Chesapeake Lodging Trust Reports Fourth Quarter Results and Increases Quarterly Dividend by 9%

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Chesapeake Lodging Trust Reports Fourth Quarter Results and Increases Quarterly Dividend by 9%

ANNAPOLIS, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYS: CHSP) , a lodging real estate investment trust (REIT), reported today its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pro Forma RevPAR - 5.5% increase for comparable 10-hotel portfolio over the same period in 2011. Excluding the impact of certain non-recurring events that occurred during the quarter, pro forma RevPAR increase would have been between 7.75% - 8.00%.
  • Pro Forma Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin - 150 basis point increase for comparable 10-hotel portfolio over the same period in 2011.
  • Acquisitions - Acquired the 222-room The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection in Minneapolis, Minnesota for $46.0 million.
  • Equity offerings - Subsequent to year end, successfully completed a $173.0 million common share offering.
  • Financings - Amended its revolving credit facility, increasing facility size, reducing cost of borrowings, and extending the initial term. Subsequent to year end, closed on a $32.0 million mortgage loan.
  • Dividends - Increased first quarter 2013 dividend by 9% to $0.24 per common share (4.3% annualized yield based on the closing price of the Trust's common shares on February 20, 2013).

"The successful common share offering completed subsequent to year end was an important milestone for us," said James L. Francis, Chesapeake Lodging Trust's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With the offering, we have now been able to achieve a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion. We are very proud of the progress we have made since Chesapeake completed its IPO in January 2010. In the three years since, we've been able to assemble an impressive portfolio of 15 hotels located in top markets across the United States. With this latest equity offering, we have enhanced our ability to continue taking advantage of attractive acquisition opportunities as we proceed through 2013."

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

The following is a summary of the consolidated financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 (in millions, except per share amounts):

   Three months ended   Year ended
December 31,December 31,

2012(1)

   

2011(2)

2012(3)

   

2011(4)

 
Total revenue$85.1$56.1$278.3$172.2
 
Net income available to common shareholders$7.5$2.9$22.8$9.0
Net income per diluted common share$0.19$0.09$0.66$0.30
 
FFO available to common shareholders$15.9$9.2$51.5$27.2
FFO per diluted common share$0.40$0.29$1.51$0.92
 
AFFO available to common shareholders$16.0$10.1$54.8$32.7
AFFO per diluted common share$0.41$0.32$1.61$1.11
 
Corporate EBITDA$23.8$14.4$77.6$40.5
 
Adjusted Corporate EBITDA$24.0$15.3$80.9$46.0
 

(1) Includes results of operations of 14 hotels for the full period and one hotel for part of the period.

(2) Includes results of operations of 10 hotels for the full period and one hotel for part of the period.

(3) Includes results of operations of 11 hotels for the full period and four hotels for part of the period.

(4) Includes results of operations of five hotels for the full period and six hotels for part of the period.

HOTEL OPERATING RESULTS

Management assesses the operating performance of its hotels irrespective of the hotel owner during the periods compared. Included in the following table are comparisons, on a pro forma basis, of occupancy, average daily rate (ADR), room revenue per available room (RevPAR), Adjusted Hotel EBITDA, and Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin, the key operating metrics that management uses to assess the performance of its hotels. The key operating metrics include the hotel operating results of 10 of the Trust's 15 hotels owned as of December 31, 2012. The key operating metrics do not include operating results for the Holiday Inn New York City Midtown - 31st Street, as the hotel opened for business on January 19, 2012; the Hotel Adagio San Francisco, as the hotel was under renovation during the period; and the W Chicago - Lakeshore, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, and The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection, as these hotels were acquired during 2012. The following is a summary of the key operating metrics for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 (in thousands, except pro forma ADR and pro forma RevPAR):

      
Three months endedYear ended
December 31,December 31,
2012   2011   Change2012   2011   Change
 
Pro forma occupancy74.6%74.2%40 bps79.0%77.4%160 bps
Pro forma ADR$187.43$178.674.9%$187.70$176.046.6%
Pro forma RevPAR$139.90$132.575.5%$148.28$136.238.8%
 
Pro forma Adjusted Hotel EBITDA$19,786$18,1219.2%$79,082$68,60015.3%
Pro forma Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin33.6%32.1%150 bps34.1%31.8%230 bps
 

Pro forma RevPAR increase for the fourth quarter 2012 was negatively impacted by (1) cancellations related to travel disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, (2) the early addition of 35 guestrooms at the W Chicago - City Center on October 19, 2012, which were originally scheduled to open January 1, 2013, and (3) the disruption from the renovation of the lobby and public spaces at the Le Meridien San Francisco. Excluding the estimated impact from these events, pro forma RevPAR increase for the fourth quarter 2012 and for the year ended December 31, 2012 would have been between 7.75% - 8.00% and between 9.4% - 9.5%, respectively.

