News for the Hospitality Executive
Concord Hospitality Secures $13.4 million Loan to Build
a 124-room Courtyard by Marriott in Pittsburgh
Company Continues to Secure Financing Despite Down Economy
PITTSBURGH/RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C., February 9, 2009—Concord Hospitality Enterprises, one of the nation’s top-ranked hotel developer/owner/operators, today announced that it secured a $13.4 million loan to build a 124-room Courtyard by Marriott in Pittsburgh, Pa. S&T Bank financed the loan. It is the seventh of Concord’s nine properties in Pittsburgh to be financed by the institution.
“The economy and hotel industry are in a downturn that is expected to begin rebounding in 2010, just as this hotel is projected to open,” said Keith McGraw, a Pittsburgh-based partner of Concord. “Regardless of where we are in the economic cycle, management is the most critical component in the success of a hotel, and Concord has compiled an impressive track record over its 24-year history. Their management strategy and execution consistently produce hotels that perform at their maximum revenue potential and outperform their competitive set. As a result, we have been able to continue our long-standing relationship with S&T Bank and secure financing during one of the most difficult economic environments in decades.”
The Courtyard by Marriott Settlers Ridge will be the company’s ninth property in the Pittsburgh area, and will be the only hotel in city’s newly planned Settlers Ridge retail development. The property, just under construction, is expected to open in the spring of 2010, in conjunction with the opening of the Settlers Ridge development.
“Our ability to obtain financing even while credit markets are tight will allow us to continue our development program in 2009,” said Mark G. Laport, president and CEO of Concord Hospitality. “As a result, we remain on target to double the size of our portfolio to more than 100 owned and managed properties.” Concord currently has 11 new-build hotels aggregating nearly 1,358 rooms under construction. This is the largest amount of new hotel development under way at one time in the company’s 24-year history.
Laport noted that operational excellence will be what sustains the hospitality industry through this downturn. “Meticulous management of top- and bottom-line revenues, costs and guest and associate satisfaction will be the difference between profit and loss. Pre-opening is one of the most important phases of developing a hotel, and we are putting a top-notch team in place to operate the property.
“We believe there are solid opportunities to develop hotels in all phases of the economy,” he added. “There are certain advantages to being a contrarian, if you have the expertise and the funding to back it up.”
About Concord Hospitality
|Also See:||Concord Hospitality Enterprises Sells 19-hotel Portfolio of Marriott-branded Properties to Moody National Cos. for $440 million; Plans to Build New Hotels with Proceeds / September 2007|
|Concord Hospitality Currently Has 15 Hotels Under Construction, Aggregating 2,146 rooms and Valued at $350 million / November 2008|