Hersha Hospitality Trust Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results

Hersha Hospitality Trust Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results




Hersha Hospitality Trust Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results

– Comparable Portfolio Occupancies Improve Sequentially During Q3 –
– Hotel and Corporate Cash Burn Rates Better than Forecasted –
– 37 of the Company’s 39 Wholly-Owned Hotels Operational –

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) (“Hersha,” “Company,” “we” or “our”), owner of high-quality upscale and lifestyle hotels in urban gateway markets and resort destinations, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net loss applicable to common shareholders was approximately ($49.2 million), or ($1.27) per diluted common share, in the third quarter 2020, compared to net loss applicable to common shareholders of approximately ($5.4 million), or ($0.15) per diluted common share, in the third quarter 2019. The decrease in third quarter 2020 net income and net income per diluted common share is due to the unprecedented impact on the travel industry from the COVID-19 pandemic.

AFFO in the third quarter 2020 decreased to ($20.1 million), compared to $22.7 million in the third quarter 2019. AFFO per diluted common share and OP Unit in the third quarter 2020 was ($0.46). An explanation of certain non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release, including, among others, AFFO, as well as reconciliations of those non-GAAP financial measures, to GAAP net income, is included at the end of this press release.

Mr. Jay H. Shah, Hersha’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Despite precarious COVID-19 conditions, week by week we saw an uptick in travel to our markets, specifically at our drive-to resort assets, aided by leisure customers continuing their planned summer vacations. Visitation to these assets remained relatively strong through September, countering the notion that we would see a significant contraction in leisure travel after Labor Day. This was highlighted by our California coastal assets, The Sanctuary Beach Resort near Monterey and The Hotel Milo in Santa Barbara, which both produced occupancies exceeding 70% in September. The perception in safety of travel is continuing to move up for transient travelers as showcased by sequential improvement in TSA security checkpoint data, which recently reached levels not seen since mid-March. We remain encouraged by the continued improvement in performance of our portfolio as we position our assets for the 2021 recovery.”

Mr. Shah continued, “Since we last spoke 90 days ago, we completed our hotel reopening plan and now have 37 of our 39 wholly-owned hotels fully operational with the two remaining closed hotels under contract for sale. Despite the initial remobilization cost to reopen hotels, we were able to decrease our cash burn rate at the portfolio- and corporate-level through the balance of the quarter. In the third-quarter we reduced our corporate level cash burn by 32% compared to the second-quarter.   Staying nimble with our operating models in collaboration with our independent franchise operator enabled our safe reopening while operating our hotels cost-effectively. This strategy, coupled with our team’s ability to capture unique revenue opportunities, has resulted in our lower cash burn rates and breakeven levels. As we approach the end of this extraordinary year, we remain confident in our portfolio – high-quality, recently renovated, transient hotels that are highly leveraged to the recovery and located in the most valuable real estate markets in the country.”

Third Quarter 2020 Operating Results

The Company had 28 comparable hotels fully open and operational throughout the third-quarter, which generated 36.8% occupancy and an average daily rate of $165.36. The Sanctuary Beach Resort was our best performing asset during the third quarter, ending the period with an average daily rate of $570.17 and occupancy of 81.1% which resulted in 15.7% RevPAR growth. Our open New York City hotels, which constitutes the 5 boroughs, generated 40.0% occupancy during the third-quarter, highlighted by our select-service offerings in the JFK sub-market and our Nu Hotel in Brooklyn which ended the quarter with 54.3% occupancy.

As of November 1, 2020, 37 of the Company’s 39 wholly owned hotels are fully operational. The two remaining closed hotels, The Duane Street Hotel and The Blue Moon Hotel, are both under contract for sale.

Asset Sales

The Company’s 4 previously announced contracted dispositions are expected to close in early 2021 for total net proceeds of $70 million. In addition, the Company has entered into an agreement to sell the 192-room Sheraton Wilmington South for a price of $19.5 million. The sale price represents a 27.2x multiple and a 2.1% capitalization rate on the hotel’s 2019 Hotel EBITDA and net operating income, respectively.

The Sheraton Wilmington does not have any property-level debt and will result in net proceeds of $19.5 million. The Company has received a hard deposit on the transaction which is expected to close in early December and is subject to customary closing conditions.   

The Company currently has an additional 5 hotels on the market for sale.

