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PALM BEACH, Fla.--(February 19, 2013)--Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE: CLDT), a hotel real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns wholly or through its joint venture approximately $1.5 billion of premium-branded, upscale, extended-stay and select-service hotels, today announced results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.
In addition, the company also provided its initial earnings guidance for 2013.
Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights
Consolidated Financial Results
The following is a summary of the consolidated financial results ($ in millions, except RevPAR, ADR, occupancy and per share amounts):
Strong Internal Growth Drives Gains in 2012
“We generated excellent operating results in the fourth quarter with RevPAR improving 7.6 percent, and all other metrics continuing to show nice gains,” said Jeffrey H. Fisher, Chatham’s president and CEO. “Our results were aided with increased room demand from emergency personnel and displaced residents caused by Hurricane Sandy at our New York-area hotels, especially our Residence Inn on Long Island. Our extended-stay hotels allow us to capitalize on opportunities to enhance revenue over a longer duration, providing special long-term room rates for emergency crews and displaced residents in tandem with standard rates for our conventional short- and long-term guests.
“Supplementing our fourth quarter performance was continued RevPAR growth in our joint-venture portfolio that exceeded industry averages,” Fisher highlighted. “This, along with our wholly owned portfolio results, produced double digit increases in fourth quarter 2012 EBITDA and FFO.
“We remain confident that our business plan will continue to generate superior shareholder returns through investing in high quality, premium-branded hotels in high-barrier-to-entry markets acquired at attractive prices that can benefit from strategic asset management and experienced operators. Our 2012 results validate that strategy, which resulted in above industry average RevPAR growth and strong operating results,” Fisher stated. “Comparable hotel gross operating profits improved 12.4 percent on RevPAR growth of 8.0 percent, which equates to a healthy 1.6 times operating leverage. Combined with the strong performance within our joint venture, our core investment portfolio generated 81 percent growth in adjusted EBITDA and 52 percent growth in adjusted FFO for the full year.”
Joint Venture Results Exceeded Expectations
Chatham holds a 10.3 percent interest in a joint venture (JV) with affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. that currently owns a 55-hotel portfolio, comprising 7,282 rooms. The company received distributions of $0.3 million from the joint venture attributed to cash flow from operations during the 2012 fourth quarter, bringing total distributions to Chatham of $21.2 million year-to-date.
“The joint venture’s portfolio performance has been outstanding,” Fisher said. “Chatham’s net investment in the portfolio is now approximately $15.8 million, with the JV contributing adjusted FFO of $3.7 million for full year 2012. We expect that figure to rise in 2013. Our returns have been extremely gratifying.”
During the 2012 fourth quarter, the company acquired the recently opened 122-room Hampton Inn Portland Downtown – Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Maine for $28 million. The purchase included an adjacent, sizeable land parcel which can be sold or used for future development of a hotel, office, retail or residential units. The hotel is located in the Old Port district and offers nearby access to downtown Portland’s waterfront, historical attractions, boutiques, many restaurants and bars. The hotel is the #1 rated hotel on TripAdvisor for the Portland market, which is one of New England’s top travel destinations.
Subsequent to the fourth quarter, the company acquired the 197-room Courtyard by Marriott Houston Medical Center hotel for $34.75 million, adjacent to the world’s largest medical complex, the Texas Medical Center. The hotel is proximate to Rice University, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, the Houston museum complex comprised of 19 museums, and the 445-acre Hermann Park and Houston Zoo. The hotel is less than a mile from Reliant Park, North America’s largest and most versatile event venue complex.
“These two, high-quality hotels are in great locations within premier markets that possess very favorable dynamics looking ahead,” commented Peter Willis, Chatham’s chief investment officer. “Both hotels have excellent upside potential. We maintain an active pipeline and will continue to make accretive acquisitions as conditions allow.”
As of December 31, 2012, the company had debt outstanding of $239.2 million at an average interest rate of 5.0 percent. Net debt was $234.8 million at December 31, 2012. Chatham’s leverage ratio currently is 51 percent based on the company’s hotel investments at cost.
