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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
 
FORM 10-K


(Mark One)
x
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009

OR
 
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from _______________ to _______________
 
Commission file number: 001-14765

HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

Maryland
 
251811499
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
44 Hersha Drive, Harrisburg, PA
 
17102
(Address of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   (717) 236-4400

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class
 
Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common Shares of Beneficial Interest, par value $.01 per share
 
New York Stock Exchange
Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, par value $.01 per share
 
New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None
(Title of class)
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
o Yes   x No

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.
o Yes   x No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (i) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (ii) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. x Yes  o No

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
 
Large accelerated filer  o
Accelerated filer                x
Non-accelerated filer    o
Small reporting company  o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). oYes   x No

The aggregate market value of the outstanding Class A Common Shares held by nonaffiliates of the registrant, computed by reference to the closing sale price at which Class A Common Shares were last sold on June 30, 2009, was approximately $121.8 million.

As of March 3, 2010, the number of Class A common shares of beneficial interest outstanding was 109,433,818 and there were no Class B common shares outstanding.


DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement, to be filed with the Commission not later than 120 days after the end of the fiscal year pursuant to Regulation 14A are incorporated herein by reference into Part III.
 


 
 

 

 
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST

INDEX

 
 
Form 10-K
 
 
Report
Item No.
 
Page
 
 
 
PART I
Item 1.
1
Item 1A.
8
Item 1B.
18
Item 2.
19
Item 3.
20
PART II
 
 
Item 4.
21
Item 5.
23
Item 6.
25
Item 6A.
39
Item 7.
41
Item 8.
92
Item 8A.
92
Item 8B.
94
PART III
 
 
Item 9.
95
Item 10.
95
Item 11.
95
Item 12.
96
Item 13.
96
PART IV
 
 
Item 14.
97

 
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PART I

Item 1.
Business

Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this report to: (1) “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” and “Hersha” mean Hersha Hospitality Trust and its consolidated subsidiaries, including Hersha Hospitality Limited Partnership, taken as a whole; (2) “HHLP” and “our operating partnership” mean Hersha Hospitality Limited Partnership; and (3) “common shares” mean our Class A common shares of beneficial interest, $0.01 par value per share.

All brand names, trademarks and service marks appearing in this report are the property of their respective owners. This report may contain registered trademarks owned or licensed to companies other than us, including, but not limited to, Comfort Inn®, Courtyard® by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn®, Fairfield Inn® by Marriott®, Hampton Inn® Hawthorne Suites®, Hilton®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Hotels®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Homewood Suites®, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Hyatt Summerfield Suites®, Mainstay Suites®, Marriott®, Marriott Hotels & Resorts®, Residence Inn®, Residence Inn® by Marriott®, Sleep Inn® Springhill Suites® and Springhill Suites by Marriott®. None of the owners or licensees of any trademarks contained in this report or any of their respective present and future owners, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents or employees shall have any liability or responsibility for any financial statements or other financial information contained in this report.


CAUTIONARY FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT FUTURE RESULTS

This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, without limitation, statements containing the words, “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “continue,” “intend,” “should,” “may” and words of similar import. Such forward-looking statements relate to future events, our plans, strategies, prospects and future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Readers should specifically consider the various factors identified in this report including, but not limited to those discussed in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations” that could cause actual results to differ. Statements regarding the following subjects are forward-looking by their nature:

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our business or investment strategy;
·
our projected operating results;
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our distribution policy;
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our liquidity;
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completion of any pending transactions;
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our ability to obtain future financing arrangements;
·
our understanding of our competition;
·
market trends; and
·
projected capital expenditures.

Forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions and expectations, taking into account all information currently available to us. These beliefs, assumptions and expectations are subject to risks and uncertainties and can change as a result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to us. If a change occurs, our business, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations may vary materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  The following factors could cause actual results to vary from our forward-looking statements:

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general volatility of the capital markets and the market price of our common shares;
·
changes in our business or investment strategy;
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availability, terms and deployment of capital;
·
availability of qualified personnel;
·
changes in our industry and the market in which we operate, interest rates, or the general economy;
·
the degree and nature of our competition;
·
financing risks, including the risk of leverage and the corresponding risk of default on our mortgage loans and other debt and potential inability to refinance or extend the maturity of existing indebtedness;
·
the depth and duration of the current economic downturn;

 
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levels of spending in the business, travel and leisure industries, as well as consumer confidence;
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declines in occupancy, average daily rate and RevPAR and other hotel operating metrics;
·
hostilities, including future terrorist attacks, or fear of hostilities that affect travel;
·
financial condition of, and our relationships with, our joint venture partners, third-party property managers, franchisors and hospitality joint venture partners;
·
the degree and nature of our competition;
·
increased interest rates and operating costs;
·
risks associated with potential acquisitions, including the ability to ramp up and stabilize newly acquired hotels with limited or no operating history, and dispositions of hotel properties;
·
risks associated with our development loan portfolio, including the ability of borrowers to repay outstanding principal and accrued interest at maturity;
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availability of and our ability to retain qualified personnel;
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our failure to maintain our qualification as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;
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environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters;
·
changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates; and
·
the factors discussed in Item 1A of this report under the heading “Risk Factors” and in other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.

These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any of our forward-looking statements. Other unknown or unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond our control, also could harm our results, performance or achievements.

All forward-looking statements contained in this report are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth above. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake or assume any obligation to update publicly any of these statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.


OVERVIEW

Hersha Hospitality Trust is a self-advised Maryland real estate investment trust that was organized in 1998 and completed its initial public offering in January of 1999. Our common shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HT.” We invest primarily in institutional grade hotels in central business districts, primary suburban office markets and stable destination and secondary markets in the Northeastern United States and select markets on the West Coast. Our primary strategy is to continue to acquire high quality, upscale, mid-scale and extended-stay hotels in metropolitan markets with high barriers to entry in the Northeastern United States and other markets with similar characteristics.  We have operated and intend to continue to operate so as to qualify as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) for federal income tax reporting purposes.

In addition to the direct acquisition of hotels, historically we have made investments in hotels through joint ventures with strategic partners or through equity contributions, secured mezzanine loans and land leases. Although we may invest in hotels through secured development loans and land leases, we do not expect to continue to originate any new secured mezzanine loans or enter into any new land leases as part of our hotel investment strategy.
 
We seek to identify acquisition candidates located in markets with economic, demographic and supply dynamics favorable to hotel owners and operators. Through our extensive due diligence process, we select those acquisition targets where we believe selective capital improvements and intensive management will increase the hotel’s ability to attract key demand segments, enhance hotel operations and increase long-term value.

As of December 31, 2009, our portfolio consisted of 57 wholly owned limited and full service properties and interests in 17 limited and full service properties owned through joint venture investments.  Of the 17 limited and full service properties owned through our investment in joint ventures, two are consolidated with us for financial reporting purposes. These 74 properties, with a total of 9,392 rooms, are located in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia and operate under leading brands, such as Marriott ®, Courtyard by Marriott ®, Residence Inn ®, Fairfield Inn ®, Springhill Suites ®, TownePlace Suites ®,  Hilton ®, Hilton Garden Inn ®, Hampton Inn ®, Homewood Suites ®, Hyatt Summerfield Suites ®, Holiday Inn ®, Holiday Inn Express ®, Comfort Inn ®,  Mainstay Suites ®, Sleep Inn ®, Sheraton Hotel ®, and Hawthorn Suites ®.  In addition, some of our hotels operate as independent boutique hotels.

We are structured as an umbrella partnership REIT, or UPREIT, and we own our hotels and our investments in joint ventures through our operating partnership, Hersha Hospitality Limited Partnership ,for which we serve as general partner. As of December 31, 2009, we owned an approximate 86.9% partnership interest in our operating partnership.

 
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Our wholly-owned hotels are managed by independent, third party qualified management companies, including Hersha Hospitality Management, L.P. (“HHMLP”), a private management company owned by certain of our affiliated trustees and executive officers and other unaffiliated third party investors. Third party qualified management companies, including HHMLP, manage the hotels that we own through joint venture interests. We lease our wholly-owned hotels to 44 New England Management Company (“44 New England”), our wholly-owned taxable REIT subsidiary (“TRS”). Each of the hotels that we own through a joint venture investment is leased to another TRS that is owned by the respective joint venture or an entity owned in part by 44 New England.

Our principal executive office is located at 44 Hersha Drive, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102. Our telephone number is (717) 236-4400. Our website address is www.hersha.com. The information found on, or otherwise accessible through, our website is not incorporated into, and does not form a part of, this report.


AVAILABLE INFORMATION

We make available free of charge through our website (www.hersha.com) our code of ethics, annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as soon as reasonably practicable after such documents are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC. The information available on our website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this report or incorporated into any other filings we make with the SEC.


INVESTMENT IN HOTEL PROPERTIES
 
Our operating strategy focuses on increasing hotel performance for our portfolio. The key elements of this strategy are:
 
 
·
working together with our hotel management companies to increase occupancy levels and revenue per available room, or "RevPAR", through active property-level management, including intensive marketing efforts to tour groups, corporate and government extended stay customers and other wholesale customers and expanded yield management programs, which are calculated to better match room rates to room demand; and
 
 
·
maximizing our earnings by managing costs and positioning our hotels to capitalize on increased demand in the high quality, upper-upscale, upscale, mid-scale and extended-stay lodging segment, which we believe can be expected to follow from improving economic conditions.
 
As of December 31, 2009, we had 57 wholly owned limited and full service properties, with a total of 6,530 rooms.


