PHILADELPHIA and DENVER, Aug. 28, 2023 — Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) (“Hersha” or the “Company”), owner of luxury and lifestyle hotels in coastal gateway and resort markets, and KSL Capital Partners, LLC (“KSL”), a leading investor in travel and leisure businesses, today announced a definitive merger agreement, entered into on August 27, 2023, under which affiliates of KSL will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Hersha for $10.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion. The purchase price represents a premium of approximately 60% over Hersha’s closing share price on August 25, 2023, the last full trading day prior to this announcement.
Mr. Jay H. Shah, Hersha’s Executive Chairman, stated: “This transaction provides our shareholders with immediate and certain value at a substantial premium to our public valuation. Following a multi-year comprehensive review by the independent Transaction Committee of Hersha’s Board of Trustees, the Board and management team are confident this step will allow us to deliver value for our shareholders while refocusing on growing the business over a longer period of time.”
Mr. Neil H. Shah, Hersha’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are proud of the work our team has done to build on Hersha’s culture and capabilities and make the company what it is today. This transaction is a result of our deliberate actions to focus on key gateway markets and lifestyle and leisure properties, as well as our work to create a concentrated portfolio consisting of some of the highest quality hotels in their respective markets.”
Mr. Marty Newburger, Partner at KSL, stated: “Hersha and its team have built an impressive, curated portfolio of experiential luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts in strategic markets. With KSL’s extensive track record investing in high-quality assets in dynamic metropolitan markets across North America and around the world, we are uniquely suited to position the business for further success over the long term.”
Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously recommended by the independent Transaction Committee of Hersha’s Board of Trustees and unanimously approved by Hersha’s full Board of Trustees, Hersha shareholders will receive $10.00 in cash for each common share they own, and holders of Hersha’s 6.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, 6.50% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares and 6.50% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares will receive $25.00 in cash, plus any accrued and unpaid dividends to which they are entitled, for each preferred share they own. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the holders of a majority of Hersha’s outstanding common shares as set forth in the merger agreement. Certain members of Hersha’s executive management team and certain of their affiliated trusts have signed separate voting agreements under which they agreed to vote certain Hersha shares controlled by each of them in support of the proposed transaction. Subject to and upon completion of the transaction, Hersha’s common shares and preferred shares will no longer be listed on any public securities exchange.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor and Latham and Watkins LLP and Venable LLP are serving as legal advisors to the Transaction Committee of Hersha’s Board of Trustees. Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is serving as legal advisor to Hersha. Wells Fargo and Citigroup are serving as financial advisors and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Miles and Stockbridge P.C. are serving as legal advisors to KSL. Additionally, Wells Fargo and Citigroup provided a debt financing commitment to KSL in connection with the transaction.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed transaction, the Company plans to file relevant materials with the SEC, including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Promptly after filing its definitive proxy statement with the SEC, the Company will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each shareholder entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND ANY DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION. The definitive proxy statement, the preliminary proxy statement, and any other relevant materials in connection with the transaction (when they become available) and any other documents filed by the Company with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by accessing the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://www.hersha.com.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company and its trustees and certain of its executive officers may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s shareholders with respect to the proposed transaction. Information about the Company’s trustees and executive officers and their interests in the Company’s securities is set forth in the Company’s proxy statement on Schedule 14A for its 2023 annual meeting of shareholders, filed with the SEC on April 13, 2023, and subsequent documents filed with the SEC.
Additional information regarding the identity of participants in the solicitation of proxies, and a description of their direct or indirect interests in the proposed transaction, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction when they become available.