Sotherly Hotels Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2018

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sotherly Hotels Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHO), (“Sotherly” or the “Company”), a self-managed and self-administered lodging real estate investment trust (a “REIT”), today reported its consolidated results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018. The Company’s results include the following*:
(*)     Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), hotel EBITDA, funds from operations (“FFO”) available to common stockholders and unitholders, adjusted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders, FFO per common share and unit and adjusted FFO per common share and unit are non-GAAP financial measures. See further discussion of these non-GAAP measures, including definitions related thereto, and reconciliations to net income (loss) later in this press release. The Company is the sole general partner of Sotherly Hotels LP, a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), and all references in this release to the “Company”, “Sotherly”, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Sotherly Hotels Inc., its Operating Partnership and its subsidiaries and predecessors, unless the context otherwise requires or where otherwise indicated.HIGHLIGHTS:Revenue and RevPAR.  For the three-month period ending December 31, 2018, Total Revenue increased 13.9% over the three-month period ending December 31, 2017.  Room revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for the Company’s composite portfolio, which includes the performance of the rooms participating in our rental program at the Hyde Resort & Residences, during the three-month period ending December 31, 2018, increased 6.0% over the three months ended December 31, 2017, to $100.10 reflecting a 3.8% increase in occupancy and a 2.2% increase in average daily rate (“ADR”). For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2018, RevPAR increased 7.4% over the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, to $109.20 driven by a 0.4% increase in occupancy and a 6.9% increase in ADR.Common Dividends. On January 29, 2019, the Company announced a quarterly dividend (distribution) on its common stock (and units) of $0.125 per share (and unit) to stockholders (and unitholders) of record as of March 15, 2019, payable on April 11, 2019.Hotel EBITDA. The Company generated hotel EBITDA of approximately $10.2 million during the three-month period ending December 31, 2018, hotel EBITDA increased 2.4% or approximately $0.2 million, over the three months ended December 31, 2017. For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2018, hotel EBITDA increased 16.3%, or approximately $6.7 million, over the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. EBITDA. The Company generated EBITDA of approximately $7.2 million during the three-month period ending December 31, 2018, a decrease of 2.4% or approximately $(0.2) million compared to the three months ended December 31, 2017. For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2018, EBITDA increased 17.7% or approximately $6.1 million from the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.Adjusted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders. For the three-month period ending December 31, 2018, Adjusted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders decreased 43.7% or approximately $1.5 million from the three months ended December 31, 2017. For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2018, adjusted FFO available to common stockholders and unitholders increased 1.6% or approximately $0.3 million from the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.Andrew M. Sims, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sotherly Hotels Inc., commented, “Sotherly had a solid fourth quarter, which resulted in Adjusted FFO of $1.04 per common share and unit for the year, which is within the Company’s original guidance issued in February 2018.  Many of the financial metrics that we view as indicative of the Company’s performance showed positive year-over-year movement in the fourth quarter, including Total Revenue, RevPAR, EBITDA, Hotel EBITDA, and FFO.  RevPAR outpaced the industry for the fourth quarter, with an increase of 6.0% over the same period in 2017.”Balance Sheet/LiquidityAt December 31, 2018, the Company had approximately $37.9 million of available cash and cash equivalents, of which approximately $4.1 million was reserved for real estate taxes, insurance, capital improvements and certain other expenses or otherwise restricted. The Company had principal balances of approximately $392.6 million in outstanding debt at a weighted average interest rate of approximately 5.13%.On August 31, 2018, we entered into a Sales Agency Agreement, with Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. (“Sandler O’Neill”), under which the Company may sell from time to time through Sandler O’Neill, as sales agent, shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share, having an aggregate gross sales price of up to $5,000,000 and up to 400,000 shares of the Company’s 7.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share.  Through December 31, 2018, the Company sold 88,297 shares of common stock and 52,141 shares of Series C Preferred Stock, for aggregate proceeds of approximately $1.9 million.On December 12, 2018, the Company authorized the extension of the Company’s stock repurchase program, which was originally announced in December 2016, authorizing the Company to purchase up to $10.0 million of its outstanding common stock, par value $0.01 per share, at prevailing prices on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, at the discretion of management.  