LaSalle Hotel Properties Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Announces second quarter RevPAR growth of 6.7% (excluding Park Central) and third quarter dividend increase of 40% to $0.28

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BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. The Company’s results include the following:

               
Second Quarter Year-to-Date
2013 2012 2013 2012
($'s in millions except per share/unit data)
 

Entire Portfolio (Including Park Central Hotel)

Total Revenue $ 263.6 $ 242.1 $ 455.3 $ 414.4
EBITDA(1) $ 91.6 $ 79.7 $ 131.4 $ 109.9
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 93.1 $ 85.3 $ 132.9 $ 119.3
FFO(1) $ 68.7 $ 56.1 $ 94.4 $ 70.1
Adjusted FFO(1) $ 70.3 $ 61.8 $ 96.0 $ 79.6
FFO per diluted share/unit(1) $ 0.72 $ 0.65 $ 0.99 $ 0.82
Adjusted FFO per diluted share/unit(1) $ 0.73 $ 0.72 $ 1.00 $ 0.93
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 35.2 $ 24.8 $ 27.8 $ 8.7
Net income attributable to common shareholders per diluted share $ 0.37 $ 0.29 $ 0.29 $ 0.10
 

Portfolio excluding Park Central Hotel

RevPAR $ 191.00 $ 179.00 $ 162.98 $ 153.59
RevPAR growth 6.7% 6.1%
Hotel EBITDA Margin 37.4% 31.4%
Hotel EBITDA Margin growth

 

99bps

 

81bps

 

Entire Portfolio (Including Park Central Hotel)

RevPAR $ 185.35 $ 183.69 $ 159.26 $ 156.36
RevPAR growth 0.9% 1.9%
Hotel EBITDA Margin 36.8% 30.7%
Hotel EBITDA Margin growth

 

-17bps

 

-3bps

 
   

(1)

See tables later in press release, which list adjustments that reconcile net income to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), adjusted EBITDA, funds from operations ("FFO"), FFO per share/unit, adjusted FFO, adjusted FFO per share/unit and hotel EBITDA. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, FFO, FFO per share/unit, adjusted FFO, adjusted FFO per share/unit and hotel EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. See further discussion of these non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to net income later in this press release.

 

Second Quarter Highlights

Results excluding Park Central Hotel (see Park Central and WestHouse Update below)

  • RevPAR excluding Park Central Hotel: Room revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 increased 6.7 percent to $191.00, as a result of a 4.9 percent increase in occupancy to 86.6 percent and a 1.8 percent increase in average daily rate (“ADR”) to $220.52.
  • Hotel EBITDA Margin excluding Park Central Hotel: The Company’s hotel EBITDA margin for the second quarter was 37.4 percent, a 99 basis point improvement compared to the comparable prior year period.

Entire Portfolio Results

  • RevPAR: RevPAR for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 increased 0.9 percent to $185.35, as a result of a 1.3 percent increase in ADR to $221.88 partially offset by a 0.4 percent decrease in occupancy to 83.5 percent.
  • Hotel EBITDA Margin: The Company’s hotel EBITDA margin for the second quarter was 36.8 percent, a 17 basis point decrease compared to the comparable prior year period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA: The Company’s adjusted EBITDA was $93.1 million, an increase of 9.1 percent over the second quarter of 2012. During the second quarter of 2013, the Company’s financial results were impacted by $6.7 million of EBITDA displacement from the Park Central and WestHouse renovation project.
  • Adjusted FFO: The Company generated second quarter adjusted FFO of $70.3 million, or $0.73 per diluted share/unit, compared to $61.8 million or $0.72 per diluted share/unit for the comparable prior year period.
  • Capital Markets: The Company completed the following capital markets activities during the second quarter of 2013:
    • On April 5, 2013, the Company redeemed 4,000,000 shares, or $100.0 million of the 6,348,888 outstanding 7.25% Series G Preferred Shares.
    • On June 3, 2013, the Company retired the $59.8 million mortgage secured by Hotel Solamar. The mortgage carried an interest rate of 5.49 percent and the Company funded the mortgage payoff with proceeds from its senior unsecured credit facility, which has a current interest rate of 1.95 percent.
    • During the quarter, the Company sold 721,706 common shares through its ATM program at an average net price of $27.29 per share for net proceeds of $19.7 million.
  • Capital Investments: The Company invested $39.9 million of capital in its hotels, most of which pertained to the continuation of the Park Central Hotel and Westhouse renovation in New York City.
  • Dividends: On June 14, 2013, the Company declared a second quarter 2013 dividend of $0.20 per common share of beneficial interest.

