>Ashford Hospitality Trust Announces Offering of 7.5 Million Shares of Common Stock

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>(Hospitality Business News) December 13, 2010 – Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) today announced that it commenced an underwritten public offering of 7.5 million shares of its common stock. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering. Ashford intends to use the net proceeds to repay a portion of its outstanding borrowings under its senior credit facility, although it may also use a portion of the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including, without limitation, financing future hotel-related investments, capital expenditures and working capital or repayment of other debt or maturing obligations as they become due. Ashford will grant the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.125 million shares to cover over-allotments, if any.

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