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ANNAPOLIS, Md.--(May 1, 2012)--Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE:CHSP), a lodging real estate investment trust (REIT), reported today its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS
The following is a summary of the consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012 (in millions, except per share amounts):
“We generated very impressive first quarter results with our focused asset management efforts and our desirable locations in several of the country’s strongest performing markets, including Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle,” said James L. Francis, Chesapeake Lodging Trust’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We delivered pro forma RevPAR growth which exceeded U.S. industry-wide RevPAR growth by a wide margin of 430 basis points. Even more exciting, we were able to flow through the increased revenue to the bottom line with pro forma Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin expansion of 410 basis points over the same period in 2011.”
Mr. Francis continued, “Our Holiday Inn New York City Midtown – 31st Street, which opened in January, has ramped up quickly and is outperforming expectations. With the pending acquisition of the Hyatt Place New York Midtown South, we are excited to have two high-quality hotels well located in midtown Manhattan.”
HOTEL OPERATING RESULTS
Management assesses the operating performance of its hotels irrespective of the hotel owner during the periods compared. Included in the following table are comparisons of, on a pro forma basis, occupancy, ADR, RevPAR, Adjusted Hotel EBITDA, and Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin, the key operating metrics that management uses to assess the performance of its hotels. The key operating metrics include the hotel operating results of 10 of the Trust’s 12 hotels owned as of March 31, 2012 (in thousands, except pro forma ADR and pro forma RevPAR). The key operating metrics do not include operating results for the Holiday Inn New York City Midtown – 31st Street, as the hotel opened for business on January 19, 2012, and the Hotel Adagio, as the hotel was under renovation during the period.
Funds from operations (FFO), Adjusted FFO (AFFO), net income before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization (Corporate EBITDA), Adjusted Corporate EBITDA, Hotel EBITDA, Adjusted Hotel EBITDA and Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. See the discussion included in this press release for information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures.
On January 31, 2012, the Trust announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 185-room Hyatt Place New York Midtown South located in New York, New York for a purchase price of $76.2 million, or approximately $412,000 per key. The hotel is currently under development at 52-54 West 36th Street, between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. Closing on the proposed acquisition is expected to occur following completion of the hotel by the seller, anticipated in the third quarter 2012, and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
On January 13, 2012, the Trust paid a dividend of $0.20 per share to its common shareholders of record as of December 31, 2011. On February 8, 2012, the Trust declared a dividend in the amount of $0.22 per share payable to its common shareholders of record as of March 31, 2012. The dividend was paid on April 13, 2012.
The Trust is updating its 2012 outlook to incorporate its first quarter results and recent operating trends and fundamentals. The revised outlook assumes no additional financing transactions or acquisitions beyond the acquisition of the Hyatt Place New York Midtown South that is expected to close late in the third quarter 2012 (in millions, except per share amounts):
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
The Trust reports the following seven non-GAAP financial measures that it believes are useful to investors as key measures of its operating performance: (1) FFO, (2) AFFO, (3) Corporate EBITDA, (4) Adjusted Corporate EBITDA, (5) Hotel EBITDA, (6) Adjusted Hotel EBITDA and (7) Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures is included in the accompanying financial tables.
FFO – The Trust calculates FFO in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), which defines FFO as net income (calculated in accordance with GAAP), excluding depreciation and amortization, impairment charges, gains (losses) from sales of real estate, the cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles, and adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, most industry investors consider presentations of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient by themselves. By excluding the effect of depreciation and amortization and gains (losses) from sales of real estate, both of which are based on historical cost accounting and which may be of lesser significance in evaluating current performance, the Trust believes that FFO provides investors a useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust’s operating performance.
AFFO – The Trust further adjusts FFO for certain additional recurring and non-recurring items that are not in NAREIT’s definition of FFO. Specifically, the Trust adjusts for hotel acquisition costs and non-cash amortization of intangible assets and unfavorable contract liabilities. The Trust believes that AFFO provides investors with another financial measure of its operating performance that provides for greater comparability of its core operating results between periods.
Corporate EBITDA – Corporate EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization. The Trust believes that Corporate EBITDA provides investors a useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust’s operating performance, excluding the impact of the Trust’s capital structure (primarily interest expense) and the Trust’s asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization).
Adjusted Corporate EBITDA – The Trust further adjusts Corporate EBITDA for certain additional recurring and non-recurring items. Specifically, the Trust adjusts for hotel acquisition costs and non-cash amortization of intangible assets and unfavorable contract liabilities. The Trust believes that Adjusted Corporate EBITDA provides investors with another financial measure of its operating performance that provides for greater comparability of its core operating results between periods.
Hotel EBITDA – Hotel EBITDA is defined as total revenues less total hotel operating expenses. The Trust believes that Hotel EBITDA provides investors a useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust’s hotel operating performance.
Adjusted Hotel EBITDA – The Trust further adjusts Hotel EBITDA for certain additional recurring and non-recurring items. Specifically, the Trust adjusts for non-cash amortization of intangible assets and unfavorable contract liabilities. The Trust believes that Adjusted Hotel EBITDA provides investors with another useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust’s hotel operating performance.
Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin – Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin is defined as Adjusted Hotel EBITDA as a percentage of total revenues. The Trust believes that Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin provides investors another useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust’s hotel operating performance.
The Trust will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results. Interested individuals are invited to listen to the call by dialing (877) 683-0303 (U.S./Canadian callers) or (706) 643-5037 (International callers). The conference call ID is 71634369. A simultaneous webcast of the call will be available on the Trust’s website at www.chesapeakelodgingtrust.com. It is recommended that participants call or log on 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to ensure proper connection.
A replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the live call until midnight on May 8, 2012. To access the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canadian callers) or (404) 537-3406 (International callers). The conference call ID is 71634369. A webcast replay and transcript of the conference call will be archived and available on the Trust’s website for 12 months.
ABOUT CHESAPEAKE LODGING TRUST
Chesapeake Lodging Trust is a self-advised lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investments primarily in upper-upscale hotels in major business and convention markets and, on a selective basis, premium select-service and extended-stay hotels in urban settings or unique locations in the United States. The Trust owns 12 hotels with an aggregate of 3,516 rooms in six states and the District of Columbia. Additional information can be found on the Trust’s website at www.chesapeakelodgingtrust.com.
Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “will,” “continue” and other similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions and forecasts, such as the Trust’s expectations regarding the future Hotel EBITDA and Adjusted Hotel EBITDA of its existing and to be acquired hotels and the Trust’s 2012 outlook. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks include, but are not limited to: our ability to complete acquisitions; our ability to continue to satisfy complex rules in order for us to remain a REIT for federal income tax purposes; and other risks and uncertainties associated with our business described in the Trust’s filings with the SEC. Although the Trust believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. All information in this release is as of May 1, 2012, and the Trust undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Trust’s expectations, except as required by law.
Chesapeake Lodging Trust
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