BETHESDA, MD, JANUARY 20, 2011 -- Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) (the “Company”) today provided its outlook for 2011. The Company's outlook for 2011, assuming continued improvement in economic activity, positive business travel trends and the other significant assumptions detailed below, is as follows:
? Estimated net income of $13.1 million to $15.1 million ($0.33 to $0.38 per diluted share);
? Estimated funds from operations (“FFO”) of $28.2 million to $30.2 million ($0.71 to $0.76 per diluted share and unit); and,
? Estimated earnings before interest, depreciation, and amortization (“EBITDA”) of $41.0 million to $43.0 million.
Net Income, FFO and EBITDA include approximately $2.0 million of acquisition-related expenses.This 2011 outlook is based on the following estimates and assumptions:
? Hotel industry room revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) to increase 6.0 percent to 8.0 percent over 2010;
? No additional acquisitions beyond the Argonaut Hotel, which is expected to be completed by February 28, 2011;
? Portfolio RevPAR growth of 6.0 percent to 8.0 percent over 2010;
? Portfolio RevPAR of $134.35 to $136.90;
? Portfolio hotel EBITDA of $50.0 million to $52.0 million;
? Portfolio hotel EBITDA margins of 23.5 percent to 24.7 percent, representing an increase of 170 basis points to 250 basis points over 2010;
? Corporate cash general and administrative expenses of approximately $5.8 million;
? Corporate non-cash general and administrative expenses of approximately $2.7 million;
? Acquisition and related expenses of approximately $2.0 million;
? Total capital investments related to renovations, capital maintenance and return on investment projects of approximately $34.0 million to $37.0 million;
? Interest expense, including the non-cash amortization of deferred financing fees, of approximately $12.8 million;
? Interest income of approximately $1.5 million;
? Weighted average outstanding debt of approximately $245.0 million; and,
? Weighted average fully diluted shares and units of approximately 40.0 million.
“We are extremely pleased with the performance of each of the hotels that we acquired during 2010, as they continue to benefit from the strong rebound in corporate travel,” noted Jon Bortz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. “Growth in business transient demand remained healthy throughout the fourth quarter and group demand continues to recover from unprecedented declines in 2008 and 2009. We expect 2011 will be a very strong year for the overall industry, including our high-quality urban-focused portfolio.”
A number of the Company’s recently acquired hotels are undergoing, or will undergo, property repositioning and renovation programs during the first several months of 2011. These programs are expected to adversely impact operating performance of those hotels during this period, but are expected to increase revenue growth and the value of those hotels following the completion of these improvements.
“We have made excellent progress with our renovation and repositioning programs at the Sir Francis Drake, the Doubletree Bethesda and The Grand Hotel Minneapolis hotels. We expect the disruption from the work associated with these reinvestment programs to be completed in the Spring,” advised Mr. Bortz. “As a result of these ongoing projects, we anticipate our hotel operating results to be negatively impacted, primarily during the first and second quarters, which has been reflected in our 2011 outlook. Despite this negative impact, we expect to perform in-line with the overall industry, setting us up to outperform in 2012 with renovated and repositioned hotels.” The Company’s 2011 outlook includes the operating and financial performance from the hotels the Company owned as of January 20, 2011 as well as the Argonaut Hotel, which is expected to be acquired by February 28, 2011. However, because this acquisition is subject to customary closing requirements and conditions, the Company can give no assurance that he transaction will be consummated during that time period, or at all. The Company’s estimates and assumptions for portfolio RevPAR growth and portfolio EBITDA margin growth for 2011 include the hotels owned as of January 20, 2011 as well as the Argonaut Hotel, but exclude The Grand Hotel Minneapolis for the first three quarters of both 2011 and 2010, because the operating results of that hotel prior to the Company’s acquisition of it in September 2010 were not auditable. The Company expects to include operating results for The Grand Hotel Minneapolis in year-overyear comparisons after it has owned the hotel for one full year.
If any of the foregoing estimates and assumptions prove to be inaccurate, actual results, including the 2011 outlook, may vary, and could vary significantly, from the amounts shown above.
About Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) organized to opportunistically acquire and invest primarily in upper-upscale, full-service hotels located in large urban and resort markets with an emphasis on the major coastal cities. The company owns eight hotels with a total of 2,300 guest rooms.
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These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the state of the U.S. economy and the supply of hotel properties, and other factors as are described in greater detail in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the Company’s Prospectus on Form 424(b)(1) filed on July 23, 2010. Unless legally required, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
For further information about the Company’s business and financial results, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained at the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.pebblebrookhotels.com. All information in this release is as of January 20, 2011. The Company undertakes no duty to update the statements in this release to conform the statements to actual results or changes in the Company’s expectations.