Ashford Trust Completes $69 Million Financing of Pier House Resort

Sep 11, 2013, 08:00 ET from Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

DALLAS, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") today announced that it has completed a $69 million property level debt financing for the previously-closed acquisition of the 142-room Pier House Resort in Key West, Florida.  The new financing has a two-year term and three, one-year extension options with no test requirements for the first two extensions.  The loan provides for a floating interest rate of LIBOR + 4.90%, with no LIBOR Floor. 

"Capitalizing on present conditions in the debt market allowed us to complete this financing of the Pier House Resort at very attractive terms while realizing substantial proceeds to further strengthen our liquidity position," commented Monty J. Bennett, Ashford Trust's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "RevPAR for the Pier House is up over 9% since we closed on the acquisition.  This strong revenue growth, along with the cost savings we have implemented, resulted in significant lender interest to finance this asset."

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.

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