During the fourth quarter, the company amended its $115 million senior secured revolving credit facility. The amendment extends the maturity date to November 5, 2015, and includes an option to extend the maturity by an additional year. Other key amended terms reduce the company’s borrowing costs under the credit facility by approximately 250 basis points and lowers the minimum fixed-charge coverage ratio to 1.5 times.
After the close of the fourth quarter, the company refinanced approximately $80 million in mortgage loans on the Residence Inn by Marriott hotels in San Diego, Calif., and Tysons Corner, Va., as well as the Homewood Suites by Hilton on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. The three, 10-year loans, individually collateralized by the hotels, carry a fixed-interest rate of approximately 4.6 percent, with principal and interest based on a 30-year amortization. The previous loans on the three properties carried an average interest rate of approximately 6 percent. As a result, the company reduced the weighted average rate on its fixed-rate debt by approximately 80 basis points to 5.18 percent and extended the weighted average maturity on its fixed-rate debt to late 2020 from 2017. The company has no significant loan maturities until 2016. Additionally, the company repaid the approximate $19 million loan balance outstanding on its Washington, D.C. hotel using borrowings under the company’s revolving secured credit facility.
“We appreciate the support of our bank group through these refinancing efforts, which have significantly reduced our borrowing costs, augmented our earnings power and shifted our debt maturity well into the future,” said Dennis Craven, Chatham’s chief financial officer. “With new supply expected to remain at historically low levels and lodging demand expected to continue its rise in the foreseeable future, we anticipate that our revised debt structure will generate incremental cash flow available for distribution to our shareholders.”
Also after the end of the fourth quarter, the company completed an offering of approximately 3.6 million common shares at $14.70 per share, generating gross proceeds of approximately $53 million. Proceeds from the offering were used to repay debt under the company’s senior secured revolving credit facility, including debt incurred in connection with the company’s $28 million acquisition of the Hampton Inn Portland Downtown – Waterfront in Portland, Maine, as well as the $34.75 million acquisition of the Courtyard by Marriott Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
The company commenced the renovation of its Residence Inn in Anaheim, Calif., during the fourth quarter, but delayed the start of the renovation at its Residence Inn in New Rochelle, N.Y., until January to help meet the needs of displaced residents and emergency workers following Hurricane Sandy. Both renovations are scheduled for completion towards the end of the first quarter of 2013.
As previously announced, the company has commenced the rebranding of the former 105-room DoubleTree by Hilton Washington, D.C. hotel in Foggy Bottom, located at 801 New Hampshire Ave. N.W. The hotel will become a Residence Inn upon concluding renovations scheduled for completion in the 2013 second quarter.
Chatham currently pays a monthly dividend of $0.07 per common share, the only public lodging REIT to pay a dividend that frequently. The annualized dividend of $0.84 per common share represents a dividend yield of 5.0 percent, one of the highest in the industry, based on the company’s commons share closing price of $16.78 at the close of business on February 15, 2013.
The company provides guidance, but does not undertake to update it for any developments in its business. Achievement of the results is subject to the risks disclosed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. RevPAR growth for 2013 is adversely impacted approximately 160 basis points due to guest displacement associated with the rebranding of the Washington DC hotel and the incremental business in 2012 from Hurricane Sandy. The company’s guidance is presented below for key items:
Funds from operations (FFO), Adjusted FFO (AFFO), EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA 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.
The company will hold its fourth quarter 2013 conference call tomorrow, February 20, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Shareholders and other interested parties may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call on the Internet by logging onto Chatham’s Web site, www.chathamlodgingtrust.com, or www.streetevents.com, or may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-877-941-9205, reference number 4594716. A recording of the call will be available by telephone until midnight on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, by dialing 1-800-406-7325, reference number 4594716. A replay of the conference call will be posted on Chatham’s website.
