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DALLAS, July 2, 2018 -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") announced today that it has completed the previously disclosed acquisition of the 252-room Hilton Alexandria Old Town located in Alexandria, Virginia, for total consideration of $111 million. 

This acquisition of the Hilton Alexandria Old Town is expected to be Ashford Trust's first hotel acquisition to benefit from the Enhanced Return Funding Program (the "Program" or "ERFP"), which was announced on June 26, 2018.  In connection with this acquisition and subject to the terms of the ERFP, Ashford Inc. has committed to provide Ashford Trust with approximately $11.1 million of cash via the future purchase of hotel furniture, fixtures, and equipment ("FF&E") at Ashford Trust properties.  

Concurrent with the completion of the acquisition, the Company has financed the hotel with a $73.5 million non-recourse mortgage loan.  The interest-only loan has a term of five years and bears interest at a rate of LIBOR + 2.45%.  The property will continue to be operated as a Hilton under a management agreement with Hilton.

Inclusive of the funds provided by Ashford Inc. under the Program in relation to the Hilton Alexandria Old Town acquisition and assuming the Ashford Inc. funding were to occur at closing, the adjusted net purchase price per key equates to approximately $396,000, and represents, as of May 31, 2018, an estimated trailing 12-month capitalization rate on net operating income of 8.3% and a trailing 12-month EBITDA multiple of 10.9x according to the Company's estimates based upon unaudited financial data provided by the sellers1.  The Company believes the ERFP would improve the estimated leveraged internal rate of return of the transaction by approximately 1,130 basis points2, assuming leverage of 66% on the acquired hotel3.  

"We are pleased to complete the acquisition of the Hilton Alexandria as it is not only an accretive addition to our portfolio, but it is also the first transaction expected to benefit from the new Enhanced Return Funding Program with Ashford Inc. which we believe should further improve the returns to our shareholders," said Douglas A. Kessler, Ashford Trust's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Going forward, we expect this funding arrangement will be a clear competitive advantage for us as we continue to look for opportunities to grow our platform and increase stockholder value." 

Ashford Hospitality Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing opportunistically in the hospitality industry in upper upscale, full-service hotels.

Ashford has created an Ashford App for the hospitality REIT investor community.  The Ashford App is available for free download at Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store by searching "Ashford."

Contact: Deric Eubanks

(972) 490-9600

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