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Fourth Quarter Net Loss of $(0.09) Per Common Share

Fourth Quarter Normalized FFO of $0.92 Per Common Share

Sold More Than $500 Million of Net Lease Assets During the Fourth Quarter

Combined Existing Agreements With Marriott Into a Single Portfolio with an Extended Term, Increased Credit Support and Agreed to Sell Certain Hotels

Restructured Business Arrangements with Sonesta

NEWTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Service Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SVC) today announced its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019:

 

 

Three Months Ended

December 31,

 

Year Ended

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

($ in thousands, except per share data)

Net income (loss)

$

(14,893

)

 

$

(108,860

)

 

$

259,750

 

 

$

185,734

 

Net income (loss) per common share

$

(0.09

)

 

$

(0.66

)

 

$

1.58

 

 

$

1.13

 

Adjusted EBITDAre (1)

$

227,013

 

 

$

149,773

 

 

$

851,431

 

 

$

805,303

 

Normalized FFO (1)

$

151,622

 

 

$

99,994

 

 

$

620,663

 

 

$

605,708

 

Normalized FFO per common share (1)

$

0.92

 

 

$

0.61

 

 

$

3.78

 

 

$

3.69

 

  1. Additional information and reconciliations of net income (loss) determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, to certain non-GAAP measures including EBITDA, EBITDAre, Adjusted EBITDAre, FFO and Normalized FFO, for the quarters and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 appear later in this press release.

John Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of SVC, made the following statement:

“We are pleased to have reached agreement with Marriott to extend our relationship, strengthen the credit support for SVC’s minimum returns and provide SVC the opportunity to sell non-core hotels, which, together with ongoing renovation activity, is expected to result in improved coverage of SVC’s minimum returns for the Marriott portfolio. We also continue to make significant progress on our previously announced disposition plan as we have sold 130 net lease properties for $513 million and are at various stages of marketing 53 hotels for sale or rebranding.”

“We also entered agreements to restructure our business arrangements with Sonesta on terms that we believe will benefit both us and Sonesta, pursuant to which we will be exiting all 39 extended stay hotels currently managed by Sonesta.”

“In the fourth quarter, comparable hotel RevPAR declined 0.2% compared to the prior year period due in part to occupancy decreases from 15 hotels under renovation, four of which were relatively higher revenue contributing full service hotels that impacted our Sonesta, Marriott and IHG portfolios. Comparable RevPAR for non-renovation hotels increased by 0.3%.”

Results for the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2019 and Recent Activities:

  • Net Income (loss):Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $14.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted common share, compared to a net loss of $108.9 million, or $0.66 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 includes a $39.3 million, or $0.24 per diluted common share, loss on asset impairment. Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 includes $106.1 million, or $0.65 per diluted common share, of net unrealized losses on equity securities and $53.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted common share, of business management incentive fee expense. The weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding was 164.4 million and 164.3 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $259.8 million, or $1.58 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $185.7 million, or $1.13 per diluted common share, for the year ended December 31, 2018. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2019 includes a $159.5 million, or $0.97 per diluted common share, gain on sale of real estate, $40.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted common share, of net unrealized losses on equity securities, a $39.3 million, or $0.24 per diluted common share, loss on asset impairment and an $8.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted common share, loss on early extinguishment of debt. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2018 includes $53.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted common share, of business management incentive fee expense and $16.7 million, or $0.10 per common share, of net unrealized losses on equity securities. The weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding was 164.3 million for both the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018.

  • Adjusted EBITDAre: Adjusted EBITDAre for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 increased 51.6% to $227.0 million.

Adjusted EBITDAre for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to 2018 increased 5.7% to $851.4 million.

  • Normalized FFO:Normalized FFO for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 were $151.6 million, or $0.92 per diluted common share, compared to Normalized FFO of $100.0 million, or $0.61 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Normalized FFO for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 includes $53.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted common share, of business management incentive fee expense.

