DALLAS, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") announced today that its Board of Directors has declared the distribution of its remaining units and shares of common stock of Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP) ("Ashford Prime"). Ashford Trust currently owns approximately 5.0 million common units of Ashford Hospitality Prime Limited Partnership, the operating partnership of Ashford Prime. Common unit holders of Ashford Hospitality Trust Limited Partnership will receive their pro rata share of Ashford Hospitality Prime Limited Partnership common units, while Ashford Trust common shareholders will receive their pro rata share of the approximately 4.1 million Ashford Prime common shares to be received upon redemption of Ashford Hospitality Prime Limited Partnership common units. Ashford Trust is not currently contemplating selling or distributing any of its ownership in Ashford, Inc. at this time.
The distribution to Ashford Trust common shareholders will be completed through a pro-rata, taxable dividend of Ashford Prime common stock on July 27, 2015 (the "Distribution Date") to stockholders of record ("Ashford Trust Record Holders") as of the close of business of the New York Stock Exchange on July 20, 2015 (the "Record Date"). On the Distribution Date, each Ashford Trust Record Holder will receive approximately 0.04 shares of Ashford Prime common stock for every share of Ashford Trust common stock held by such stockholder on the Record Date. After the distribution, Ashford Trust will not have any ownership interest in Ashford Prime. The distribution of these shares will be made in book-entry form, which means that no physical share certificates will be issued.
No fractional shares of Ashford Prime common stock will be issued. Fractional shares of Ashford Prime common stock to which Ashford Trust Record Holders would otherwise be entitled will be aggregated and, after the distribution, sold in the open market by the distribution agent. The aggregate net proceeds of the sales will be distributed in a pro rata manner as cash payments to the Ashford Trust Record Holders who would otherwise have received fractional shares of Ashford Prime common stock. Ashford Trust stockholders should consult their tax advisors with respect to U.S. federal, state, local and foreign tax consequences of the dividend of Ashford Prime common stock.
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