Funds from operations (FFO), Adjusted FFO (AFFO), net income before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization (Corporate EBITDA), Adjusted Corporate EBITDA, Hotel EBITDA, Adjusted Hotel EBITDA and Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. See the discussion included in this press release for information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures.

INVESTING ACTIVITY

On October 30, 2012, the Trust acquired the 222-room The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection located in Minneapolis, Minnesota for approximately $46.3 million, including acquired working capital. The Trust funded the acquisition with a borrowing under its revolving credit facility. The Trust entered into a management agreement with a subsidiary of HEI Hotels & Resorts to manage the hotel.

FINANCING ACTIVITY

On October 25, 2012, the Trust amended its credit agreement by (1) increasing the maximum size of the secured revolving credit facility, (2) lowering the interest rate spread over LIBOR charged on outstanding borrowings, and (3) extending the initial term. The amended credit agreement increases the maximum amount the Trust may borrow under the secured revolving credit facility from $200.0 million to $250.0 million, and also provides for the possibility of further future increases, up to a maximum of $375.0 million, in accordance with certain terms. The $50.0 million increase resulted from $25.0 million commitments provided by two new banks, PNC Bank, N.A. and TD Bank, N.A. The actual amount that the Trust can borrow under the secured revolving credit facility continues to be based on the value of the Trust's hotels included in the borrowing base, as defined in the amended credit agreement. The interest rate spread over LIBOR for borrowings under the secured revolving credit facility was reduced by 100 basis points to LIBOR, plus 1.75% - 2.75% (the spread over LIBOR based on the Trust's consolidated leverage ratio). The initial term of the amended credit agreement will now expire in April 2016, but the term may be extended for one year subject to satisfaction of certain customary conditions. The amended credit agreement effected no other significant changes to the financial covenants, including the leverage and coverage ratios and minimum tangible net worth requirement, or other business terms of the secured revolving credit facility, as compared to those in effect prior to the amendment.

DIVIDENDS

On October 15, 2012, the Trust paid dividends in the amounts of $0.22 per share to its common shareholders and $0.4736 per share to its preferred shareholders, both of record as of September 28, 2012. On December 13, 2012, the Trust declared dividends in the amounts of $0.22 per share payable to its common shareholders and $0.484375 per share payable to its preferred shareholders, both of record as of December 31, 2012. Both dividends were paid on January 15, 2013.

On February 21, 2013, the Trust declared dividends in the amounts of $0.24 per share payable to its common shareholders and $0.484375 per share payable to its preferred shareholders, both of record as of March 29, 2013. The dividends will be paid on April 15, 2013.

POST-QUARTER ACTIVITY

On February 6, 2013, the Trust completed an underwritten public offering of 8,337,500 common shares, including 1,087,500 shares sold pursuant to the underwriters' exercise of their option to purchase additional shares. The Trust generated net proceeds of approximately $165.8 million after deducting underwriting fees and estimated offering costs. The Trust used a portion of the net proceeds of the offering to repay outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility and intends to use the remaining net proceeds to invest in future acquisitions of hotels and for general corporate purposes.

On February 15, 2013, the Trust closed on a $32.0 million, 10-year fixed-rate mortgage loan. The loan carries a fixed interest rate of 4.11% per annum, with principal and interest based on a 30-year amortization. Proceeds from the loan will be used to invest in future acquisitions of hotels and for general corporate purposes.

As of February 21, 2013, after taking into consideration the recent common share offering and financing activity, and the pending acquisition of the Hyatt Place New York Midtown South, the Trust had approximately $350 million of remaining investment capacity based on its targeted leverage levels.

2013 OUTLOOK

Based on the operating trends and fundamentals of the Trust's current 15-hotel portfolio and the Trust's anticipated performance for the Hyatt Place New York Midtown South, the acquisition of which is expected to close at the end of the first quarter 2013, the Trust estimates these assets will produce the following results for the first quarter and full year 2013 (in millions, except per share amounts):

         
First QuarterFull Year
2013 Outlook2013 Outlook
Low   HighLowHigh
Pro forma RevPAR increase over 2012(1)3.5%4.5%5.0%7.0%
Net income (loss) available to common shareholders, excluding
amounts attributable to unvested time-based awards$(5.9)$(5.2)$32.7$36.4
Adjusted Hotel EBITDA$14.5$15.0$120.3$124.3
AFFO per diluted share$0.12$0.14$1.56$1.64
 

(1) For the current 15-hotel portfolio.

The Trust's 2013 outlook assumes no additional acquisitions, other than the Hyatt Place New York Midtown South acquisition described above. See the accompanying financial tables for historical pro forma hotel operating results for the Trust's current 15-hotel portfolio.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The Trust reports the following seven non-GAAP financial measures that it believes are useful to investors as key measures of its operating performance: (1) FFO, (2) AFFO, (3) Corporate EBITDA, (4) Adjusted Corporate EBITDA, (5) Hotel EBITDA, (6) Adjusted Hotel EBITDA and (7) Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measure are included in the accompanying financial tables.