As of December 12, 2018, the Company had repurchased shares of the Company’s common stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $5.9 million pursuant to the stock repurchase program, leaving a balance of approximately $4.1 million of its common stock that may be repurchased.  As of December 31, 2018, the Company had approximately 14.2 million shares outstanding.Portfolio UpdateAt the Company’s hotel in Tampa, Florida, renovations are underway for an estimated $11.3 million renovation project in anticipation of a planned conversion in June 2019 of the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore to Hotel Alba, which we expect to become a member of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton.  As of December 31, 2018, we incurred costs totaling approximately $7.5 million toward this renovation.2019 OutlookSet forth below is the Company’s guidance for 2019.  The guidance is predicated on estimates of occupancy and ADR that are consistent with the most recent 2019 calendar year forecasts by STR for the market segments in which the Company operates.The table below reflects the Company’s projections, within a range, of various financial measures for 2019, in thousands of dollars, except per share and RevPAR data:Earnings Call/WebcastThe Company will conduct its fourth quarter 2018 conference call for investors and other interested parties at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The conference call will be accessible by telephone and through the Internet. Interested individuals are invited to listen to the call by telephone at 888-339-0107 (United States) or 855-669-9657 (Canada) or +1 412-902-4188 (International). To participate on the webcast, log on to www.sotherlyhotels.com at least 15 minutes before the call to download the necessary software. For those unable to listen to the call live, a taped rebroadcast will be available beginning one hour after completion of the live call on February 26, 2019 through February 25, 2020. To access the rebroadcast, dial 877-344-7529 and enter conference number 10127127.  A replay of the call also will be available on the Internet at www.sotherlyhotels.com until February 25, 2020.About Sotherly Hotels Inc.Sotherly Hotels Inc. is a self-managed and self-administered lodging REIT focused on the acquisition, renovation, upbranding and repositioning of upscale to upper-upscale full-service hotels in the Southern United States. Currently, the Company’s portfolio consists of investments in twelve hotel properties, comprising 3,156 rooms, and an interest in the Hyde Resort & Residences, a luxury condo hotel. The Company owns hotels that operate under the Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott International, Inc. brands, as well as independent hotels. Sotherly Hotels Inc. was organized in 2004 and is headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.sotherlyhotels.com.Contact at the Company:Scott Kucinski
Vice President – Operations & Investor Relations
Sotherly Hotels Inc.
410 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757.229.5648
Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed, forecasted or implied in such forward-looking statements. Factors which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s future results, performance and achievements, include, but are not limited to: national and local economic and business conditions that affect occupancy rates and revenues at the Company’s hotels and the demand for hotel products and services; risks associated with the hotel industry, including competition and new supply of hotel rooms, increases in wages, energy costs and other operating costs; risks associated with adverse weather conditions, including hurricanes; the availability and terms of financing and capital and the general volatility of the securities markets; the Company’s intent to repurchase shares from time to time; risks associated with the level of the Company’s indebtedness and its ability to meet covenants in its debt agreements and, if necessary, to refinance or seek an extension of the maturity of such indebtedness or modify such debt agreements; management and performance of the Company’s hotels; risks associated with maintaining our system of internal controls; risks associated with the conflicts of interest of the Company’s officers and directors; risks associated with redevelopment and repositioning projects, including delays and cost overruns; supply and demand for hotel rooms in the Company’s current and proposed market areas; risks associated with our ability to maintain our franchise agreements with our third party franchisors; the Company’s ability to acquire additional properties and the risk that potential acquisitions may not perform in accordance with expectations; the Company’s ability to successfully expand into new markets; legislative/regulatory changes, including changes to laws governing taxation of REITs; the Company’s ability to maintain its qualification as a REIT; and the Company’s ability to maintain adequate insurance coverage. These risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to and does not intend to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Although the Company believes its current expectations to be based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained or that actual results will not differ materially.Financial Tables Follow…
SOTHERLY HOTELS INC.
