Industry Participants Move To Emulate Ashford's Revolutionary External Advisory Agreement

Sep 26, 2013, 08:00 ET from Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

DALLAS, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") today announced that REIT industry participants have already moved to emulate the revolutionary external advisory agreement that it has developed for its spin-off of Ashford Prime.  While other externally-advised REITs are changing their advisory agreements to look more like Ashford Trust's and to be more aligned with shareholders, the structure that Ashford Trust has developed for its spin-off of Ashford Prime continues to be the industry benchmark in terms of advisor and management alignment with shareholders.

Some of the features that continue to differentiate the Ashford Prime external advisory agreement from other external advisory agreements in the REIT industry include:

  • External advisor owned by a publicly traded company.
  • Base management fee calculated on market-based total enterprise value.
  • Incentive fee based upon total stockholder return outperformance compared to a peer group.
  • Up to 50% of the incentive fee may be paid in common stock or in common units of the Ashford Prime operating partnership, at Ashford Prime's discretion and subject to certain limitations.
  • Significant advisor and employee ownership, the majority of which will be partnership units which will not have any voting power on matters voted on by stockholders.
  • Advisory agreement can be terminated for a fee upon a change of control of Ashford Prime.

"We decided on the externally-advised structure for Ashford Prime for several reasons.  The structure enables investors to benefit from the experience of a management team with one of the best track records in our sector, will reduce the G&A expense burden by avoiding duplication, and provides for management incentives only in the event of outperformance versus  a defined peer group," commented Monty J. Bennett, Ashford Trust's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "While we have already seen some other REIT participants move to copy this revolutionary structure, we still believe ours is the most shareholder-friendly and provides the strongest alignment with shareholders in the REIT space.  We look forward to completing the spin-off of Ashford Prime sometime in the fourth quarter."

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.

Ashford Hospitality Prime will be a conservatively capitalized real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in high RevPAR full-service and urban select-service hotels located predominantly in domestic and international gateway markets.

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SOURCE Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.