Performance Leadership Positions Chatham to Reward Shareholders
Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE: CLDT), a lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in upscale, extended-stay hotels and premium-branded, select-service hotels and owns 39 hotels, today announced that it has reinstated a fourth quarter common dividend, its first since early 2020. Chatham announced that its board of trustees declared a common share dividend of $0.07 per common share, as well as a preferred share dividend of $0.41406 per share, payable on January 17, 2023, to shareholders of record as of December 30, 2022.
“Nothing in history compares to the sharp downturn that occurred during the pandemic, but using experience gained through several down-cycles, we worked diligently to maintain liquidity, protect our balance sheet and position Chatham for success coming out of the pandemic,” commented Jeffrey H. Fisher, Chatham’s president and chief executive officer. “With assuredness, I can say we accomplished much.”
Produced superior operating performance during the pandemic that resulted in Chatham being the second fastest hotel REIT to be corporate cash flow positive and have generated approximately $32 million of free cash flow from April 2020 to September 2022.
- Producing in 2022 the highest operating margins of all lodging REITs.
Successfully recycled hotels to enhance its portfolio quality that will increase returns and drive future earnings growth.
- Sold five hotels with an average age of 26 years, yielding 6 percent for $147 million, and avoided near-term capital spend of $12 million on those hotels.
- Acquired three hotels and built one hotel for total investment of $173 million with no near-term capital needs and an expected yield of 8 percent.
Strengthened the company’s balance sheet by reducing net debt by $323 million or 42 percent since March 31, 2020, the second highest reduction of all hotel REITs.
- Currently have zero borrowings outstanding on the recently completed $215 million revolving credit facility and $90 million term loan.
“Given all of the above, as well as the belief that our high-quality portfolio will generate strong cash flow returns as business travel continues its recovery in 2023, we are confident in our business and feel it is the appropriate time to reinstate a common dividend to our shareholders. In addition to this 2022 fourth quarter dividend, we intend to pay a regular quarterly dividend for the first three quarters of 2023 and a higher 2023 fourth quarter dividend sufficient to distribute approximately 100 percent of taxable income. I thank our employees for their great efforts and each of our shareholders for your support during the most trying times in the history of our industry,” Fisher concluded.
About Chatham Lodging Trust
Chatham Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) focused primarily on investing in upscale, extended-stay hotels and premium-branded, select-service hotels. The company owns 39 hotels totaling 5,914 rooms/suites in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Additional information about Chatham may be found at chathamlodgingtrust.com.
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Dennis Craven (Company)
Chief Operating Officer