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 Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust Reports
First Quarter Net Loss of $26.4 million Compared to
a Loss of $21.4 million in 2003; 
RevPAR for the 24 Hotel Portfolio Increased 2.5% to $88.37
TORONTO, April 20, 2004 - Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust ("Legacy") (TSX: LGY.UN) today announced its unaudited financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2004. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated. Legacy will hold its annual and special meeting of unitholders at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 22, 2004 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

"We are pleased to report improving performance through most of our portfolio with revenue per available room ("RevPAR") up 2.5%," commented Neil J. Labatte, Legacy's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The travel recovery in both Canada and the U.S. is encouraging, with occupancies increasing throughout the majority of our portfolio. Our Canadian portfolio's RevPAR exceeded 2002 levels for the comparable period. In addition, our recent diversification in the United States appears well timed as the U.S. lodging industry is benefiting from improving travel demand."

Continued Mr. Labatte. "The first quarter is traditionally Legacy's lowest earnings period, however, we are encouraged by recent trends, which point to the anticipated strong recovery in the lodging sector in 2004."

Three Months Ended March 31, 2004

First quarter revenues increased $19.9 million or 15.3% to $150.2 million. The addition of The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle in August 2003 contributed $11.0 million in revenues during the quarter. Our second U.S.  property, in Washington, D.C., also benefited from improving travel demand in the U.S. Together, both properties achieved revenue growth of 9% on a U.S. currency basis over their performance in 2003. The average Canadian dollar exchange rate has appreciated approximately 14% compared to the first quarter of 2003, which reduces the Canadian dollar equivalent of our U.S. revenues.

Revenues at our Canadian portfolio increased in virtually all markets, led by improved performance at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth following the completion of its major renovation project in the second quarter of 2003. Our properties in British Columbia benefited from strong demand growth at each of the hotels. The Toronto market continues to strengthen with occupancy and revenues at our three Toronto hotels returning to historical levels for the first quarter. Performance at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac was below expectations this quarter as a result of lower than anticipated U.S. and international travel demand. The lower demand is consistent with first quarter results for other major Canadian resorts which rely on this customer segment.

Hotel EBITDA(1) more than doubled to $11.1 million in the first quarter.  Hotel EBITDA margin, defined as hotel EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, improved to 7.4% compared with 4.2% in the first quarter of 2003 as a result of higher occupancy and diligent adherence to cost control measures.

A $7.8 million increase in amortization, primarily due to a change in accounting policy (See Trust Developments), contributed to the increase in the first quarter net loss of $26.4 million or $0.28 diluted net loss per unit compared to a loss of $21.4 million or $0.24 diluted net loss per unit in 2003. Net loss was also impacted by increased interest and amortization expenses related to the recent hotel acquisition in Seattle. Distributable loss(2) per unit for the period improved to $0.15 per unit compared to a net loss of $0.17 per unit in the prior period. Given the seasonality of the portfolio and the fixed nature of certain operating costs, first quarter results are not indicative of results for the full year. Legacy historically incurs a loss in the first quarter.

RevPAR for the portfolio increased 2.5% to $88.37 for the first quarter of 2004 compared to 2003. The strength in occupancy, which improved 2.9 points, offset the drop in average daily rate ("ADR") of 2.4%. After adjusting for the foreign exchange impact, RevPAR increased approximately 5% over 2003.

At the Fairmont managed properties, RevPAR increased 5.0% to $97.95 as a result of a 4.8 point improvement in occupancy and a 3.4% decrease in ADR.  Strong performance was experienced through the majority of the portfolio led by an approximate 40% RevPAR improvement at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth following the completion of its extensive renovation program in the spring of 2003. Strong performance at each of our hotels in British Columbia contributed to an approximate 20% RevPAR improvement for the region. Reduced visitation from U.S. and international travellers resulted in an approximate 15% RevPAR decline at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

At the Delta managed properties, RevPAR of $69.64 was down 3.7% due to a drop in both occupancy and ADR of 0.8 points and 2.4%, respectively.  Performance at our Ottawa and Montreal hotels was below expectations this quarter, which led to the overall decline in RevPAR. Both properties are anticipating strong performance through the balance of the year with annual results expected to exceed 2002 levels.

