News for the Hospitality Executive
CHICAGO, May 1, 2012 -- Strategic Hotels & Resorts,
Inc. (NYSE: BEE) today reported results for the first quarter
ended March 31, 2012.
(a) Please refer to tables provided later in this press release for a reconciliation of net loss to Comparable FFO, Comparable FFO per share and Comparable EBITDA. Comparable FFO, Comparable FFO per share and Comparable EBITDA are non-GAAP measures and are further explained with the reconciliation tables.
(b) Operating statistics reflect results from the Company's Total United States portfolio (see portfolio definitions later in this press release).
(c) Operating statistics reflect results from the Company's North American same store portfolio (see portfolio definitions later in this press release).
"Our continued excellent results reflect the ongoing strength in demand for high-end hotels and resorts across all our business segments. The ongoing economic recovery, combined with our sustained productivity enhancements, has once more resulted in significant top line growth and healthy margin expansion," said Laurence Geller, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Moreover, newly developed high-end room supply remains negligible for the foreseeable future, providing us a strong, sustainable competitive advantage in our markets."
First Quarter Highlights
For the second quarter 2012, the Company's board of directors authorized, and the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.53125 per share of 8.5 percent Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (Series A) payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2012, a quarterly dividend of $0.51563 per share of 8.25 percent Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (Series B) payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2012 and a quarterly dividend of $0.51563 per share of 8.25 percent Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (Series C) payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2012, contingent upon the Company's ability to meet, on the payment date, the requirements of the Maryland General Corporation Law with respect to the payment of dividends (the "Maryland Dividend Requirement"). While the Company cannot make any guarantees, it currently expects to be able to meet the Maryland Dividend Requirement on the June 29, 2012 payment date.
The Company had previously announced the declaration of accrued and unpaid dividends on the Series A, B and C Preferred Stock through March 31, 2012 payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2012, contingent upon the Company's ability to meet the Maryland Dividend Requirement on the payment date. In total, 14 quarters of preferred dividends have been declared payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2012, equating to $7.4375 per share of Series A Preferred Stock and $7.21882 per share of Series B and Series C Preferred Stock.
On April 23rd, the Company closed on the sale of 18.4 million shares of common stock at a public offering price of $6.50 per share, including 2.4 million shares of common stock issued pursuant to the exercise in full of the underwriters' over-allotment option. The Company received approximately $114.8 million from the offering after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions related to the offering. The Company used the net proceeds from the offering to reduce borrowings under its secured bank credit facility, fund the payment of accrued and unpaid preferred dividends, and fund capital expenditures and working capital.
Based on the results of the first quarter and current forecasts for the remainder of the year, management is reaffirming its guidance range for full year 2012 RevPAR growth, Total RevPAR growth and Comparable EBITDA, and adjusting its guidance range for Comparable FFO per fully diluted share to reflect the shares issued in the common equity offering which closed on April 23rd.
For the year ending December 31, 2012, the Company anticipates that Comparable EBITDA will be in the range of $165.0 million to $180.0 million and Comparable FFO in the range of $0.21 and $0.29 per fully diluted share. Management is also reaffirming its guidance for North American same store RevPAR growth in the range between 6.0 percent to 8.0 percent and Total RevPAR growth in the range between 5.0 percent and 7.0 percent.
Total United States portfolio hotel comparisons for the first quarter 2012 are derived from the Company's hotel portfolio at March 31, 2012, consisting of all 14 properties located in the United States, including unconsolidated joint ventures.
North American same store hotel comparisons for the first quarter 2012 are derived from the Company's hotel portfolio at March 31, 2012, consisting of properties located in North America and held for five or more quarters, in which operations are included in the consolidated results of the Company. As a result, same store comparisons include 11 properties and exclude the Four Seasons Jackson Hole and Four Seasons Silicon Valley hotels, which were acquired on March 11, 2011, and the unconsolidated Hotel del Coronado and Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotels.
