Was $5.6 million, Compared to a Net Loss
of $1.7 million for 2002; Sold 11 Hotels
|ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - April 1, 2004 -- Arlington Hospitality, Inc.
(Nasdaq/NM: HOST), a hotel development and management company, today announced
results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2003.
The company also announced that it has sold two hotels in March and entered into a commitment to renew its operating line of credit through April 2005.
The company filed its form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. The document is accessible through the SEC's electronic filings database at www.sec.gov, and will be on the company's Web site, www.arlingtonhospitality.com.
Fourth Quarter and 2003 Results
Revenues declined 15.6 percent in the 2003 fourth quarter to $15.1 million, compared to $17.9 million in the same period a year earlier, primarily reflecting lower revenues from the sale of hotels and fewer hotels owned and operated by the company.
Net loss for the 2003 fourth quarter was $(1.9) million, compared to a net loss of $(1.9) million in the previous year. These results include non-cash hotel impairment charges of $262,000 pre-tax ($157,000 after tax) and $542,000 pre-tax ($320,000 after tax) in the fourth quarter of 2003 and 2002, respectively. The fourth quarter 2003 and 2002 results also include net losses from discontinued operations of $168,000 and $472,000, respectively, including additional impairment charges of $16,000 pre-tax ($10,000 after tax) and $450,000 pre-tax ($270,000 after tax), respectively, related to the non-AmeriHost hotels classified as discontinued operations.
For full-year 2003, revenues rose 6.4 percent to $72.6 million from $68.2 million the prior year, due primarily to the revenue from the sale of more AmeriHost Inn hotels in 2003. The hotel sales also resulted in a decline in hotel operating revenues from consolidated AmeriHost Inn hotels during 2003.
Net loss for 2003 was $(5.6) million, compared to a net loss of $(1.7) million for 2002. These results include non-cash hotel impairment provisions of approximately $5.1 million pre-tax ($3.0 million after tax) and $542,000 pre-tax ($320,000 after tax) in 2003 and 2002, respectively. In addition, the company reported a loss from discontinued operations of approximately $1.5 million and $1.1 million, both net of tax, including approximately $909,000, pre-tax ($571,000 after tax) and $450,000 pre-tax ($270,000 after tax) of additional impairment, in 2003 and 2002, respectively, related to the non-AmeriHost hotels classified as discontinued operations.
The above-mentioned non-cash hotel impairment charges have been recorded primarily in connection with the company's previously announced plan for hotel disposition and increased focus on hotel development. Discontinued operations relates to the operations of the non-AmeriHost Inn hotels sold, or expected to be sold within the next 12 months, which have been reclassified from continuing operations.
Net income (loss), and its components, is summarized below for the years
ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001:
"2003 was a year of significant transition for Arlington, as we began implementing a new strategy that focuses on hotel development and sales rather than our previous ownership/ operations business model," said Jerry H. Herman, president and chief executive officer. "We initiated a hotel disposition program to sell off nearly half of our hotel assets and redeploy the proceeds into an expanded development program that envisions building or acquiring/converting 10 to 15 AmeriHost Inns annually by the end of 2005. We also significantly strengthened our hotel development team to match our business goals, and recently completed the implementation of new marketing efforts to enhance hotel revenues. In addition, we significantly reduced our mortgage debt, and continued our efforts to expand the AmeriHost Inn brand owned by Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD)."
Sells Two Hotels in March
In March 2004, the company sold two hotels: the 84-room AmeriHost Inn in Redding, Calif., and the 60-room AmeriHost Inn in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Gross proceeds from the two sales were $7.1 million, and the company subsequently reduced its hotel mortgage debt by $3.9 million.
Line of Credit Renewal
The company announced that it has entered into a commitment to renew its line of credit with LaSalle Bank NA through April 30, 2005. Under terms of the lender's commitment, Arlington's current $5.5 million line limit will be reduced through hotel sales-related paydowns and/or the passage of time to $3.5 million. In addition, the interest rate will be adjusted to 10 percent annually. The loan covenants will be similar to those in the existing facility.