Trust Developments

Effective January 1, 2004, Legacy has adopted the straight-line method of amortization for hotel buildings in accordance with new accounting standards issued by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. This change in accounting policy has been applied prospectively. While significantly impacting net income, this change does not affect distributable income and therefore will not impact future distributions to unitholders.

Capital expenditures during the quarter totalled $4.9 million. Following the completion of several significant capital projects over the past three years, Legacy anticipates investing approximately $45 million in its properties in 2004. Attractive returns on the capital invested are expected once the properties realize the full benefit of these improvements, which typically occurs two to three years after completion.

Outlook

"Group business bookings for the balance of this year remain ahead of booking levels experienced at this time last year for the corresponding period. This trend is promising since booking levels at the end of March 2003 had not yet been impacted by cancellations due to SARS concerns," commented Mr. Labatte. "While it is still early in the recovery, we remain optimistic with respect to the strength of recovery for our critical summer leisure and tour business. Our preliminary expectations are that both occupancies and rates in 2004 will return to levels realized in 2002."

Continued Mr. Labatte, "We recognize the importance of distributions to our unitholders. Should our performance and business volumes continue to build as expected over the next few months, we would hope to resume distributions in the second quarter."
 
 

                                                 Three months ended March 31
                                                          2004          2003

    Revenue per available room               $      88.37  $      86.21
    Average daily rate                            $     148.82  $     152.53
    Occupancy                                             59.4%         56.5%

    RevPAR - Fairmont Regional
      British Columbia                            $      87.19  $      72.52
      Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba     91.66         87.76
      Ontario and Quebec                               92.90         89.34
      United States                                     146.21        153.59
      Total                                       $      97.95  $      93.31

    RevPAR - Delta Regional
      Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba          $  72.02  $      71.36
      Ontario and Quebec                                 72.94         79.96
      Atlantic Canada                                    61.95         60.42
      Total                                       $      69.64  $      72.33



Comparable hotels are considered to be properties owned by Legacy for at least the entire current and prior periods. Given the strategic importance of the acquisition of The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, it has been included in Legacy's operating statistics on a proforma basis as if owned since January 1, 2003. As a result, all properties have been included in the calculation of operating statistics. Management considers RevPAR, ADR and occupancy to be meaningful indicators of hotel operations, however, readers are cautioned that they are not defined measures of operating performance under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Legacy's calculation of RevPAR, ADR and occupancy may be different than those used by other lodging entities.

1.  Hotel EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP. It is unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other entities. Hotel EBITDA is defined as income before interest, taxes, amortization, advisory fees and other income and expenses. Management considers hotel EBITDA to be a meaningful indicator of hotel operating performance.

    Reconciliation of hotel EBITDA to net loss:
                                                 Three months ended March 31
    In millions of dollars                                2004          2003

    Hotel EBITDA                                  $       11.1  $        5.5 Deduct (add):
    Amortization of property and equipment                18.9          11.2
    Advisory fees                                          2.1           2.0
    Other expenses                                         0.8           0.5
    Interest expense, net                                 17.2          13.7
    Income tax recovery, net                              (1.5)         (0.5)
    Net loss                                      $      (26.4) $      (21.4)
 

2.  Distributable loss is a non-GAAP financial measure and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP. It is unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other entities.  Distributable loss is calculated as net loss before amortization, income taxes and special charges less the capital replacement reserve. This amount, determined in accordance with the Declaration of Trust, is intended to approximate Legacy's taxable income and forms the basis of distributions to unitholders. Special charges and the capital replacement reserve are determined at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

