WITH REMINGTON

On September 18, 2015, the Company announced that it entered into a definitive agreement for a business combination with Remington creating the only public, pure-play provider of asset and property management services to the lodging industry.  The proposed transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, and is subject to receiving an acceptable private letter ruling from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Company's stockholders' approval, receipt of certain tax opinions, satisfaction of other tax related conditions and other customary closing conditions.

Remington is a premier hotel property and project management company with over 40 years of experience in the lodging industry, with a proven track record of outperforming other hotel property managers. It currently operates 93 hotels in 28 states with almost 18,000 hotel rooms and employs approximately 8,000 associates. Current brand operations include: Marriott, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, Sheraton, Westin, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Hyatt, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Homewood Suites. In addition to branded hotels, Remington also operates several independent hotels and The Gallery™, Remington's collection of independent luxury resort hotels. During 2015, Remington has added a net of 14 hotels to its property management portfolio reflecting growth of approximately 18% over 2014. 

The proposed transaction values Remington at an estimated forward EBITDA multiple of 9.4x and is being structured as a Section 351 tax-free exchange for federal income tax purposes. Ashford is creating a new subsidiary structure that will acquire an 80% stake in Remington and all of Ashford's existing business. The Remington sellers will retain a 20% interest in Remington. Approximately 3% of the consideration delivered to the Remington sellers, or $10 million, will be paid in cash over 4 years in equal quarterly installments of $625,000. Ashford's new subsidiary will issue $230 million of participating convertible preferred securities with a dividend rate of 6.625% with a conversion premium 85% above Ashford's September 17, 2015 common stock price and  916,500 shares of its nonvoting common stock (assuming a $100 stock price – 54% above Ashford's September 17, 2015 common stock price) to the Remington sellers. Ashford will retain 100% of the subsidiary's voting common stock. The subsidiary preferred and common stock and the retained 20% interest in Remington will be subject to certain put, call and/or conversion rights. The subsidiary common stock is intended to be economically equivalent to Ashford's common stock.  This structure further enhances the strong alignment of management with the interests of Ashford's shareholders.

The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Ashford's normalized adjusted net income per share by approximately 17% on a GAAP basis and by approximately 53% on a hypothetical "as-converted" basis.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the third quarter ended September 30, 2015, advisory services revenue totaled $14.3 million, including $10.8 million from Trust and $3.5 million from Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) ("Prime"). 

Net income attributable to the Company for the third quarter of 2015 totaled $0.05 million, or $0.03 per share, compared with a loss of $8.7 million, or $4.39 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015 was $4.0 million, compared with a loss of $4.4 million for the third quarter of 2014.

Adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2015 was $3.0 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, compared with a loss of $4.4 million, or $2.24 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2014.

CAPITAL STRUCTURE

At the end of the third quarter 2015, the Company had approximately $6 billion of assets under management from its managed companies, and cash and cash equivalents of $25.3 million

QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS FOR ADVISED PLATFORMS

ASHFORD TRUST HIGHLIGHTS

  • In July, Trust closed on the acquisition of the 237-room W Atlanta Downtown hotel for total consideration of $56.8 million
    • Trust financed the property with a $40.5 million non-recourse mortgage loan
  • In July, Trust announced it had completed the conversion of the 260-room Beverly Hills Marriott, formerly the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills, following an extensive $26.0 million renovation
  • In July, Trust distributed the remaining shares that it owned of Prime to its shareholders through a pro-rata, taxable dividend which equated to approximately 0.04 shares of Prime common stock for every share of Trust common stock owned.  Trust no longer has any ownership interest in Prime.
  • The sale process for Trust's 24 select-service hotel portfolio is on track with anticipated closing in the first quarter of 2016

ASHFORD PRIME HIGHLIGHTS

  • In July, Prime acquired the leasehold interest in the award-winning 62-room Bardessono Hotel and Spa in Yountville, CA for $85.0 million
    • The Company provided $2.0 million in key money consideration for the acquisition
  • In August, Prime announced that the Independent Directors of the Board made the decision to explore a full range of strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of the company. 

ASHFORD INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Current assets under management are approximately $150 million

"In addition to another quarter of solid performance, we announced a transformational business combination with Remington," commented Monty J. Bennett, Ashford's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "This combination will create the only public, pure-play provider of asset and property management services to the lodging industry.  Complementing Ashford's asset management platform, we expect this transaction will rapidly build operating scale and earnings power with little cash consideration and should significantly accelerate Ashford's growth, driving meaningful value creation for our shareholders."         

INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL AND SIMULCAST

The Company will conduct a conference call on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. ET.  The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (785) 424-1667.  A replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, November 12, 2015, by dialing (719) 457-0820 and entering the confirmation number, 153608. 

