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RLJ Lodging Trust Announces Sale of The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club for Total Consideration of $188.5 Million

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RLJ Lodging Trust (the "Company") (NYSE:RLJ) today announced that the
Company has sold the 362-room Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort &
Golf Club for total consideration of $188.5 million, consisting of the
contractual sales price of $185.0 million and the release of $3.5
million in member deposits. The total consideration represents
approximately $521,000 per key.

"We are very pleased with the highly accretive valuation this iconic
hotel garnered, which further underscores our ability to maximize value
from the sale of our non-core assets," commented Leslie D. Hale,
President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our team has made tremendous
progress towards achieving our strategic objectives this year and we are
well-positioned to continue to unlock the embedded value in our
portfolio."

Based on the operating results for the twelve months ended July 2018,
the total consideration equates to a 19.6x EBITDA multiple and 3.9%
capitalization rate. The Company also recently sold the 152-room
DoubleTree Columbia Hotel for $12.9 million, which is located in
Columbia, MD. Based on the operating results for the twelve months ended
July 2018, the sale price equates to a 14.1x EBITDA multiple and 5.6%
capitalization rate, inclusive of planned capital expenditures.

In aggregate, over the last twelve months, the Company has sold
approximately $600 million of assets at an EBITDA multiple of
approximately 16x.

The Company estimates these two dispositions will reduce the 2018
outlook by the following:

  • Pro forma Consolidated Hotel EBITDA by $12 million for the full year
  • Adjusted EBITDA by $1 million in the 2018 third quarter and $4 million
    in the 2018 fourth quarter

The Company applied the net proceeds from the sales to pay down the
remaining balance on its credit facility and for general corporate
purposes. Holliday Fenoglio Fowler advised the Company on the
transaction.

About RLJ
RLJ Lodging Trust is
a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on
owning premium-branded, focused-service and compact full-service hotels.
The Company's portfolio consists of 152 hotels with approximately 29,490
rooms located in 26 states and the District of Columbia and an ownership
interest in one unconsolidated hotel with 171 rooms.

Forward Looking Statements
The
following information contains certain statements, other than purely
historical information, including estimates, projections, statements
relating to the Company's business plans, objectives and expected
operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are
based, that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements
generally are identified by the use of the words "believe," "project,"
"expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "plan," "may," "will," "will
continue," "intend," "should," "may" or similar expressions. Although
the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such
forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions,
beliefs and expectations, such forward-looking statements are not
predictions of future events or guarantees of future performance and the
Company's actual results could differ materially from those set forth in
the forward-looking statements. Some factors that might cause such a
difference include the following: the current global economic
uncertainty, increased direct competition, changes in government
regulations or accounting rules, changes in local, national and global
real estate conditions, declines in the lodging industry, seasonality of
the lodging industry, risks related to natural disasters, such as
earthquakes and hurricanes, hostilities, including future terrorist
attacks or fear of hostilities that affect travel, the Company's ability
to obtain lines of credit or permanent financing on satisfactory terms,
changes in interest rates, access to capital through offerings of the
Company's common and preferred shares of beneficial interest, or debt,
the Company's ability to identify suitable acquisitions, the Company's
ability to close on identified acquisitions and integrate those
businesses and inaccuracies of the Company's accounting estimates. Given
these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on such
statements. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no
obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The
Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements and urge investors to carefully review the
disclosures the Company makes concerning risks and uncertainties in the
sections entitled "Risk Factors," "Forward-Looking Statements," and
"Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results
of Operations" in the Company's Annual Report, as well as risks,
uncertainties and other factors discussed in other documents filed by
the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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http://rljlodgingtrust.com

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