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Hersha Hospitality Announces Fourth Quarter Results

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Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT), owner of upscale hotels in urban gateway markets, today announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Net income applicable to common shareholders improved by $6.1 million to $3.3 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to a net loss of ($2.8) million for the comparable quarter of 2011.

Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”) in the fourth quarter increased by $6.9 million to $23.4 million, compared to $16.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. AFFO per diluted common share and unit of limited partnership interest in Hersha Hospitality Limited Partnership (“OP Unit”) increased 22.2% to $0.11 compared to $0.09 in same quarter in 2011. The Company’s weighted average diluted common shares and OP Units outstanding were approximately 206.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, up from approximately 180.3 million in the comparable quarter of 2011.

“Based upon our forward booking pace we anticipated a strong fourth quarter and were pleased that our results exceeded even our internal expectations, despite the initial disruption related to the impact of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast,” commented Mr. Jay H. Shah, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. “After a difficult third quarter, we posted strong results in our NYC Urban and Manhattan portfolio during the fourth quarter. Our NYC Urban and Manhattan portfolio outperformed the market’s RevPAR growth by approximately 620 and 520 basis points, respectively. Our performance clearly demonstrates the benefits of our young business transient focused portfolio that continues to capture a disproportionate share of corporate and leisure demand. Furthermore, with market-leading EBITDA margins of 41% across our entire portfolio, and 53% in Manhattan, we believe that our portfolio has an unparalleled ability to convert this strong market share and revenue growth into cash flow.”

Mr. Shah continued, “Over the past few years we have made significant investments to enhance our portfolio, in terms of acquisitions, renovations and developments. We also recycled capital through the divestiture of a portfolio that did not have the same growth profile as our urban gateway focused portfolio. We invested in the early stages of the cycle, and are now realizing the benefits as the cycle is progressing. Our performance in the fourth quarter and year to date in 2013 from a margin perspective suggests that there is still more growth to realize. With most of our significant renovation activity completed and new assets scheduled to be delivered in 2013, we have a significant amount of embedded internal growth that should continue to yield meaningful EBITDA and cash flow in the coming years.”

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