SUNSTONE HOTEL INVESTORS TO ACQUIRE REMAINING 25% STAKE IN HILTON SAN DIEGO BAYFRONT JOINT VENTURE FROM PARK HOTELS & RESORTS
IRVINE, Calif., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (the “Company” or “Sunstone”) (NYSE: SHO), the owner of Long-Term Relevant Real Estate® in the hospitality industry, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (“Park”) to acquire Park’s 25% interest in the joint venture that owns the leasehold interest in the 1,190 Hilton San Diego Bayfront rooms (the “Hotel”). As part of the transaction, Sunstone will pay Park $102 million in cash and will actually bear the costs of Park’s $55 million part of the existing mortgage on the hotel, which is already fully consolidated as part of Sunstone’s financial statements. After the acquisition, Sunstone will own 100% of the company’s interest in the hotel.
The purchase price, including debt in place, involves a $628 million value for the Hotel, or $527,700 per key, and represents a multiple of 13.2x on the Hotel’s 2022 forecast EBITDA and a capitalization rate of 6.6% on the 2022 forecast net operating income. The Company currently expects to close the transaction by the end of the second quarter of 2022 and expects to finance the acquisition primarily by borrowing against the Company’s revolving credit facility.
Bryan GigliaChairman and CEO, said, “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the remaining 25% interest in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront joint venture. This is a high quality asset very well located in a leading convention and leisure market. The hotel is in excellent physical condition, and with the recent addition of new meeting space, a refreshed lobby and improved food and beverage offering, the hotel is well placed to benefit from strong leisure tourism and the recovery in demand from business travelers and corporate groups. thank our Park partners for their collaboration over the years and believe that this transaction, which consolidates ownership of Sunstone and provides Park with a fair valuation of their stake, is a mutually beneficial outcome for both parties. »
The acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, and the Company cannot guarantee that the transaction will be completed. The forecast amounts mentioned in this press release are based on the Company’s operating performance assumptions and the Company cannot guarantee that the forecasts will be achieved.
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Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (“REIT”). Sunstone’s strategy is to create long-term stakeholder value through the acquisition, active ownership and disposition of hotels that qualify as Long-Term Relevant Real Estate®. For more information, please visit Sunstone’s website at www.sunstonehotels.com.
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This release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Copies of these reports are available on our website at www.sunstonehotels.com and through the SEC’s Electronic Data Analysis and Retrieval System (“EDGAR”) at www.sec.gov.
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