INVESTMENT IN JOINT VENTURES

In addition to the direct acquisition of hotels, we may make investments in hotels through joint ventures with strategic partners. We have historically identified acquisition candidates located in markets with economic, demographic and supply dynamics favorable to hotel owners and operators.  We are not actively pursuing additional joint venture investments.

As of December 31, 2009, we maintain ownership interests in 17 hotels with a total of 2,862 rooms through joint ventures with third parties.  Of the 17 hotels owned through interests in joint ventures, 2 are consolidated with us for financial reporting purposes.


DEVELOPMENT LOANS

We take advantage of our relationships with hotel developers, including entities controlled by our officers or affiliated trustees, to identify development and renovation projects that may be attractive to us. While these developers have borne the risk of construction, we have historically invested in hotel development projects by providing secured mortgage or mezzanine financing to hotel developers. In many instances, we maintain a first right of refusal or right of first offer to purchase, at fair market value, the hotel for which we have provided development loan financing.  We are not actively pursuing additional development loan investments.

As of December 31, 2009, we had an investment of $46.1 million in loans to seven hotel development projects.


ACQUISITIONS
 
 
Our primary growth strategy is to selectively acquire high quality, upper- upscale, upscale, mid-scale and extended-stay hotels in metropolitan markets with high barriers-to-entry. Through our due diligence process, we select those acquisition targets where we believe selective capital improvements and intensive management will increase the hotel’s ability to attract key demand segments, enhance hotel operations and increase long-term value.  We believe that current market conditions are creating opportunities to acquire hotels at attractive prices. In executing our disciplined acquisition program, we will consider acquiring hotels that meet the following additional criteria:

 
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nationally-franchised hotels operating under popular brands, such as Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hampton Inn, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hyatt Summerfield Suites, TownePlace Suites and Holiday Inn Express;
 
 
·
hotels in locations with significant barriers-to-entry, such as high development costs, limited availability of land and lengthy entitlement processes; and
 
 
·
hotels in our target markets where we can realize operating efficiencies and economies of scale.
 
Since our initial public offering in January 1999 and through December 31, 2009, we have acquired, wholly or through joint ventures, a total of 86 hotels, including 28 hotels acquired from entities controlled by certain of our affiliated trustees and executive officers. Of the 28 acquisitions from entities controlled by certain of our affiliated trustees and executive officers, 25 were newly constructed or substantially renovated by these entities prior to our acquisition. Because we do not develop properties, we take advantage of our relationships with entities that are developing or substantially renovating hotels, including entities controlled by certain of our affiliated trustees and executive officers, to identify future hotel acquisitions that we believe may be attractive to us. We intend to continue to acquire hotels from entities controlled by certain of our affiliated trustees and executive officers if approved by a majority of our independent trustees in accordance with our related party transaction policy.


DISPOSITIONS

We evaluate our hotels on a periodic basis to determine if these hotels continue to satisfy our investment criteria. We may sell hotels opportunistically based upon management’s forecast and review of the cash flow potential for the hotel and re-deploy the proceeds into debt reduction or acquisitions of hotels. We utilize several criteria to determine the long-term potential of our hotels. Hotels are identified for sale based upon management’s forecast of the strength of the hotel’s cash flows and its ability to remain accretive to our portfolio. Our decision to sell an asset is often predicated upon the size of the hotel, strength of the franchise, property condition and related costs to renovate the property, strength of market demand generators, projected supply of hotel rooms in the market, probability of increased valuation and geographic profile of the hotel. All asset sales are comprehensively reviewed by our Board of Trustees, including our independent trustees. A majority of the independent trustees must approve the terms of all asset sales. During the time since our initial public offering in 1999 through December 31, 2009, we have sold a total of 22 hotels.


FINANCING

The relative stability of the mid-scale and upscale segment of the limited service lodging industry allows us to increase returns to our shareholders through the prudent application of leverage. We may employ a higher amount of leverage at a specific hotel to achieve a desired return when warranted by that hotel's historical operating performance and may use greater leverage across our portfolio if and when warranted by prevailing market conditions.


PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

We work closely with our hotel management companies to operate our hotels and increase same hotel performance for our portfolio. Through our TRS and our investment in joint ventures, we have retained the following management companies to operate our hotels, as of December 31, 2009:

 
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Wholly Owned
   
Joint Ventures
   
Total
 
Manager
 
Hotels
   
Rooms
   
Hotels
   
Rooms
   
Hotels
   
Rooms
 
HHMLP
    49       5,322       6       872       55       6,194  
Waterford Hotel Group
    -       -       9       1,708       9       1,708  
LodgeWorks
    7       1,005       -       -       7       1,005  
Jiten Management
    -       -       2       282       2       282  
Marriott
    1       203       -       -       1       203  
                                                 
Total
    57       6,530       17       2,862       74       9,392  

Each management agreement provides for a set term and is subject to early termination upon the occurrence of defaults and certain other events described therein. As required under the REIT qualification rules, all managers, including HHMLP, must qualify as an “eligible independent contractor” during the term of the management agreements.

Under the management agreements, the manager generally pays the operating expenses of our hotels. All operating expenses or other expenses incurred by the manager in performing its authorized duties are reimbursed or borne by our TRS to the extent the operating expenses or other expenses are incurred within the limits of the applicable approved hotel operating budget. Our managers are not obligated to advance any of their own funds for operating expenses of a hotel or to incur any liability in connection with operating a hotel.

For their services, the managers receive a base management fee, and if a hotel meets and exceeds certain thresholds, an additional incentive management fee. The base management fee for a hotel is due monthly and is generally equal to 3% of the gross revenues associated with that hotel for the related month.


CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, RENOVATION AND REFURBISHMENT

We have established capital reserves for our hotels to maintain the hotels in a condition that complies with their respective franchise licenses among other requirements. In addition, we may upgrade the hotels in order to capitalize on opportunities to increase revenue, and, as deemed necessary by our management, to seek to meet competitive conditions and preserve asset quality. We will also renovate hotels when we believe the investment in renovations will provide an attractive return to us through increased revenues and profitability and is in the best interests of our shareholders. We maintain a capital expenditures policy by which replacements and renovations are monitored to determine whether they qualify as capital improvements. All items that are deemed to be repairs and maintenance costs are expensed and recorded in Hotel Operating Expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.


OPERATING PRACTICES

Our hotel managers utilize centralized accounting and data processing systems, which facilitate financial statement and budget preparation, payroll management, quality control and other support functions for the on-site hotel management team. Our hotel managers also provide centralized control over purchasing and project management (which can create economies of scale in purchasing) while emphasizing local discretion within specific guidelines.


DISTRIBUTIONS

We have made forty-four consecutive quarterly distributions to the holders of our common shares since our initial public offering in January 1999 and intend to continue to make regular quarterly distributions to our shareholders as approved by our Board of Trustees.  The following table sets forth distribution information for the last two calendar years.

 
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Quarter to which Distribution Relates
 
Class A Common Shares and Limited Partnership Unit Per Share Distribution Amount
 
Record Date
 
Payment Date
 
Series A Preferred Per Share Distribution Amount
 
Record Date
 
Payment Date
 
2009
                         
Fourth Quarter
  $ 0.05  
1/4/2010
 
1/15/2010
  $ 0.50  
1/1/2010
 
1/15/2010
 
Third Quarter
  $ 0.05  
9/30/2009
 
10/15/2009
  $ 0.50  
10/1/2009
 
10/15/2009
 
Second Quarter
  $ 0.05  
6/30/2009
 
7/15/2009
  $ 0.50  
7/1/2009
 
7/15/2009
 
First Quarter
  $ 0.18  
3/31/2009
 
4/15/2009
  $ 0.50  
4/1/2009
 
4/15/2009
 
2008
                             
Fourth Quarter
  $ 0.18  
1/5/2009
 
1/16/2009
  $ 0.50  
1/1/2009
 
1/15/2009
 
Third Quarter
  $ 0.18  
9/30/2008
 
10/16/2008
  $ 0.50  
10/1/2008
 
10/15/2008
 
Second Quarter
  $ 0.18  
6/30/2008
 
7/16/2008
  $ 0.50  
7/1/2008
 
7/15/2008
 
First Quarter
  $ 0.18  
3/31/2008
 
4/16/2008
  $ 0.50  
4/1/2008
 
4/15/2008
 

Our Board of Trustees will determine the amount of our future distributions in its sole discretion and its decision will depend on a number of factors, including the amount of funds from operations, our partnership’s financial condition, debt service requirements, capital expenditure requirements for our hotels, the annual distribution requirements under the REIT provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and such other factors as the trustees deem relevant. Our ability to make distributions will depend on the profitability of and cash flow available from our hotels. There can be no assurance we will continue to pay distributions at the rates above or any other rate.  Additionally, we may, if necessary and allowable, pay taxable dividends of our shares or debt securities to meet the distribution requirements.  There are no assurances we will be able to continue to make quarterly distributions at the current rate.


SEASONALITY

Our hotels’ operations historically have been seasonal in nature, reflecting higher occupancy rates during the second and third quarters. This seasonality causes fluctuations in our quarterly operating revenues and profitability. Hotel revenue is generally greater in the second and third quarters than in the first and fourth quarters.


COMPETITION

The upscale and mid-scale, limited service segment of the hotel business is highly competitive. Among many other factors, our hotels compete on the basis of location, room rates, quality, service levels, reputation, and reservation systems. There are many competitors in our market segments and new hotels are routinely being constructed.  Additions to supply create new competitors, in some cases without corresponding increases in demand for hotel rooms.

