Hersha Hospitality Trust Closes Sale of Hotel 373 in New York City

- Repurchases 2.6 Million Common Shares -

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PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) (“Hersha” or the “Company”), owner of upscale hotels in urban gateway markets, announced that the Company has closed on the previously-announced sale of Hotel 373 in midtown Manhattan for $37.0 million, or approximately $529,000 per key.

“The successful closing of the sale of Hotel 373 at attractive pricing highlights the inherent value of Hersha’s New York City hotel portfolio, and demonstrates the strong domestic and international interest from public and private groups seeking well-located cash flowing real estate in top U.S. gateway markets. The Company utilized a portion of the proceeds generated from the sale to repurchase 2.6 million common shares. Moving forward, we will continue to examine opportunities to divest stabilized assets and redeploy the proceeds into higher growth opportunities, or to repurchase common shares when our stock price does not properly reflect value,” stated Mr. Jay H. Shah, Hersha’s Chief Executive Officer.

The sale price valued the hotel at $1,680 per square foot, and represented an economic capitalization rate of 5.2% based on the hotel’s net operating income for the year ended December 31, 2013, and a multiple of 17.3x based on hotel EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Hersha was represented by New York City-based broker Solid Rock Advisors East, LLC.

About Hersha Hospitality

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) is a self-advised real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector, which owns and operates high quality, upscale hotels in urban gateway markets. The Company’s 50 hotels totaling 8,050 rooms are located in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami and select markets on the West Coast. The Company’s shares are traded on The New York Stock Exchange-Euronext under the ticker “HT”. For more information on the Company, and the Company’s hotel portfolio, please visit the Company's website at www.hersha.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results or performance to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statement. For a description of these factors, please review the information under the heading “Risk Factors” included in Hersha Hospitality Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Hersha Hospitality Trust
Ashish Parikh, Chief Financial Officer
Ph: (215) 238-1046

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