VANCOUVER, Nov. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP ("AHIP") (TSX: HOT.UN; OTCQX: AHOTF) today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition (the "Acquisition") of a portfolio of four branded hotel properties located in and around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (the "Oklahoma Portfolio") for an aggregate purchase price of US$48.0 million (or approximately $109,000 per room), excluding US$0.7 million for brand mandated property improvement plans (the "PIPs") and before customary closing and post-acquisition adjustments.
The Oklahoma Portfolio represents a total of 440 guestrooms. Three of the properties are located in Oklahoma City and flagged with leading Intercontinental Hotels Group brands, including two airport properties – the 147-room Holiday Inn Oklahoma City Airport and the 103-room Staybridge Suites Oklahoma City Airport – as well as the 109-room Holiday Inn Oklahoma City Quail Springs North. Oklahoma City is the largest city and the capital of the state of Oklahoma with a population of 610,000 and a metropolitan area population of 1.3 million. Major employers include Chesapeake Energy and DEVON Energy (both Fortune 500 companies) and OGE Energy (a Fortune 1,000 company).
The fourth property is the 81-room Hampton Inn & Suites (a Hilton brand) located in Woodward, Oklahoma. Woodward is located approximately 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City and is the principal centre of trade for Northwest Oklahoma and a ten-county region including counties in Kansas and Texas.
AHIP funded the purchase price for the acquisition and the financing of the PIPs using a combination of cash on hand from its recently completed bought deal equity offering that closed on October 28, 2014 and a new US$25.5 million, 10-year, interest only, CMBS mortgage with a fixed interest rate of 4.20%. The lender has also provided an FF&E reserve waiver for the first 12 months.
Robert O'Neill, AHIP's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "This investment is consistent with our stated growth strategy targeting acquisitions of transportation-oriented and select and limited-service hotels, located in secondary markets in the United States in close proximity to railroads, airports, highway interchanges and other transportation hubs and demand generators. The ten-year, 4.20% fixed interest rate CMBS financing also highlights a key aspect of our conservative approach to leverage, aimed at providing highly stable returns to our unitholders. The acquisition is immediately accretive and coupled with the low, interest only, long term debt provides a double digit return on equity."
Mr. O'Neill continued, "This high-quality and well-maintained portfolio has been purchased at a price below our estimate of its replacement cost, in a top-30 U.S. market that has strong underlying fundamentals with expectations for near term growth. We intend to capitalize on the continued growth in the U.S. hotel industry and continue to utilize the substantial availability of low cost CMBS financing to fund a steady pipeline of accretive acquisitions."
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.
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 purchase and closing costs of the Oklahoma Portfolio; local lodging demand generators; the completion and estimated costs of the PIPs; the near term growth of the market for the Oklahoma Portfolio and the U.S. hotel industry overall; the expected return on equity of the Oklahoma Portfolio; the availability of accretive acquisition opportunities; and future availability of low cost 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 and the ability to successfully integrate the Oklahoma Portfolio. 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 26, 2014, AHIP's Management's Discussion and Analysis dated August 14, 2014 and AHIP's short form prospectus dated October 21, 2014.
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 engaged primarily in the railroad employee accommodation, transportation and contract-focused lodging sectors. 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.
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For further information: Andrew Greig, Investor Relations, American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP, Suite 1660 - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5A1, Tel: (604) 633-2857, Email: [email protected]