The Company will also provide an online simulcast and rebroadcast of its third quarter 2015 earnings release conference call.  The live broadcast of the Company's quarterly conference call will be available online at the Company's web site, www.ashfordinc.com on Thursday, November 5, 2015, beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET.  The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue for approximately one year.

Included in this press release are certain supplemental measures of performance which are not measures of operating performance under GAAP, to assist investors in evaluating the Company's historical or future financial performance. These supplemental measures include adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") and Adjusted Net Income. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income provide investors and management with a meaningful indicator of operating performance. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income, among other measures, to evaluate profitability and our board of directors includes these measures in reviews to determine quarterly distributions to stockholders. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA by subtracting or adding to net income (loss): interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, net income (loss) to noncontrolling interests, transaction costs, and other expenses. We calculate Adjusted Net Income by subtracting or adding to net income (loss): net income (loss) to noncontrolling interests, transaction costs, and other expenses. Our methodology for calculating Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies. Neither Adjusted EBITDA nor Adjusted Net Income represents cash generated from operating activities as determined by GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to a) GAAP net income (loss) as an indication of our financial performance or b) GAAP cash flows from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity nor are such measures indicative of funds available to satisfy our cash needs. The Company urges investors to carefully review the U.S. GAAP financial information included as part of our Registration Statement on Form 10, as amended.

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Ashford is a global asset management company focused on managing real estate, hospitality, and securities platforms.

Follow Chairman and CEO Monty Bennett on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBennettAshford or @MBennettAshford.

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Certain statements and assumptions in this press release contain or are based upon "forward-looking" information and are being made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. When we use the words "will likely result," "may," "anticipate," "estimate," "should," "expect," "believe," "intend," or similar expressions, we intend to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to numerous assumptions and uncertainties, many of which are outside Ashford's control.

These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, without limitation: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the transaction; the failure to satisfy conditions to completion of the transaction, including receipt of regulatory approvals, stockholder approval and a private letter ruling from the IRS; changes in the business or operating prospects of Remington; adverse litigation or regulatory developments; our success in implementing our business development plans of integrating Ashford's and Remington's business and realizing the expected benefits of the transaction; general volatility of the capital markets and the market price of our common stock; changes in our business or investment strategy; availability, terms and deployment of capital; availability of qualified personnel; changes in our industry and the market in which we operate, interest rates or the general economy; and the degree and nature of our competition. These and other risk factors are more fully discussed in Ashford's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The forward-looking statements included in this press release are only made as of the date of this press release. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We are not obligated to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, changes in expectations or otherwise.

In connection with the proposed transaction with Remington, Ashford will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Additionally, Ashford files annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy and information statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF ASHFORD ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION THAT ASHFORD WILL FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ASHFORD AND THE TRANSACTION. The definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the transaction (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Ashford with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may be obtained free of charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission at the Ashford's website, www.ashfordinc.com, under the "Investors" link, or by requesting them in writing or by telephone from us at 14185 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas 75254, Attn: Investor Relations or (972) 490-9600.

Ashford and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Ashford's stockholders with respect to the transaction. Information about Ashford's directors and executive officers and their ownership of its common stock is set forth in the definitive proxy statement and the proxy statement for Ashford's 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 17, 2015. Information regarding the identity of the potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests in the transaction, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement and other materials filed with Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the transaction.

 

ASHFORD INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited, in thousands, except share amounts)







September 30,


December 31,






2015


2014

ASSETS




Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$              25,321


$              29,597


Restricted cash

6,547


3,337


Investments in securities 

116,176


-


Prepaid expenses and other

804


1,360


Receivables

216


-


Due from Ashford Trust OP, net

5,893


8,202


Due from Ashford Prime OP

2,441


2,546


Deferred tax assets

746


-



Total current assets

158,144


45,042


Investments in unconsolidated entities

2,456


-


Furniture, fixtures and equipment, net

6,464


4,188


Deferred tax assets

2,757


-


Other assets

4,000


-












Total assets

$            173,821


$              49,230









LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:





Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$              10,782


$                9,307


Due to affiliates

760


1,313


Liabilities associated with investments in securities

13,418


-


Deferred compensation plan

29


175


Other liabilities

6,547


3,337



Total current liabilities

31,536


14,132


Accrued expenses

212


-


Deferred income

344


-


Deferred compensation plan

13,352


19,780











Total liabilities

45,444


33,912









Redeemable noncontrolling interests in Ashford LLC

286


424









Equity:







Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized:







Series A cumulative preferred stock, no shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015, and








December 31, 2014

-


-



Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 2,010,808 and 1,986,851 shares issued







and 2,010,104 and 1,986,851 shares outstanding at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

20


20



Additional paid-in capital

233,831


228,003



Accumulated deficit

(207,673)


(213,042)



Treasury stock, at cost, 704 shares at September 30, 2015

(87)


