Hersha Hospitality Trust Increases West Coast Presence

- Acquires Independent Oceanfront Hotel in Santa Barbara -

Business Wire


Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) (“Hersha” or the “Company”), owner of upscale hotels in urban gateway markets, today announced the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the 122-room Hotel Oceana in Santa Barbara, California for $42 million.

“The acquisition of Hotel Oceana exemplifies the investment characteristics that we target, a high quality independently managed hotel driven by significant transient demand in arguably the highest barrier to entry market for new hotel development in the United States,” stated Mr. Jay Shah, Hersha’s Chief Executive Officer. “Santa Barbara is one of the highest RevPAR leisure markets in the United States, and combined with our properties in Los Angeles and San Diego, the Company will benefit from strong growth fundamentals in key markets on the West Coast. This transaction evidences Hersha’s focused expansion and commitment to recycle capital into high quality, high growth assets that deliver value to shareholders.”

The Hotel Oceana is located on two oceanfront acres between Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf, directly across from the beach on Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara’s main thoroughfare, and within walking distance to downtown Santa Barbara. For the twelve-months ended September 30, 2013, the hotel had an average daily rate (“ADR”) of $208.51 and occupancy of 93%. The Hotel Oceana requires no immediate capital expenditures and will be independently operated and managed by HHM and benefit from the Company’s active asset management program.

The purchase price reflects a 7.6% capitalization rate on trailing-twelve month net operating income and an 8.5% - 9.5% capitalization rate on stabilized earnings.

The Hotel Oceana acquisition will be funded with cash on hand, and includes the assumption of $25.3 million in mortgage debt, incurring interest at a fixed rate of 4.4% per year and maturing in 2023. In addition, the Hotel Oceana is subject to a 99-year ground lease with 86 years remaining.

The proposed transaction is expected to close by the end of first quarter 2014, and is subject to a variety of closing conditions and the receipt of lender consent. As a result, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to consummate the acquisition on the schedule or on the terms described.

The Company has posted a presentation of supplemental information regarding the purchase of the Hotel Oceana in Santa Barbara on its website at www.hersha.com in the Investor Relations section under “Presentations”.

About Hersha Hospitality

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) is a self-advised real estate investment trust in the hospitality space, which owns and operates high quality upscale hotels in urban gateway markets. The Company’s 48 hotels totaling 7,755 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 Statement

Certain matters within this press release, including, among others, the anticipated closing of the purchase of the hotel and anticipated capitalization rate, are discussed using “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 projected in the forward-looking statement. For a description of these factors, please review the information under the heading “Risk Factors” in Hersha Hospitality Trust’s filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. No assurance can be given that the anticipated acquisition will occur by the end of the first quarter of 2014 on the terms described above or at all.

Hersha Hospitality Trust
Ashish Parikh, 215-238-1046
Chief Financial Officer


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