We also compete for hotel acquisitions with entities that have investment objectives similar to ours. This competition could limit the number of suitable investment opportunities offered to us. It may also increase the bargaining power of property owners seeking to sell to us, making it more difficult for us to acquire new properties on attractive terms.


EMPLOYEES

As of December 31, 2009, we had 24 employees who were principally engaged in managing the affairs of the company unrelated to property management. Our relations with our employees are satisfactory.


FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS

We believe that the public’s perception of quality associated with a franchisor is an important feature in the operation of a hotel. Franchisors provide a variety of benefits for franchisees, which include national advertising, publicity and other marketing programs designed to increase brand awareness, training of personnel, continuous review of quality standards and centralized reservation systems. Most of our hotels operate under franchise licenses from national hotel franchisors, including:

 
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Franchisor
 
Franchises
Marriott International
 
Marriott, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites
Hilton Hotels Corporation
 
Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites
Intercontinental Hotel Group
 
Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
 
Hyatt Summerfield Suites, Hawthorn Suites
Starwood Hotels
 
Sheraton Hotels
Choice Hotels International
 
Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Mainstay Suites

We anticipate that most of the hotels in which we invest will be operated pursuant to franchise licenses.

The franchise licenses generally specify certain management, operational, record-keeping, accounting, reporting and marketing standards and procedures with which the franchisee must comply. The franchise licenses obligate our lessees to comply with the franchisors’ standards and requirements with respect to training of operational personnel, safety, maintaining specified insurance, the types of services and products ancillary to guest room services that may be provided by our lessees, display of signage, and the type, quality and age of furniture, fixtures and equipment included in guest rooms, lobbies and other common areas.  In general, the franchise licenses require us to pay the franchisor a fee typically ranging between 6.0% and 9.3% of our hotel revenues.


TAX STATUS

We have elected to be taxed as a REIT under Sections 856 through 860 of the Internal Revenue Code, commencing with our taxable year ended December 31, 1999. As long as we qualify for taxation as a REIT, we generally will not be subject to federal income tax on the portion of our income that is currently distributed to shareholders. If we fail to qualify as a REIT in any taxable year and do not qualify for certain statutory relief provisions, we will be subject to federal income tax (including any applicable alternative minimum tax) on our taxable income at regular corporate tax rates. Even if we qualify for taxation as a REIT, we will be subject to certain state and local taxes on our income and property and to federal income and excise taxes on our undistributed income.

We own interest in several TRSs. We may own up to 100% of the stock of a TRS. A TRS is a taxable corporation that may lease hotels under certain circumstances, provide services to us, and perform activities such as third party management, development, and other independent business activities. Overall, no more than 25% of the value of our assets may consist of securities of one or more TRSs. In addition, no more than 25% of our gross income for any year may consist of dividends from one or more TRSs and income from certain non-real estate related sources.

A TRS is permitted to lease hotels from us as long as the hotels are operated on behalf of the TRS by a third party manager that qualifies as an "eligible independent contractor." To qualify for that treatment, the manager must satisfy the following requirements:

 
1.
such manager is, or is related to a person who is, actively engaged in the trade or business of operating “qualified lodging facilities” for any person unrelated to us and the TRS;

 
2. 
such manager does not own, directly or indirectly, more than 35% of our shares;

 
3.
no more than 35% of such manager is owned, directly or indirectly, by one or more persons owning 35% or more of our shares; and

 
4.
we do not directly or indirectly derive any income from such manager.

The deductibility of interest paid or accrued by a TRS to us is limited to assure that the TRS is subject to an appropriate level of corporate taxation. A 100% excise tax is imposed on transactions between a TRS and us or our tenants that are not on an arm’s-length basis.


FINANCIAL INFORMATION ABOUT SEGMENTS
 
We are in the business of acquiring equity interests in hotels, and we manage our business in one reportable segment. See “Note 1 - Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in Item 7 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for segment financial information.

 
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Item 1A.
Risk Factors

You should carefully consider the following risks, together with the other information included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. If any of the following risks actually occur, our business, financial condition or results of operations may suffer. As a result, the trading price of our securities could decline, and you may lose all or part of any investment you have in our securities.
 
RISKS RELATED TO THE HOTEL INDUSTRY

Current economic conditions have adversely impacted the lodging industry.

During the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, the U.S. economy has been negatively impacted by financial industry turmoil, growing unemployment and declining consumer sentiment. As a result, the lodging industry is experiencing slowing growth or, in some markets, negative growth which will have a negative impact on our future results of operations and financial condition.  These factors are likely to reduce revenues of the hotels and could adversely affect our ability to make distributions to our shareholders in 2010 and in subsequent periods.

Our hotels are subject to general hotel industry operating risks, which may impact our ability to make distributions to shareholders.

Our hotels are subject to all operating risks common to the hotel industry. The hotel industry has experienced volatility in the past, as have our hotels, and there can be no assurance that such volatility will not occur in the future. These risks include, among other things, competition from other hotels; over-building in the hotel industry that could adversely affect hotel revenues and hotel values; increases in operating costs due to inflation and other factors, which may not be offset by increased room rates; reduction in business and commercial travel and tourism; strikes and other labor disturbances of hotel employees; increases in energy costs and other expenses of travel; adverse effects of general and local economic conditions; and adverse political conditions. These factors could reduce revenues of the hotels and adversely affect our ability to make distributions to our shareholders.

The value of our hotels depends on conditions beyond our control.

Our hotels are subject to varying degrees of risk generally incident to the ownership of hotels. The underlying value of our hotels, our income and ability to make distributions to our shareholders are dependent upon the operation of the hotels in a manner sufficient to maintain or increase revenues in excess of operating expenses. Hotel revenues may be adversely affected by adverse changes in national economic conditions, adverse changes in local market conditions due to changes in general or local economic conditions and neighborhood characteristics, competition from other hotels, changes in interest rates and in the availability, cost and terms of mortgage funds, the impact of present or future environmental legislation and compliance with environmental laws, the ongoing need for capital improvements, particularly in older structures, changes in real estate tax rates and other operating expenses, adverse changes in governmental rules and fiscal policies, civil unrest, acts of terrorism, acts of God, including earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters, acts of war, adverse changes in zoning laws, and other factors that are beyond our control. In particular, general and local economic conditions may be adversely affected by the previous terrorist incidents in New York and Washington, D.C. Our management is unable to determine the long-term impact, if any, of these incidents or of any acts of war or terrorism in the United States or worldwide, on the U.S. economy, on us or our hotels or on the market price of our common shares.

Our investments are concentrated in a single segment of the hotel industry.

Our primary business strategy is to continue to acquire high quality, upscale and mid-scale limited service and extended-stay hotels in metropolitan markets with high barriers to entry in the Northeastern United States and other markets with similar characteristics. We are subject to risks inherent in concentrating investments in a single industry and in a specific market segment within that industry. The adverse effect on amounts available for distribution to shareholders resulting from a downturn in the hotel industry in general or the mid-scale segment in particular could be more pronounced than if we had diversified our investments outside of the hotel industry or in additional hotel market segments.

Operating costs and capital expenditures for hotel renovation may be greater than anticipated and may adversely impact distributions to shareholders.

Hotels generally have an ongoing need for renovations and other capital improvements, particularly in older structures, including periodic replacement of furniture, fixtures and equipment. Under the terms of our management agreements, we are obligated to pay the cost of expenditures for items that are classified as capital items under GAAP that are necessary for the continued operation of our hotels. If these expenses exceed our estimate, the additional cost could have an adverse effect on amounts available for distribution to shareholders. In addition, we may acquire hotels in the future that require significant renovation. Renovation of hotels involves certain risks, including the possibility of environmental problems, construction cost overruns and delays, uncertainties as to market demand or deterioration in market demand after commencement of renovation and the emergence of unanticipated competition from hotels.

 
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The hotel industry is highly competitive.

The hotel industry is highly competitive. Our hotels compete with other existing and new hotels in their geographic markets. Many of our competitors have substantially greater marketing and financial resources than we do. Effective marketing by our competitors may reduce our hotel revenue and adversely impact our ability to make distributions to our shareholders.

Risks of operating hotels under franchise licenses, which may be terminated or not renewed, may impact our ability to make distributions to shareholders.

The continuation of the franchise licenses is subject to specified operating standards and other terms and conditions. All of the franchisors of our hotels periodically inspect our hotels to confirm adherence to their operating standards. The failure to maintain such standards or to adhere to such other terms and conditions could result in the loss or cancellation of the applicable franchise license. It is possible that a franchisor could condition the continuation of a franchise license on the completion of capital improvements that the trustees determine are too expensive or otherwise not economically feasible in light of general economic conditions, the operating results or prospects of the affected hotel. In that event, the trustees may elect to allow the franchise license to lapse or be terminated.

There can be no assurance that a franchisor will renew a franchise license at each option period. If a franchisor terminates a franchise license, we may be unable to obtain a suitable replacement franchise, or to successfully operate the hotel independent of a franchise license. The loss of a franchise license could have a material adverse effect upon the operations or the underlying value of the related hotel because of the loss of associated name recognition, marketing support and centralized reservation systems provided by the franchisor. Our loss of a franchise license for one or more of the hotels could have a material adverse effect on our partnership’s revenues and our amounts available for distribution to shareholders.

The hotel industry is seasonal in nature.