-




Total stockholders' equity of the Company

26,091


14,981


Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities

102,000


(87)











Total equity

128,091


14,894












Total liabilities and equity

$            173,821


$              49,230

 

 

ASHFORD INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)






 Three Months Ended 


 Nine Months Ended 





 September 30, 


 September 30, 





2015


2014


2015


2014












REVENUE









Advisory services:










Base advisory fee

$                 10,847


$                   2,249


$                 31,731


$                   6,458



Advisory services – other services

2,090


340


6,384


1,246



Non-cash stock/unit-based compensation

1,403


431


3,637


1,541


Other

156


-


351


-














Total revenue

14,496


3,020


42,103


9,245












EXPENSES









Salaries and benefits

1,952


5,960


14,278


18,555


Non-cash stock/unit-based compensation

4,772


4,608


15,877


17,948


Depreciation

(12)


84


516


258


General and administrative

6,507


1,230


14,929


3,599















Total operating expenses

13,219


11,882


45,600


40,360























OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

1,277


(8,862)


(3,497)


(31,115)


Unrealized loss on investment in unconsolidated entity

(1,954)


-


(3,020)


-


Interest income

150


-


202


-


Dividend income

360


-


532


-


Unrealized loss on investment

(7,861)


-


(10,851)


-


Realized gain on investments

35


-


1,070


-


Other expenses

(125)


-


(135)


-

LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

(8,118)


(8,862)


(15,699)


(31,115)


Income tax expense

(1,036)


(9)


(1,500)


(44)












NET LOSS

(9,154)


(8,871)


(17,199)


(31,159)

Loss from consolidated entities attributable to noncontrolling interests

9,208


170


13,323


170

Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests in Ashford LLC

-


-


10


-












NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY

$                        54


$                 (8,701)


$                 (3,866)


$               (30,989)












INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE – BASIC AND DILUTED









Basic:





















Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

$                     0.03


$                   (4.39)


$                   (1.95)


$                 (15.64)














Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic

1,991


1,981


1,986


1,981













Diluted:





















Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$                   (2.26)


$                   (4.39)


$                   (4.70)


$                 (15.64)














Weighted average common shares outstanding – diluted

2,202


1,981


2,198


1,981

 

 

ASHFORD INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA

(unaudited, in thousands)














 Three Months Ended 


 Nine Months Ended 




 September 30, 


 September 30, 




2015


2014


2015


2014











 Net loss 

$              (9,154)


$              (8,871)


$            (17,199)


$            (31,159)

 Loss from consolidated entities attributable to noncontrolling interests 

9,208


170


13,323


170

 Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests in Ashford LLC 

-


-


10


-

 Net income (loss) attributable to the Company 

54


(8,701)


(3,866)


(30,989)












 Depreciation 

(12)


84


516


258


 Income tax expense 

1,036


9


1,500


44


 Unrealized loss on investment in unconsolidated entity (net of noncontrolling interest) 

1,172


-


1,812


-


 Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests in Ashford LLC 

-


-


(10)


-











 EBITDA 

2,250


(8,608)


(48)


(30,687)












 Equity-based compensation 

3,369


4,177


12,240


16,407


 Market change in deferred compensation plan 

(5,035)


-


(6,457)


-


 Transaction costs 

3,423


-


4,793


-











 Adjusted EBITDA 

$                4,007


$              (4,431)


$              10,528


$            (14,280)






















ASHFORD INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS)

(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)














 Three Months Ended 


 Nine Months Ended 




 September 30, 


 September 30, 




2015


2014


2015


2014











 Net loss 

$              (9,154)


$              (8,871)


$            (17,199)


$            (31,159)

 Loss from consolidated entities attributable to noncontrolling interests 

9,208


170


13,323


170

 Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests in Ashford LLC 

-


-


10


-











 Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders 

54


(8,701)


(3,866)


(30,989)












 Depreciation 

(12)


84


516


258


 Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests in Ashford LLC 

-


-


(10)


-


 Equity-based compensation 

3,369


4,177


12,240


16,407


 Unrealized loss on investment in unconsolidated entity (net of noncontrolling interest) 

1,172


-


1,812


-


 Market change in deferred compensation plan 

(5,035)


-


(6,457)


-


 Transaction costs 

3,423


-


4,793


-











Adjusted net income (loss)

$                2,971


$              (4,440)


$                9,028


$            (14,324)











 Adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share available to common stockholders 

$                  1.34


$                (2.24)


$                  4.02


$                (7.23)











 Weighted average diluted shares (1) 

2,209


1,981


2,248


1,981











(1) Due to their anti-dilutive nature, 2014 weighted average diluted shares does not include 5 unvested restricted shares, 5 Ashford LLC units, and 212 shares associated with the deferred compensation plan.

 

 

SOURCE Ashford Inc.



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