DALLAS, June 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc., (NYSE: AHP) ("Ashford Prime" or the "Company") today announced voting results from its 2016 Annual Meeting of stockholders (the "Annual Meeting") held earlier today. The Company's director nominees each received a plurality of votes at the Annual Meeting and were re-elected. For each of the director nominees the "withheld" votes exceeded the "for" votes, and as a result, in accordance with Ashford Prime's corporate governance guidelines, each member of the Board tendered a resignation to the nominating and corporate governance committee, which was subsequently considered and rejected by the Board of Directors.
"We thank Ashford Prime stockholders for their open and honest dialogue over the past months and we continue to welcome ongoing and constructive feedback. Our Board of Directors is fully aware of investor concerns and each of us looks forward to addressing those concerns in the weeks and months ahead. Together with the Company's management team, we are committed to creating long-term stockholder value and continuing to explore ways to improve our corporate governance structure," said Curtis B. McWilliams, Lead Director of Ashford Prime.
Additionally, a committee of independent directors of the Board, previously formed in connection with the Company's recently completed strategic review, has instructed the Company's financial advisors to connect with The Weisman Group to thoroughly review their recent proposal. The committee of independent directors is committed to acting in the best interest of all stockholders and plans to determine the viability of their proposal.
The full voting results for all of Ashford Prime's proposals will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ashford Prime has retained Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP as legal counsel. Deutsche Bank is acting as financial advisor to Ashford Prime in connection with the Weisman Group's proposal.
Ashford Prime is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in luxury hotels located in resort and gateway markets.
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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 Prime's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").
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