The hotel industry is seasonal in nature. Generally, hotel revenues are greater in the second and third quarters than in the first and fourth quarters. Our hotels’ operations historically reflect this trend.  As a result, our results of operations may vary on a quarterly basis, impairing comparability of operating data and financial performance on a quarter to quarter basis.

Future terrorist attacks or changes in terror alert levels could adversely affect travel and hotel demand.
 
Previous terrorist attacks and subsequent terrorist alerts have adversely affected the U.S. travel and hospitality industries over the past several years, often disproportionately to the effect on the overall economy.  The impact that terrorist attacks in the U.S. or elsewhere could have on domestic and international travel and our business in particular cannot be determined but any such attacks or the threat of such attacks could have a material adverse effect on our business, our ability to finance our business, our ability to insure our properties and our results of operations and financial condition.
 
The outbreak of influenza or other widespread contagious disease could reduce travel and adversely affect hotel demand.
 
The widespread outbreak of infectious or contagious disease in the U.S., such as the H1N1 influenza (swine flu), could reduce travel and adversely affect the hotel industry generally and our business in particular.

RISKS RELATING TO OUR BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS

A general economic recession or depression could have a serious adverse economic impact on us.
 
In 2009, general worldwide economic conditions declined due to sequential effects of the sub prime lending crisis, general credit market crisis, collateral effects on the finance and banking industries, concerns about inflation, slower economic activity, decreased consumer confidence, reduced corporate profits and capital spending, adverse business conditions and liquidity concerns.  Our business plans for 2010 and beyond depend on the general state of the global economy and specifically on the economies of the locations of our hotels. We cannot assure you that favorable economic conditions will exist in the future. A general economic recession or depression could have a serious adverse economic impact on us.
 
We face risks associated with the use of debt, including refinancing risk.

At December 31, 2009, we had outstanding long-term debt, excluding capital leases, of $745.4 million. We may borrow additional amounts from the same or other lenders in the future. Some of these additional borrowings may be secured by our hotels.  Our declaration of trust (as amended and restated, our “Declaration of Trust”) does not limit the amount of indebtedness we may incur. We cannot assure you that we will be able to meet our debt service obligations and, to the extent that we cannot, we risk the loss of some or all of our hotels to foreclosure. Our indebtedness contains various financial and non-financial event of default covenants customarily found in financing arrangements.  Our mortgages payable typically require that specified debt service coverage ratios be maintained with respect to the financed properties before we can exercise certain rights under the loan agreements relating to such properties.  If the specified criteria are not satisfied, the lender may be able to escrow cash flow from the applicable hotels.

 
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There is also a risk that we may not be able to refinance existing debt or that the terms of any refinancing will not be as favorable as the terms of the existing debt. If principal payments due at maturity cannot be refinanced, extended or repaid with proceeds from other sources, such as new equity capital or sales of properties, we may be forced to use operating income to repay such indebtedness, which would have a material adverse effect on our cash available for distribution in years when significant “balloon” payments come due.  In some such cases, we may lose the applicable hotels to foreclosure.  This risk is particularly significant.  See Item 6A for a detailed schedule of debt principal repayments.

Tightening credit markets have made financing development projects and acquiring new hotel properties more difficult.

The turmoil in the financial industry has caused credit to significantly tighten making it more difficult for hotel developers to obtain financing for development projects or for hotels without an operating history.  This could have a negative impact on the collectability of our portfolio of development loans receivable, which as of December 31, 2009 was approximately $46.1 million, if the hotel developers are unable to find financing to repay our development loans when development is complete.  In addition, the tightening credit markets have made it more difficult to finance the acquisition of new hotel properties.  These factors could have a negative impact on our future results of operations and financial condition.

If we cannot access the capital markets, we may not be able to grow the Company at our historical growth rates.

We may not be able to access the capital markets to obtain capital to fund future acquisitions and investments. The market for real estate related debt and equity capital could endure a prolonged period of volatility which may limit our ability to access new capital for acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. If we lack the capital to make future acquisitions or investments, we may not be able to continue to grow at historical rates.

We face high levels of competition for the acquisition of hotel properties and other assets, which may impede our ability to make future acquisitions or may increase the cost of these acquisitions.

We face competition for investment opportunities in high quality, upscale and mid-scale limited service and extended-stay hotels from entities organized for purposes substantially similar to our objectives, as well as other purchasers of hotels. We compete for such investment opportunities with entities that have substantially greater financial resources than we do, including access to capital or better relationships with franchisors, sellers or lenders. Our competitors may generally be able to accept more risk than we can manage prudently and may be able to borrow the funds needed to acquire hotels. Competition may generally reduce the number of suitable investment opportunities offered to us and increase the bargaining power of property owners seeking to sell.

We do not operate our hotels and, as a result, we do not have complete control over implementation of our strategic decisions.

In order for us to satisfy certain REIT qualification rules, we cannot directly or indirectly operate or manage any of our hotels.  Instead, we must engage an independent management company to operate our hotels.  As of December 31, 2009, our TRSs and our joint venture partnerships have engaged independent management companies as the property managers for all of our wholly owned hotels leased to our TRSs and the respective hotels for the joint ventures, as required by the REIT qualification rules.  The management companies operating the hotels make and implement strategic business decisions with respect to these hotels, such as decisions with respect to the repositioning of a franchise or food and beverage operations and other similar decisions.  Decisions made by the management companies operating the hotels may not be in the best interests of a particular hotel or of our company.  Accordingly, we cannot assure you that the management companies will operate our hotels in a manner that is in our best interests.  In addition, the financial condition of the management companies could impact their future ability to operate our hotels.

Our acquisitions may not achieve expected performance, which may harm our financial condition and operating results.

We anticipate that acquisitions will largely be financed with the net proceeds of securities offerings and through externally generated funds such as borrowings under credit facilities and other secured and unsecured debt financing. Acquisitions entail risks that investments will fail to perform in accordance with expectations and that estimates of the cost of improvements necessary to acquire and market properties will prove inaccurate, as well as general investment risks associated with any new real estate investment. Because we must distribute annually at least 90% of our taxable income each year to maintain our qualification as a REIT, our ability to rely upon income or cash flow from operations to finance our growth and acquisition activities will be limited. Accordingly, were we unable to obtain funds from borrowings or the capital markets to finance our growth and acquisition activities, our ability to grow could be curtailed, amounts available for distribution to shareholders could be adversely affected and we could be required to reduce distributions.

 
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Acquisition of hotels with limited operating history may not achieve desired results.

Many of our recent acquisitions are newly-developed hotels. Newly-developed or newly-renovated hotels do not have the operating history that would allow our management to make pricing decisions in acquiring these hotels based on historical performance. The purchase prices of these hotels are based upon management’s expectations as to the operating results of such hotels, subjecting us to risks that such hotels may not achieve anticipated operating results or may not achieve these results within anticipated time frames. As a result, we may not be able to generate enough cash flow from these hotels to make debt payments or pay operating expenses. In addition, room revenues may be less than that required to provide us with our anticipated return on investment. In either case, the amounts available for distribution to our shareholders could be reduced.

We may be unable to integrate acquired hotels into our operations or otherwise manage our planned growth, which may adversely affect our operating results.

We have recently acquired a substantial number of hotels. We cannot assure you that we or HHMLP will be able to adapt our management, administrative, accounting and operational systems and arrangements, or hire and retain sufficient operational staff to successfully integrate these investments into our portfolio and manage any future acquisitions of additional assets without operational disruptions or unanticipated costs. Acquisition of hotels generates additional operating expenses that we will be required to pay. As we acquire additional hotels, we will be subject to the operational risks associated with owning new lodging properties. Our failure to integrate successfully any future acquisitions into our portfolio could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition and our ability to pay dividends to shareholders or make other payments in respect of securities issued by us.

Most of our hotels are located in the Eastern United States and many are located in the area from Washington, DC to Boston, MA, which may increase the effect of any regional or local economic conditions.

Most of our hotels are located in the area from Washington, DC to Boston, MA.  Thirty-eight of our wholly owned hotels and thirteen of our joint venture hotels are located in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut. As a result, regional or localized adverse events or conditions, such as an economic recession around these hotels, could have a significant adverse effect on our operations, and ultimately on the amounts available for distribution to shareholders.

Our ownership of hotels in the New York City market exposes us to concentration risk, which may lead to increased volatility in our results of operations.
 
Our consolidated portfolio of hotels in New York City have historically accounted for approximately 35% of our consolidated earnings before income taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, and this percentage is expected to increase going forward with the acquisition during the first quarter of 2010 of three hotels located in Times Square.  The three Times Square hotels are newly-constructed hotels that opened for business in July 2009 and have limited operating history. As a result, our ability to forecast future operations accurately is limited and there is considerable risk the Times Square hotels may not generate sufficient revenue to cover the costs of their operations or provide attractive returns on our investment.  The operations of our consolidated portfolio of hotels in New York City will have a material impact on our overall results of operations.  Concentration risk with respect to our ownership of hotels in the New York City market may lead to increased volatility in our overall results of operations.  Our overall results of operations may be adversely affected and our ability to pay distributions to our shareholders could be negatively impacted in the event:

 
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the current downturn in lodging fundamentals is more severe or prolonged in New York City compared to the United States as a whole;
 
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we adopt an unsuccessful strategy to ramp up and stabilize operations at the three, newly-constructed Times Square hotels; or
 
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New York City is impacted by other unforeseen events beyond our control, including, among others, terrorist attacks and travel related health concerns including pandemics and epidemics such as H1N1 influenza (swine flu), avian bird flu and SARS.