Cash Burn and Breakeven Levels

Monthly cash burn rates have materially improved throughout the pandemic as property-level and corporate-level cash burns realized a 71% and 44% decline, respectively, in September versus initial estimates in April. The Company’s total property-level cash loss during September was $1.7 million with corporate-level cash loss actualizing at $5.9 million. Total property-level cash loss during the third-quarter was $5.7 million and total corporate-level cash loss was $18.2 million, approximately 11% better than forecasted at the beginning of the quarter.   Based upon performance over the past two quarters and aggressive cost control measures, the Company’s forecasted property-level breakeven is expected to occur at 35-40% occupancy with RevPAR losses approximating 65%. At the corporate level, the Company’s breakeven occupancy is expected to be 55-60% with RevPAR losses approximating 45%.

Financing

The Company completed the third quarter 2020 with approximately $20.2 million of cash & cash equivalents and deposits. As of November 1, 2020, the Company had drawn $126 million of its $250 million Senior Revolving Line of Credit. As of September 30, 2020, 84.0% of the Company’s consolidated debt was fixed rate debt or hedged through interest rate swaps and caps. The Company’s total consolidated debt had a weighted average interest rate of approximately 3.61% and a weighted average life-to-maturity of approximately 3.0 years.

Business Interruption Insurance

The Company has settled its business interruption insurance claim related to the extensive damage from Hurricane Irma at the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club and Parrot Key Hotel & Villas in September 2017. The forecasted range of recoveries is between $7 million and $8 million and the Company expects it will receive these proceeds by the end of the year.

Full-Year 2020 Outlook

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the lodging industry stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company has suspended its full-year 2020 guidance.

Third Quarter 2020 Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Hosting the call will be Mr. Jay H. Shah, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Neil H. Shah, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Mr. Ashish Parikh, Chief Financial Officer.

A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website at www.hersha.com. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-317-6003 or 1-412-317-6061 for international participants and entering the passcode 6256442 approximately 10 minutes in advance of the call. A replay of the call will be available from 11:00 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 10, through 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088 for international participants. The passcode for the replay is 10147776. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for a limited time.

About Hersha Hospitality Trust

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) is a self-advised real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector, which owns and operates high quality upscale and lifestyle hotels in urban gateway markets and resort destinations. The Company’s 49 hotels totaling 7,774 rooms are located in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, South Florida and select markets on the West Coast. The Company’s common shares are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “HT.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Metrics

Common key performance metrics utilized by the lodging industry are occupancy, average daily rate (“ADR”), and revenue per available room (“RevPAR”). Occupancy is calculated as the percentage total rooms sold compared to rooms available to be sold, while ADR measures the average rate earned per occupied room, calculate as total room revenue divided by total rooms sold. RevPAR is a derivative of these two metrics which shows the total room revenue earned per room available to be sold. Management uses these metrics in comparison to other hotels in our self-defined competitive peer set within proximity to each of our hotel properties.

An explanation of Funds from Operations (“FFO”), AFFO, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”), EBITDAre, Adjusted EBITDA and Hotel EBITDA, as well as reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures, is included at the end of this release.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters within this press release are discussed using “forward-looking statements,” including those with regard to the potential future impact of COVID-19, within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results or performance to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. One of the most significant factors is the ongoing impact of the current outbreak of COVID-19 on the United States, regional and global economies, the broader financial markets, the Company’s customers and employees, governmental responses thereto and the operation changes the Company has and may implement in response thereto. The current outbreak of COVID-19 has also impacted, and is likely to continue to impact, directly or indirectly, many of the other important factors below. These forward-looking statements may include statements related to, among other things: assumptions regarding the impact to international and domestic business and leisure travel pertaining to any pandemic or outbreak of disease, including COVID-19, the uncertainty and economic impact of pandemics, epidemics or other public health emergencies or fear of such events, such as the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the impact of and changes to various government programs, including in response to COVID-19, the timing of the development of any effective cure or treatment for COVID-19, the Company’s access to capital on the terms and timing the Company expects, the restoration of public confidence in domestic and international travel, permanent structural changes in demand for conference centers by business and leisure clientele, the Company’s ability to dispose of selected hotel properties on the terms and timing the Company expects, if at all, economic growth, labor markets, real estate values, lodging fundamentals, corporate travel, and the economic vibrancy of our target markets, the Company’s ability to grow operating cash flow, the Company’s ability to forecast breakeven levels accurately, the Company’s ability to match or outperform its competitors’ performance, the ability of the Company’s hotels to achieve stabilized or projected revenue, cap rates or EBITDA multiples consistent with our expectations, the stability of the lodging industry and the markets in which the Company’s hotel properties are located, the Company’s ability to generate internal and external growth, and the Company’s ability to increase margins, including hotel EBITDA margins. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on the Company’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of the Company’s control. The Company’s actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. For a description of factors that may cause the Company’s actual results or performance to differ from its forward-looking statements, please review the information under the heading “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2020, each filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time. All information provided in this press release, unless otherwise stated, is as of November 9, 2020, and the Company undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