    Distributable loss reflects net loss adjusted for the following items:
                                                 Three months ended March 31
    In millions of dollars                                2004          2003
    Net loss                                      $      (26.4) $      (21.4)
    Add (deduct):
    Amortization of property and equipment                18.9          11.2
    Income tax recovery, net                              (1.5)         (0.5)
    Cash receipt on management contracts                   2.6           2.1
    Distributions on convertible debentures               (2.9)         (2.9)
    Capital replacement reserve                           (6.6)         (5.8)
    Distributable loss                            $      (15.9) $      (17.3)

    -   Amortization of property and equipment is replaced with the capital replacement reserve, which is prescribed under our various management agreements with Fairmont and Delta.
    -   The cash receipt on management contracts are taxable and are therefore included in the calculation of distributable income. For accounting purposes, these amounts are deferred and amortized over the life of the respective management contracts.
    -   Distributions on convertible debentures are deductible for tax purposes and are therefore deducted from distributable income.

 

Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)
(Unaudited)

                                                    March 31,    December 31,
                                                       2004          2003
                                                  ------------- -------------

    ASSETS
    Current assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                   $     42,160  $     19,335
      Accounts receivable                               44,863        46,630
      Inventory                                          7,659         7,927
      Prepaid expenses                                  11,176         6,837
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                       105,858        80,729

    Property and equipment                           1,838,729     1,850,127

    Goodwill                                            35,425        35,425

    Other assets (note 3)                               36,034        22,068

    Future income taxes                                  8,159         6,340
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                  $  2,024,205  $  1,994,689
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------
 

    LIABILITIES
    Current liabilities
      Bank loans                                  $     76,852  $     59,873
      Accounts payable and accrued liabilities          75,174        64,820
      Accrued distributions and dividends                5,844         2,946
      Current portion of long-term debt                 40,780        13,368
      Other                                                132        11,488
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                       198,782       152,495

    Long-term debt (note 4)                            826,527       815,794

    Other liabilities                                   26,905        26,658

    Future income taxes                                 35,484        35,330
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                     1,087,698     1,030,277
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Unitholders' interest
      Units (note 5)                                   795,682       795,682
      Contributed surplus (note 2)                         330            49
      Exchangeable shares                              126,420       126,420
      Convertible debentures                           147,619       147,281
      Foreign currency translation adjustments         (26,329)      (27,696)
      Deficit (note 2)                                (107,215)      (77,324)
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                       936,507       964,412
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                  $  2,024,205  $  1,994,689
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------
 
 

    Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust
Consolidated Statements of Operations 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars except per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)

                                                  Three months ended March 31
                                                       2004          2003
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Revenues
      Room                                        $     86,339  $     77,181
      Food and beverage                                 53,621        44,793
      Other                                             10,192         8,235
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                       150,152       130,209

    Operating expenses                                 119,565       106,929
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Gross operating profit                              30,587        23,280

    Hotel management fees                                4,390         4,079

    Property taxes, rent and insurance                  15,116        13,695
                                                  ------------- -------------
 

    Operating income from hotel operations              11,081         5,506
    Other expenses
      Amortization of property and equipment            18,940        11,157
      Advisory fees                                      2,056         2,016
      Other                                                756           493
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                        21,752        13,666
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Loss before interest expense and income
     tax expense                                       (10,671)       (8,160)

    Interest expense, net                               17,176        13,740
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Loss before income tax expense                     (27,847)      (21,900)
    Income tax expense/(recovery)
      Current                                              150           150
      Future                                            (1,623)         (662)
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                        (1,473)         (512)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Loss for the period                           $    (26,374) $    (21,388)
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Basic and diluted loss per unit (note 6)      $      (0.28) $      (0.24)
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------
 
 
 

                 Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust
                     Consolidated Statements of Deficit (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                 (Unaudited)
 

                                                  Three months ended March 31
                                                       2004          2003
                                                  ------------- -------------
 