Normalized FFO for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $620.7 million, or $3.78 per diluted common share, compared to Normalized FFO of $605.7 million, or $3.69 per diluted common share, for the year ended December 31, 2018. Normalized FFO for the year ended December 31, 2018 includes $53.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted common share, of business management incentive fee expense.

Recent Acquisition and Disposition Activities:

In October 2019, SVC acquired the 261 room Kimpton Palomar Hotel in Chicago, IL for a purchase price of $55.0 million, excluding acquisition related costs. SVC added this Kimpton® branded hotel to its management agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group, plc (LON: IHG; NYSE: IHG (ADRs)), or IHG.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, SVC sold 130 net lease properties with an aggregate of approximately 2.8 million square feet in 28 states with leases requiring aggregate annual minimum rent of $43.2 million for aggregate proceeds of $513.0 million, excluding closing costs.

In February 2020, SVC entered into an agreement to acquire three net lease properties with approximately 6,696 square feet in two states with leases requiring an aggregate of $0.4 million of annual minimum rent for an aggregate sales price of $7.0 million, excluding closing costs.

Since January 1, 2020, SVC has sold four vacant net lease properties with approximately 160,434 square feet in three states for an aggregate sales price of $5.0 million, excluding closing costs.

SVC is currently marketing for sale 20 Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH), or Wyndham, branded hotels with an aggregate net carrying value of $111.3 million. As previously announced, SVC is also marketing for sale or rebranding 33 of its 122 hotels managed by Marriott International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MAR), or Marriott, with an aggregate net carrying value of $224.9 million.

Marriott Agreements: On December 31, 2019, SVC entered agreements with Marriott which combined its three then-existing Marriott operating agreements, historically referred to as the Marriott Nos. 1, 234 and 5 agreements, into a single portfolio for a 16-year term commencing January 1, 2020, or the Marriott Agreement. The Marriott Nos. 1, 234 and 5 agreements included 122 hotels, provided for aggregate annual minimum returns and rents due to SVC of $192.2 million and were scheduled to expire on December 31, 2024, 2025 and 2019, respectively. The Marriott Agreement expires on December 31, 2035 and initially requires aggregate annual minimum returns to SVC of $190.6 million. The then existing security deposit held by SVC for the Marriott No. 234 agreement ($33.4 million as of December 31, 2019) will continue to secure payment of the aggregate annual minimum returns due to SVC under the Marriott Agreement and may be replenished up to the security deposit cap of $64.7 million from 60% of the cash flows realized from operations of the 122 hotels after payment of the aggregate annual minimum returns due to SVC, Marriott’s base management fees and certain other advances by SVC or Marriott, if any. Marriott provided a new $30.0 million limited guaranty for 85% of the aggregate annual minimum returns due to SVC through 2026 under the Marriott Agreement if the security deposit is exhausted. Under the Marriott Agreement, SVC agreed to fund approximately $400 million for capital improvements at certain hotels over a four year period.

Sonesta Agreements: On February 27, 2020, SVC entered into a transaction agreement with Sonesta Holdco Corporation, or Sonesta, pursuant to which SVC and Sonesta agreed to modify their existing business arrangements, as follows:

  • SVC and Sonesta have agreed to sell, rebrand or repurpose all 39 SVC owned extended stay hotels managed by Sonesta with an aggregate carrying value of $480.5 million, which currently require aggregate annual minimum returns of $49.5 million. As the hotels are sold, rebranded or repurposed, SVC’s annual minimum returns due from Sonesta will decrease by the applicable amount allocated to each hotel;
  • Sonesta will continue to manage 14 full-service hotels owned by SVC and the annual minimum returns due for these hotels will be reduced from $99.0 million to $69.0 million;
  • SVC received an approximately 34% equity interest in Sonesta;
  • The amended management agreements require that up to 5% of hotel gross revenue be escrowed for future capital expenditures as “FF&E reserves,” subject to available cash flow after payment of SVC’s minimum returns;
  • The performance termination provisions under the Sonesta agreements were modified to a portfolio wide performance test for determining whether the management agreement for any of SVC’s full-service hotels managed by Sonesta may be terminated for performance reasons and the non-economic provisions that previously allowed SVC to terminate an individual management agreement were removed; and
  • The initial expiration dates of the management agreements for SVC’s full-service hotels located in Chicago, IL and Irvine, CA and managed by Sonesta were extended to align with the remainder of the Sonesta portfolio and now expire in January 2037.