We own a limited number of hotels and significant adverse changes at one hotel may impact our ability to make distributions to shareholders.

As of December 31, 2009, our portfolio consisted of 57 wholly-owned limited and full service properties and joint venture investments in 17 hotels with a total of 9,392 rooms. However, certain larger hotels or hotels in certain locations disproportionately impact our performance.  Accordingly, significant adverse changes in the operations of any one of these hotels could have a material adverse effect on our financial performance and on our ability to make expected distributions to our shareholders.

 
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We focus on acquiring hotels operating under a limited number of franchise brands, which creates greater risk as the investments are more concentrated.

We place particular emphasis in our acquisition strategy on hotels similar to our current hotels. We invest in hotels operating under a few select franchises and therefore will be subject to risks inherent in concentrating investments in a particular franchise brand, which could have an adverse effect on amounts available for distribution to shareholders. These risks include, among others, the risk of a reduction in hotel revenues following any adverse publicity related to a specific franchise brand or the failure of the franchisor to maintain a certain brand.

We depend on key personnel.

We depend on the services of our existing senior management team, including Jay H. Shah, Neil H. Shah, Ashish R. Parikh and Michael R. Gillespie, to carry out our business and investment strategies. As we expand, we will continue to need to attract and retain qualified additional senior management. We have employment contracts with certain of our senior management; however, the employment agreements may be terminated under certain circumstances. The termination of an employment agreement and the loss of the services of any of our key management personnel, or our inability to recruit and retain qualified personnel in the future, could have an adverse effect on our business and financial results.

We may engage in hedging transactions, which can limit our gains and increase exposure to losses.

We may enter into hedging transactions intended to protect us from the effects of interest rate fluctuations on floating rate debt and also intended to protect our portfolio of mortgage assets from interest rate and prepayment rate fluctuations. Our hedging transactions may include entering into interest rate swaps, caps, and floors, options to purchase such items, and futures and forward contracts. Hedging activities may not have the desired beneficial impact on our results of operations or financial condition. No hedging activity can completely insulate us from the risks associated with changes in interest rates and prepayment rates. Moreover, interest rate hedging could fail to protect us or could adversely affect us because, among other things:

 
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Available interest rate hedging may not correspond directly with the interest rate risk for which protection is sought.
 
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The duration of the hedge may not match the duration of the related liability.
 
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The party at risk in the hedging transaction may default on its obligation to pay.
 
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The credit quality of the party owing money on the hedge may be downgraded to such an extent that it impairs our ability to sell or assign our side of the hedging transaction.
 
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The value of derivatives used for hedging may be adjusted from time to time in accordance with accounting rules to reflect changes in fair value.

Downward adjustments, or “mark-to-market losses,” relating to hedging instruments may reduce our shareholders’ equity.

Hedging involves risk and typically involves costs, including transaction costs, which may reduce returns on our investments. These costs increase as the period covered by the hedging increases and during periods of rising and volatile interest rates. These costs will also limit the amount of cash available for distribution to shareholders. The REIT qualification rules may also limit our ability to enter into hedging transactions. We generally intend to hedge as much of our interest rate risk as our management determines is in our best interests given the cost of such hedging transactions and the requirements applicable to REITs. If we are unable to hedge effectively because of the cost of such hedging transactions or the limitations imposed by the REIT rules, we will face greater interest risk exposure than may be commercially prudent.

RISKS RELATED TO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT GENERALLY

Illiquidity of real estate investments could significantly impede our ability to respond to adverse changes in the performance of our properties and harm our financial condition.

Real estate investments are relatively illiquid. Our ability to vary our portfolio in response to changes in operating, economic and other conditions will be limited. No assurances can be given that the fair market value of any of our hotels will not decrease in the future.

If we suffer losses that are not covered by insurance or that are in excess of our insurance coverage limits, we could lose investment capital and anticipated profits.

We require comprehensive insurance to be maintained on each of the our hotels, including liability and fire and extended coverage in amounts sufficient to permit the replacement of the hotel in the event of a total loss, subject to applicable deductibles. However, there are certain types of losses, generally of a catastrophic nature, such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and acts of terrorism, that may be uninsurable or not economically insurable. Inflation, changes in building codes and ordinances, environmental considerations and other factors also might make it impracticable to use insurance proceeds to replace the applicable hotel after such applicable hotel has been damaged or destroyed. Under such circumstances, the insurance proceeds received by us might not be adequate to restore our economic position with respect to the applicable hotel. If any of these or similar events occur, it may reduce the return from the attached property and the value of our investment.

 
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Real estate is subject to property taxes.

Each hotel is subject to real and personal property taxes. The real and personal property taxes on hotel properties in which we invest may increase as property tax rates change and as the properties are assessed or reassessed by taxing authorities. Many state and local governments are facing budget deficits that have led many of them, and may in the future lead others to, increase assessments and/or taxes. If property taxes increase, our ability to make expected distributions to our shareholders could be adversely affected.

Environmental matters could adversely affect our results.

Operating costs may be affected by the obligation to pay for the cost of complying with existing environmental laws, ordinances and regulations, as well as the cost of future legislation. Under various federal, state and local environmental laws, ordinances and regulations, a current or previous owner or operator of real property may be liable for the costs of removal or remediation of hazardous or toxic substances on, under or in such property. Such laws often impose liability whether or not the owner or operator knew of, or was responsible for, the presence of such hazardous or toxic substances. The cost of complying with environmental laws could materially adversely affect amounts available for distribution to shareholders. Phase I environmental assessments have been obtained on all of our hotels. Nevertheless, it is possible that these reports do not reveal all environmental liabilities or that there are material environmental liabilities of which we are unaware.

Costs associated with complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act may adversely affect our financial condition and operating results.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1993 (ADA), all public accommodations are required to meet certain federal requirements related to access and use by disabled persons. While we believe that our hotels are substantially in compliance with these requirements, a determination that we are not in compliance with the ADA could result in imposition of fines or an award of damages to private litigants. In addition, changes in governmental rules and regulations or enforcement policies affecting the use and operation of the hotels, including changes to building codes and fire and life-safety codes, may occur. If we were required to make substantial modifications at the hotels to comply with the ADA or other changes in governmental rules and regulations, our ability to make expected distributions to our shareholders could be adversely affected.

RISKS RELATING TO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Due to conflicts of interest, many of our existing agreements may not have been negotiated on an arm’s-length basis and may not be in our best interest.

Some of our officers and affiliated trustees have ownership interests in HHMLP and in entities with which we have entered into transactions, including hotel acquisitions and dispositions and certain financings. Consequently, the terms of our agreements with those entities, including hotel contribution or purchase agreements, the Option Agreement between our operating partnership and some of the affiliated trustees and officers and our property management agreements with HHMLP may not have been negotiated on an arm’s-length basis and may not be in the best interest of all our shareholders.

Conflicts of interest with HHMLP may result in decisions that do not reflect our best interests.

The following officers and affiliated trustees own collectively approximately 70% of HHMLP: Hasu P. Shah, Jay H. Shah, Neil H. Shah, David L. Desfor and Kiran P. Patel.  Conflicts of interest may arise in respect to the ongoing operation of our hotels including, but not limited to, the enforcement of the contribution and purchase agreements, the Option Agreement and our property management agreements with HHMLP.  These officers and affiliated trustees also make decisions for our company with respect to property management.  Consequently, these officers and affiliated trustees may not act solely in the best interests of our shareholders relating to property management by HHMLP.

Conflicts of interest relating to sales or refinancing of hotels acquired from some of our affiliated trustees and officers may lead to decisions that are not in our best interest.

Some of our affiliated trustees and officers have unrealized gains associated with their interests in the hotels we have acquired from them and, as a result, any sale of these hotels or refinancing or prepayment of principal on the indebtedness assumed by us in purchasing these hotels may cause adverse tax consequences to such affiliated trustees and officers. Therefore, our interests and the interests of these individuals may be different in connection with the disposition or refinancing of these hotels.

 
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Agreements to provide financing of hotel development projects owned by some of our affiliated trustees and officers may not have been negotiated on an arm’s-length basis and may not be in our best interest.

Some of our officers and affiliated trustees have ownership interests in projects to develop hotel properties with which we have entered into agreements to provide financing. Consequently, the terms of our agreements with those entities, including interest rates and other key terms, may not have been negotiated on an arm’s-length basis and may not be in the best interest of all our shareholders.

Competing hotels owned or acquired by some of our affiliated trustees and officers may hinder these individuals from spending adequate time on our business.

Some of our affiliated trustees and officers own hotels and may develop or acquire new hotels, subject to certain limitations. Such ownership, development or acquisition activities may materially affect the amount of time these officers and affiliated trustees devote to our affairs. Some of our affiliated trustees and officers operate hotels that are not owned by us, which may materially affect the amount of time that they devote to managing our hotels. Pursuant to the Option Agreement, as amended, we have an option to acquire any hotels developed by our officers and affiliated trustees.

Need for certain consents from the limited partners may not result in decisions advantageous to shareholders.

Under our operating partnership’s amended and restated partnership agreement, the holders of at least two-thirds of the interests in the partnership must approve a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the partnership or a merger or consolidation of the partnership. Some of our officers and affiliated trustees own approximately 6.8% interest in the operating partnership on a fully-diluted basis. Their large ownership percentage may make it less likely that a merger or sale of our company that would be in the best interests of our shareholders will be approved.

RISKS RELATING TO OUR CORPORATE STRUCTURE

There are no assurances of our ability to make distributions in the future.

