News for the Hospitality Executive
NORFOLK, NE--(Aug 10, 2012) - Supertel Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPPR), a real estate investment trust (REIT) which currently owns 94 hotels in 23 states, today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.
Second Quarter 2012 Highlights
Second Quarter Operating and Financial Results
Revenues from continuing operations for the 2012 second quarter rose $1.1 million, or 5.5 percent, to $21.6 million, compared to the same year-ago period. The improved performance primarily was due to the increased average daily rate (ADR) of the same store portfolio, in addition to the acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn.
The company reported net income attributable to common shareholders of $1.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share for the 2012 second quarter, compared to a net loss of $(4.5) million or $(0.20) per diluted share for the same 2011 period. The second quarter increase of $6.1 million is primarily attributable to a $4.4 million increase in gains related to dispositions of hotels, a $0.9 million unrealized gain from the reduction in fair market value of the derivative liabilities, and a $0.7 million decrease in total non cash impairment losses; the total non cash impairment losses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $4.1 million versus $4.8 million for the like prior period.
Funds from operations (FFO) in the 2012 second quarter was $3.1 million, compared to $2.6 million in the same 2011 period. Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO), which is FFO adjusted to include gain or exclude losses on derivatives and exclude acquisition expense, in the 2012 second quarter was $2.4 million, compared to $2.6 million in the same 2011 period.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, (EBITDA) increased to $6.7 million, compared to $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA, which is EBITDA before non-controlling interest, net gain on disposition of assets, impairment, preferred stock dividends, unrealized gain/loss on derivatives and acquisition expense, increased to $6.2 million, or 6.5 percent compared to $5.8 million for the second quarter of 2011.
In the 2012 second quarter, the 74-hotel same store portfolio reported an increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR) of 3.9 percent led by a 3.1 percent improvement in ADR and a 0.7 percent increase in occupancy, compared to the 2011 second quarter.
"The significantly improved results in the 2012 second quarter reflect the full ramp-up of our management companies, the continued improvement in our portfolio make-up and the benefits of the infusion of $30 million in new equity in the 2012 first quarter," said Kelly A. Walters, Supertel president and CEO.
The operating results for the Hilton Garden Inn, which was purchased on May 25, 2012, are not reflected in the 74 same store hotel operating results. The hotel generated RevPAR of $93.04, driven by $126.05 ADR and 73.8 percent occupancy during the period of May 25, 2012, through June 30, 2012.
Upper Midscale Hotels
Second quarter RevPAR for the company's 21 continuing operations, upper midscale hotels rose 4.9 percent to $51.95, led by a 2.5 percent improvement in ADR to $72.99 and a 2.4 percent increase in occupancy. Upper midscale hotel brands currently in the company's portfolio include Comfort Inns, Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
RevPAR for the company's six continuing operations midscale hotels rose sharply, 21.3 percent, to $36.68. Occupancy increased 18.9 percent with an ADR increase of 2.0 percent to $64.83. Supertel's midscale brands include Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Baymont Inn and Ramada Limited.
The company's 40 continuing operations economy hotels reported a 1.4 percent increase in RevPAR to $33.54 in the 2012 second quarter as a result of a 2.0 percent rise in ADR to $50.47, partially offset by a 0.6 percent decrease in occupancy. Supertel's branded properties in this segment include Days Inn, Super 8, Key West Inns and Guesthouse Inn.
Extended Stay Hotels
The company's seven continuing operations, extended-stay hotels reported a 2.0 percent increase in RevPAR to $17.72, led by a 4.0 percent increase in ADR to $24.71, partially offset by a 1.9 percent decline in occupancy. Hotels in this segment include the Savannah Suites brand.
"While we are not yet satisfied with our performance in the midscale segment, overall, our hotels continue to achieve above average occupancy compared to the industry, which provides opportunities to increase ADR," Walters noted. "We have instructed our operators to evaluate raising room rates as aggressively as possible, while carefully monitoring market conditions and adjusting accordingly. We believe there is still room for ADR improvement, without materially impacting occupancy."
"Our operators have done a noteworthy job in controlling costs, which is reflected in our 4.6 percent increase for the quarter in property operating income of the total portfolio," he added. "Year-to-date through the second quarter, revenues rose at twice the rate of incremental labor costs; and management fees remained essentially flat on higher revenues when compared with last year. We attribute the bulk of these improvements to our 2011 decision to move to regional operators from one centralized management company.
"What makes these results all the more gratifying is that many of our markets are in smaller population centers," he noted. "While they did not suffer as much in the downturn, many of these markets continue to lag behind in the rebound. Although our results were not as strong as the industry as a whole in the 2012 second quarter, we believe they showed good growth given the local economies in which they operate."
