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Condor Hospitality Trust Reports 2017 First Quarter Results (5/1/17)

4 Premium-Branded Hotels Acquired | Public Offering of 4,772,500 Shares | Closed $90 Million Facility

BETHESDA, Md., May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDOR) (the “Company”) today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

“The first quarter of 2017 was a watershed quarter for Condor as we completed multiple significant accomplishments that were the result of a transition plan initiated two years ago to execute a new strategy 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 continued the dramatic transformation of our portfolio with the additional disposition of two legacy hotels and the acquisition of three Home2 Suites by Hilton. Additionally, post the close of the first quarter, we disposed of two additional legacy hotels, closed the fourth Home2 Suites, and announced the execution of a purchase contract to acquire the Hampton Inn and Suites Lake Mary. In the last five quarters, Condor has closed on or announced contracts on over $200 million of acquisitions representing ten high-quality premium-branded select-service hotels comprising 1,349 rooms and flagged under six leading hotel brands. In March 2017, we successfully raised over $50 million of gross proceeds through a common offering of our stock. The net proceeds from this capital raise were used to pay down outstanding debt on our secured credit facility which now can be redrawn to fund future acquisitions. Prior to this successful raise, the holders of the Company’s Series D Preferred Stock voluntarily 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 and their confidence in the management team. Both of these equity capitalization events were significant milestones as the Company’s common market capitalization is now approximately $120 million as compared to just $10 million at the start of 2015. Finally, the Company closed a $90 million secured revolving credit facility and subsequently announced post the close of the first quarter that the Company had closed on an increase to the facility to $150 million. We believe all of these achievements have and will continue to create shareholder value, as evidenced by the declaration and payment of our fourth consecutive quarterly common dividend in the first quarter of 2017,” said Bill Blackham, Condor’s Chief Executive Officer.

First Quarter 2017 Key Accomplishments

Closed Public Offering of 4,772,500 Shares of Common Stock: On March 29, 2017, the Company announced the closing of its underwritten public offering of 4,772,500 shares of its common stock, including 622,500 shares issued pursuant to the full exercise of an option to purchase additional shares of common stock granted to the underwriters, at a public offering price per share of $10.50. The Company used the net proceeds of the offering to repay amounts borrowed under its secured revolving credit facility, which amounts will then become available to fund future acquisitions.

Closed New $90 Million Secured Revolving Credit Facility and Announced Increase to $150 Million Subsequent to the Close of the First Quarter: On March 1, 2017, the Company announced the closing of its new $90 million secured revolving credit facility. On April 24, 2017, the Company announced that it had secured commitments from three lenders to increase the $90 million senior secured revolving credit facility to $150 million. On May 12, 2017, the Company announced that it had successfully closed on the increase to its credit facility to $150 million. KeyBanc Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, and The Huntington National Bank are Joint Lead Arrangers for the $150 million revolving credit facility with KeyBank National Association serving as Administrative Agent and The Huntington National Bank and BMO Capital Markets serving as Co-Syndication Agents. The revolving credit facility now provides for up to a $150 million of committed borrowing capacity and continues to include an accordion feature that would allow the Company to increase the size of the facility up to $400 million with additional lender commitments. The facility matures in 2020 and has two one-year extension options following additional capital achievements. Borrowings will continue to bear interest at a rate determined by a leverage-based pricing grid.

Closed Acquisition of Four Home2 Suites by Hilton [Including One Closed Subsequent to the Close of the First Quarter]: On March 27, 2017, the Company announced that it had closed on the acquisition of three Home2 Suites for $54.75 million. The three hotels include the Home2 Suites Austin/Round Rock [Texas], the Home2 Suites Lexington University/Medical Center [Kentucky], and the Home2 Suites Tallahassee State Capitol [Florida]. Following the close of the first quarter on April 17, 2017, the Company announced that it had closed on the acquisition of the Home2 Suites Memphis/Southaven [Mississippi] for $19.0 million. All four of the hotels will continue to be managed by the seller, Vista Host Inc. With an average age of less than two years, these four Home2 Suites fit squarely within the Company’s stated investment strategy of acquiring newer, premium-branded select-service assets in secondary markets.