In anticipation of this new reduced limit, the company already has used some of the proceeds from the two March hotel sales to pay down the current line of credit to the $4.0 million level. As a result of these hotel sales, the limit on the renewed line of credit will begin at $4.0 million, stepping down to $3.5 million on February 28, 2005. The commitment is subject to the closing of the renewed loan by April 30, 2004. "As we begin to shift more to a development mode, we intend to seek longer-term financing to better align with the duration of the development and sales cycle times, as well as new construction or acquisition/conversion financing," Herman said. "We also are considering engaging an investment advisor in the near future to assist us in achieving this goal."
AmeriHost Inn Room Revenues
Fourth quarter 2003 same-room revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the company's AmeriHost Inn hotels increased 1.2 percent to $29.08, compared to the same period a year earlier. Same-room RevPAR for the AmeriHost Inn hotels for all of 2003 was down slightly, 0.3 percent, to $32.40. The comparable midscale without food and beverage segment, according to Smith Travel Research, was up 3.8 percent and up 0.5 percent, respectively, for the 2003 fourth quarter and full year.
Arlington Hospitality's AmeriHost Inn 2003 Results(1)
-- Disposition program update-- In July 2003, the company unveiled a plan to dispose of 25 to 30 hotels over a two-year period. From January 1, 2003 through July 2003, the company had sold five hotels and, for the full year, sold 11 hotels, a single-year Arlington record.
In accordance with SFAS No. 144, "Accounting for Long-Lived Assets," the company's AmeriHost Inn hotel assets designated for sale within the next 12 months have been classified as "held for sale" on the accompanying balance sheet as of December 31, 2003. The operations of these hotels have not been treated as "discontinued operations" in the consolidated statement of operations due to the company's long-term royalty-sharing agreement with Cendant for all AmeriHost Inn hotels, which provides for a revenue stream to the company after the properties are sold and remain AmeriHost Inns. The operations of the non-AmeriHost Inn hotels to be sold under the disposition program have been reclassified from the company's continuing operations and presented as "discontinued operations" on the consolidated statements of operations.
"With the economy and hotel industry showing signs of recovery, we are seeing increased interest from potential buyers of our hotels," he noted. "We have engaged multiple brokers to assist in the marketing of our hotels. We currently have five hotels under sales agreements and are marketing an additional 20 properties. At this time, we believe we will achieve total net proceeds of between $11.9 million and $12.3 million as a result of the plan we refer to as Operation Sell (including hotels already sold), which falls within the lower end of our previously announced range of $11.5 million to $14.7 million."
It should be noted that when the company has hotels under contract for sale, even with nonrefundable cash deposits in certain cases, certain conditions to closing remain, and there can be no assurance that these sales will be consummated as anticipated. Any forecasted amounts from closed or pending sales could differ from the final amounts included in the company's applicable quarterly and annual financial statements when issued. Furthermore, such forecasted amounts do not represent guidance on, or forecasts of, the results of the company's entire consolidated operations, which are reported on a quarterly basis.
Information on Arlington's hotels being brokered for sale can be obtained by calling Steve Miller, Senior Vice-President of Real Estate and Business Development, at 847-228-5400, extension 312, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
-- Development program update-- The company revamped its development program, enhancing and expanding its development team with the hiring of three experienced industry veterans. The company began construction on one hotel and opened four hotels during 2003.
"Steve Miller and his team came on board in the second half of 2003 and have conducted a thorough review of development opportunities in certain regions of the country. Based on their research, we will first focus our future development in markets where we have a proven track record, California and the Midwest. We also have identified certain areas in the Southeastern U.S. where we might possibly expand the AmeriHost Inn brand. We expect to break ground on at least one property in the Midwest during the second quarter, using our 80- to 90-room design, which was created for larger markets."
"Most of the development, which will be the updated design in larger markets, is expected to be in joint ventures or building for third parties, and our outreach efforts to these parties is scaling up," Herman pointed out.