Common Dividend

  • The Company’s Board of Trustees has declared that it has increased the quarterly common dividend in the third quarter 2013 by 40 percent to $0.28 per share, an annualized rate of $1.12 per share.

“We are very excited to announce these strong results and to announce an increase in the common dividend,” said Michael D. Barnello, President and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Hotel Properties. “Our portfolio’s RevPAR, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted FFO were all at the high end of our expectations. The combination of strong results year-to-date and our solid outlook for the remainder of the year have contributed to the Company’s decision to increase the midpoints of our full year adjusted EBITDA and adjusted FFO outlook and the Board’s decision to substantially increase the dividend to an annualized rate of $1.12 per share in the third quarter.”

Year-to-date Highlights

Excluding the Park Central Hotel, for the six months ended June 30, 2013, RevPAR increased 6.1 percent to $162.98, with occupancy growth of 4.2 percent to 79.4 percent and ADR improvement of 1.9 percent to $205.38. The Company’s hotel EBITDA margin excluding the Park Central Hotel was 31.4 percent, an increase of 81 basis points compared to the comparable prior year period. The Company invested $56.1 million of capital in the entire portfolio including the Park Central Hotel during the six months ended June 30, 2013.

Park Central and WestHouse Update

As previously disclosed, the Company is renovating its Park Central Hotel in New York City. The project consists of the full renovation and splitting of the original 934-room Park Central Hotel into two distinct hotels: the newly renovated 761-room Park Central Hotel and the upgraded 172-room premium WestHouse.

The Park Central Hotel portion of the renovation is substantially complete, as all 761 of the Park Central Hotel rooms have been newly renovated. The lobby of the Park Central Hotel will be open in a few days, as the front of the lobby will be complete, while the rear portion of the space will be completed between August and September. The Company remains on schedule to complete the WestHouse renovation between September and November. EBITDA displacement on the entire project during the second quarter was $6.7 million. The Company’s expectation for full year EBITDA displacement related to the entire project is $9.0 to $12.0 million. The renovation remains on track for a project cost within the range of $60.0 to $70.0 million.

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2013, the Company had total outstanding debt of $1.2 billion, including $180.0 million outstanding on its senior unsecured credit facility. Total net debt to trailing 12 month Corporate EBITDA (as defined in the Company’s senior unsecured credit facility) was 4.1 times as of June 30, 2013 and its fixed charge coverage ratio was 3.2 times. For the second quarter, the Company’s weighted average interest rate was 4.2 percent. As of June 30, 2013, the Company had $15.1 million of cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet and capacity of $593.0 million available on its credit facilities.

2013 Third Quarter Outlook

The Company expects third quarter RevPAR, excluding the Park Central Hotel, to increase 2.5 percent to 4.5 percent. The Company expects its portfolio, including the Park Central Hotel, to generate adjusted EBITDA of $85.0 million to $88.0 million and adjusted FFO per share/unit of $0.64 to $0.68.

2013 Outlook

The Company is updating its 2013 outlook. The revised outlook excludes any future acquisitions or equity issuances for the remainder of 2013. The Company’s revised financial expectations for 2013 are as follows:

       
Current Outlook
Low-end     High-end

($'s in millions except

per share/unit data)

 
 
 

Excluding Park Central

RevPAR growth 4.5% 6.0%
Hotel EBITDA Margins 32.0% 32.5%
Hotel EBITDA Margin Change

 

50 bps

 

100 bps

Including Park Central

RevPAR growth 1.5% 3.0%
Hotel EBITDA Margins 32.0% 32.5%
Hotel EBITDA Margin Change

 

0 bps

 

50 bps

 
 
 
 

Entire Portfolio (Including Park Central)

Adjusted EBITDA $ 285.0 $ 295.0
Adjusted FFO $ 204.5 $ 214.0
Adjusted FFO per diluted share/unit $ 2.13 $ 2.23
Income Tax Expenses $ 4.5 $ 5.5
 

Capital Investments

Portfolio Excluding Park Central $ 70.0 $ 75.0
Park Central $ 60.0 $ 70.0
Portfolio Including Park Central $ 130.0 $ 145.0
 

Earnings Call

The Company will conduct its quarterly conference call on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM EDT. To participate in the conference call, please dial (888) 219-1420. Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call will be available through the Company’s website. To access, log on to http://www.lasallehotels.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived and available online through the Investor Relations section of http://www.lasallehotels.com.

