BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 9, 2018--LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) (“LaSalle” or the “Company”) today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The Company’s results are summarized below.

Michael D. Barnello, President and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle said, “Our second quarter results exceeded our expectations, as the industry and our portfolio benefitted from strong lodging demand. LaSalle took an important step this quarter to maximize shareholder value by entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Blackstone in an all-cash transaction. The transaction followed a thorough review of strategic alternatives and we believe it represents a compelling opportunity for LaSalle’s shareholders, delivering a significant premium with immediate and certain cash value.”

Second Quarter 2018 Results

Net Income: The Company’s net income attributable to common shareholders was $32 million, which decreased by $24 million from the same period in 2017. The second quarter 2017 benefited from $11 million of gains from the sale of two assets last year. RevPAR: The Company’s second quarter 2018 RevPAR grew 1.7% to $231, driven by a 1.1% increase in average daily rate (“ADR”) to $261 and an occupancy growth of 0.6% to 88.6%. Excluding the Company’s hotels managed by Kimpton and Marriott, RevPAR increased 3.7% versus last year. For reference, Kimpton has been working on systems integration with the IHG platform throughout 2018, and Marriott has been doing the same with Starwood’s former systems. Hotel EBITDA re Margin: The Company’s hotel EBITDA re margin was 37.4%. Adjusted EBITDA re: The Company’s adjusted EBITDA re was $108 million, which declined $2 million year-over-year. In the second quarter 2017, the Company earned $4 million of adjusted EBITDA re from assets sold in 2017. Adjusted FFO: The Company generated adjusted FFO of $88 million, or $0.80 per diluted share/unit, compared to $92 million, or $0.81 per diluted share/unit, for the second quarter 2017.

Year-to-Date 2018 Results

Net Income: The Company’s net income attributable to common shareholders was $20 million, which decreased by $111 million from the same period in 2017. During the first half of 2017, the Company sold five assets for a combined gain of $86 million, which distorts this comparison year-over-year. RevPAR: The Company’s first half 2018 RevPAR decreased 2.4% to $198, driven by a 1.0% reduction in ADR to $242 and an occupancy decline of 1.4% to 81.8%. Excluding the Company’s hotels managed by Kimpton and Marriott, RevPAR was flat to last year. Hotel EBITDA re Margin: The Company’s hotel EBITDA re margin was 31.6%. Adjusted EBITDA re: The Company’s adjusted EBITDA re was $155 million, a decrease of $17 million from the first half of 2017. In the first half of 2017, the Company earned $7 million of adjusted EBITDA re from assets sold in 2017, negatively impacting the year-over-year comparison. Adjusted FFO: The Company generated adjusted FFO of $126 million, or $1.12 per diluted share/unit, compared to $143 million, or $1.26 per diluted share/unit, for the first half of 2017.

Capital Investments: The Company invested $42 million of capital in its hotels in the second quarter. Since March, the Company has completed guestroom renovations at San Diego Paradise Point Resort & Spa, Hotel Spero, Harbor Court Hotel, The Heathman Hotel, Chamberlain West Hollywood, Montrose West Hollywood, and Westin Copley Place. The Company also completed lobby or restaurant renovations at Hotel Spero, Harbor Court Hotel, The Heathman Hotel, Chamberlain West Hollywood, Montrose West Hollywood, and Sofitel Washington, DC Lafayette Square. Additionally, the Company renovated its meeting space at Hotel Chicago and Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.

Balance Sheet and Capital Markets Activities

Balance Sheet Summary as of June 30, 2018: The Company had total outstanding debt of $1.1 billion, and total net debt to trailing 12 month Corporate EBITDA (as defined in the financial covenant section of the Company’s senior unsecured credit facility, adjusted for all cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet) was 2.6 times. The Company’s fixed charge coverage ratio was 5.2 times, and its weighted average interest rate for the second quarter was 3.3%. The Company had capacity of $773 million available on its credit facilities, in addition to $221 million of cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet. Share Repurchase Program: The Company has not repurchased any common shares under its share repurchase program since March 5, 2018.

Key West Impact Update: In the second quarter’s adjusted EBITDA re, the Company recorded $1.3 million of business interruption proceeds related to losses in 2017 and 2018 following Hurricane Irma. Year-to-date through the second quarter, the Company collected $2.6 million of business interruption proceeds relating to Hurricane Irma. The Company will continue to process business interruption claims for both of the Key West properties.

Dividend: On June 15, 2018, the Company declared a second quarter 2018 dividend of $0.225 per common share.