-- Lease restructuring update-- The company also announced February 26, 2004 that it, on behalf of a wholly-owned subsidiary, was attempting to restructure the terms of 21 long-term leases on AmeriHost Inn hotels with its hotel landlord, PMC Commercial Trust (AMEX: PCC). Arlington announced on March 16, 2004 that the parties entered into a temporary letter agreement that expires on April 30, 2004 and provides that base rent will continue to accrue at the rate of approximately $445,000 per month, as set forth in the lease agreements. However, the base rent payments due and payable on March 1, 2004 and April 1, 2004 were reduced to approximately $360,000 per month. Additionally, the company's subsidiary was allowed to utilize $200,000 of its security deposit held with PMC to help fund these payments.
When the temporary letter agreement expires on April 30, 2004, the company's deferred portion of the base rent (approximately $170,000) will be due, and the security deposit must be restored by $200,000 to its March 12, 2004 balance. The temporary agreement also provided for the gathering and sharing of certain information regarding a possible restructuring of the lease.
"Resolving this issue is a top priority for us," said Herman. "We currently are in a fact-exchanging stage and expect to move into further negotiations. Of course, there can be no assurance of the outcome of such negotiations and our efforts for a mutually beneficial restructuring of the lease."
-- Strengthened the balance sheet-- During the year, the company used the proceeds from the sale of 10 hotels to reduce the company's long-term mortgage debt by $16.5 million. As of December 31, 2003, the company's total mortgage debt and line of credit balance was $69.7 million, or 15.7 percent lower than the December 31, 2002 total balance of $82.6 million. The company expects to continue reducing its long-term mortgage debt through Operation Sell.
-- Enhanced Cendant fees-- "During the year, the AmeriHost Inn brand broke through the 100-property barrier, a significant milestone," Herman noted. The brand ended the year with 103 hotels, including opening the first property in Canada. The number of AmeriHost Inns franchised by companies other than Arlington increased to 46 properties in 2003, up from 10 hotels at the end of 2000. As a result, Arlington's incentive and royalty sharing fees rose 38 percent to $278,000 in the 2003 fourth quarter and improved 65 percent to $972,000 for the year, compared to the same 2002 periods.
Common Stock Update
In the 2003 fourth quarter, the company completed a 1-for-100 reverse stock split, which immediately was followed by a 100-for-1 forward split. The shares of approximately 800 stockholders who owned less than 100 shares each, or approximately 33,000 common shares in the aggregate, were redeemed by the company, resulting in an approximate 40 percent reduction in our number of shareholders. Shareholders owning 100 or more shares prior to the split were not affected by this transaction.
From time to time, the company may utilize cash to purchase its own
common stock. Currently, the board of directors has authorized the company
to buy back, at any time and without notice, up to 1 million shares of
its own common stock under certain conditions. In 2003, the company purchased
36,800 shares under this authorization in addition to the reverse-forward
Arlington Hospitality, Inc. is a hotel development and management company that builds, operates and sells mid-market hotels. Arlington is the nation's largest owner and franchisee of AmeriHost Inn hotels, a 103-property mid-market, limited-service hotel brand owned and presently franchised in 22 states and Canada by Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD). Currently, Arlington Hospitality, Inc. owns or manages 62 properties in 16 states, including 55 AmeriHost Inn hotels, for a total of 4,511 rooms, with one additional AmeriHost Inn & Suites hotels under construction.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements.
Arlington Hospitality Inc.
James B. Dale, 847-228-5401 x 361
|Also See:||Arlington Hospitality, Inc. Outlines Hotel Disposition Plan; Includes 20 to 25 AmeriHost Inns and Six Non-AmeriHost Hotels / July 2003|
|Arlington Hospitality, Inc. Reports $1,709 million Net loss for 2002; RevPAR for 66 Owned AmeriHost Inn Hotels Rose 3.7% to $33.86 / March 2003|
|Jerry Herman Appointed President, CEO and Director at Arlington Hospitality, Inc. / Dec 2002|