LaSalle Hotel Properties is a leading multi-operator real estate investment trust. The Company owns 40 hotels and a mezzanine loan secured by two hotels in Santa Monica, CA. The properties are upscale, full-service hotels, totaling more than 10,600 guest rooms in 13 markets in 9 states and the District of Columbia. The Company focuses on owning, redeveloping and repositioning upscale, full-service hotels located in urban, resort and convention markets. LaSalle Hotel Properties seeks to grow through strategic relationships with premier lodging companies, including Westin Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Outrigger Lodging Services, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Benchmark Hospitality, White Lodging Services Corporation, Thompson Hotels, Davidson Hotel Company, Denihan Hospitality Group, the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC, Accor, Destination Hotels & Resorts, HEI Hotels & Resorts, JRK Hotel Group, Inc., Viceroy Hotel Group, Highgate Hotels and Access Hotels & Resorts.

This press release, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by the Company, contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and includes this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe the Company's future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words “will,” "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "project" or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, among others, statements about the renovation of the Park Central Hotel and Westhouse, outlook for RevPAR, adjusted FFO, adjusted EBITDA and derivations thereof and the Company’s outlook for capital investments. You should not rely on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control and which could materially affect actual results, performances or achievements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) the Company’s dependence on third-party managers of its hotels, including its inability to implement strategic business decisions directly, (ii) risks associated with the hotel industry, including competition, increases in wages, energy costs and other operating costs, actual or threatened terrorist attacks, downturns in general and local economic conditions and cancellation of or delays in the completion of anticipated demand generators, (iii) the availability and terms of financing and capital and the general volatility of securities markets, (iv) risks associated with the real estate industry, including environmental contamination and costs of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar laws, (v) interest rate increases, (vi) the possible failure of the Company to qualify as a REIT and the risk of changes in laws affecting REITs, (vii) the possibility of uninsured losses, (viii) risks associated with redevelopment and repositioning projects, including delays and cost overruns and (ix) the risk factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K as updated in its Quarterly Reports. Accordingly, there is no assurance that the Company's expectations will be realized. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, the Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(in thousands, except share data)

(unaudited)

 
 
    For the three months ended     For the six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2013     2012 2013     2012
Revenues:
Hotel operating revenues:
Room $ 179,089 $ 167,186 $ 306,077 $ 281,878
Food and beverage 65,529 58,787 115,375 103,402
Other operating department   16,328     14,839     29,712     26,695  
Total hotel operating revenues 260,946 240,812 451,164 411,975
Other income   2,614     1,283     4,100     2,439  
Total revenues   263,560     242,095     455,264     414,414  
Expenses:
Hotel operating expenses:
Room 42,294 38,688 79,878 72,541
Food and beverage 42,681 39,475 79,985 73,737
Other direct 5,998 5,558 11,020 10,184
Other indirect   59,189     55,152     112,924     103,193  
Total hotel operating expenses 150,162 138,873 283,807 259,655
Depreciation and amortization 33,427 31,279 66,548 61,431
Real estate taxes, personal property taxes and insurance 12,780 10,865 25,134 21,676
Ground rent 2,791 2,210 5,286 3,986
General and administrative 5,564 4,849 10,711 9,463
Acquisition transaction costs 0 307 0 3,901
Other expenses   1,528     918     2,169     1,469  
Total operating expenses   206,252     189,301     393,655     361,581  
Operating income 57,308 52,794 61,609 52,833
Interest income 2,395 16 4,764 26
Interest expense   (13,763 )   (12,503 )   (27,780 )   (24,281 )
Income before income tax (expense) benefit 45,940 40,307 38,593 28,578
Income tax (expense) benefit   (4,934 )   (4,969 )   83     (1,977 )
Net income   41,006     35,338     38,676     26,601  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests:
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities (8 ) 0 (8 ) 0
Noncontrolling interests of common units in Operating Partnership   (135 )   (130 )   (135 )   (108 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (143 )   (130 )   (143 )   (108 )
Net income attributable to the Company 40,863 35,208 38,533 26,493
Distributions to preferred shareholders (4,107 ) (5,999 ) (9,172 ) (13,401 )
Issuance costs of redeemed preferred shares   (1,566 )   (4,417 )   (1,566 )   (4,417 )
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 35,190   $ 24,792   $ 27,795   $ 8,675  
 
 
LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income - Continued

(in thousands, except share data)

(unaudited)

 
 
    For the three months ended     For the six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2013     2012 2013     2012
Earnings per Common Share - Basic:
Net income attributable to common shareholders excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares $ 0.37   $ 0.29   $ 0.29   $ 0.10  
Earnings per Common Share - Diluted:
Net income attributable to common shareholders excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares $ 0.37   $ 0.29   $ 0.29   $ 0.10  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 95,465,464 85,451,978 95,316,742 84,975,917
Diluted 95,630,066 85,617,851 95,473,859 85,137,833
 