Except as described above, the economic terms of the Sonesta agreements are consistent with the historical Sonesta agreements.

Hotel Portfolio:

As of December 31, 2019, SVC had eight operating agreements with six hotel operating companies for 329 hotels with 51,349 rooms, which represented 62% of SVC’s total annual minimum returns and rents.

  • Hotel RevPAR (comparable hotels): For the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 for SVC’s 321 comparable hotels: average daily rate, or ADR, decreased 2.1% to $122.55; occupancy increased 1.3 percentage points to 69.5%; and revenue per available room, or RevPAR, decreased 0.2% to $85.17.

For the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 for SVC’s 319 comparable hotels: ADR decreased 1.1% to $126.30; occupancy decreased 0.3 percentage points to 73.0%; and RevPAR decreased 1.5% to $92.20.

  • Hotel RevPAR (all hotels):For the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 for SVC’s 329 hotels that were owned as of December 31, 2019: ADR decreased 3.1% to $123.78; occupancy decreased 0.1 percentage points to 68.2%; and RevPAR decreased 3.3% to $84.42.

For the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 for SVC’s 329 hotels that were owned as of December 31, 2019: ADR decreased 1.5% to $128.76; occupancy decreased 0.9 percentage points to 72.5%; and RevPAR decreased 2.7% to $93.35.

  • Hotel Coverage of Minimum Returns and Rents: For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, the aggregate coverage of SVC’s minimum returns or rents decreased to 0.72x from 0.77x for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, the aggregate coverage ratio of SVC’s minimum returns or rents decreased to 0.86x from 0.97x for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Hotel Managers and Tenants:

  • Marriott Agreements: As of December 31, 2019, 122 of SVC’s hotels were operated by subsidiaries of Marriott under three agreements. SVC’s Marriott No. 1 agreement included 53 hotels and provided for annual minimum return payments to SVC of $71.9 million as of December 31, 2019 (approximately $18.0 million per quarter). During the three months ended December 31, 2019, SVC realized returns under its Marriott No. 1 agreement of $16.4 million. Because there was no guarantee or security deposit for this agreement, the minimum returns SVC received under this agreement were limited to available hotel cash flows after payment of hotel operating expenses and funding of an FF&E reserve. SVC’s Marriott No. 234 agreement included 68 hotels and required annual minimum returns to SVC of $110.4 million as of December 31, 2019 (approximately $27.6 million per quarter). During the three months ended December 31, 2019, SVC realized returns under its Marriott No. 234 agreement of $27.4 million. SVC’s Marriott No. 234 agreement was partially secured by a security deposit and a limited guaranty from Marriott; during the three months ended December 31, 2019, SVC reduced the available security deposit by $3.2 million to cover shortfalls in hotel cash flows available to pay the minimum returns due to SVC during the period. As of December 31, 2019, the available security deposit from Marriott for the Marriott No. 234 agreement was $33.4 million. SVC’s Marriott No. 5 agreement included one resort hotel in Kauai, HI which was leased to Marriott on a full recourse basis. The contractual rent due to SVC for this hotel for the three months ended December 31, 2019 of $2.6 million was paid to SVC.
  • IHG Agreement: As of December 31, 2019, 103 of SVC’s hotels were operated by subsidiaries of IHG under one agreement requiring annual minimum returns and rents to SVC of $216.2 million as of December 31, 2019 (approximately $54.1 million per quarter). During the three months ended December 31, 2019, SVC realized returns and rents under its IHG agreement of $52.9 million. SVC’s IHG agreement is partially secured by a security deposit. During the three months ended December 31, 2019, SVC reduced the available security deposit by $10.0 million to cover shortfalls in hotel cash flows available to pay the minimum returns and rents due to SVC during the period. As of December 31, 2019, the available IHG security deposit which SVC held to pay future payment shortfalls was $75.7 million.
  • Sonesta Agreement: As of December 31, 2019, 53 of SVC’s hotels were operated under a management agreement with Sonesta requiring annual minimum returns of $146.8 million as of December 31, 2019 (approximately $36.7 million per quarter). During the three months ended December 31, 2019, SVC realized returns under its Sonesta agreement of $9.8 million. Because there is no guarantee or security deposit for this agreement, the minimum returns SVC receives under this agreement are limited to available hotel cash flows after payment of hotel operating expenses including management and related fees.

