WEST PALM BEACH, FL-—Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE: CLDT), a hotel real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in upscale, extended-stay hotels and premium-branded, select-service hotels, today announced that it has acquired the 219-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton in Springfield, Virginia for $68 million, or approximately $310,000 per suite. Chatham funded the purchase through available cash from its recently completed 5,000,000 share offering that raised approximately $109 million dollars. With this acquisition, Chatham has invested approximately 81 percent of the proceeds from the share offering.
“This is a superior-quality hotel that has been ranked the top hotel within the Embassy Suites brand each of the last two years,” said Jeffrey H. Fisher, Chatham’s chief executive officer and president. “Acquired in an off-market transaction, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Springfield has the best location among its competition with superior access to the primary demand generators in a market where new development is difficult and little new supply is on the horizon. It generates an approximate 10 percent RevPAR premium to our existing properties while lowering our portfolio’s average age and needs no capex for several years.”
Opened in August 2013, the LEED-certified hotel features steel and concrete construction with a soaring lobby space. In addition to its typical all-suite orientation, the hotel features 26 additional extended-stay suites with full kitchens. The company has the opportunity to convert more suites to this extended-stay-suite format, which gives the hotel the benefits of achieving higher average room rate and length of stay and a distinct advantage for long-term extended-stay guests.
“The hotel is ideally located less than two miles from Fort Belvoir, the nation’s fifth largest military base and the largest employer in Fairfax County with more than 51,000 military and civilian employees, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which is home to 16,000 employees. Additionally, the Transportation Security Administration recently announced the relocation of its headquarters with some 4,000 employees to two miles from the hotel by August 2020, which will further bolster employment and training in the area. While demand is concentrated in government/military business, there is also substantial corporate demand as Fairfax County has the second-largest concentration of technology jobs of any major U.S. market and is home to eight Fortune 500 companies such as Booz Allen, Capital One, General Dynamics, Hilton and Northrup Grumman,” Fisher concluded.
Chatham estimates it acquired the property at a year one net operating income capitalization rate of approximately 7½ percent. The hotel will be managed by Island Hospitality Management, which is 51 percent owned by Fisher.