Strategic Hotels & Resorts Acquires Remaining Interest in JW Marriott Essex House Hotel New York
July 30, 2015 9:39am
CHICAGO, July 30, 2015 -- Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: BEE) today announced that it has acquired the remaining 49 percent ownership interest in the 514-room JW Marriott Essex House hotel. The Company previously owned a 51 percent ownership position in the asset through a joint venture with certain affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC ("KSL"). Pursuant to the terms of the joint venture agreements, KSL exercised a contractual put option of its equity interests in the asset and the Company will issue to certain affiliates of KSL an aggregate of 6,595,449 shares of common stock priced at $12.82 per share, or an implied valuation of $84.6 million. The transaction values the asset at a gross valuation of approximately $397.6 million, which includes $6.3 million of value for three owned condominiums, $2.2 million of cash currently held within the joint venture, and the existing $225.0 million mortgage financing.
"We are very pleased to acquire the remaining interest in the JW Marriott Essex House hotel from our partner, KSL," commented Raymond L. "Rip" Gellein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. "Under our joint ownership we created substantial incremental value, with EBITDA projected to have increased over six times by the end of 2015. There continues to be significant upside in this iconic hotel, which is situated on Central Park. The New York City market is long-term one of the most outstanding travel markets in the world, and we are confident that our efforts to reposition the hotel will drive favorable future growth. This transaction also represents the acquisition of the sole remaining joint venture interest in our best-in-class portfolio of hotels and resorts, further simplifying our balance sheet."
The net hotel purchase represents an approximately $757,000 per key valuation. The acquired 49 percent interest in the hotel is projected to generate an incremental approximately $5.5 million of EBITDA in the remaining five months of 2015.
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Contact: Diane Morefield, EVP, Chief Financial Officer
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