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CNL Hospitality Completes Acquisition of Six KSL Resorts for
$1.4 billion in Cash and Assumption of $794 million Debt;
KSL Appointed Interim Management Company
ORLANDO, Fla., April 2, 2004 - CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc., an Orlando-based real estate investment trust (REIT), today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of KSL Recreation Corporation ("KSL"), including KSL's portfolio of six luxury destination resorts. CNL Hospitality, through its subsidiaries, acquired 100 percent of the outstanding stock of KSL for $1.4 billion in cash and assumed KSL's long-term debt of $794 million.

"This is an exciting milestone in our company's history, as we add six world-renowned resorts at an opportune time in a strengthening lodging industry," said Thomas J. Hutchison III, chief executive officer of CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc. "The KSL acquisition directly aligns with our long-term investment strategy to assemble a quality, robust portfolio, while further broadening our overall diversification."

With the closing of this transaction, CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc.  adds 3,531 rooms and strengthens its presence in major destination markets. As a result of this acquisition, the company, based on total assets, is the nation's second largest hotel REIT, with a portfolio of 136 hotels and resorts with total assets of more than $6 billion. The acquired KSL resorts include:

  • 780-room Grand Wailea Resort & Spa on Maui, Hawaii
  • 796-room La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West in La Quinta, California
  • 692-room Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida
  • 738-room Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 279-room Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, California
  • 246-room Lake Lanier Islands Resort near Atlanta, Georgia
John A. Griswold, president of CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc., added, "We are pleased to expand our presence in the luxury resort market with the addition of these outstanding properties, which combine distinctive destinations with unparalleled guest services. KSL has been very successful over the past decade in assembling and operating this world-class portfolio of resorts, and we are delighted to add these hotels to our growing asset base."

As part of the transaction, CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc. has entered into interim management agreements under which KSL will continue to manage each of the six resorts until a permanent manager is selected. Also in connection with the acquisition, the company entered into a $1.1 billion short-term credit agreement with an affiliate of Deutsche Bank AG.

CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc. is an affiliate of CNL Financial Group, Inc. and owns interests in a portfolio of 136 hotels with more than 32,500 rooms in 37 states and Canada with 19 nationally recognized hotel brands.  Headquartered in Orlando, CNL Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation's largest privately held real estate investment and finance companies. CNL Financial Group, Inc. and the entities it has formed or acquired have more than $12 billion in assets, representing more than 4,000 properties in 49 states and Canada. 

Certain statements and information included in this release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 

CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc.
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Also See: Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa Now Managed by Its's Owner, Florida Panthers Holdings, Inc. / July 1999
Architectural Landmark Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa Acquired by KSL Recreation for $335 million Plus $8.3 million in Working Capital Adjustments / Dec 2000
KSL Recreation Corporation Purchases Maui's Five-Diamond Grand Wailea Resort Hotel Spa / Nov 1998
KSL Recreation Corporation Purchases The Claremont Resort Spa / April 1998 
CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc. and KSL Recreation Corporation Acquiring Hotel del Coronado from Lowe Enterprises Investment Management / October 2003

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