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RLJ Lodging Trust (the “Company”) (NYSE: RLJ) today announced the completion of its underwritten public offering of 15,870,000 common shares of beneficial interest at a public offering price of $21.60 per share. The total shares sold include 2,070,000 shares sold pursuant to the full exercise of the underwriters' option to purchase additional common shares. Net proceeds from the public offering after deducting the underwriting discount and other estimated offering costs are approximately $327.6 million.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund potential acquisitions and for general corporate purposes, and may use net proceeds to repay amounts outstanding from time to time under its unsecured revolving credit facility.
A shelf registration statement on Form S-3 relating to the securities was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and became effective on August 22, 2012. A final prospectus supplement relating to the offering has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.
Barclays, BofA Merrill Lynch, and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint book-running managers for the offering. Deutsche Bank Securities, PNC Capital Markets LLC and RBC Capital Markets acted as senior co-managers and Baird, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Raymond James, Scotiabank and Compass Point acted as co-managers. The offering of these securities is made only by means of a prospectus supplement and related base prospectus. Copies of the prospectus supplement and the related base prospectus may be obtained by contacting: (a) Barclays, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, or by calling 1-888-603-5847 or emailing email@example.com; BofA Merrill Lynch, Attention: Prospectus Department, 222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Wells Fargo Securities, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10152, by email at email@example.com; or by calling 1-800-326-5897; or (b) the Internet site of the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov.