>Red Lion Reports First Quarter 2009 Results

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>Red Lion’s total revenue during the first quarter of 2009 was $34.3 million, compared to $39.6 million for the prior-year period. Revenue from hotels was $30.8 million, down 12.6% from the first quarter of 2008, primarily due to the weak economic and industry environment.
On a comparable basis, ADR declined 4.0%, while occupancy fell 660 basis points, resulting in a decline in RevPAR of 15.9%. Despite the lower revenues, hotel direct operating margin for the quarter was 14.3% — only 60 basis points lower than the prior-year period. System-wide RevPAR (which includes franchised hotels) on a comparable basis for the quarter decreased 12.7%, caused by a 520 basis point decrease in occupancy and a 3.0% decrease in ADR.
Franchise and management revenue was $0.3 million, or $0.1 million lower than the prior-year period due to a lower number of franchisees in the system. Entertainment revenue was $2.5 million, a decrease of $0.7 million compared to the same quarter in 2008.
EBITDA for the first quarter of 2009 was $2.2 million, compared to $3.2 million for the first quarter of 2008 before a one-time expense for separation costs. The company’s net loss was $2.9 million, compared to a net loss of $2.2 million for the prior-year period before the one-time expense for separation costs. Loss per share was $0.16, compared to a loss of $0.12 per share for the first quarter of 2008 before the one-time expense for separation costs.

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