    On November 1, 2019, SVC rebranded two full service hotels previously managed by Wyndham in Chicago, IL and Irvine, CA to the Sonesta brands under a short term agreement with Sonesta that expire on December 31, 2020 and which, pursuant to the modifications of SVC’s business arrangements, as further described above, now expires in January 2037.

    SVC currently leases 48 vacation units in the Chicago, IL Sonesta hotel to a subsidiary of Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE: WYND), or Destinations, which requires annual minimum rent of $1.5 million (approximately $0.4 million per quarter). SVC amended this lease so the term of the lease expires on March 31, 2020, at which time Destinations will vacate the leased space.

  • Wyndham Agreement: As of December 31, 2019, 20 of SVC’s hotels were operated under a management agreement with subsidiaries of Wyndham that previously required annual minimum returns of $18.9 million as of December 31, 2019 (approximately $4.7 million per quarter). As previously announced, SVC is exiting its relationship with Wyndham and expects to sell all 20 hotels managed by Wyndham. SVC amended its agreement with Wyndham in October 2019 whereby the term of the management agreement will expire on December 31, 2020 unless sooner terminated by SVC with respect to any hotels that are sold. Prior to the amendment, Wyndham had previously depleted its guarantee and was paying 85% of the annual minimum returns due to SVC to avoid defaulting the agreement. Under the amendment, payment by Wyndham is limited to available cash flows after payment of operating expenses. Wyndham is not entitled to any management fees for the remainder of the agreement. During the three months ended December 31, 2019, SVC realized returns under its Wyndham agreement of $2.2 million.
  • Other Hotel Agreements: As of December 31, 2019, SVC’s remaining 31 hotels were managed under two agreements: one management agreement with a subsidiary of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), or Hyatt, for 22 hotels requiring annual minimum returns of $22.0 million (approximately $5.5 million per quarter); and one management agreement with a subsidiary of Radisson Hospitality, Inc., or Radisson, for nine hotels, requiring annual minimum returns of $20.4 million (approximately $5.1 million per quarter); minimum returns due to SVC are partially guaranteed under the Hyatt and Radisson agreements.

Net Lease Portfolio:

As of December 31, 2019, SVC owned 816 net lease service-oriented retail properties with an aggregate of 14.9 million square feet requiring aggregate annual minimum rent of $381.7 million which represented 38% of SVC’s total annual minimum returns and rents. The portfolio was 98% leased by 194 tenants operating under 131 brands in 23 distinct industries with a weighted (by annual minimum rent) average lease term of 11.4 years. As of the quarter ended December 31, 2019, the aggregate coverage of SVC’s net lease portfolio’s minimum rent was 2.32x. TravelCenters of America Inc. (Nasdaq: TA), or TA, is SVC’s largest tenant. As of December 31, 2019, SVC leased to TA a total of 179 travel centers under five leases that expire between 2029 and 2035 and require annual minimum rents of $246.1 million.