European hotel comparisons for the first quarter 2012 are derived from the Company's European owned and leased hotel properties at March 31, 2012, consisting of the Marriott London Grosvenor Square and the Marriott Hamburg.
The Company will conduct its first quarter 2012 conference call for investors and other interested parties on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). Interested individuals are invited to access the call by dialing 888.679.8018 (toll international: 617.213.4845) with passcode 35186130. To participate on the webcast, log on to the company's website at http://www.strategichotels.com or http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/9s7959dw/lan/en 15 minutes before the call to download the necessary software.
For those unable to listen to the call live, a taped rebroadcast will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on May 2, 2012 through 11:59 p.m. ET on May 9, 2012. To access the replay, dial 888.286.8010 (toll international: 617.801.6888) with passcode 48871579. A replay of the call will also be available on the Internet at http://www.strategichotels.com or http://www.earnings.com for 30 days after the call.
The Company also produces supplemental financial data that includes detailed information regarding its operating results. This supplemental data is considered an integral part of this earnings release. These materials are available on the Strategic Hotels & Resorts' website at www.strategichotels.com within the first quarter information section.
About the Company
Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) which owns and provides value-enhancing asset management of high-end hotels and resorts in the United States, Mexico and Europe. The Company currently has ownership interests in 17 properties with an aggregate of 7,762 rooms and 840,000 square feet of meeting space. For a list of current properties and for further information, please visit the Company's website at http://www.strategichotels.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements about Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (the "Company"). Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements subject to certain risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company's future financial results, stabilization in the lodging space, positive trends in the lodging industry and the Company's continued focus on improving profitability. Actual results could differ materially from the Company's projections. Factors that may contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to the following: the effects of the recent global economic recession upon business and leisure travel and the hotel markets in which the Company invests; the Company's liquidity and refinancing demands; the Company's ability to obtain or refinance maturing debt; the Company's ability to maintain compliance with covenants contained in the Company's debt facilities; the Company's ability to meet the requirements of the Maryland General Corporation Law with respect to the payment of preferred dividends on the June 29, 2012 payment date; stagnation or further deterioration in economic and market conditions, particularly impacting business and leisure travel spending in the markets where the Company's hotels operate and in which the Company invests, including luxury and upper upscale product; general volatility of the capital markets and the market price of the Company's shares of common stock; availability of capital; the Company's ability to dispose of properties in a manner consistent with the Company's investment strategy and liquidity needs; hostilities and security concerns, including future terrorist attacks, or the apprehension of hostilities, in each case that affect travel within or to the United States, Mexico, Germany, England or other countries where the Company invests; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; the Company's failure to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures; risks related to natural disasters; increases in interest rates and operating costs, including insurance premiums and real property taxes; contagious disease outbreaks, such as the H1N1 virus outbreak; delays and cost-overruns in construction and development; marketing challenges associated with entering new lines of business or pursuing new business strategies; the Company's failure to maintain the Company's status as a REIT; changes in the competitive environment in the Company's industry and the markets where the Company invests; changes in real estate and zoning laws or regulations; legislative or regulatory changes, including changes to laws governing the taxation of REITS; changes in generally accepted accounting principles, policies and guidelines; and litigation, judgments or settlements.
Additional risks are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those appearing under the heading "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and subsequent Form 10-Qs. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
The following tables reconcile projected 2012 net loss attributable to common shareholders to projected Comparable EBITDA, Comparable FFO and Comparable FFO per diluted share (in millions, except per share data):
(a) Comparable FFO per Diluted Share has been adjusted to reflect the 18.4 million shares issued in the Company's common equity offering which closed on April 23rd, 2012.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We present five non-GAAP financial measures that we believe are useful to management and investors as key measures of our operating performance: Funds from Operations (FFO); FFO - Fully Diluted; Comparable FFO; Earnings Before Interest Expense, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA); and Comparable EBITDA.
