American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP announces acquisition of a nine-hotel branded, select-service portfolio for US$53.5 million

VANCOUVER, June 1, 2015 /CNW/ - American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP ("AHIP") (TSX: HOT.UN; OTCQX: AHOTF) announced today that it has agreed to acquire through its subsidiaries a portfolio of nine branded, select-service hotel properties (the "Acquisition Properties") located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma for an aggregate purchase price of US$53.5 million, excluding closing and post-acquisition adjustments.  In addition, the Acquisition Properties will require brand-mandated property improvement plans ("PIPs") of US$3.5 million to be completed over the next 30 months.

The Acquisition Properties are being purchased at a weighted-average capitalization rate of approximately 9.0% on trailing twelve months net operating income (after inclusion of all hotel management fees, brand franchise fees, a 4.0% FF&E reserve contribution and PIPs).

Acquisition Highlights:

  • The Acquisition Properties consist of nine hotels containing 632 total guest rooms and are being acquired for approximately US$90,000 per guest room inclusive of the cost of the PIPs, which is below management's estimate of replacement cost.  The average age of the portfolio is approximately five years.
  • The nine select-service hotels consist of seven Holiday Inn Express (an IHG brand) properties (a 69-room hotel in Bethany, Oklahoma; a 62-room  hotel in Chickasha, Oklahoma; an 87-room hotel in Dubuque, Iowa; a 68-room hotel in Emporia, Kansas; a 69-room hotel in Jacksonville, Illinois; a 69-room hotel in Mattoon, Illinois; and a 68-room hotel in Nevada, Missouri), one Hampton Inn (a Hilton brand) (a 63-room hotel located in Chickasha, Oklahoma) and one Country Inn and Suites (a Carlson brand) property (a 77-room hotel in Norman, Oklahoma).
  • The properties are situated along major U.S. Interstate Highways near transportation hubs and other major demand generators.
  • The investment is expected to be immediately accretive to adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO") per unit.
  • AHIP will fund the purchase price, including the PIPs, using a combination of cash on hand and a new US$32.0 million commercial mortgage backed securities ("CMBS") loan. The new mortgage will be for a 10-year term, interest-only for the first seven years and then amortized over a 30-year period for the remaining three years. The mortgage is expected to have a fixed interest rate of approximately 4.10% for the entire term. In addition, the lender has agreed to provide an FF&E reserve waiver for the first two years.
  • This transaction is expected to close by the end of June 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and documentation.

 

Rob O'Neill, AHIP's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "This investment is consistent with our stated growth strategy targeting acquisitions of transportation-oriented and branded, select-service hotels located in secondary markets in the U.S. that are proximate to significant demand generators such as universities, colleges, manufacturing and distribution centres, agriculture, medical, and other demand generators. This acquisition diversifies our portfolio into new U.S. markets coupled with the introduction of the Holiday Inn Express brand to the AHIP portfolio. It is one of the fastest growing brands in the industry, opening an average of two hotels a week." Mr. O'Neill continued, "The availability of long-term, low-cost, fixed-rate CMBS debt with a significant interest-only period highlights a key aspect of our conservative approach to leverage, aimed at providing highly stable returns to AHIP's unitholders. Upon the completion of this acquisition, AHIP's portfolio will consist of 70 hotels totaling 5,860 guest rooms with 32 branded hotels totaling 2,979 guest rooms and 38 rail hotels totaling 2,881 guest rooms."

The Acquisition Properties will be managed for AHIP by its exclusive hotel manager, Tower Rock Hotels & Resorts Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of O'Neill Hotels & Resorts Ltd.

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "plan", "expect", "may", "will", "intend", "should", and similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, without limitation, the following: references to the acquisition of the Acquisition Properties, including purchase prices and closing costs therefor; the completion timing for the Acquisition Properties; the estimated costs of PIPs for the Acquisition Properties; the degree to which the Acquisition Properties are expected to be accretive; the amount and terms of the CMBS financing for the Acquisition Properties and the availability of future CMBS financing.

Forward-looking information is based on a number of key expectations and assumptions made by AHIP, including, without limitation: a reasonably stable North American economy and stock market, the continued strength of the U.S. lodging industry, the ability to secure CMBS financing, the ability to successfully integrate the Acquisition Properties and expectations and assumptions related to capitalization rates, fees and reserves and replacement costs for the Acquisition Properties, as applicable. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on what AHIP's management believes to be reasonable assumptions, AHIP cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such information.

Forward-looking information reflects current expectations of AHIP's management regarding future events and operating performance as of the date of this news release. Such information involves significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, without limitation, those factors that can be found under "Risk Factors" in AHIP's Annual Information Form dated March 27, 2015 and under "Risks and Uncertainties" in AHIP's Management's Discussion and Analysis dated May 13, 2015, both of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

The forward-looking statements contained herein represent AHIP's expectations as of the date of this news release, and are subject to change after this date. AHIP assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

ABOUT AMERICAN HOTEL INCOME PROPERTIES REIT LP

AHIP is a limited partnership formed under the Limited Partnerships Act (Ontario) to invest in hotel real estate properties located substantially in the United States and is engaged primarily in the railroad employee accommodation, transportation-oriented, and select-service lodging sectors. AHIP's properties are mostly located in secondary and tertiary markets in the United States in close proximity to railroads, airports, highway interchanges, and other demand generators. AHIP owns hotels serving the U.S. rail industry pursuant to long-term railway contracts and hotels affiliated with leading national and international hotel brands. AHIP's long-term objectives are to: (i) generate stable and growing cash distributions from hotel properties substantially in the U.S.; (ii) enhance the value of its assets and maximize the long-term value of the hotel properties through active management; and (iii) expand its asset base and increase its AFFO per unit through an accretive acquisition program, participation in strategic development opportunities and improvements to its properties through targeted value-added capital expenditure programs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Additional information relating to AHIP, including its other public filings, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on AHIP's website at www.ahipreit.com.

THE TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR THE ACCURACY OF THIS NEWS RELEASE.

SOURCE American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP

For further information: Andrew Greig, Investor Relations, American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP, Suite 1660 - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5A1, Phone: 604-630-3134, Email: agreig@ahipreit.com

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