Comprehensive Income:
Net income $ 41,006 $ 35,338 $ 38,676 $ 26,601
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Unrealized gain (loss) on interest rate derivative instruments   11,081     (4,695 )   12,600     (4,695 )
Comprehensive income 52,087 30,643 51,276 21,906
Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests:
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities (8 ) 0 (8 ) 0
Noncontrolling interests of common units in Operating Partnership   (169 )   (114 )   (174 )   (92 )
Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (177 )   (114 )   (182 )   (92 )
Comprehensive income attributable to the Company $ 51,910   $ 30,529   $ 51,094   $ 21,814  
 
 
LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES
FFO and EBITDA

(in thousands, except share/unit data)

(unaudited)

 
 
    For the three months ended     For the six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2013     2012 2013     2012
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 35,190 $ 24,792 $ 27,795 $ 8,675
Depreciation 33,322 31,135 66,333 61,147
Amortization of deferred lease costs 86 88 174 174
Noncontrolling interests:
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities 8 0 8 0
Noncontrolling interests of common units in Operating Partnership   135     130     135     108  
FFO $ 68,741 $ 56,145 $ 94,445 $ 70,104
Pre-opening expenses 258 801 548 926
Preferred share issuance costs 1,566 4,417 1,566 4,417
Acquisition transaction costs 0 307 0 3,901
Non-cash ground rent 327 114 654 228
Mezzanine loan discount amortization   (617 )   0     (1,208 )   0  
Adjusted FFO $ 70,275   $ 61,784   $ 96,005   $ 79,576  
Weighted Average number of common shares and units outstanding:
Basic 95,761,764 85,748,278 95,613,042 85,272,217
Diluted 95,926,366 85,914,151 95,770,159 85,434,133
FFO per diluted share/unit $ 0.72 $ 0.65 $ 0.99 $ 0.82
Adjusted FFO per diluted share/unit $ 0.73 $ 0.72 $ 1.00 $ 0.93
 
 
 
For the three months ended For the six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 35,190 $ 24,792 $ 27,795 $ 8,675
Interest expense 13,763 12,503 27,780 24,281
Income tax expense (benefit) 4,934 4,969 (83 ) 1,977
Depreciation and amortization 33,427 31,279 66,548 61,431
Noncontrolling interests:
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities 8 0 8 0
Noncontrolling interests of common units in Operating Partnership 135 130 135 108
Distributions to preferred shareholders   4,107     5,999     9,172     13,401  
EBITDA $ 91,564 $ 79,672 $ 131,355 $ 109,873
Pre-opening expenses 258 801 548 926
Preferred share issuance costs 1,566 4,417 1,566 4,417
Acquisition transaction costs 0 307 0 3,901
Non-cash ground rent 327 114 654 228
Mezzanine loan discount amortization   (617 )   0     (1,208 )   0  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 93,098 $ 85,311 $ 132,915 $ 119,345
Corporate expense 7,805 5,544 14,211 10,814
Interest and other income (4,531 ) (1,299 ) (8,386 ) (2,465 )
Hotel level adjustments, net   (252 )   5,709     (588 )   9,008  
Hotel EBITDA $ 96,120   $ 95,265   $ 138,152   $ 136,702  
 

With respect to Hotel EBITDA, the Company believes that excluding the effect of corporate-level expenses, non-cash items, and the portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities provides a more complete understanding of the operating results over which individual hotels and operators have direct control. We believe property-level results provide investors with supplemental information on the ongoing operational performance of our hotels and effectiveness of the third-party management companies operating our business on a property-level basis.

Hotel EBITDA includes all properties owned as of June 30, 2013 for the Company's period of ownership in 2013 and the comparable period in 2012.

 
LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES
Hotel Operational Data
Schedule of Property Level Results

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
 
    For the three months ended     For the six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2013     2012 2013     2012
Revenues:
Room $ 179,089 $ 177,466 $ 306,077 $ 301,670
Food and beverage 65,529 64,579 115,375 115,646
Other   16,310   15,377   29,108   28,028
Total hotel revenues   260,928   257,422   450,560   445,344
 
Expenses:
Room 42,294 40,724 79,878 77,226
Food and beverage 42,681 43,038 79,985 81,907
Other direct 5,838 5,801 10,797 10,788
General and administrative 18,609 18,223 36,333 35,286
Sales and marketing 16,140 15,877 31,232 30,832
Management fees 9,500 8,953 14,908 14,101
Property operations and maintenance 7,991 8,297 16,131 16,389
Energy and utilities 6,004 6,285 12,164 12,397
Property taxes 11,623 10,697 22,891 21,582
Other fixed expenses   4,128   4,262   8,089   8,134
Total hotel expenses   164,808   162,157   312,408   308,642
 
