>Sonesta reports first quarter earnings

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>In the first quarter of 2009 the Company recorded net loss of $2,212,000, or $(0.60) per share, compared to net income of $90,000, or $0.02 per share, during the first quarter of 2008.
The ongoing economic recession seriously affected the Company’s business in the 2009 first quarter. Operating income at the Company’s Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston decreased by $787,000 in the first quarter of 2009 compared to last year. Income from management activities decreased by $1,321,000 in the 2009 quarter compared to last year, due to lower fee income from Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove, lower fee income from the Company’s operations in Egypt and due to the fact that the management agreement for Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort Sunny Isles was terminated effective April 1, 2008. In addition, interest income decreased by $248,000, primarily due to lower income earned on the Company’s cash balances resulting from lower rates of return. A detailed analysis of the revenues and income by location follows.

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