Ashford Trust Completes Refinancing Of $165 Million Loan

DALLAS, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") announced today that it has successfully refinanced its $165 million MIP Portfolio mortgage loan, which had a final maturity date in March 2015. 

The loan on the portfolio has been refinanced with a new $200 million non-recourse mortgage loan with a two-year initial term and three one-year extension options, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions.  The new loan is interest only and provides for a floating interest rate of LIBOR + 4.75% with a 0.20% LIBOR Floor.  The refinance resulted in excess net proceeds of approximately $30 million, which will be added to the Company's unrestricted cash balance. As a result, this refinancing is neutral to the Company on a net debt basis.  The new loan remains secured by the same five hotels including: the Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport, Embassy Suites Walnut Creek, Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego, Sheraton Anchorage and the Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport Mall of America.

"We are very pleased to start 2014 on such a solid footing, by proactively refinancing the MIP Portfolio loan while also realizing substantial excess proceeds to improve our liquidity position," said Monty J. Bennett, Ashford Trust's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "This is yet another example of our team's proven ability to utilize favorable debt market conditions to manage our debt maturity schedule."

Ashford Hospitality Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing opportunistically in the hospitality industry across all segments and at all levels of the capital structure primarily within the United States.

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

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 Trust'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:  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 Trust'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.

SOURCE Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.




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