Ashford Trust Announces Acquisition Of 9-Hotel Portfolio For $224 Million

May 19, 2015, 16:05 ET from Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

DALLAS, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Acquisition Highlights:

  • 9-hotel portfolio consists of 8 select-service hotels and 1 full-service hotel with 1,251 total rooms
  • Purchase price equates to an estimated forward 12-month cap rate of 7.5% and an estimated forward 12-month EBITDA multiple of 11.6x
  • Well-located and diversified portfolio proximate to stable demand generators
  • Relatively new assets with average age of 7 years
  • Remington Lodging to take over property management at closing

Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 9-hotel portfolio for total consideration of $224 million in cash ($179,000 per key).  The Company anticipates financing the portfolio with non-recourse debt of approximately $179 million.  Upon closing, all of the properties will be managed by Remington Lodging.

The purchase price represents a trailing 12-month cap rate of 7.2% on net operating income and a trailing 12.1x EBITDA multiple.  On a forward 12-month basis, the purchase price represents an estimated cap rate of 7.5% on net operating income and an estimated 11.6x EBITDA multiple.  On a trailing 12-month basis, the portfolio achieved RevPAR of $100, with occupancy of 76% and Average Daily Rate of $131.

The portfolio includes:

Hotel 

Brand Family 

Market  

State  

Rooms 

Courtyard Boston Billerica

Marriott 

Boston 

MA 

210

Courtyard Wichita Old Town 

Marriott 

Wichita 

KS 

128

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Easton 

Hilton 

Columbus 

OH 

145

Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Washington 

Hilton 

Pittsburgh 

PA 

103

Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Waterfront 

Hilton 

Pittsburgh 

PA 

113

Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport 

Hilton 

Phoenix 

AZ 

106

Homewood Suites Pittsburgh Southpointe 

Hilton 

Pittsburgh 

PA 

148

Residence Inn Stillwater 

Marriott 

Stillwater 

OK 

101

Sheraton Ann Arbor 

Starwood 

Ann Arbor 

MI 

197

1,251

"We are pleased to announce this strategic and accretive transaction.  This portfolio afforded us the opportunity to acquire well-placed, well-conditioned assets with strong and diverse brands that will expand the geographic footprint of our platform," said Monty J. Bennett, Ashford Trust's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "With the installation of Remington property management at all of these properties, we see substantial upside to the operating performance across this portfolio."

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. 

Ashford has created an Ashford App for the hospitality REIT investor community.  The Ashford App is available for free download at Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store by searching "Ashford."

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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 Trust's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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SOURCE Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.