Company to Continue to Operate Hotels Under Long-term Management Agreements -
NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) ("MHG" or the "Company"), the operator and 50% owner of the London joint venture that owns Sanderson and St Martins Lane, today announced that the joint venture partners have entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Sanderson and St Martins Lane hotels for 192 million pounds Sterling, or approximately $295 million, to Capital Hill Hotels Limited, a Middle Eastern investor with other global hotel holdings. The sales price for the two hotels represents a value of approximately 542,000 pounds, or $832,000, per room.
MHG will continue to operate the hotels under long-term management agreements. The terms of the management agreements, including extension options, have been extended to 2041 from 2027.
The joint venture partners will use the sales proceeds, along with cash in escrow, to retire the approximately 99.5 million pounds of outstanding mortgage debt, which is secured by the two hotels. MHG's 50% portion of the net proceeds, after the repayment of debt and closing costs, is expected to be approximately $70 million. The Company intends to use the net proceeds to provide capital for growth.
Michael Gross, Chief Executive Officer of MHG said, "Our continued management of these two great London assets and the proceeds from the sale will help provide the foundation for continued growth of our management business and brands around the world. We are pleased that our team will be able to continue to build on the value and financial performance of Sanderson and St Martins Lane as well as the additional capital the new owner plans to invest to enhance these assets. We are very excited about the extension to our existing management agreements and we look forward to a long-term relationship with our new partner."
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter and is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The joint venture partners received a 10 million pounds security deposit, which is non-refundable, except in the event of a default by the joint venture.
MHG is a 50% owner of the hotels through a joint venture with an affiliate of Walton Street Capital. MHG's share of property EBITDA was $10.1 million for the twelve months ended June 30, 2011.
About Morgans Hotel Group
Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) is widely credited as the creator of the first "boutique" hotel and a continuing leader of the hotel industry's boutique sector. Morgans Hotel Group operates Morgans, Royalton and Hudson in New York, Delano and Shore Club in South Beach, Mondrian in Los Angeles, South Beach and New York, Clift in San Francisco, Ames in Boston, Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London, and a hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Morgans also owns, or has ownership interests in, several of these hotels. Morgans Hotel Group has other property transactions in various stages of completion including a Delano in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a Delano in Turkey, a Mondrian in Doha, Qatar, and a Mondrian in Nassau, The Bahamas, and a hotel in New York to be branded with one of MHG's existing brands. For more information please visit www.morganshotelgroup.com.
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