           
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST          
Balance Sheet (unaudited)          
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)          
           
  September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019
Assets:          
Investment in Hotel Properties, Net of Accumulated Depreciation $ 1,883,335     $ 1,975,973  
Investment in Unconsolidated Joint Ventures   7,082       8,446  
Cash and Cash Equivalents   13,139       27,012  
Escrow Deposits   7,124       9,973  
Hotel Accounts Receivable   3,741       9,213  
Due from Related Parties   1,910       6,113  
Intangible Assets, Net of Accumulated Amortization of $6,796 and $6,545   1,786       2,137  
Right of Use Assets   44,447       45,384  
Other Assets   22,895       38,177  
Hotel Assets Held for Sale   40,195        
Total Assets $ 2,025,654     $ 2,122,428  
           
Liabilities and Equity:          
Line of Credit $ 115,000     $ 48,000  
Term Loan, Net of Unamortized Deferred Financing Costs   697,836       697,183  
Unsecured Notes Payable, Net of Unamortized Deferred Financing Costs   50,776       50,736  
Mortgages Payable, Net of Unamortized Premium and Unamortized Deferred Financing Costs   331,409       332,280  
Lease Liabilities   54,042       54,548  
Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities   67,000       47,626  
Dividends and Distributions Payable         17,058  
Total Liabilities $ 1,316,063     $ 1,247,431  
           
Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest – Consolidated Joint Venture $     $ 3,196  
           
Equity:          
Shareholders’ Equity:          
Preferred Shares: $.01 Par Value, 29,000,000 Shares Authorized, 3,000,000 Series C, 7,701,700 Series D and 4,001,514 Series E Shares Issued and Outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, with Liquidation Preferences of $25 Per Share $ 147     $ 147  
Common Shares: Class A, $0.01 Par Value, 104,000,000 Shares Authorized at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 38,843,482 and 38,652,650 Shares Issued and Outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively   389       387  
Common Shares: Class B, $0.01 Par Value, 1,000,000 Shares Authorized, None Issued and Outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019          
Accumulated Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income   (22,747 )     1,010  
Additional Paid-in Capital   1,150,057       1,144,808  
Distributions in Excess of Net Income   (470,582 )     (338,695 )
Total Shareholders’ Equity   657,264       807,657  
           
Noncontrolling Interests – Common Units and LTIP Units   52,327       64,144  
           
Total Equity   709,591       871,801  
           
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 2,025,654     $ 2,122,428  
           
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST                      
Summary Results (unaudited)                      
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)                      
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019
Revenues:                      
Hotel Operating Revenues:                      
Room $ 27,546     $ 108,909     $ 113,768     $ 319,374  
Food & Beverage   2,441       15,870       12,652       48,351  
Other Operating Revenues   3,734       10,140       14,651       29,350  
Total Hotel Operating Revenues   33,721       134,919       141,071       397,075  
Other Revenue   25       76       253       214  
Total Revenues   33,746       134,995       141,324       397,289  
                       
Operating Expenses:                      
Hotel Operating Expenses:                      
Room   7,436       24,000       30,150       70,103  
Food & Beverage   2,344       12,605       13,686       39,427  
Other Operating Revenues   17,965       43,476       67,806       128,273  
Total Hotel Operating Expenses   27,745       80,081       111,642       237,803  
Hotel Ground Rent   1,062       1,228       3,183       3,452  
Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes and Property Insurance   10,597       10,717       30,508       29,111  
General and Administrative   2,461       3,604       8,227       11,872  
Share Based Compensation   1,936       2,009       6,191       7,441  
Depreciation and Amortization   24,055       24,092       72,565       72,184  
Loss on Impairment of Assets               1,069        
Total Operating Expenses   67,856       121,731       233,385       361,863  
                       