We intend to pay quarterly dividends and to make distributions to our shareholders in amounts such that all or substantially all of our taxable income in each year, subject to certain adjustments, is distributed. However, our ability to pay dividends may be adversely affected by the risk factors described in this annual report. All distributions will be made at the discretion of our Board of Trustees and will depend upon our earnings, our financial condition, maintenance of our REIT status and such other factors as our board may deem relevant from time to time. There are no assurances of our ability to pay dividends in the future.

An increase in market interest rates may have an adverse effect on the market price of our securities.

One of the factors that investors may consider in deciding whether to buy or sell our securities is our dividend rate as a percentage of our share or unit price, relative to market interest rates. If market interest rates increase, prospective investors may desire a higher dividend or interest rate on our securities or seek securities paying higher dividends or interest. The market price of our common shares likely will be based primarily on the earnings and return that we derive from our investments and income with respect to our properties and our related distributions to shareholders, and not from the market value or underlying appraised value of the properties or investments themselves. As a result, interest rate fluctuations and capital market conditions can affect the market price of our common shares. For instance, if interest rates rise without an increase in our dividend rate, the market price of our common shares could decrease because potential investors may require a higher dividend yield on our common shares as market rates on interest-bearing securities, such as bonds, rise. In addition, rising interest rates would result in increased interest expense on our variable rate debt, thereby adversely affecting cash flow and our ability to service our indebtedness and pay dividends.

Holders of our outstanding Series A preferred shares have dividend, liquidation and other rights that are senior to the rights of the holders of our common shares.

Our Board of Trustees has the authority to designate and issue preferred shares with liquidation, dividend and other rights that are senior to those of our common shares. As of December 31, 2009, 2,400,000 shares of our Series A preferred shares were issued and outstanding. The aggregate liquidation preference with respect to the outstanding preferred shares is approximately $60.0 million, and annual dividends on our outstanding preferred shares are approximately $4.8 million. Holders of our Series A preferred shares are entitled to cumulative dividends before any dividends may be declared or set aside on our common shares. Upon our voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up, before any payment is made to holders of our common shares, holders of our Series A preferred shares are entitled to receive a liquidation preference of $25.00 per share plus any accrued and unpaid distributions. This will reduce the remaining amount of our assets, if any, available to distribute to holders of our common shares. In addition, holders of our Series A preferred shares have the right to elect two additional trustees to our Board of Trustees whenever dividends are in arrears in an aggregate amount equivalent to six or more quarterly dividends, whether or not consecutive.

 
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Future offerings of equity securities, which would dilute our existing shareholders and may be senior to our common shares for the purposes of dividend distributions, may adversely affect the market price of our common shares.

In the future, we may attempt to increase our capital resources by making additional offerings of equity securities, including classes of preferred or common shares. Upon liquidation, holders of our preferred shares and lenders with respect to other borrowings will receive a distribution of our available assets prior to the holders of our common shares. Additional equity offerings may dilute the holdings of our existing shareholders or reduce the market price of our common shares, or both. Our preferred shares, if issued, could have a preference on liquidating distributions or a preference on dividend payments that could limit our ability to make a dividend distribution to the holders of our common shares. Because our decision to issue securities in any future offering will depend on market conditions and other factors beyond our control, we cannot predict or estimate the amount, timing or nature of our future offerings. Thus, our shareholders bear the risk of our future offerings reducing the market price of our common shares and diluting their share holdings in us.

Future sales of our common shares by IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones Sociedad Anonima, or IRSA, and its affiliates, could depress the market price of our common shares.

We cannot predict whether future sales of our common shares or securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for our commons shares or the availability of these securities for resale in the open market will decrease the market price of our common shares.  Based on information known by us as of March 3, 2010, IRSA and its affiliates beneficially own 17,346,756 common shares, including 5,700,000 common shares issuable by us upon exercise of outstanding options.  These shares, which represent approximately 15.9% our common shares outstanding as of March 3, 2010, may be resold by IRSA and its affiliates in the public market pursuant to shelf registration statement that has become effective under the Securities Act, or pursuant to any available exemption from registration.  Sales of a substantial number of common shares by IRSA and its affiliates, or the perception that such sales could occur, could adversely affect prevailing market prices of the common shares.

IRSA and its affiliates beneficially own a significant percentage of our common shares, which could result in significant influence over the outcome of matters submitted to the vote of our shareholders.

Based on information known by us as of March 3, 2010, IRSA and its affiliates beneficially own approximately 15.9% of our common shares outstanding as of this date.  In addition, Real Estate Investment Group, L.P., or REIG, an affiliate of IRSA, has certain preemptive rights to acquire additional shares of beneficial interest.  Eduardo Elsztain, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IRSA, also serves on our Board of Trustees.  Accordingly, IRSA and its affiliates have significant influence over us and the ownership level of IRSA and its affiliates may discourage or prevent others from trying to acquire control of us and increase the difficulty of consummating any offer, including potential acquisitions that might involve a premium price for our common shares or otherwise be in the best interest of our shareholders. This concentration of ownership may result in decisions affecting us that may not serve the best interest of all shareholders.

Our Board of Trustees may issue additional shares that may cause dilution or prevent a transaction that is in the best interests of our shareholders.

Our Declaration of Trust authorizes the Board of Trustees, without shareholder approval, to:

 
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amend the Declaration of Trust to increase or decrease the aggregate number of shares of beneficial interest or the number of shares of beneficial interest of any class or series that we have the authority to issue;
 
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cause us to issue additional authorized but unissued common shares or preferred shares; and
 
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classify or reclassify any unissued common or preferred shares and to set the preferences, rights and other terms of such classified or reclassified shares, including the issuance of additional common shares or preferred shares that have preference rights over the common shares with respect to dividends, liquidation, voting and other matters.

Any one of these events could cause dilution to our common shareholders, delay, deter or prevent a transaction or a change in control that might involve a premium price for the common shares or otherwise not be in the best interest of holders of common shares.

The Declaration of Trust contains a provision that creates staggered terms for our Board of Trustees.

Our Board of Trustees is divided into two classes, the terms of which expire every two years. Trustees of each class are elected for two-year terms upon the expiration of their current terms and each year one class of trustees will be elected by the shareholders. The staggered terms of trustees may delay, deter or prevent a tender offer, a change in control of us or other transaction, even though such a transaction might be in the best interest of the shareholders.

 
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Maryland Business Combination Law may discourage a third party from acquiring us.

Under the Maryland General Corporation Law, as amended (MGCL), as applicable to REITs, certain “business combinations” (including certain issuances of equity securities) between a Maryland REIT and any person who beneficially owns ten percent or more of the voting power of the trust’s shares, or an affiliate thereof, are prohibited for five years after the most recent date on which this shareholder acquired at least ten percent of the voting power of the trust’s shares. Thereafter, any such business combination must be approved by two super-majority shareholder votes unless, among other conditions, the trust’s common shareholders receive a minimum price (as defined in the MGCL) for their shares and the consideration is received in cash or in the same form as previously paid by the interested shareholder for its common shares. These provisions could delay, deter or prevent a change of control or other transaction in which holders of our equity securities might receive a premium for their shares above then-current market prices or which such shareholders otherwise might believe to be in their best interests.

Our Board of Trustees may change our investment and operational policies without a vote of the common shareholders.

Our major policies, including our policies with respect to acquisitions, financing, growth, operations, debt limitation and distributions, are determined by our Board of Trustees. The Trustees may amend or revise these and other policies from time to time without a vote of the holders of the common shares.

Our Board of Trustees and management make decisions on our behalf, and shareholders have limited management rights.

Our shareholders have no right or power to take part in our management except through the exercise of voting rights on certain specified matters. The board of trustees is responsible for our management and strategic business direction, and our management is responsible for our day-to-day operations. Certain policies of our board of trustees may not be consistent with the immediate best interests of our shareholders.

RISKS RELATED TO OUR TAX STATUS

If we fail to qualify as a REIT, our dividends will not be deductible to us, and our income will be subject to taxation, which would reduce the cash available for distribution to our shareholders.

We have operated and intend to continue to operate so as to qualify as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. However, the federal income tax laws governing REITs are extremely complex, and interpretations of the federal income tax laws governing REITs are limited. Our continued qualification as a REIT will depend on our continuing ability to meet various requirements concerning, among other things, the ownership of our outstanding shares of beneficial interest, the nature of our assets, the sources of our income, and the amount of our distributions to our shareholders. Moreover, new tax legislation, administrative guidance or court decisions, in each instance potentially with retroactive effect, could make it more difficult or impossible for us to qualify as a REIT. If we were to fail to qualify as a REIT in any taxable year and did not qualify for certain statutory relief provisions, we would not be allowed a deduction for distributions to our shareholders in computing our taxable income and would be subject to federal income tax (including any applicable alternative minimum tax) on our taxable income at regular corporate rates. Any such corporate tax liability could be substantial and would reduce the amount of cash available for distribution to our shareholders, which in turn could have an adverse impact on the value of, and trading prices for, our shares. Unless entitled to relief under certain Internal Revenue Code provisions, we also would be disqualified from treatment as a REIT for the four taxable years following the year during which qualification was lost. As a result, amounts available for distribution to shareholders would be reduced for each of the years involved. Although we currently intend to operate in a manner so as to qualify as a REIT, it is possible that future economic, market, legal, tax or other considerations may cause our Board of Trustees, with the consent of holders of two-thirds of the outstanding shares, to revoke the REIT election.