FFO - The Trust calculates FFO in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), which defines FFO as net income (calculated in accordance with GAAP), excluding depreciation and amortization, impairment charges, gains (losses) from sales of real estate, the cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles, and adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, most industry investors consider presentations of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient by themselves. By excluding the effect of depreciation and amortization and gains (losses) from sales of real estate, both of which are based on historical cost accounting and which may be of lesser significance in evaluating current performance, the Trust believes that FFO provides investors a useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust's operating performance.

AFFO - The Trust further adjusts FFO for certain additional recurring and non-recurring items that are not in NAREIT's definition of FFO. Specifically, the Trust adjusts for hotel acquisition costs and non-cash amortization of intangible assets and unfavorable contract liabilities. The Trust believes that AFFO provides investors with another financial measure of its operating performance that provides for greater comparability of its core operating results between periods.

Corporate EBITDA - Corporate EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization. The Trust believes that Corporate EBITDA provides investors a useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust's operating performance, excluding the impact of the Trust's capital structure (primarily interest expense) and the Trust's asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization).

Adjusted Corporate EBITDA - The Trust further adjusts Corporate EBITDA for certain additional recurring and non-recurring items. Specifically, the Trust adjusts for hotel acquisition costs and non-cash amortization of intangible assets and unfavorable contract liabilities. The Trust believes that Adjusted Corporate EBITDA provides investors with another financial measure of its operating performance that provides for greater comparability of its core operating results between periods.

Hotel EBITDA - Hotel EBITDA is defined as total revenues less total hotel operating expenses. The Trust believes that Hotel EBITDA provides investors a useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust's hotel operating performance.

Adjusted Hotel EBITDA - The Trust further adjusts Hotel EBITDA for certain additional recurring and non-recurring items. Specifically, the Trust adjusts for non-cash amortization of intangible assets and unfavorable contract liabilities. The Trust believes that Adjusted Hotel EBITDA provides investors with another useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust's hotel operating performance.

Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin - Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin is defined as Adjusted Hotel EBITDA as a percentage of total revenues. The Trust believes that Adjusted Hotel EBITDA Margin provides investors another useful financial measure to evaluate the Trust's hotel operating performance.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Trust will host a conference call on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results. Interested individuals are invited to listen to the call by dialing (877) 683-0303 (U.S./Canadian callers) or (706) 643-5037 (International callers). The conference call ID is 92770071. A simultaneous webcast of the call will be available on the Trust's website at www.chesapeakelodgingtrust.com. It is recommended that participants call or log on 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to ensure proper connection.

A replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the live call until midnight on February 28, 2013. To access the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canadian callers) or (404) 537-3406 (International callers). The conference call ID is 92770071. A webcast replay and transcript of the conference call will be archived and available on the Trust's website for 12 months.

ABOUT CHESAPEAKE LODGING TRUST

Chesapeake Lodging Trust is a self-advised lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investments primarily in upper-upscale hotels in major business and convention markets and, on a selective basis, premium select-service hotels in urban settings or unique locations in the United States. The Trust owns 15 hotels with an aggregate of 4,722 rooms in seven states and the District of Columbia. Additional information can be found on the Trust's website at www.chesapeakelodgingtrust.com.

Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "plan," "predict," "project," "will," "continue" and other similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions and forecasts, such as the Trust's expectations regarding the future Hotel EBITDA and Adjusted Hotel EBITDA of its existing and to-be-acquired hotels and the Trust's 2013 outlook.Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the expectation that the acquisition described will be consummated and within the timetable anticipated and the contemplated use of proceeds of its recent common share offering and financing activity. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks include, but are not limited to: the Trust's ability to complete acquisitions; the Trust's ability to continue to satisfy complex rules in order for it to remain a REIT for federal income tax purposes; and other risks and uncertainties associated with the Trust's business described in its filings with the SEC. Although the Trust believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. All information in this release is as of February 21, 2013, and the Trust undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Trust's expectations, except as required by law.

      
CHESAPEAKE LODGING TRUST
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)
 
 
December 31,
20122011
 
 
ASSETS
Property and equipment, net$ 1,107,722$ 879,224
Intangible assets, net39,38239,982
Cash and cash equivalents33,19420,960
Restricted cash23,46015,034
Accounts receivable, net8,3846,302
Prepaid expenses and other assets14,0564,370
Deferred financing costs, net6,6305,266
Total assets$ 1,232,828$ 971,138
 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Long-term debt$ 405,208$ 407,736
Accounts payable and accrued expenses34,86821,475
Other liabilities25,94421,798
Total liabilities466,020451,009
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Preferred shares, $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized;
Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares; 5,000,000 shares and no
shares issued and outstanding, respectively ($127,422 liquidation preference)50-
Common shares, $.01 par value; 400,000,000 shares authorized;
39,763,930 shares and 32,161,620 shares issued and outstanding, respectively398322
Additional paid-in capital Read Full Story

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