    Deficit - beginning of period                 $    (77,324) $    (37,502)

    Net loss for the period                            (26,374)      (21,388)

    Distributions in the period                              -       (16,533)

    Dividends on exchangeable shares                         -        (1,942)

    Part VI.1 tax on exchangeable share dividends            -          (777)

    Part VI.1 tax deduction                                  -           793

    Accretion of convertible debenture issuance costs                                       (338)         (338)
    Change in accounting policy for unit-based
     compensation (note 2)                                (281)            -

    Distributions on convertible debentures             (2,898)       (2,866)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Deficit - end of period                       $   (107,215) $    (80,553)
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------
 
 

                 Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust
                    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                  Three months ended March 31
                                                       2004          2003
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Cash provided by (used in):
    OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    Net loss for the period                       $    (26,374) $    (21,388)
    Items not affecting cash
      Amortization of property and equipment            18,940        11,157
      Part VI.1 tax                                          -          (777)
      Future income taxes                               (1,623)         (662)
      Other                                              1,072           550

    Changes in non-cash working capital (note 7)         7,684          (341)
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                          (301)      (11,461)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    Additions to property and equipment                 (4,915)      (15,396)
    Proceeds from sale of capital assets                    17            60
    Other assets (note 3)                              (15,621)          (83)
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                       (20,519)      (15,419)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    Net repayment of loan from affiliate               (11,356)            -
    Net proceeds from mortgage (note 4)                 39,778             -
    Mortgage payments                                   (3,006)       (1,758)
    Increase in bank loans                              16,979             -
    Other                                                  (33)          (33)
                                                  ------------- -------------

                                                        42,362        (1,791)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Translation adjustments affecting cash and cash equivalents                           1,283          (260)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents balance during the period              22,825       (28,931)
    Cash and cash equivalents balance -
     beginning of period                                19,335        46,224
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Cash and cash equivalents balance -
     end of period                                $     42,160  $     17,293
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------
 

    SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE
    Income taxes paid                                      300           996
    Interest paid                                       18,211         9,927
 
 
 
 

                 Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust
             Notes to Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
                           March 31, 2004 and 2003
      (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars except per unit amounts)
                                 (Unaudited)

    1.  Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust ("Legacy") is an unincorporated closed-end real estate investment trust. Legacy holds a portfolio of 24 hotels of which 22 hotels are located in 14 Canadian cities throughout nine provinces and two hotels are located in the United States. All of Legacy's properties are managed by subsidiaries of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. ("FHR"), who own an approximate 35% interest in Legacy.

        Results for the three months ended March 31, 2004 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year due to seasonal and short-term variations. Revenues are typically higher in the second and third quarters versus the first and fourth quarters of the year in contrast to fixed costs such as amortization and interest, which are not significantly impacted by seasonal or short-term variations.

    2.  These interim consolidated financial statements do not include all disclosures as required by Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for annual consolidated financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2003. The accounting policies used in the preparation of these interim consolidated financial statements are consistent with the accounting policies used in the December 31, 2003 audited consolidated financial statements, except as discussed below:

        Long-lived assets
        Effective January 1, 2004, Legacy adopted the new recommendations of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants ("CICA") with respect to GAAP and general standards of financial statement presentation.  These standards lay out a framework for the application of GAAP and the fair presentation of financial standards in accordance with GAAP.  This standard is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after October 1, 2003. As a result of these new recommendations, effective January 1, 2004, Legacy has begun amortizing its buildings on a straight-line basis over the remaining estimated useful economic life, as the sinking-fund method of amortization is no longer considered to be GAAP. Previously, buildings were amortized using the sinking fund method whereby the cost of the building was amortized over a maximum period of 40 years in a series of annual installments increasing at the rate of 5%, compounded annually. This change in accounting policy has been applied prospectively and has the effect of reducing net earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2004 by $6,000.
        Unit-based compensation
        Effective January 1, 2004, Legacy adopted the revised recommendations of the CICA with respect to unit-based compensation using the fair value based method of accounting for all options, with a resulting compensation expense being charged to operations. This change in accounting policy has been applied retroactively and resulted in a charge to deficit of $281 and an increase to contributed surplus of $281.