Leasing and Occupancy:

During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, SVC entered lease renewals for an aggregate of 217,807 rentable square feet at weighted (by rentable square feet) average rents that were 0.75% below prior rents for the same space. The weighted (by rentable square feet) average lease term for these leases was 8.1 years and leasing concessions and capital commitments for these leases were $0.6 million, or $0.31 per square foot, per lease year.

Conference Call:

At 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time this morning, John Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Brian Donley, Chief Financial Officer, and Todd Hargreaves, Vice President, will host a conference call to discuss SVC’s fourth quarter 2019 financial results. The conference call telephone number is (877) 329-3720. Participants calling from outside the United States and Canada should dial (412) 317-5434. No pass code is necessary to access the call from either number. Participants should dial in about 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available through Friday, March 6, 2020. To access the replay, dial (412) 317-0088. The replay pass code is 10137809.

A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available in a listen-only mode on SVC’s website, www.svcreit.com. Participants wanting to access the webcast should visit SVC’s website about five minutes before the call. The archived webcast will be available for replay on SVC’s website for about one week after the call. The transcription, recording and retransmission in any way of SVC’s fourth quarter conference call is strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of SVC.

Supplemental Data:

A copy of SVC’s Fourth Quarter 2019 Supplemental Operating and Financial Data is available for download at SVC’s website, www.svcreit.com. SVC’s website is not incorporated as part of this press release.

Service Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which owns a diverse portfolio of hotels and net lease service and necessity-based retail properties across the United States and in Puerto Rico and Canada with 151 distinct brands across 24 industries. SVC’s properties are primarily operated under long-term management or lease agreements. SVC is managed by the operating subsidiary of The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq: RMR), or RMR Inc., an alternative asset management company that is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Certain Definitions:

SVC presents certain “non-GAAP financial measures” within the meaning of applicable Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, rules, including earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, EBITDA for real estate, or EBITDAre, Adjusted EBITDAre, funds from operations, or FFO, and Normalized FFO. These measures do not represent cash generated by operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered alternatives to net income as indicators of SVC’s operating performance or as measures of SVC’s liquidity. These measures should be considered in conjunction with net income as presented in SVC’s consolidated statements of income. SVC considers these non-GAAP measures to be appropriate supplemental measures of operating performance for a REIT, along with net income. SVC believes these measures provide useful information to investors because by excluding the effects of certain historical amounts, such as depreciation and amortization expense, they may facilitate a comparison of SVC’s operating performance between periods and with other REITs.

Please see the pages attached hereto for a more detailed statement of SVC’s operating results and financial condition and for an explanation of SVC’s calculation of FFO and Normalized FFO, EBITDA, EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDAre and a reconciliation of those amounts to amounts determined in accordance with GAAP.

Comparable Hotels Data:

SVC presents RevPAR, ADR and occupancy for the periods presented on a comparable basis to facilitate comparisons between periods. SVC generally defines comparable hotels as those that were owned by it and were open and operating for the entire periods being compared. For the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, SVC excluded eight hotels from its comparable results. Four of these hotels were not owned for the entire periods and four were closed for major renovations during part of the periods presented. For the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, SVC excluded ten hotels from its comparable results. Six of these hotels were not owned for the entire periods and four were closed for major renovations during part of the periods presented.

Minimum Rent and Return Coverage:

Hotel coverage is calculated as total hotel revenues minus all hotel expenses and FF&E reserve escrows which are not subordinated to minimum returns due to SVC divided by the minimum returns or rents due to SVC.

SVC defines net lease coverage as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent, or EBITDAR, divided by the annual minimum rent due to SVC weighted by the minimum rent of the property to total minimum rents of the net lease portfolio. EBITDAR amounts used to determine rent coverage are generally for the latest twelve month period reported based on the most recent operating information, if any, furnished by the tenant.

Contacts

Kristin Brown, Director, Investor Relations

(617) 796-8232

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