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Ashford Trust Announces Sale of SpringHill Suites Gaithersburg & Redemption of OP Units

Company Release - 10/4/2016 6:55 AM ET

DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") announced today that it has closed on the sale of the 162-room SpringHill Suites Gaithersburg in Gaithersburg, MD for approximately $13.2 million ($81,000 per key).    

The purchase price for the SpringHill Suites Gaithersburg represents a trailing 12-month cap rate of 7.1% on net operating income.  On a trailing 12-month basis, the hotel achieved RevPAR of $72, with occupancy of 66% and Average Daily Rate of $108.  The consideration received from the sale was a combination of cash and approximately 2.0 million Class B common units of the Company's operating partnership.  The Class B operating partnership units were redeemed at a price of $5.74 per unit, or a price of $6.05 per common share after taking into account the current conversion factor.  The Company also paid off approximately $10.4 million of debt associated with the property.  With this sale, the Company has now closed on or announced $218 million of sales of its non-core select-service hotels.

"Consistent with our strategy, we continue to pursue transactions with our non-core, select-service hotel portfolio that we believe maximize value for our shareholders," said Monty J. Bennett, Ashford Trust's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This was a unique opportunity to not only sell an asset at an attractive valuation but with a deal structure that allowed us to also buy back units in our operating partnership at an attractive value."

Ashford Hospitality Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing opportunistically in the hospitality industry in upper upscale, full-service hotels.

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SOURCE Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

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