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Condor Hospitality Trust Reports 2016 Results (3/01/17)

25 Non-Core Hotels Sold | 2 Premium-Branded Hotels Acquired | Reinstated Common Dividend

BETHESDA, Md., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDOR) (the “Company”) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2016.

“In early 2015, Condor embarked on implementing a new vision for the Company involving the repositioning of the portfolio as part of a new investment strategy, improving the Company’s equity structure, and enhancing the Company’s debt profile. We are pleased to report that we substantially achieved all of these objectives in 2016. The portfolio is dramatically repositioned as the result of 25 legacy asset sales in 2016, bringing the total number of legacy hotel asset sales to approximately $116.1 million comprising 42 hotels with 3,537 rooms since January 2015. Additionally, we acquired two premium-branded hotels in 2016, the Aloft Atlanta Downtown and the Aloft Leawood/Kansas City increasing our new investment platform acquisitions to approximately $109 million in five hotels with 788 rooms during the 15 months ending December 31, 2016. Additionally, subsequent to year end we announced the acquisition of four Home2 Suites hotels for $73.8 million that we expect to close in the first quarter. The majority of the Company’s earnings are now generated by high-quality, premium-branded, select-service assets. Additionally, we raised $30 million in a private placement in early 2016 by issuing newly created Series D Preferred Stock, which enhanced and simplified the equity capitalization of the Company by redeeming the Series A and B Preferred shares and converting all existing Series C Preferred Stock to Series D, resulting in a single class of remaining preferred stock. Subsequent to year-end 2016, the holders of the Series D Preferred converted to common stock, which we feel is a strong indication of their belief in the long-term value of the common stock of the Company. Finally, subsequent to year end, we announced that the Company closed a new $90 million secured credit facility. We believe all of these successes have and will continue to create shareholder value, as evidenced by the reinstatement of common dividends in 2016 for the first time since 2009,” said Bill Blackham, Condor’s Chief Executive Officer.

2016 Key Accomplishments

Revenue and Net Earnings: Condor’s 2016 revenue from continuing operations was $50.6 million compared to $58.7 million in 2015. Full year net earnings attributable to common shareholders was $2.0 million, or $0.41 per basic and $0.14 per diluted share, compared to $9.5 million, or $1.94 per basic and $0.00 per diluted share in 2015.

25 Non-Core Assets Sold: The Company disposed of 25 legacy non-core hotels in 2016 at what we believe were attractive valuations. In addition to the 15 hotels sold in the first three quarters of 2016 with gross proceeds totaling $34.8 million, the Company sold ten hotels in the fourth quarter resulting in $26.6 million of gross proceeds and an aggregate of $61.4 million of gross proceeds for the year. The Company plans to dispose of an additional seven legacy hotels in 2017.

Two Premium-Branded, Select-Service Hotels Acquired: On August 23, 2016, the Company announced the closing of the joint venture acquisition of the 254-room Aloft Atlanta located in downtown Atlanta. Condor entered into a joint venture agreement with Three Wall Capital to acquire the hotel (the Atlanta JV). Through its operating partnership subsidiary, Condor owns 80% of the joint venture with Three Wall Capital owning the remaining 20%. The purchase price for the hotel was $43.6 million. On December 14, 2016, the Company closed on the purchase of the 156-room Aloft Leawood located within Park Place Village in Kansas City. The purchase price for the hotel was $22.5 million. The Aloft Atlanta Downtown and Aloft Leawood represent the fifth and sixth, respectively, new investment platform hotels in Condor’s portfolio.

Preferred Capital Raise: On March 16, 2016, Condor announced that it had raised $30.0 million in a private placement transaction with an affiliate of the StepStone Group. The investment, structured as Series D Preferred Stock, includes a 6.25% coupon, payable quarterly, and may be converted under certain circumstances into shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion price of $1.60 per share. Simultaneously, all existing Series C Preferred Stock, held by Real Estate Strategies L.P. (RES) was converted into Series D Preferred Stock. In the second quarter of 2016, the Company used a portion of the proceeds from the $30.0 million Series D raise to redeem for cash all outstanding Series A and Series B Preferred Stock, including all unpaid accrued dividends.

Reinstated Common Dividend for First Time Since 2009: On July 11, 2016, the Board of Directors declared a common stock dividend of $0.01 per share, representing the first common stock dividend declared and paid by the Company since 2009. On December 8, 2016, the Board of Directors declared a $0.03 per share quarterly common stock dividend for the fourth quarter, which represented the Company’s third consecutive quarterly common stock dividend. The fourth quarter dividend was paid on January 5, 2017 to shareholders of record on December 20, 2016. Although the Board of Directors will evaluate the Company’s dividend policy on a quarterly basis, it believes that the common dividend level is sustainable.