Hotel EBITDA $ 96,120 $ 95,265 $ 138,152 $ 136,702
 

Note:

This schedule includes operating data for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 for all properties owned by the Company as of June 30, 2013. Palomar DC, L'Auberge and Liberty are shown in 2012 for their comparative period of ownership in 2013. Hotel EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing hotel EBITDA for the period by the total hotel revenues for the period.

 
LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES
Statistical Data for the Hotels

(unaudited)

 
 
    For the three months ended     For the six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2013     2012 2013     2012
Total Portfolio
Occupancy 83.5 % 83.9 % 77.5 % 77.9 %
Decrease (0.4 )% (0.5 )%
ADR $ 221.88 $ 219.00 $ 205.49 $ 200.65
Increase 1.3 % 2.4 %
RevPAR $ 185.35 $ 183.69 $ 159.26 $ 156.36
Increase 0.9 % 1.9 %
 

Note:

This schedule includes operating data for all properties owned as of June 30, 2013 for the Company's period of ownership in 2013 and the comparable period in 2012.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

FFO, EBITDA and Hotel EBITDA

The Company considers the non-GAAP measures of FFO (including FFO per share/unit), EBITDA and hotel EBITDA to be key supplemental measures of the Company's performance and should be considered along with, but not as alternatives to, net income or loss as a measure of the Company's operating performance. 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 real estate industry investors consider FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA to be helpful in evaluating a real estate company's operations.

The White Paper on FFO approved by NAREIT in April 2002, as revised in 2011, defines FFO as net income or loss (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains or losses from sales of properties, impairment write-downs and items classified by GAAP as extraordinary, plus real estate-related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred finance costs) and after comparable adjustments for the Company's portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities and joint ventures. The Company computes FFO consistent with standards established by NAREIT, which may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than the Company.

With respect to FFO, the Company believes that excluding the effect of extraordinary items, real estate-related depreciation and amortization, and the portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities, all of which are based on historical cost accounting and which may be of limited significance in evaluating current performance, can facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods and between REITs, even though FFO does not represent an amount that accrues directly to common shareholders. However, FFO may not be helpful when comparing the Company to non-REITs.

With respect to EBITDA, the Company believes that excluding the effect of non-operating expenses and non-cash charges, and the portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities, all of which are also based on historical cost accounting and may be of limited significance in evaluating current performance, can help eliminate the accounting effects of depreciation and amortization, and financing decisions and facilitate comparisons of core operating profitability between periods and between REITs, even though EBITDA also does not represent an amount that accrues directly to common shareholders.

With respect to hotel EBITDA, the Company believes that excluding the effect of corporate-level expenses, non-cash items, and the portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities, provides a more complete understanding of the operating results over which individual hotels and operators have direct control. We believe property-level results provide investors with supplemental information on the ongoing operational performance of our hotels and effectiveness of the third-party management companies operating our business on a property-level basis.

FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA do not represent cash generated from operating activities as determined by GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income or loss, cash flows from operations or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP. FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA are not measures of the Company's liquidity, nor are FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA indicative of funds available to fund the Company's cash needs, including its ability to make cash distributions. These measurements do not reflect cash expenditures for long-term assets and other items that have been and will be incurred. FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA may include funds that may not be available for management's discretionary use due to functional requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures, property acquisitions, and other commitments and uncertainties. To compensate for this, management considers the impact of these excluded items to the extent they are material to operating decisions or the evaluation of the Company's operating performance.

Adjusted FFO and Adjusted EBITDA

The Company presents adjusted FFO (including adjusted FFO per share/unit) and adjusted EBITDA, which adjusts for certain additional items including gains on sale of property and impairment losses (to the extent included in EBITDA), acquisition transaction costs, costs associated with the departure of executive officers, costs associated with the recognition of issuance costs related to the calling of preferred shares and certain other items. The Company excludes these items as it believes it allows for meaningful comparisons with other REITs and between periods and is more indicative of the ongoing performance of its assets. As with FFO, EBITDA, and hotel EBITDA, the Company’s calculation of adjusted FFO and adjusted EBITDA may be different from similar adjusted measures calculated by other REITs.

Contact:
LaSalle Hotel Properties
Bruce Riggins or Kenneth Fuller
301-941-1500

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