Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:BEE) , today announced that the company has signed a purchase and sale agreement for the sale of the Renaissance Paris Hotel Le Parc Trocadero to an investment group led by an affiliate of Westmont Hospitality for a gross price of euro 35.5 million ($51.5 million), or approximately euro 305,000 per room. The sale, subject to certain closing contingencies, is scheduled to close within 45 days. The 116-room property was forecasted to contribute approximately euro 2.1 million in EBITDA for the full year 2009, representing a sales multiple of 16.6 times and a capitalization rate of 4.8% on NOI. The company also remains entitled to receive approximately euro 1.4 million in the first quarter of 2010 related to the 2009 performance guarantee with Marriott International.
Chief Executive Officer Laurence Geller remarked, “We are pleased to announce the sale of this asset at an attractive price to our shareholders in an extremely difficult transaction environment. The sale, at a property where we were contractually bound by Marriott International to undertake a full renovation, substantially supplements our corporate liquidity, reduces corporate overhead related to our European operations, and is in line with the company’s disciplined, strategic disposition strategy.”
About the Company
Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) which owns and provides value-enhancing asset management of high-end hotels and resorts in the United States, Mexico and Europe. The company currently has ownership interests in 17 properties with an aggregate of 8,002 rooms. For a list of current properties and for further information, please visit the company’s website at www.strategichotels.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements about Strategic Hotels & Resorts (the “Company”). Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the Company’s projections. Factors that may contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to the following: volatility in equity or debt markets; failure of closing contingencies or conditions to be satisfied; availability of capital; ability to obtain or refinance debt; rising interest rates; rising insurance premiums; cash available for capital expenditures; competition; demand for hotel rooms in our current and proposed market areas; economic conditions generally and in the real estate market specifically; delays in construction and development; demand for hotel condominiums; risks related to natural disasters; the effect of threats of terrorism and increased security precautions on travel patterns and hotel bookings; the outbreak of hostilities and international political instability; legislative or regulatory changes, including changes to laws governing the taxation of REITs; and changes in generally accepted accounting principles, policies and guidelines applicable to REITs.
Additional risks are discussed in the Company’s current filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.