Failure to make required distributions would subject us to tax, which would reduce the cash available for distribution to our shareholders.

In order to qualify as a REIT, each year we must distribute to our shareholders at least 90% of our REIT taxable income determined without regard to the deduction for dividends paid and excluding net capital gain. To the extent that we satisfy the 90% distribution requirement, but distribute less than 100% of our taxable income, we will be subject to federal corporate income tax on our undistributed income. In addition, we will incur a 4% nondeductible excise tax on the amount, if any, by which our actual distributions in any year are less than the sum of:

 
·
85% of our REIT ordinary income for that year;
 
·
95% of our REIT capital gain net income for that year; and
 
·
100% of our undistributed taxable income required to be distributed from prior years.

 
We have distributed, and intend to continue to distribute, our income to our shareholders in a manner intended to satisfy the 90% distribution requirement and to avoid corporate income tax and the 4% nondeductible excise tax. Differences in timing between the recognition of income and the related cash receipts or the effect of required debt amortization payments could require us to borrow money or sell assets to pay out enough of our taxable income to satisfy the distribution requirement and to avoid corporate income tax and the 4% nondeductible excise tax in a particular year. In the past we have borrowed, and in the future we may borrow, to pay distributions to our shareholders and the limited partners of our operating partnership. Such borrowings subject us to risks from borrowing as described herein.  Additionally, we may, if necessary and allowable, pay taxable dividends of our shares or debt securities to meet the distribution requirements.
 
Under recently issued Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, guidance, we may pay taxable dividends of our common shares and cash, in which case shareholders may sell our common shares to pay tax on such dividends, placing downward pressure on the market price of our common shares.
 
Under recently issued IRS guidance, we may distribute taxable dividends that are payable in cash and common shares at the election of each shareholder. Under Revenue Procedure 2010-12, or the Revenue Procedure, up to 90% of any such taxable dividend paid with respect to our 2010 and 2011 taxable years could be payable in shares of our common shares. Taxable shareholders receiving such dividends will be required to include the full amount of the dividend as ordinary income to the extent of our current and accumulated earnings and profits, as determined for federal income tax purposes. As a result, shareholders may be required to pay income tax with respect to such dividends in excess of the cash dividends received. If a U.S. shareholder sells the common shares that it receives as a dividend in order to pay this tax, the sales proceeds may be less than the amount included in income with respect to the dividend, depending on the market price of our common shares at the time of the sale. Furthermore, with respect to certain non-U.S. shareholders, we may be required to withhold federal income tax with respect to such dividends, including in respect of all or a portion of such dividend that is payable in common shares. If we utilize the Revenue Procedure and a significant number of our shareholders determine to sell our common shares in order to pay taxes owed on dividends, it may put downward pressure on the trading price of our common shares.  We do not currently intend to utilize the Revenue Procedure.
 
 
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Dividends payable by REITs do not qualify for the reduced tax rates available for some dividends.

The maximum tax rate applicable to income from “qualified dividends” payable to domestic stockholders taxed at individual rates has been reduced by legislation to 15% through the end of 2010. Dividends payable by REITs, however, generally are not eligible for the reduced rates. Although this legislation does not adversely affect the taxation of REITs or dividends payable by REITs, the more favorable rates applicable to regular corporate qualified dividends could cause investors who are taxed at individual rates to perceive investments in REITs to be relatively less attractive than investments in the stocks of non-REIT corporations that pay dividends, which could adversely affect the value of the stock of REITs, including our common shares.
 
If the leases of our hotels to our TRSs are not respected as true leases for federal income tax purposes, we would fail to qualify as a REIT.

To qualify as a REIT, we must satisfy two gross income tests, under which specified percentages of our gross income must be derived from certain sources, such as “rents from real property.”  Rents paid to our operating partnership by our TRSs pursuant to the lease of our hotels constitute substantially all of our gross income.  In order for such rent to qualify as “rents from real property” for purposes of the gross income tests, the leases must be respected as true leases for federal income tax purposes and not be treated as service contracts, joint ventures or some other type of arrangement. If our leases are not respected as true leases for federal income tax purposes, we would fail to qualify as a REIT.

The federal income tax laws governing REITs are complex.

We intend to continue to operate in a manner that will qualify us as a REIT under the federal income tax laws. The REIT qualification requirements are extremely complex, however, and interpretations of the federal income tax laws governing qualification as a REIT are limited. Accordingly, we cannot be certain that we will be successful in operating so we can continue to qualify as a REIT. At any time, new laws, interpretations, or court decisions may change the federal tax laws or the federal income tax consequences of our qualification as a REIT.

Complying with REIT requirements may force us to sell otherwise attractive investments.

To qualify as a REIT, we must satisfy certain requirements with respect to the character of our assets.  If we fail to comply with these requirements at the end of any calendar quarter, we must correct such failure within 30 days after the end of the calendar quarter (by, possibly, selling assets not withstanding their prospects as an investment) to avoid losing our REIT status.  If we fail to comply with these requirements at the end of any calendar quarter, and the failure exceeds a de minimis threshold, we may be able to preserve our REIT status if (a) the failure was due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect, (b) we dispose of the assets causing the failure within six months after the last day of the quarter in which we identified the failure, (c) we file a schedule with the IRS describing each asset that caused the failure, and (d) we pay an additional tax of the greater of $50,000 or the product of the highest applicable tax rate multiplied by the net income generated on those assets.  As a result, we may be required to liquidate otherwise attractive investments.
 
The prohibited transactions tax may limit our ability to engage in transactions, including dispositions of assets, that would be treated as sales for federal income tax purposes.
 
A REIT's net income from prohibited transactions is subject to a 100% tax. In general, prohibited transactions are sales or other dispositions of property, other than foreclosure property, held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. We may be subject to the prohibited transaction tax upon a disposition of real property.  Although a safe harbor to the characterization of the sale of real property by a REIT as a prohibited transaction is available, we cannot assure you that we can comply with the safe harbor or that we will avoid owning property that may be characterized as held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business.  Consequently, we may choose not to engage in certain sales of real property or may conduct such sales through a TRS.
 
Our share ownership limitation may prevent certain transfers of our shares.

In order to maintain our qualification as a REIT, not more than 50% in value of our outstanding shares of beneficial interest may be owned, directly or indirectly, by five or fewer individuals (as defined in the Internal Revenue Code to include certain entities).  Our Declaration of Trust prohibits direct or indirect ownership (taking into account applicable ownership provisions of the Internal Revenue Code) of more than (a) 9.9% of the aggregate number of outstanding common shares of any class or series or (b) 9.9% of the aggregate number of outstanding preferred shares of any class or series of outstanding preferred shares by any shareholder or group (the “Ownership Limitation”).  Generally, the shares of beneficial interest owned by related or affiliated owners will be aggregated for purposes of the Ownership Limitation.  The ownership limitation could have the effect of delaying, deterring or preventing a change in control or other transaction in which holders of shares might receive a premium for their shares over the then prevailing market price or which such holders might believe to be otherwise in their best interests.  Any transfer of shares of beneficial interest that would violate the Ownership Limitation, cause us to have fewer than 100 shareholders, cause us to be “closely held” within the meaning of Section 856(h) of the Internal Revenue Code or cause us to own, directly or indirectly, 10% or more of the ownership interest in any tenant (other than a TRS) will be void, the intended transferee of such shares will be deemed never to have had an interest in such shares, and such shares will be designated “shares-in-trust.”  Further, we will be deemed to have been offered shares-in-trust for purchase at the lesser of the market price (as defined in the Declaration of Trust) on the date we accept the offer and the price per share in the transaction that created such shares-in-trust (or, in the case of a gift, devise or non-transfer event (as defined in the Declaration of Trust), the market price on the date of such gift, devise or non-transfer event).  Therefore, the holder of shares of beneficial interest in excess of the Ownership Limitation will experience a financial loss when such shares are purchased by us, if the market price falls between the date of purchase and the date of redemption.

 
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We have, in limited instances from time to time, permitted certain owners to own shares in excess of the Ownership Limitation.  The Board of Trustees has waived the Ownership Limitation for such owners after following procedures set out in our Declaration of Trust, under which the owners requesting the waivers provided certain information and our counsel provided certain legal opinions.  These waivers established levels of permissible share ownership for the owners requesting the waivers that are higher than the Ownership Limitation.  If the owners acquire shares in excess of the higher limits, those shares are subject to the risks described above in the absence of further waivers.  The Board of Trustees is not obligated to grant such waivers and has no current intention to do so with respect to any owners who (individually or aggregated as the Declaration of Trust requires) do not currently own shares in excess of the Ownership Limitation.


Item 1B.
Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

 
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Item 2.
Properties

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the 57 hotels we wholly owned as of December 31, 2009 which are consolidated on the Company’s financial statements.
 
