Complete approximately $ 200 million in recycle of accretive capital in 2021
BETHESDA, Maryland, January 10, 2022– (BUSINESS WIRE) – RLJ Lodging Trust (the “Company”) (NYSE: RLJ) today announced the acquisition of the 170-room Moxy Denver Cherry Creek (“Moxy Cherry Creek”) for a price of purchase of $ 51.3 million, or approximately $ 301,000 per key, and completed the divestiture of the 764-room DoubleTree Hotel Metropolitan New York City (the “DoubleTree Metropolitan”) for gross proceeds of $ 169.0 million.
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“We are delighted to acquire the newly constructed Moxy Cherry Creek Hotel located in the heart of the exclusive Cherry Creek submarket in Denver, which is expected to generate disproportionate growth for years to come. In 2021, we successfully acquired three high quality hotels. in the fastest growing markets for nearly $ 200 million, which will enhance our growth profile throughout this cycle, ”commented Leslie D. Hale, President and CEO. “In addition, we finalized the sale of DoubleTree Metropolitan at a very accretive valuation. Overall, we were successful in matching three funded acquisitions with the proceeds from the disposal of non-core hotels, which sold at a multiple that was more than 15 times that of our acquisitions. . We entered 2022 with significant investment capacity, which will allow us to continue implementing external and internal growth initiatives throughout the year. “
Acquisition of Moxy Denver Cherry Creek
The 170-room Moxy Cherry Creek opened in late 2017 and is expected to generate an estimated stabilized NOI return of 8.0% to 8.5%. Moxy Cherry Creek is expected to generate a stabilized RevPAR premium of 15% to 20% compared to the Company’s existing portfolio in 2019, with hotel EBITDA margins above 600 to 800 basis points. The Company has hired the well-respected Denver-based Sage Hospitality Group to manage Moxy Cherry Creek. The Company financed the acquisition by combining the cash flow of the business and the assumption of $ 25.0 million of secured non-recourse debt. The seller is BMC Investments, a leading high quality, fully integrated and experienced commercial real estate developer based in Denver, USA.
The hotel is one of five hotels located in Denver’s upscale central Cherry Creek North neighborhood, with more than 100 retail stores and 50 restaurants located within a four-block radius of the property. The hotel has amenities such as the Moxy Bar and Cherry Creek Beer Garden, in addition to meeting rooms, an outdoor event space, free bicycle rentals, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Cherry Creek is Denver’s premier high-end and lifestyle sub-market experiencing significant growth in office space, residential units and mixed-use project development, which will continue to support this region’s growth. Cherry Creek North hotels generally generate a higher ADR premium than comparable hotels located in downtown Denver.
Denver is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country which benefits from population growth and business relocations / expansions. The city’s ‘quality of life’ attributes and outdoor lifestyle have resulted in an 18% increase in the number of its residents, especially millennials, over the past decade and the region continues to grow. ‘attract companies such as Amazon, Apple, Palantir, Robinhood and Zoom, among others. . Denver is also home to a diverse base of industries which include a number of Fortune 500 companies. Employment and population growth trends in Denver are expected to continue to outperform the national average over the next several years. Denver remains a top destination, welcoming nearly 18 million overnight visitors in 2019, and is also an emerging meeting destination. Benefiting from the region’s growth, Denver’s RevPAR increased 70 basis points ahead of the top 25 US markets by STR from 2015 to 2019, based on a compound annual growth rate (“CAGR”).
The Marriott’s Moxy brand combines comfort with a bold, sleek industrial design and a modern, relaxed atmosphere, which has appealed to a wide range of clientele segments, including Millennials, who increasingly seek a dynamic, hotel-focused hotel. lifestyle and experience. to stay. Since the opening of the first Moxy in 2016 in the United States, the brand has continued to grow at a steady pace. This growth is driven by the brand’s strong track record of performance, combined with an efficient operating model and affiliation with the accommodation industry’s premier guest loyalty rewards program – Marriott’s Bonvoy.
Layout of DoubleTree Hotel Metropolitan New York City
The company recently closed the previously announced sale of the 764-room DoubleTree Metropolitan for a gross selling price of $ 169.0 million, which is a highly accretive multiple of over 47 times the hotel’s 2019 hotel EBITDA. . Following this divestiture, the Company currently owns two hotels in New York, representing approximately 550 rooms and less than 3.5% of the Company’s 2019 pro forma hotel EBITDA.
RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust that primarily owns premium, high-margin, focused-service, compact, full-service branded hotels. The Company’s portfolio currently consists of 97 hotels with approximately 21,500 rooms, located in 22 states and the District of Columbia, and an ownership interest in an unbound 171 room hotel.
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