Four Non-Core Assets Sold [Including Two Closed Subsequent to the Close of the First Quarter]: In the first quarter of 2017, the Company continued to successfully dispose of legacy assets at what the Company’s considers to be attractive valuations. The Company sold two assets in the first quarter resulting in $6.8 million of gross proceeds. Subsequent to the close of the first quarter, the Company closed on two additional assets resulting in $5.7 million of gross proceeds. Thus, year-to-date as of the time of this document, the Company has sold four legacy assets totaling $12.5 million in gross proceeds. The Company plans to dispose of a total of seven legacy hotels, including the four closed dispositions aforementioned, in the first half of 2017 and will continue to utilize the net proceeds to strategically reposition the portfolio.

Converted All Outstanding Series D Preferred Stock to Common Stock: On March 1, 2017, the Company announced that the holders of $62.5 million of outstanding Series D Preferred Stock, which represented all of Condor’s outstanding Series D Preferred Stock, voluntarily converted their preferred shared into an aggregate of 6,004,957 shares of the Company’s common stock (adjusted on a post-reverse split basis) and 925,000 shares of newly issued Series E Preferred Stock, face value of $10 per share, in the aggregate amount of $9.25 million. The common stock conversion price was previously established in the Series D Issuance Agreement in March 2016 and was $10.40 per share (adjusted on a post-reverse split basis). The new Series E Preferred Stock issued as part of the conversion transaction pays dividends at an annual rate of 6.25% of the aggregate face value of $9.25 million. Commencing February 28, 2019, the Series E Preferred Stock is convertible into common stock at a conversion price of $13.85 per share of common stock (adjusted on a post-reverse split basis).

Executed 1-for-6.5 Reverse Stock Split: On March 15, 2017, the Company announced a 1-for-6.5 reverse stock split of its common stock. The reverse stock split became effective at 4:01 p.m. EST on March 15, 2017.

Common Dividend Payment: On March 21, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a common stock dividend of $0.195 per share related to the first quarter of 2017. This represents $0.78 per share on an annualized basis. The first quarter dividend was paid on April 7, 2017 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2017. The first quarter dividend represents the fourth consecutive quarterly dividend for the Company since declaring a dividend in July of 2016 for the first time since 2009.

Subsequent Events

Announced Executed Agreement to Acquire the Hampton Inn and Suites Lake Mary: On May 1, 2017, the Company announced that it had executed an agreement to purchase the 130-room Hampton Inn and Suites located in Lake Mary, a suburb approximately 18 miles northeast of Orlando, at 850 Village Oak Lane, Lake Mary, Florida 32746. The minimum purchase price of the hotel is $19.25 million with the potential to increase to $19.5 million under certain circumstances. The hotel is expected to managed by Peachtree Hospitality Management, LLC. The closing of the acquisition of the hotel is expected to occur late second quarter or early third quarter of 2017, but is subject to customary closing conditions including accuracy of representations and warranties and compliance with covenants and obligations.

Summary Financial Results

Revenue: Condor’s first quarter 2017 revenue from continuing operations was $10.4 million compared to $12.5 million in the same 2016 period. Revenue from wholly owned properties new investment platform properties acquired in and since 2012 totaled $6.0 million in the three months ended March 31, 2017. Revenue from legacy properties totaled $4.4 million in this same period.

Net Earnings: First quarter net earnings attributable to common shareholders was ($14.0) million, or ($4.75) per basic share and ($4.75) per diluted share, compared to ($10.4) million, or ($13.72) per basic share and ($13.72) per diluted share for the same 2016 period. The 2016 and 2017 periods included substantial dividends declared and undeclared and in kind dividends on preferred stock. Decreased gains on the sale of assets and decreased net gain on derivatives and convertible debt also drove the differences in net income between the two years.