Operating (Loss) Income   (34,110 )     13,264       (92,061 )     35,426  
                       
Interest Income   1       66       39       207  
Interest Expense   (13,350 )     (12,935 )     (39,838 )     (39,158 )
Other Expense   (73 )     (246 )     (530 )     (328 )
Loss on Debt Extinguishment         (231 )           (265 )
Loss before Results from Unconsolidated Joint Venture Investments and Income Taxes   (47,532 )     (82 )     (132,390 )     (4,118 )
                       
(Loss) Income from Unconsolidated Joint Venture Investments   (669 )     38       (2,189 )     518  
                       
Loss before Income Taxes   (48,201 )     (44 )     (134,579 )     (3,600 )
                       
Income Tax Benefit (Expense)   28       551       (11,346 )     1,784  
                       
Net (Loss) Income   (48,173 )     507       (145,925 )     (1,816 )
                       
Loss (Income) Allocated to Noncontrolling Interests                      
Common Units   5,032       442       15,093       1,554  
Consolidated Joint Venture         (340 )     3,196       (188 )
Preferred Distributions   (6,044 )     (6,044 )     (18,132 )     (18,131 )
                       
Net Loss Applicable to Common Shareholders $ (49,185 )   $ (5,435 )   $ (145,768 )   $ (18,581 )
                       
Earnings per Share:                      
BASIC                      
Net Loss Applicable to Common Shareholders $ (1.27 )   $ (0.15 )   $ (3.78 )   $ (0.50 )
                       
DILUTED                      
Net Loss Applicable to Common Shareholders $ (1.27 )   $ (0.15 )   $ (3.78 )   $ (0.50 )
                       
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:                      
Basic   38,639,048       38,878,818       38,604,483       39,039,665  
Diluted   38,639,048       38,878,818       38,604,483       39,039,665  
                       

Non-GAAP Measures

FFO and AFFO

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) developed Funds from Operations (“FFO”) as a non-GAAP financial measure of performance of an equity REIT in order to recognize that income-producing real estate historically has not depreciated on the basis determined under GAAP. We calculate FFO applicable to common shares and Common Units in accordance with the December 2018 Financial Standards White Paper of NAREIT, which we refer to as the White Paper. The White Paper defines FFO as net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP) excluding depreciation and amortization related to real estate, gains and losses from the sale of certain real estate assets, gains and losses from change in control, and impairment write-downs of certain real estate assets and investments in entities when the impairment is directly attributable to decreases in the value of depreciable real estate held by an entity. Our interpretation of the NAREIT definition is that non-controlling interest in net income (loss) should be added back to (deducted from) net income (loss) as part of reconciling net income (loss) to FFO. Our FFO computation may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not compute FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition, or that interpret the NAREIT definition differently than we do.

The GAAP measure that we believe to be most directly comparable to FFO, net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders, includes loss from the impairment of certain depreciable assets, our investment in unconsolidated joint ventures and land, depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses on property sales, non-controlling interest and preferred dividends. In computing FFO, we eliminate these items because, in our view, they are not indicative of the results from our property operations. We determined that the loss from the impairment of certain depreciable assets, including investments in unconsolidated joint ventures and land, was driven by a measurable decrease in the fair value of certain hotel properties and other assets as determined by our analysis of those assets in accordance with applicable GAAP. As such, these impairments have been eliminated from net income (loss) to determine FFO.

Hersha also presents Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO), which reflects FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition further adjusted by:

  • deducting or adding back income tax benefit or expense;
  • adding back non-cash share-based compensation expense;
  • adding back acquisition and terminated transaction expenses;
  • adding back contingent considerations;
  • adding back amortization of discounts, premiums, and deferred financing costs;
  • adding back amortization of amended interest rate swap liability;
  • adding back write-offs of deferred financing costs on debt extinguishment, both for consolidated and unconsolidated properties;
  • adding back straight-line amortization of ground lease expense and prior period tax assessment expenses; and
  • adding back state and local tax expense related to prior period assessment.

