News for the Hospitality Executive
Lodgian Identifies Nine Hotels that it Intends to Sell,
These Hotels to Discontinued Operations in the 2008 First Quarter
ATLANTA, Ga., December 27, 2007 — Lodgian, Inc. (AMEX: LGN), one of
the nation's largest independent owners and operators of full-service hotels,
today released information to update investors regarding the Company's
previously announced review of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder
value. These plans include increased authorization of share repurchases
and the sale of additional hotel assets. The Company will continue
its review of strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, including,
among other things, a sale of the entire Company. However, the current
volatility in the debt and credit markets may inhibit or delay the signing
or consummation of a transaction to sell the Company. As a result,
Lodgian has suspended discussions with interested parties.
December 21, 2007, the closing price for the Company's shares as reported on the American Stock Exchange was $12.00 per share. Commencing with purchases in May 2006 and through December 20, 2007, the Company has repurchased an aggregate of 1.6 million shares of Common Stock at an average cost of $.11.83 per share. The Company expects that its repurchases will continue as it explores other strategic alternatives for the enhancement of shareholder value. Investors should be aware that as a result, it is possible that the Company may be repurchasing shares at a time when it is evaluating strategic alternatives, including without limitation a potential sale of the Company, and that this raises the possibility that a Company repurchase might occur shortly prior to, and at a lower price than it negotiates for a sale of the Company. The Company will continue executing its share repurchases in accordance with the requirements of the safe harbor provisions of SEC Rule 10b-18.
As part of its review of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, the Company has continued with its previously announced plan for the sale of certain assets, having sold 24 hotels since November 1, 2006 for aggregate gross proceeds of $92 million. Further, Lodgian has identified nine additional hotels that it intends to sell. "The sale of these non-strategic properties will allow us to concentrate operationally on those hotels that will generate the highest returns and produce long-term growth for the company," said Ed Rohling, Lodgian’s president and chief executive officer. “We will be increasing our operational focus on our upscale and upper upscale properties, which will comprise approximately 66 percent of the remaining rooms.”
The nine hotels are identified as:
Of the nine hotels to be sold, three have net book values in excess of anticipated net proceeds. Therefore, the decision to sell these hotels will cause the Company to recognize an impairment charge, currently estimated to be approximately $6 million, which will be recorded in the 4th quarter of 2007. The Company expects to reclassify these hotels to discontinued operations in the 2008 first quarter. Management and the Board of Directors remain focused on the enhancement of shareholder value through all reasonably available means.
The Company has decided to resume its practice of holding investor conference calls periodically, when it releases its financial results.
This press release includes forward-looking statements related to Lodgian's operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially. The words "may," "should," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "project," "estimate," "plan," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Certain factors are not within the company's control and readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the company's ability to generate sufficient working capital from operations and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the company's SEC reports. The company undertakes no obligations to update events to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future results over time.
|Also See:||Edward Rohling Elected CEO and Board Member at Lodgian; Thomas Parrington Steps Down Under Transition Plan / September 2005|
|Lodgian Inc. Reports Significant Drop in Net Income for 3rd Qtr 2006; Will Sell 27 More of its Hotels / November 2006|