KEY OPERATING METRICS
(unaudited)
The following tables illustrate the key operating metrics for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, for the Company’s wholly-owned properties (“actual” portfolio metrics), as well as the ten wholly-owned properties in the portfolio that were under the Company’s control during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and the corresponding periods in 2017 (“same-store” portfolio metrics). Accordingly, the same-store data does not reflect the performance of the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina which was sold in February 2017, our interest in the Hyde Resort & Residences which was acquired on January 30, 2017, or the Hyatt Centric Arlington which we acquired in March 2018.  The composite portfolio metrics represent all of the Company’s wholly-owned properties and the participating condominium hotel rooms at the Hyde Resort & Residences during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and the corresponding periods in 2017.SOTHERLY HOTELS INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA
(unaudited)
The following tables illustrate the key operating metrics for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016, respectively, for each of the Company’s wholly-owned properties during each respective reporting period, irrespective of ownership percentage during any period.Occupancy
ADR
RevPAR



Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThe Company considers the non-GAAP measures of FFO (including FFO per share), EBITDA and hotel EBITDA to be key supplemental measures of the Company’s performance and could be considered along with, not alternatives to, net income (loss) as a measure of the Company’s performance. These measures do not represent cash generated from operating activities determined by generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) or amounts available for the Company’s discretionary use and should not be considered alternative measures of net income, cash flows from operations or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP.FFOIndustry analysts and investors use Funds from Operations (“FFO”), as a supplemental operating performance measure of an equity REIT. FFO is calculated in accordance with the definition adopted by the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). FFO, as defined by NAREIT, represents net income or loss determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding extraordinary items as defined under GAAP and gains or losses from sales of previously depreciated operating real estate assets, plus certain non-cash items such as real estate asset depreciation and amortization, and after adjustment for any noncontrolling interest from unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets in accordance with GAAP implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, many investors and analysts have considered the presentation of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient by itself.The Company considers FFO to be a useful measure of adjusted net income (loss) for reviewing comparative operating and financial performance because we believe FFO is most directly comparable to net income (loss), which remains the primary measure of performance, because by excluding gains or losses related to sales of previously depreciated operating real estate assets and excluding real estate asset depreciation and amortization, FFO assists in comparing the operating performance of a company’s real estate between periods or as compared to different companies. Although FFO is intended to be a REIT industry standard, other companies may not calculate FFO in the same manner as we do, and investors should not assume that FFO as reported by us is comparable to FFO as reported by other REITs.Adjusted FFOThe Company presents adjusted FFO, including adjusted FFO per share and unit, which adjusts for certain additional items including changes in deferred income taxes, any unrealized gain (loss) on hedging instruments or warrant derivative, loan impairment losses, losses on early extinguishment of debt, aborted offering costs, loan modification fees, franchise termination costs, costs associated with the departure of executive officers, litigation settlement, over-assessed real estate taxes on appeal, change in control gains or losses and acquisition transaction costs. We exclude these items as we believe it allows for meaningful comparisons between periods and among other REITs and is more indicative than FFO of the on-going performance of our business and assets. Our calculation of Adjusted FFO may be different from similar measures calculated by other REITs.EBITDAThe Company believes that excluding the effect of non-operating expenses and non-cash charges, and the portion of those items related to unconsolidated entities, all of which are also based on historical cost accounting and may be of limited significance in evaluating current performance, can help eliminate the accounting effects of depreciation and financing decisions and facilitate comparisons of core operating profitability between periods and between REITs, even though EBITDA also does not represent an amount that accrued directly to shareholders.Hotel EBITDAThe Company defines Hotel EBITDA as net income or loss excluding: (1) interest expense, (2) interest income, (3) income tax provision or benefit, (4) equity in the income or loss of equity investees, (5) unrealized gains and losses on derivative instruments not included in other comprehensive income, (6) gains and losses on disposal of assets, (7) realized gains and losses on investments, (8) impairment of long-lived assets or investments, (9) loss on early debt extinguishment, (10) gains or losses on change in control, (11) corporate general and administrative expense, (12) depreciation and amortization, (13) gains and losses on involuntary conversions of assets, (14) distributions to preferred stockholders and (15) other operating revenue not related to our wholly-owned portfolio.  We believe this provides a more complete understanding of the operating results over which our wholly-owned hotels and its operators have direct control.  We believe Hotel EBITDA provides investors with supplemental information on the on-going operational performance of our hotels and the effectiveness of third-party management companies operating our business on a property-level basis. The Company’s calculation of hotel EBITDA may be different from similar measures calculated by other REITs.

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