FFO and AFFO do not represent cash flows from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of the Company’s performance or to cash flow as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions. We consider FFO and AFFO to be meaningful, additional measures of our operating performance because they exclude the effects of the assumption that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time, and because they are widely used by industry analysts as performance measures. We evaluate our performance by reviewing AFFO, in addition to FFO, because we believe that adjusting FFO to exclude certain recurring and non-recurring items as described above provides useful supplemental information regarding our ongoing operating performance and that the presentation of AFFO, when combined with the primary GAAP presentation of net income (loss), more completely describes our operating performance. We show both FFO from consolidated hotel operations and FFO from unconsolidated joint ventures because we believe it is meaningful for the investor to understand the relative contributions from our consolidated and unconsolidated hotels. The display of both FFO from consolidated hotels and FFO from unconsolidated joint ventures allows for a detailed analysis of the operating performance of our hotel portfolio by management and investors. We present FFO and AFFO applicable to common shares and OP Units because our OP Units are redeemable for common shares. We believe it is meaningful for the investor to understand FFO and AFFO applicable to all common shares and OP Units.   In addition, based on guidance provided by NAREIT, we have eliminated loss from the impairment of certain depreciable assets, including investments in unconsolidated joint ventures and land, from net (income) loss to arrive at FFO in each year presented.

The following table reconciles FFO and AFFO for the periods presented to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, net income (loss) applicable to common shares, for the same periods:

                       
Funds from Operations (FFO) and Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO)                      
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)          
                       
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019
                       
Net loss applicable to common shares $ (49,185 )   $ (5,435 )   $ (145,768 )   $ (18,581 )
Loss allocated to noncontrolling interest   (5,032 )     (102 )     (18,289 )     (1,366 )
Loss (Income) from unconsolidated joint ventures   669       (38 )     2,189       (518 )
Loss from impairment of depreciable assets               1,069        
Depreciation and amortization   24,055       24,092       72,565       72,184  
Funds from consolidated hotel operations applicable to common shares and Partnership units   (29,493 )     18,517       (88,234 )     51,719  
                       
(Loss) income from unconsolidated joint venture investments   (669 )     38       (2,189 )     518  
Unrecognized pro rata interest in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures   (558 )     (656 )     (919 )     (3,665 )
Depreciation and amortization of difference between purchase price and historical cost   21       26       63       73  
Interest in depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures   415       1,305       1,210       3,879  
Funds from unconsolidated joint venture operations applicable to common shares and Partnership units   (791 )     713       (1,835 )     805  
                       
Funds from Operations applicable to common shares and Partnership units   (30,284 )     19,230       (90,069 )     52,524  
                       
Income tax (benefit) expense   (28 )     (551 )     11,346       (1,784 )
Non-cash share based compensation expense   1,936       2,009       6,191       7,441  
Straight-line amortization of lease expense   139       128       433       453  
Amortization of discounts, premiums and deferred financing costs   916       427       1,947       1,317  
Amortization of amended interest rate swap liability   1,065       75       3,249       75  
Deferred financing costs and debt premium written off in debt extinguishment         231             265  
Interest in amortization and write-off of deferred financing costs of unconsolidated joint venture   33       202       51       606  
Preferred Distributions in arrears   6,044             18,132        
Interest in unconsolidated joint venture write-off of prior period receivable and accrual of prior period charges         172             170  
Operating loss incurred on properties closed         185       983       811  
State and local tax expense related to reassessment of prior period assessment   42       617       15       121  
                       
Adjusted Funds from Operations $ (20,137 )   $ 22,725     $ (47,722 )   $ 61,999  
                       
AFFO per Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares and Partnership Units Outstanding $ (0.46 )   $ 0.53     $ (1.09 )   $ 1.43  
                       
Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares and Partnership Units Outstanding   43,684,502       43,195,646       43,651,133       43,386,630  
                       

EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDA

Earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is a supplemental measure of our operating performance and facilitates comparisons between us and other lodging REITs, hotel owners who are not REITs and other capital-intensive companies. NAREIT adopted EBITDA for real estate (“EBITDAre”) a measure calculated by adding gains from the disposition of hotel operations, in order to promote an industry-wide measure of REIT operating performance. We also adjust EBITDAre for interest in amortization and write-off of deferred financing costs of our unconsolidated joint ventures, deferred financing costs write-offs in debt extinguishment, non-cash share-based compensation expense, acquisition and terminated transaction costs and net operating loss incurred on non-operation properties to calculate Adjusted EBITDA.

Our EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDA computation may not be comparable to EBITDAre or Adjusted EBITDA reported by other companies that interpret the definition of EBITDA differently than we do. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAre to be meaningful measures of a REIT’s performance because they are widely followed by industry analysts, lenders and investors and that they should be considered along with, but not as an alternative to, GAAP net income (loss) as a measure of the Company’s operating performance.