EBITDA represents net income (or loss) attributable to SHR common shareholders excluding: (i) interest expense, (ii) income taxes, including deferred income tax benefits and expenses applicable to our foreign subsidiaries and income taxes applicable to sale of assets; (iii) depreciation and amortization; and (iv) preferred stock dividends. EBITDA also excludes interest expense, income taxes and depreciation and amortization of our unconsolidated affiliates. EBITDA is presented on a full participation basis, which means we have assumed conversion of all redeemable noncontrolling interests of our operating partnership into our common stock. We believe this treatment of noncontrolling interests provides useful information for management and our investors and appropriately considers our current capital structure. We also present Comparable EBITDA, which eliminates the effect of realizing deferred gains on our sale leasebacks, as well as the effect of gains or losses on sales of assets, early extinguishment of debt, impairment losses, foreign currency exchange gains or losses and other non-cash charges, such as the Value Creation Plan expense. We believe EBITDA and Comparable EBITDA are useful to management and investors in evaluating our operating performance because they provide management and investors with an indication of our ability to incur and service debt, to satisfy general operating expenses, to make capital expenditures and to fund other cash needs or reinvest cash into our business. We also believe they help management and investors meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the impact of our asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) from our operating results. Our management also uses EBITDA and Comparable EBITDA as measures in determining the value of acquisitions and dispositions.
We compute FFO in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT, with the exception of impairment of depreciable real estate. NAREIT adopted a definition of FFO in order to promote an industry-wide standard measure of REIT operating performance. NAREIT defines FFO as net income (or loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP) excluding losses or gains from sales of depreciable property, impairment of depreciable real estate, real estate-related depreciation and amortization, and our portion of these items related to unconsolidated affiliates. We also present FFO - Fully Diluted, which is FFO plus income or loss on income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests in our operating partnership. We also present Comparable FFO, which is FFO - Fully Diluted excluding the impact of any gains or losses on early extinguishment of debt, impairment losses, foreign currency exchange gains or losses and other non-cash charges, such as the Value Creation Plan expense. We believe that the presentation of FFO, FFO - Fully Diluted and Comparable FFO provides useful information to management and investors regarding our results of operations because they are measures of our ability to fund capital expenditures and expand our business. In addition, FFO is widely used in the real estate industry to measure operating performance without regard to items such as depreciation and amortization. We also present Comparable FFO per diluted share as a non-GAAP measure of our performance. We calculate Comparable FFO per diluted share for a given operating period as our Comparable FFO (as defined above) divided by the weighted average of fully diluted shares outstanding. Comparable FFO per diluted share, in accordance with NAREIT, is adjusted for the effects of dilutive securities. Dilutive securities may include shares granted under share-based compensation plans, operating partnership units and exchangeable debt securities. No effect is shown for securities that are anti-dilutive.
We caution investors that amounts presented in accordance with our definitions of FFO, FFO - Fully Diluted, Comparable FFO, EBITDA, and Comparable EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies, since not all companies calculate these non-GAAP measures in the same manner. FFO, FFO - Fully Diluted, Comparable FFO, EBITDA, and Comparable EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative measure of our net income (or loss) or operating performance. FFO, FFO - Fully Diluted, Comparable FFO, EBITDA, and Comparable EBITDA may include funds that may not be available for our discretionary use due to functional requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures and property acquisitions and other commitments and uncertainties. Although we believe that FFO, FFO - Fully Diluted, Comparable FFO, EBITDA, and Comparable EBITDA can enhance your understanding of our financial condition and results of operations, these non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed individually, are not necessarily a better indicator of any trend as compared to comparable GAAP measures such as net income (or loss) attributable to SHR common shareholders. In addition, you should be aware that adverse economic and market conditions might negatively impact our cash flow. We have provided a quantitative reconciliation of FFO, FFO - Fully Diluted, Comparable FFO, EBITDA, and Comparable EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial performance measure, which is net income (or loss) attributable to SHR common shareholders.
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