    3.  Included in other assets is a US$10,100 deposit made under the terms of an existing mortgage.
 

    4.  On March 31, 2004, Legacy secured a ten-year, $40,000 mortgage on the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire. The mortgage bears interest at an annual effective rate of 6.91%.
 

    5.  At March 31, 2004, 89,360,094 units were outstanding (2003 - 89,360,094).
 

    6.  Net loss per unit is based on net loss available to unitholders divided by the weighted average number of units and exchangeable shares outstanding during the period, calculated as follows:
 

                                                  Three months ended March 31
                                                       2004          2003
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Net loss                                  $    (26,374) $    (21,388)
        Part VI.1 tax, net of Part I tax
         deduction                                           -            16
        Accretion of convertible debenture
         issuance costs                                   (338)         (338)
        Distributions on convertible debentures         (2,898)       (2,866)
                                                  ------------- -------------
        Net loss and diluted net loss available
         to unitholders                           $    (29,610) $    (24,576)
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Weighted average number of units
         outstanding (thousands)                        89,360        89,360
        Weighted average number of exchangeable
         shares outstanding (thousands)                 14,700        14,700
                                                  ------------- -------------
        Basic weighted average number of units         104,060       104,060
                                                  ------------- -------------
 

        For the three months ended March 31, 2004, debentures convertible into 17,142,857 (2003 - 17,142,857) units and the associated net loss impact were excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per unit because their effect was not dilutive.
        Assuming Legacy elected to recognize the cost of its unit-based compensation based on the estimated fair value of unit options granted on or after January 1, 2002 and prior to January 1, 2004, net loss and basic and diluted earnings per unit would have been:
                                                                   March 31,
                                                                     2003

        Reported net loss available to unitholders              $    (24,576)
        Net loss assuming fair value method used                     (24,588)
        Basic and diluted net loss per unit assuming fair value method used                                             (0.24)

    7.  Changes in non-cash working capital

                                                  Three months ended March 31
                                                       2004          2003
                                                  ------------- -------------
        Decrease in accounts receivable           $        269  $      5,124
        Decrease in inventory                              282           216
        Increase in prepaid expenses                    (4,324)       (4,418)
        Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities                        11,457        (1,263)
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  $      7,684  $       (341)
                                                  ------------- -------------
 

    8.  At March 31, 2004, Legacy has a receivable from FHR of US$9,000 in connection with various management contracts with FHR, and reciprocal loan agreements with FHR for US$86,600. The loan meets all the requirements for a right of setoff and, as such, are presented on a net basis in the financial statements.

        A subsidiary of FHR has a 25% participation amounting to US$10,813 in the first mortgage on The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle .

    9.  Certain of the prior period figures have been reclassified to conform with the presentation adopted for 2004.

Legacy is Canada's premier hotel real estate investment trust with 24 luxury and first-class hotels and resorts with over 10,000 guestrooms located in Canada and the United States. The portfolio includes landmark properties such as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, The Fairmont Royal York, The Fairmont Empress and The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating, but not limited to, Legacy's operations, anticipated financial performance, business prospects and strategies. 


 
 
Contact:
Chantal Nappert
Investor Relations
Tel: (416) 874-2765
Email: investor@legacyhotels.ca 
www.legacyhotels.ca
Also See: Fairmont Affiliate Acquires the 450 room Four Seasons Olympic for Approximately US$100 million; Will be Flagged The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle / July 2003
Dennis Clark Named General Manager of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle; Legacy's Acquisition Represents a Natural Complement to Fairmont's Presence in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia / Aug 2003


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