                       
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST                      
EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDA                      
(in thousands)          
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019
                       
Net (loss) income $ (48,173 )   $ 507     $ (145,925 )   $ (1,816 )
Loss (income) from unconsolidated joint ventures   669       (38 )     2,189       (518 )
Interest expense   13,350       12,935       39,838       39,158  
Non-operating interest income   (1 )     (66 )     (39 )     (207 )
Income tax (benefit) expense   (28 )     (551 )     11,346       (1,784 )
Depreciation and amortization   24,055       24,092       72,565       72,184  
                       
EBITDA from consolidated hotel operations   (10,128 )     36,879       (20,026 )     107,017  
                       
Loss from impairment of depreciable assets               1,069        
                       
EBITDAre from consolidated hotel operations   (10,128 )     36,879       (18,957 )     107,017  
                       
(Loss) income from unconsolidated joint venture investments   (669 )     38       (2,189 )     518  
Unrecognized pro rata interest in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures   (558 )     (655 )     (919 )     (3,664 )
Depreciation and amortization of difference between purchase price and historical cost   21       26       63       73  
Adjustment for interest in interest expense, depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures   618       3,375       1,817       10,175  
                       
EBITDAre from unconsolidated joint venture operations   (588 )     2,784       (1,228 )     7,102  
                       
EBITDAre   (10,716 )     39,663       (20,185 )     114,119  
                       
Non-cash share based compensation expense   1,936       2,009       6,191       7,441  
Straight-line amortization of lease expense   139       128       433       453  
Deferred financing costs and debt premium written off in debt extinguishment         231             265  
Interest in amortization and write-off of deferred financing costs of unconsolidated joint venture   33       202       51       606  
Interest in unconsolidated joint venture write-off of prior period receivable and accrual of prior period charges         172             170  
Operating loss incurred on properties closed due to physical damage         185       983       811  
State and local tax expense related to reassessment of prior period assessment   42       617       15       121  
                       
Adjusted EBITDA $ (8,566 )   $ 43,207     $ (12,512 )   $ 123,986  
                       

Hotel EBITDA

Hotel EBITDA is a commonly used measure of performance in the hotel industry for a specific hotel or group of hotels. We believe Hotel EBITDA provides a more complete understanding of the operating results of the individual hotel or group of hotels. We calculate Hotel EBITDA by utilizing the total revenues generated from hotel operations less all operating expenses, property taxes, insurance and management fees, which calculation excludes Company expenses not specific to a hotel, such as corporate overhead. Because Hotel EBITDA is specific to individual hotels or groups of hotels and not to the Company as a whole, it is not directly comparable to any GAAP measure. In addition, our Hotel EBITDA computation may not be comparable to Hotel EBITDA or other similar metrics reported by other companies that interpret the definition of Hotel EBITDA differently than we do. Management believes Hotel EBITDA to be a meaningful measure of performance of a portfolio of hotels because it is followed by industry analysts, lenders and investors and that it should be considered along with, but not as an alternative to, operating income (loss) as reported in our unaudited summary results as a measure of our hotel portfolio’s operating performance.

                       
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST                      
Hotel EBITDA                      
(in thousands)          
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019   September 30, 2020   September 30, 2019
                       
Operating (loss) income $ (34,110 )   $ 13,264     $ (92,061 )   $ 35,426  
Other revenue   (25 )     (76 )     (253 )     (214 )
Loss from impairment of depreciable assets               1,069        
Depreciation and amortization   24,055       24,092       72,565       72,184  
General and administrative   2,461       3,604       8,227       11,872  
Share based compensation   1,936       2,009       6,191       7,441  
Straight-line amortization of ground lease expense   139       128       433       453  
Costs accrued for furloughed employees               893        
State and local tax expense related to reassessment of prior period assessment   42       617       15       121  
Other   (97 )     (125 )     92       (106 )
                       
Hotel EBITDA $ (5,599 )   $ 43,513     $ (2,829 )   $ 127,177  
                               

Supplemental Schedules

The Company has published supplemental earnings schedules in order to provide additional disclosure and financial information for the benefit of the Company’s stakeholders. These can be found in the Investor Relations section and the “SEC Filings and Presentations” page of the Company’s website, www.hersha.com.

Contact:
Ashish Parikh, Chief Financial Officer
Greg Costa, Director of Investor Relations
Phone: 215-238-1046