Hersha Hospitality Announces Fourth Quarter Results

Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT), owner of select service and upscale hotels in major metropolitan markets, today announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.

Fourth Quarter 2011 Operating Results

For the quarter ended December 31, 2011, revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for the Company's consolidated hotels, 52 hotels as of December 31, 2011, compared to 49 hotels as of December 31, 2010, was up 8.8% to $116.79, compared to $107.36 in the prior year period. The Company’s average daily rate (“ADR”) for its consolidated hotels increased by 4.1% to $162.46, while occupancy for its consolidated hotels increased by 309 basis points to 71.89%.

Hotel EBITDA for the Company’s consolidated hotels grew approximately 26.1%, or $6.2 million, to $29.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. Hotel EBITDA margins expanded 280 basis points to 39.3% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

On a same-store basis (46 hotels), RevPAR for the Company’s consolidated hotels for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 was up 8.4% to $118.75, compared to $109.51 in the prior year period. ADR for the Company’s same-store consolidated hotels increased by 3.0% to $162.52, while occupancy for its same-store consolidated hotels increased by 368 basis points to 73.07%. Hotel EBITDA for the Company’s same-store consolidated hotels for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 increased approximately 15.6%, or $3.6 million, to $26.8 million compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Hotel EBITDA margins for the Company’s same-store consolidated hotels increased 260 basis points to 39.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to 37.1% in the fourth quarter of 2010. The benefit of ADR-driven RevPAR growth was partially offset by the bankruptcy of American Airlines and the related bad debt expense charge taken at the Company’s two JFK hotels. This bad debt expense impacted the Company’s total portfolio and same store margins by approximately 20 and 30 basis points, respectively, during the quarter.

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