Subsequent Events

Closed on $90 Million Senior Secured Credit Facility: On February 8, 2017, Condor announced the execution of a commitment letter with two lenders on a $90.0 million senior secured credit facility. KeyBank and The Huntington National Bank are the joint lead arrangers for the revolving credit facility with KeyBank serving as administrative agent and The Huntington National Bank serving as syndication agent. The commitment letter provides for a revolving credit facility with an initial size of $90.0 million and includes an accordion feature that would allow the Company to increase the size of the facility to $400.0 million subject to certain conditions. On March 1, 2017, Condor closed on the credit facility.

Executed Agreement to Acquire Four Home2 Suites: On January 23, 2017, Condor announced the execution of an agreement to purchase a portfolio of four Home2 Suites hotels for $73.8 million. The portfolio includes the following hotels: Home2 Suites Memphis/Southaven, Home2 Suites Austin/Round Rock, Home2 Suites Lexington University/Medical Center (Kentucky), and Home2 Suites Tallahassee State Capitol. It is expected that the hotels will continue to be managed by Vista Host, Inc. Upon an expected closing in the first quarter of 2017, the four Home2 Suites would increase the number of hotels under our new investment platform to ten.

Series D Preferred Stock Converted to Common: On February 28, 2017, shares of Condor’s Series D Preferred Stock, totaling approximately $62.5 million in face value, were converted into common equity per an agreement between Condor and the two holders, RES and StepStone. The Series D Preferred shares converted at $1.60 per share thus creating an additional 39,032,225 shares of common stock. As part of the agreement, a new series of preferred shares, Series E, was created to address the make whole payment provision of the Series D arrangement. Series E Preferred Stock of $9.25 million was issued and is also convertible into common equity given certain stock price thresholds.

Summary Financial Results

Revenue: Condor’s fourth quarter 2016 revenue from continuing operations was $10.5 million compared to $13.4 million in the same 2015 period. Condor’s full year 2016 revenue from continuing operations was $50.6 million compared to $58.7 million in 2015. Revenue from wholly owned properties acquired in and since 2012 in the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 totaled $4.1 million and $16.3 million, respectively, which was offset by revenue declines from properties considered held for sale or sold of $4.3 million and $18.1 million, respectively, in 2015.

Net Earnings: Fourth quarter net earnings attributable to common shareholders was $3.6 million, or $0.72 per basic and $0.10 per diluted share, compared to $3.4 million, or $0.69 per basic and $0.01 per diluted share for the same 2015 period. The 2015 period included a substantial $3.6 million noncash derivative gain. Year-ended 2016 net income attributable to common shareholders was $2.0 million, or $0.41 per basic and $0.14 per diluted share compared to $9.5 million, or $1.94 per basic and $0.00 per diluted share for the year-ended 2015. The year-ended 2016 results include dividends declared and undeclared and in kind distributions to preferred shareholders of $20.7 million which increased considerably over $3.6 million in the same period in 2015 as a result of the preferred stock redemptions and transactions in 2016. Increased gains on the sale of assets, decreased net gain on derivatives and convertible debt, and decreases in impairment charges also drove the differences in net income between the two years.

RevPAR: For the fourth quarter, Revenue per Available Room (“RevPAR”) for the six hotels considered the new investment platform hotels (includes the two Alofts acquired in 2016, the three hotels acquired in 2015 and the Hilton Garden Inn acquired in 2012) increased by 9.7% to $84.81 from $77.33 for the same period in 2015 (comparable operating results given for these hotels include results prior to the Company’s ownership based on information obtained from the prior owners). The increase is attributable to a 1.7% increase in Average Daily Rate (“ADR”) over the same period 2015 and a 7.9% increase in occupancy. ADR rose to $119.81 for the fourth quarter 2016 as compared to $117.86 for the same period in 2015. Occupancy increased to 70.79% for the fourth quarter 2016 as compared to 65.61% for the same period in 2015.

For the year-ended December 31, 2016, RevPAR increased 7.63% to $90.78 as compared to $84.34 for the same period in 2015 for these new investment platform hotels. The Company owned only one of the new investment platform hotels for the full respective same periods in 2015 and believes the increase in RevPAR across the new investment platform hotels is indicative of the Company’s ability to effectively monitor its third party operators and identify intensive asset management strategies to achieve enhanced performance.