Blackstone Transaction: As previously announced on May 21, 2018, LaSalle entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII (“Blackstone”), under which Blackstone would acquire all outstanding common shares of LaSalle for $33.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $4.8 billion (the “Blackstone Merger Agreement”). The transaction was unanimously approved by LaSalle’s Board of Trustees after careful consideration of multiple proposals received. The Company remains committed to completing the transaction with Blackstone, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of LaSalle’s shareholders. The LaSalle Board recommends that shareholders vote “FOR” the proposal to approve the merger and other transactions contemplated by the Blackstone Merger Agreement in advance of the special meeting of shareholders, which will be held on September 6, 2018. The transaction is expected to close within a week of the special meeting and is not contingent on receipt of financing.

2018 Outlook and Earnings Call: Given the pending transaction with Blackstone, the Company is not updating its outlook for the balance of 2018. The Company will not host an investor conference call this quarter.

About LaSalle Hotel Properties

LaSalle Hotel Properties is a leading multi-operator real estate investment trust. The Company owns 41 properties, which are upscale, full-service hotels, totaling 10,452 guest rooms in 11 markets in seven 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 groups, including Access Hotels & Resorts, Accor, Benchmark Hospitality, Davidson Hotel Company, Evolution Hospitality, HEI Hotels & Resorts, Highgate Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, IHG, JRK Hotel Group, Inc., Marriott International, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Lodging Services, Provenance Hotels, Two Roads Hospitality, and Viceroy Hotel Group.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger Transaction and Where to Find It

This communication relates to the proposed merger transaction involving the Company and may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger transaction. In connection with the proposed merger transaction, the Company has filed a definitive proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), as well as other relevant materials in connection with the proposed merger transaction pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of May 20, 2018, among BRE Landmark Parent L.P., BRE Landmark L.P., BRE Landmark Acquisition L.P., the Company and LaSalle Hotel Operating Partnership, L.P. This communication is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement or for any other document that the Company has filed or may file with the SEC or send to the Company’s shareholders in connection with the proposed merger transaction. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, THE PROPOSED MERGER TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed by the Company with the SEC are also available free of charge on the Company’s website at www.lasallehotels.com, or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations Department at (301) 941- 1500. The Company and its trustees and certain of its executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s shareholders with respect to the proposed merger transaction under the rules of the SEC. Information about the trustees and executive officers of the Company is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on February 20, 2018, its proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 22, 2018 and in subsequent documents filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding persons who may be deemed participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is included in the Proxy Statement and may be included in other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC. You may obtain free copies of this document as described above.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the proposed merger transaction and the timing of such transaction, are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that the Company’s expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies and expectations of the Company, are generally identifiable by use of the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” or other similar expressions. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from future results, performance or achievements projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that may affect outcomes and results include, but are not limited to: (i) risks associated with the Company’s ability to obtain the shareholder approval required to consummate the proposed merger transaction and the timing of the closing of the proposed merger transaction, including the risks that a condition to closing would not be satisfied within the expected timeframe or at all or that the closing of the proposed merger transaction will not occur, (ii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the parties and others related to the merger agreement, (iii) unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the proposed merger transaction, the response of business partners and competitors to the announcement of the proposed merger transaction, and/or potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the announcement and pendency of the proposed merger transaction, (iv) changes affecting the real estate industry and changes in financial markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, (v) increased or unanticipated competition for the Company’s properties, (vi) risks associated with the hotel industry, including competition for guests and meetings from other hotels and alternative lodging companies, increases in wages, energy costs and other operating costs, potential unionization or union disruption, actual or threatened terrorist attacks, any type of flu or disease-related pandemic and downturns in general and local economic conditions, (vii) the availability and terms of financing and capital and the general volatility of securities markets, (viii) the Company’s dependence on third-party managers of its hotels, including its inability to implement strategic business decisions directly, (ix) risks associated with the real estate industry, including environmental contamination and costs of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and similar laws, (x) the possible failure of the Company to maintain its qualification as a REIT and the risk of changes in laws affecting REITs, (xi) the possibility of uninsured losses, (xii) risks associated with redevelopment and repositioning projects, including delays and cost overruns, (xiii) the risk of a material failure, inadequacy, interruption or security failure of the Company’s or the hotel managers’ information technology networks and systems, (xiv) uncertainties regarding future actions that may be taken by Pebblebrook in furtherance of its unsolicited proposal and solicitation of proxies, and (xv) those additional risks and factors discussed in reports filed with the SEC by the Company from time to time, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in its most recently filed reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors should not place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements.

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