Interest expense from continuing operations decreased slightly to $2.1 million for the quarter. In addition, the company temporarily paid its credit line down to zero by applying the unused portion of its recent equity infusion. A portion of the credit line is expected to be invested in hotel acquisitions by year end. Depreciation and amortization expense from continuing operations declined $0.1 million from the 2011 second quarter to $2.2 million.
Property operating income (POI) from continuing operations for the 2012 second quarter rose $0.7 million, or 13.3 percent, compared to the same period a year earlier. The increase was led by higher same store room revenue, and improved expense management by our new operators, and $0.1 million of POI from the new Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons, Maryland. POI is calculated as revenue from room rentals and other hotel services less hotel and property operations expenses. See attached chart (Property Operating Income Percent Second Quarter 2012 versus Second Quarter 2011).
Year-to-Date Operating and Financial Results
Revenues from continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2012 rose $1.5 million or 4.2 percent, to $38.2 million, compared to $36.7 million for the same year-ago period.
Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $(3.0) million, or $(0.13) per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to a net loss of $(8.5) million, or $(0.37) per diluted share for the same 2011 period.
RevPAR for the 74 same store hotels was $31.82, a 2.9 percent increase compared to the same period in 2011.
FFO for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $1.6 million, compared to $1.6 million for the same 2011 period. The company's Adjusted FFO for six months ended June 30, 2012 was $2.1 million, which is an increase of $0.5 million over the $1.6 million reported at June 30, 2011.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, impairment, non controlling interest, net gain on disposition of assets, preferred stock dividends, unrealized gain/loss on derivatives and acquisition expense (Adjusted EBITDA) increased to $8.5 million, compared to $7.2 million for the prior year.
On May 25, the company purchased, in an all cash transaction, the 100-room Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons Island, Maryland for $11.5 million, excluding closing costs and fees. The purchase was funded with proceeds from the company's first quarter preferred equity capital raise. The company currently is negotiating a mortgage loan for the property, which it expects to complete by year-end.
"While we've only owned the property for two months, we already are seeing a positive impact on our overall portfolio," Walters said. "The hotel has performed to our expectations and continues to hold a substantial market share RevPAR premium over its competitive set. This hotel has multiple, year-round demand generators, and we are quite positive about this acquisition."
Walters noted, "The company is pursuing several other acquisitions with a similar profile: premium-branded, select-service hotels in healthy secondary markets with identifiable and durable sources of business."
During the 2012 second quarter, the company sold four hotels: a 49-room Super 8 hotel located in El Dorado, Kansas, for $1.6 million, an 87-room Super 8 in Sedalia, Missouri for $1.8 million; a 119-room Super 8 in Wichita, Kansas for $4.1 million; and a 127-room Masters Inn in Tampa, Florida for $2.05 million. Proceeds were used to reduce associated mortgage debt by $7.8 million.
"We continue to average selling a non-core hotel approximately every six to eight weeks," Walters noted. "Financing has eased somewhat, but still takes time for the buyers to obtain. Most of our transactions remain single sales, but we are exploring opportunities for targeted portfolio sales."
The company invested $1.6 million in property improvements in the 2012 second quarter. "Based on our experience with renovations at similar hotels, while it causes a temporary displacement in revenues, we typically see improved bottom line results through steady RevPAR growth and improved market share," Walters said.
"Our balance sheet is stronger now than at any point in the last few years," said Connie Scarpello, chief financial officer. "We have reduced our debt by $32.2 million, or 18.9 percent, in the past 12 months. We will continue to reduce our debt leverage ratios, with a long-term goal of approximately 50 percent debt-to-total enterprise value over time."
Outstanding debt on hotels in continuing operations totaled $117.6 million, and has an average term to maturity of 3.2 years and a weighted average annual interest rate of 6.4 percent.
"We are in negotiations to finance $28.6 million debt mortgage that matures this year," Scarpello said. "We also expect to place a prudent amount of debt on our recently acquired Hilton Garden Inn to free up funds to acquire additional hotels."
"The terms of the preferred capital raise require the company to invest $20 million of equity in hotels meeting the firm's investment criteria, $11.7 million, including acquisition expenses, of which was used to purchase the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons, Maryland, initially for cash. The remaining $8.3 million was used to pay down the Great Western revolver until other core acquisitions are ready to close which will then involve drawing down on our credit lines as well as using the proceeds from the financing of the Hilton Garden Inn. By year end, the company has plans to invest as much as $40 million in equity and debt as we begin to rebuild our portfolio," Walters said. "We continue to focus on balance sheet improvements through additional de-levering measures."
