Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. Prices Public Offering of 6.95% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock

Mar 04, 2016, 08:53 ET from Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (NYSE: SHO) (the "Company") announced today that it has priced an underwritten public offering of 4,600,000 shares of its 6.95% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "Series E Preferred Shares") for gross proceeds of $115 million.

The joint book-running managers for this offering are Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. The joint lead managers for this offering are Jefferies LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. The co-managers for this offering are BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, BBVA Securities Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., and Scotia Capital (USA) Inc. The offering is expected to close on March 11, 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Company expects to contribute the net proceeds from this offering to Sunstone Hotel Partnership, LLC, its wholly owned subsidiary (the "Operating Partnership"), in exchange for preferred membership units in the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership will subsequently use those net proceeds to fund a portion of the redemption in full of all of the Company's outstanding 8.0% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (CUSIP: 867892-50-7).

The Series E Preferred Shares are being offered pursuant to an effective registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus. Copies of these documents have been or will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and, when available, can be obtained by contacting Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 608 2nd Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55402, Attn: WFS Customer Service, telephone: 1-800-645-3751 or email: wfscustomerservice@wellsfargo.com, or Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, 222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, Attn: Prospectus Department, telephone: 1-800- 294-1322, or email: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that state or jurisdiction.

About Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. is a lodging real estate investment trust ("REIT") that as of March 4, 2016 has interests in 29 hotels comprised of 13,845 rooms. Sunstone's hotels are primarily in the urban, upper upscale segment and are operated under nationally recognized brands, such as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Fairmont and Sheraton.

Sunstone's mission is to create meaningful value for our stockholders by producing superior long-term returns. Our values include transparency, trust, ethical conduct, communication and discipline. As demand for lodging generally fluctuates with the overall economy, we seek to employ a balanced, cycle-appropriate corporate strategy.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws and regulations. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "project," "should," "will" and other similar terms and phrases, including opinions, references to assumptions and forecasts of future results. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks include, but are not limited to: volatility in the debt or equity markets affecting our ability to acquire or sell hotel assets; international, national and local economic and business conditions, including the likelihood of a U.S. recession or global economic slowdown, as well as any type of flu or disease-related pandemic, affecting the lodging and travel industry; the ability to maintain sufficient liquidity and our access to capital markets; potential terrorist attacks or civil unrest, which would affect occupancy rates at our hotels and the demand for hotel products and services; operating risks associated with the hotel business; risks associated with the level of our indebtedness and our ability to meet covenants in our debt and equity agreements; relationships with property managers and franchisors; our ability to maintain our properties in a first-class manner, including meeting capital expenditure requirements; our ability to compete effectively in areas such as access, location, quality of accommodations and room rate structures; changes in travel patterns, taxes and government regulations, which influence or determine wages, prices, construction procedures and costs; our ability to identify, successfully compete for and complete acquisitions; the performance of hotels after they are acquired; necessary capital expenditures and our ability to fund them and complete them with minimum disruption; our ability to continue to satisfy complex rules in order for us to qualify as a REIT for federal income tax purposes; and other risks and uncertainties associated with our business described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. All forward-looking information in this release is as of March 4, 2016, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company's expectations.

For Additional Information:

Bryan Giglia
Chief Financial Officer
Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.
(949) 382-3036

 

SOURCE Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.



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