About Chatham Lodging Trust
Chatham Lodging Trust is a self-advised REIT that was organized to invest in upscale extended-stay hotels and premium-branded, select-service hotels. The company owns interests in 75 hotels acquired for approximately $1.5 billion, comprised of 20 hotels it wholly owns with an aggregate of 2,733 rooms/suites in 11 states and the District of Columbia and holds a minority investment in a joint venture that owns 55 hotels with an aggregate of 7,282 rooms/suites. Additional information about Chatham may be found at www.chathamlodgingtrust.com.
Included in this press release are certain “non-GAAP financial measures,” within the meaning of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and regulations, that are different from measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles). The company considers the following non-GAAP financial measures useful to investors as key supplemental measures of its operating performance: (1) FFO, (2) Adjusted FFO, (3) EBITDA, and (4) Adjusted EBITDA. These non-GAAP financial measures could be considered along with, but not as alternatives to, net income or loss, cash flows from operations or any other measures of the company’s operating performance prescribed by GAAP.
FFO As Defined by NAREIT and Adjusted FFO
The company calculates FFO in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), which defines FFO as net income or loss (calculated in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains or losses from sales of real estate, impairment write-downs, items classified by GAAP as extraordinary, the cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles, plus depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs), and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. The company believes that the presentation of FFO provides useful information to investors regarding its operating performance because it measures performance without regard to specified non-cash items such as real estate depreciation and amortization, gain or loss on sale of real estate assets and certain other items that the company believes are not indicative of the performance of its underlying hotel properties. The company believes that these items are more representative of its asset base and its acquisition and disposition activities than its ongoing operations, and that by excluding the effects of the items, FFO is useful to investors in comparing its operating performance between periods and between REITs that also report FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition.
The company further adjusts FFO for certain additional items that are not in NAREIT’s definition of FFO, including acquisition transaction costs or other charges and adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. The company believes that Adjusted FFO provides investors with another financial measure that may facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods and between REITs that make similar adjustments to FFO.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
The company calculates EBITDA as net income or loss excluding interest expense; provision for income taxes, including income taxes applicable to sale of assets; depreciation and amortization; and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. The company believes EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating its operating performance because it helps investors compare the company’s operating performance between periods and between REITs that report similar measures by removing the impact of its capital structure (primarily interest expense) and asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) from its operating results. In addition, the company uses EBITDA as one measure in determining the value of hotel acquisitions and dispositions.
The company further adjusts EBITDA for certain additional items, including acquisition transaction costs and other charges, non-cash share-based compensation and adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, which it believes are not indicative of the performance of its underlying hotel properties. The company believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides investors with another financial measure that may facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods and between REITs.
Although the company presents FFO, Adjusted FFO, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA because it believes they are useful to investors in comparing the company’s operating performance between periods and between REITs, these measures have limitations as analytical tools. Some of these limitations are:
The company’s reconciliation of FFO, Adjusted FFO, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders, as determined under GAAP, is set forth below.
Forward-Looking Statement Safe Harbor
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 assumption and forecasts of future results. 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: national and local economic and business conditions, including the effect on travel of potential terrorist attacks, that will affect occupancy rates at the company’s hotels and the demand for hotel products and services; operating risks associated with the hotel business; risks associated with the level of the company’s indebtedness and its ability to meet covenants in its debt agreements; relationships with property managers; the company’s ability to maintain its properties in a first-class manner, including meeting capital expenditure requirements; the company’s ability to compete effectively in areas such as access, location, quality of accommodations and room rate structures; changes in travel patterns, taxes and government regulations which influence or determine wages, prices, construction procedures and costs; the company’s ability to complete acquisitions and dispositions; and the company’s ability to continue to satisfy complex rules in order for the company to remain a REIT for federal income tax purposes and other risks and uncertainties associated with the company’s business described in the company's filings with the SEC. Although the company 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 February 19, 2013, and the company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company's expectations.
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