RevPAR: For the first quarter, Revenue per Available Room (“RevPAR”) for the nine hotels considered the new investment platform hotels (includes the three Home2 Suites acquired in the first quarter of 2017, two Alofts acquired in 2016, the three hotels acquired in 2016 and the Hilton Garden Inn acquired in 2012) increased by 7.7% to $96.65 from $89.78 for the same period in 2016 (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 1.6% increase in Average Daily Rate (“ADR”) over the same period 2016 and a 5.9% increase in occupancy. ADR rose to $123.46 for the first quarter 2017 as compared to $121.48 for the same period in 2016. Occupancy increased to 78.28% for the first quarter 2017 as compared to 73.91% for the same period in 2016.

For the first quarter, RevPAR for the six same-store hotels not considered held for sale at March 31, 2017 increased 17.2% from the same period in 2016 to $46.85. The increase is attributable to a 23.0% increase in occupancy to 66.20%, while ADR decreased by 4.8% to $70.77.

Funds From Operations (FFO) and Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO): FFO for the three months ended March 31, 2017 decreased to ($0.7) million as compared to $5.8 million for the same period prior year. The decrease in FFO was primarily driven by a decrease in net gains on derivatives and convertible debt which decreased by $5.9 million between the first quarter periods. AFFO for the first quarter 2017 was ($11.6) million as compared to ($17.9) million for the same period in 2016. The increase in AFFO, which excludes net gains on derivatives and convertible debt, was primarily driven by lower preferred dividend expense. Preferred dividends were driven in the first quarter of 2017 by the value of the Series E Preferred Stock offered as an inducement to voluntarily convert the Series D Preferred Stock and were driven in the first quarter of 2016 by the redemption of the Series A and B Preferred Stock and the exchange of the Series C Preferred Stock.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA: EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2017 decreased to $1.4 million as compared to $10.6 million for the same period prior year, a decrease of 86.4%. The decrease in EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was primarily driven by a decrease in net gains on the disposition of assets, which decreased by $4.0 million between the first quarter periods, and by a decrease in net gains on derivatives and convertible debt, which decreased by $5.9 million between the first quarter periods. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2017 increased to $2.4 million as compared to $1.3 million for the same period prior year, an increase of 79.8%. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily driven by strong performance in the new investment platform assets.

Capital Reinvestment: The Company invested $0.9 million in capital improvements throughout the portfolio in the three ended March 31, 2017, to upgrade its properties and maintain brand standards.

Balance Sheet: The Company had cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) and available revolver of $19.2 million and $20.9 million, respectively, at March 31, 2017. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total outstanding long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs, of $73.2 million, with $70.0 million associated with assets held for use with a weighted average maturity of 3.4 years and a weighted average interest rate of 4.60%.

Common Dividends: On March 21, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a common stock dividend of $0.195 per share related to the first quarter of 2017. This represents $0.78 per share on an annualized basis. The first quarter dividend was paid on April 7, 2017 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2017. The first quarter dividend represents the fourth consecutive quarterly dividend for the Company since declaring a dividend in July of 2016 for the first time since 2009. 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.

Outlook

“The start of 2017 marked multiple significant moments in Condor’s strategic repositioning. We continued to dramatically enhance the quality of the portfolio with the acquisition of four Home2 Suites, the disposition of four legacy hotels assets, and the announcement of one purchase contract. Additionally, we closed on a $90 million senior secured credit facility and subsequent to quarter-end closed on the expansion of the facility to $150 million. Finally, we successfully closed a public issuance of our common stock providing the Company the necessary capital to continue to acquire high-quality, premium-branded select-service assets in secondary markets,” said Jonathan Gantt, Condor’s Chief Financial Officer. “The entire Condor organization is proud of our accomplishments to-date and highly focused on continuing to faithfully execute our strategy throughout 2017 to deliver shareholder value.”

First Quarter 2017 Earnings Call

The Company will conduct its quarterly conference call on Monday, May 15, 2017, at 9:00 AM ET. To participate in the conference call, dial 1-877-425-9470 [International: 1-201-389-0878] approximately ten minutes before the call begins (9:00 AM ET).

Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call will be available through the Company’s website. To access, log on to http://condorhospitality.com ten minutes prior to the call. A replay of the conference call webcast will be archived and available online through the Investor Relations section of http://condorhospitality.com.

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 11 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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