For the fourth quarter, RevPAR for the six same-store hotels not considered held for sale at December 31, 2016 increased 13.0% from the same period in 2015 to $51.51. The increase is attributable to a 15.4% increase in occupancy to 69.32%, while ADR decreased by 2.1% to $74.31. For the year-ended December 31, 2016, RevPAR for the six same-store hotels not considered held for sale at December 31, 2016 declined 1.9% to $49.52. The decrease is attributable to a 3.4% reduction in occupancy to 64.42%, which was partially offset by a 1.6% increase in ADR to $76.88. In our legacy hotel portfolio, the decreases in occupancy between the periods were driven by market challenges facing these hotels as a result of declines in the oil and gas, rail, and fracking industries. Despite these occupancy challenges, the Company has focused on increasing ADR to improve profitability as is evident in the year-ended 2016 ADR increase.

Funds From Operations (FFO) and Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO): FFO for the three months ended December 31, 2016 decreased to ($1.1) million as compared to $3.4 million for the same period prior year. FFO for the year-ended December 31, 2016 decreased to $6.8 million as compared to $15.6 million for the prior year. These decreases in FFO were primarily driven by a decrease in net gains on derivatives and convertible debt which decreased by $3.5 million between the fourth quarter periods and $5.2 million between the two year-ended periods. AFFO for the fourth quarter 2016 was ($1.9) million as compared to ($0.6) million for the same period in 2015. The decline in AFFO, which excludes net gains on derivatives and convertible debt, was primarily driven by lower revenues as a result of asset sales throughout 2016 and higher general and administrative expenses.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA: EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2016 increased to $8.2 million as compared to $7.8 million for the same period prior year, an increase of 4.7%. EBITDA for the year-ended December 31, 2016 increased to $36.7 million as compared to $25.7 million for the same period prior year, an increase of 43.0%. The increase in EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2016 was primarily driven by an increase in net gains on the disposition of assets which increased by $4.0 million between the fourth quarter periods. The increase in EBITDA between the year-ended periods was primarily driven by a $16.0 million increase in net gains on the disposition of assets. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2016 decreased to $1.2 million as compared to $1.8 million for the same period prior year, a decrease of 31.5%. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily driven by higher general and administrative expenses and lower revenues as a result of asset sales throughout 2016.

Capital Reinvestment: The Company invested $0.6 million and $3.4 million in capital improvements throughout the portfolio in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively, to upgrade its properties and maintain brand standards.

Balance Sheet: The Company had cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) and available revolver of $13.7 million and $1.2 million, respectively, at December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had total outstanding long-term debt of $63.4 million, with $57.4 million associated with assets held for use with a weighted average maturity of 2.9 years and a weighted average interest rate of 4.89%.

Dividends: The Board of Directors declared a common stock dividend of $0.03 per share for the fourth quarter that was paid on January 5, 2017 to shareholders of record on December 20, 2016. The fourth quarter dividend represents the third consecutive quarterly common dividend paid by Condor following the restoration of common dividend payments in July of 2016. Although the Board of Directors will evaluate the Company’s dividend policy on a quarterly basis, it believes that the new common dividend level is sustainable. Additionally, the Company declared the fourth quarter regular dividend of $0.15625 per share payable on January 3, 2017 to its 6.25% Series D Preferred Stock shareholders.

Outlook

“In 2016, Condor Hospitality continued its dramatic transformation with the achievement of several significant milestones, including the closing of two key acquisitions, the Aloft Atlanta Downtown and Aloft Leawood, the disposition of 25 legacy assets at what we believe to be attractive valuations, and three consecutive quarterly common dividend payments after an absence of seven years. Additionally, subsequent to year end, we closed on a $90 million senior secured credit facility,” said Jonathan Gantt, Condor’s Chief Financial Officer. “We believe this new facility is a strong indicator of Condor’s credit-worthiness and our standing within the industry as a leading hotel REIT. We look forward to a successful 2017 in which we use our past successes as a foundation for continued shareholder value creation.”

About Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc.

Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDOR) is a self-administered real estate investment trust that specializes in the investment and ownership of upper midscale and upscale, premium-branded, select-service, extended stay, and limited service hotels. The Company currently owns 19 hotels in 12 states. Condor’s hotels are franchised by a number of the industry’s most well-regarded brand families including Hilton, Marriott/Starwood, InterContinental Hotels, Choice, and Wyndham.

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