Following the close of the second quarter, the company closed on the sale of its 57-room Super 8 hotel in Watertown, South Dakota for $1.55 million. The associated mortgage debt was fully retired with excess proceeds applied to general corporate purposes.
The company did not declare a common stock dividend for the 2012 second quarter. Preferred dividends continued uninterrupted. The company will monitor requirements to maintain its REIT status and will routinely evaluate the dividend policy. The company intends to continue to meet its dividend requirements to retain its REIT status.
"We are making steady process in implementing our business plan," Walters said. "We have made meaningful strides in improving operations, are improving our portfolio make up by selling off non-strategic assets while launching an acquisition program. The weak economic recovery in many markets where we own hotels keeps us cautious, but our dependency on tertiary markets is decreasing steadily as we sell non-core properties. On balance, with proper execution of our business plan, we believe Supertel has a promising future."
About Supertel Hospitality, Inc.
Supertel Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPPR) is a self-administered real estate investment trust that specializes in the ownership of select-service hotels. The company currently owns 94 hotels comprising 8,283 rooms in 23 states. Supertel's hotels are franchised by a number of the industry's most well-regarded brand families, including Hilton, IHG, Choice and Wyndham. For more information or to make a hotel reservation, visit www.supertelinc.com.
Forward Looking Statement
Certain matters within this press release are discussed using forward-looking language as specified in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results or performance to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statement. These risks are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
FFO and AFFO
FFO and Adjusted FFO ("AFFO") are non-GAAP financial measures. We consider FFO and AFFO to be market accepted measures of an equity REIT's operating performance, which are necessary, along with net earnings (loss), for an understanding of our operating results. FFO, as defined under the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) standards, consists of net income computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains (or losses) from sales of real estate assets, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets. We believe our method of calculating FFO complies with the NAREIT definition. AFFO is FFO adjusted to include gain or exclude losses on derivative liabilities, which is a non-cash charge against income and which does not represent results from our core operations. AFFO also adds back acquisition costs. FFO and AFFO do not represent amounts available for management's discretionary use because of needed capital replacement or expansion, debt service obligations, or other commitments and uncertainties. FFO and AFFO should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP) as an indicator of our liquidity, nor are they indicative of funds available to fund our cash needs, including our ability to pay dividends or make distributions. All REITs do not calculate FFO and AFFO in the same manner; therefore, our calculation may not be the same as the calculation of FFO and AFFO for similar REITs.
Diluted FFO per share and diluted Adjusted FFO per share are computed after adjusting the numerator and denominator of the basic computation for the effects of any dilutive potential common shares outstanding during the period. Up to 30,000,000 shares of common stock may be issued upon conversion of the Series C convertible preferred stock, and adjustments are made for these shares in the computation of diluted FFO per share and diluted Adjusted FFO per share. The Company's outstanding warrants to purchase common stock and stock options would be antidilutive and are not included in the dilution computation.
We use FFO and AFFO as performance measures to facilitate a periodic evaluation of our operating results relative to those of our peers. We consider FFO and AFFO to be useful additional measures of performance for an equity REIT because it facilitates an understanding of the operating performance of our properties without giving effect to real estate depreciation and amortization, which assume that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, we believe that FFO and AFFO provide a meaningful indication of our performance.
(Unaudited-In thousands, except per share data)
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). We calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA by adding back to net earnings (loss) available to common shareholders certain non-operating expenses and non-cash charges which are based on historical cost accounting and we believe may be of limited significance in evaluating current performance. We believe these adjustments can help eliminate the accounting effects of depreciation and amortization and financing decisions and facilitate comparisons of core operating profitability between periods, even though EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA also do not represent an amount that accrues directly to common shareholders. In calculating Adjusted EBITDA, we add back noncontrolling interest, net (gain) loss on disposition of assets, preferred stock dividends and acquisition expenses which are cash charges. We also add back impairment and unrealized gain or loss on derivatives, which are non-cash charges.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent cash generated from operating activities determined by GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income, cash flow from operations or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of our liquidity, nor are they indicative of funds available to fund our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions. Neither do the measurements reflect cash expenditures for long-term assets and other items that have been and will be incurred. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may include funds that may not be available for management's discretionary use due to functional requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures, property acquisitions, and other commitments and uncertainties. To compensate for this, management considers the impact of these excluded items to the extent they are material to operating decisions or the evaluation of our operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
(Unaudited-In thousands, except statistical data)
*Same store reflects 74 hotels.
Note: During the reporting periods above, no properties were moved from the same store portfolio and reclassified as held for sale and no properties which were included in discontinued operations (held for sale) were reclassified as held for use.
Ms. Krista Arkfeld
Director of Corporate Communications