 
Name
Year Opened
Number of Rooms
Comfort Inn
   
 
North Dartmouth, MA
1986
84
 
Harrisburg, PA
1998
81
Courtyard
   
 
Alexandria, VA
2006
203
 
Scranton, PA
1996
120
 
Langhorne, PA
2002
118
 
Brookline/Boston, MA*
2003
188
 
Wilmington, DE
1999
78
Fairfield Inn
   
 
Bethlehem, PA
1997
103
 
Laurel, MD
1999
109
Hampton Inn
   
 
Brookhaven, NY
2002
161
 
Chelsea/Manhattan, NY
2003
144
 
Hershey, PA
1999
110
 
Carlisle,PA
1997
95
 
Danville, PA
1998
72
 
Selinsgrove, PA
1996
75
 
Herald Square, Manhattan, NY
2005
136
 
Philadelphia, PA
2001
250
 
Seaport, NY
2006
65
 
Smithfield, RI
2008
101
 
West Haven, CT
2009
98
Hawthorn Suites
   
 
Franklin, MA
1999
100
Hilton Garden Inn
   
 
JFK Airport, NY*
2005
188
 
TriBeCa, NY
2009
151
 
Edison, NJ*
2003
132
Holiday Inn
   
 
Norwich, CT
2006
134
Holiday Inn Express
   
 
Hauppauge, NY
2001
133
 
Cambridge, MA
1997
112
 
Hershey, PA
1997
85
 
New Columbia, PA
1997
81
 
Malvern, PA
2004
88
 
Oxford Valley, PA
2004
88
 
Chester, NY
2006
80
 
Camp Springs, MD
2008
127
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
 
 
Harrisburg, PA
1997
77
 
King of Prussia, PA
2004
155
Independent
   
 
Wilmington, DE
1999
71
 
Fifth Ave, NY
2007
70
 
TriBeCa, NY
2008
45
 
Brooklyn, NY
2008
93
Mainstay
   
 
Valley Forge, PA
2000
69
Residence Inn
   
 
North Dartmouth, MA
2002
96
 
Tysons Corner, VA
1984
96
 
Framingham, MA
2000
125
 
Greenbelt, MD
2002
120
 
Norwood, MA
2006
96
 
Langhorne, PA
2007
100
 
Carlisle,PA
2007
78
 
 
 

 
 
Name
Year Opened
Number of Rooms
Sleep Inn
   
 
Valley Forge, PA
2000
87
Sheraton Hotel
   
 
JFK Airport, NY*
2008
150
Summerfield Suites
   
 
White Plains, NY
2000
159
 
Bridgewater, NJ
1998
128
 
Gaithersburg, MD
1998
140
 
Pleasant Hill, CA
2003
142
 
Pleasanton, CA
1998
128
 
Scottsdale, AZ
1999
164
 
Charlotte, NC
1989
144
TownePlace Suites
   
 
Harrisburg, PA
2008
107
TOTAL ROOMS
   
6,530

*      Our interests in these hotels are subject to ground leases which, in most cases, require monthly rental payment as determined by the applicable ground lease agreement.  These ground lease agreements typically have terms of between 75 and 99 years.  See Item 7, “Note 7 – Commitments and Contingencies and Related Party Transactions” for a description of our obligations underground these ground leases.

 
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The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the 17 hotels we owned through joint ventures with third parties as of December 31, 2009.  Of the 17 properties owned through interests in joint ventures, two are consolidated.
 
 
Name
Year Opened
 
Number of Rooms
   
HHLP Ownership in Asset
   
HHLP Preferred Return
 
Consolidated/  Unconsolidated
Courtyard
                     
 
Norwich, CT
1997
    144       66.7 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
 
South Boston, MA**
2005
    164       50.0 %     N/A  
Unconsolidated
 
Warwick, RI
2003
    92       66.7 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
 
Ewing/Princeton, NJ
2004
    130       50.0 %     11.0 %
Unconsolidated
Hilton
                           
 
Hartford, CT
2005
    393       8.8 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
Homewood Suites
                           
 
Glastonbury, CT
2006
    136       48.0 %     10.0 %
Unconsolidated*
Marriott
                           
 
Mystic, CT
2001
    285       66.7 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
 
Hartford, CT
2005
    409       15.0 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
Residence Inn
                           
 
Danbury, CT
1999
    78       66.7 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
 
Mystic, CT
1996
    133       66.7 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
 
Southington, CT
2002
    94       44.7 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
 
Williamsburg, VA
2002
    108       75.0 %     12.0 %
Consolidated
Holiday Inn Express
                           
 
South Boston, MA**
1998
    118       50.0 %     N/A  
Unconsolidated
 
Manhattan, NY
2006
    228       50.0 %     N/A  
Unconsolidated
Hilton Garden Inn
                           
 
Glastonbury, CT
2003
    150       48.0 %     11.0 %
Unconsolidated*
Springhill Suites
                           
 
Waterford, CT
1998
    80       66.7 %     8.5 %
Unconsolidated
 
Williamsburg, VA
2002
    120       75.0 %     12.0 %
Consolidated
TOTAL ROOMS
      2,862                    

*              On January 1, 2010, we acquired our joint venture partner’s 52.0% membership interest in PRA Glastonbury, LLC, the owner of the Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury, CT, and this hotel became one of our wholly-owned hotels. As part of this transaction, our joint venture partner acquired our 48.0% minority membership interest in PRA Suites at Glastonbury, LLC, the entity owning the Homewood Suites, Glastonbury, CT, and assumed the outstanding mortgage debt secured by the Homewood Suites, Glastonbury, CT.
**            The joint ventures interests in these hotels are subject to ground leases which, in most cases, require monthly rental payment as determined by the applicable ground lease agreements.  These ground lease agreements typically have terms of between 75 and 99 years.


Item 3.
Legal Proceedings

We are not presently subject to any material litigation nor, to our knowledge, is any other litigation threatened against us, other than routine actions for negligence or other claims and administrative proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business, some of which are expected to be covered by liability insurance and all of which collectively are not expected to have a material adverse effect on our liquidity, results of operations or business or financial condition.

 
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PART II

Item 4.
Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

MARKET INFORMATION

Our common shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 5, 2008 under the symbol “HT.” Our common shares were previously traded on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol “HT.”  As of March 3, 2010, the last reported closing price per common share on the New York Stock Exchange was $4.03. The following table sets forth the high and low sales price per common share reported on the American Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as traded and the dividends paid on the common shares for each of the quarters indicated.

Year Ended December 31, 2009
 
High
   
Low
   
Dividend Per Common Share
 
Fourth Quarter
  $ 3.29     $ 2.33     $ 0.05  
Third Quarter
  $ 3.43     $ 2.16     $ 0.05  
Second Quarter
  $ 3.74     $ 1.64     $ 0.05  
First Quarter
  $ 3.05     $ 1.08     $ 0.18  


Year Ended December 31, 2008
 
High
   
Low
   
Dividend Per Common Share
 
Fourth Quarter
  $ 7.25     $ 2.30     $ 0.18  
Third Quarter
  $ 8.61     $ 5.74     $ 0.18  
Second Quarter
  $ 10.41     $ 7.00     $ 0.18  
First Quarter
  $ 9.80     $ 7.61     $ 0.18  
 
SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION

At March 3, 2010 we had approximately 115 holders of record and 10,266 beneficial owners of our common shares. Units of limited partnership interest in our operating partnership (which are redeemable for common shares on a one for one basis subject to certain limitations) were held by approximately 51 entities and persons.

Our Declaration of Trust, subject to certain exceptions, provides that no person may own, or be deemed to own by virtue of the attribution provisions of the Code, more than 9.9% of the number of outstanding common shares of any class or series of common shares or the number of outstanding preferred shares of any class or series of preferred shares. For this purpose, a person includes a “group” and a “beneficial owner” as those terms are used for purposes of Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Any transfer of common or preferred shares that would result in any person owning, directly or indirectly, common or preferred shares in excess of the ownership limitation, result in the common and preferred shares being owned by fewer than 100 persons (determined without reference to any rules of attribution), result in our being “closely held” within the meaning of Section 856(h) of the Code, or cause us to own, actually or constructively, 10% or more of the ownership interests in a tenant (other than a TRS) of our or our operating partnership’s real property, within the meaning of Section 856(d)(2)(B) of the Code, will be null and void, and the intended transferee will acquire no rights in such common or preferred shares.

Any person who acquires or attempts to acquire common or preferred shares in violation of the foregoing restrictions, or any person who owned common or preferred shares that were transferred to a trust, will be required to give written notice immediately to us of such event and provide us with such other information as we may request in order to determine the effect, if any, of such transfer on our status as a REIT.

In addition, the trustees, upon receipt of advice of counsel or other evidence satisfactory to the trustees, in their sole and absolute discretion, may, in their sole and absolute discretion, exempt a person from the ownership limitation under certain circumstances. The foregoing restrictions continue to apply until the trustees determine that it is no longer in our best interests to attempt to qualify, or to continue to qualify, as a REIT and there is an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the number of common and preferred shares entitled to vote on such matter at a regular or special meeting of our shareholders.

All certificates representing common or preferred shares bear a legend referring to the restrictions described above.
 
The restrictions on ownership and transfer described above could have the effect of delaying, deterring or preventing a change in control or other transaction in which holders of some, or a majority, of our common shares might receive a premium for their shares over the then-prevailing market price or which such holders might believe to be otherwise in their best interest.

 
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EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN

See Part III, Item 11, for a description of securities authorized for issuance under our 2008 Equity Incentive Plan.

DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION

Future distributions, if any, will be at the discretion of our Board of Trustees and will depend on our actual cash flow, financial condition, capital requirements, the annual distribution requirements under the REIT provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and such other factors as we may deem relevant. Our ability to make distributions will depend on our receipt of distributions from our operating partnership and lease payments from our lessees with respect to the hotels. We rely on the profitability and cashflows of our hotels to generate sufficient cash flow for distributions.  Additionally, we may, if necessary and allowable, pay taxable dividends of our shares or debt securities to meet the distribution requirements.

SHARE PERFORMANCE GRAPH
 
The following graph compares the yearly change in our cumulative total shareholder return on our common shares for the period beginning December 31, 2004 and ending December 31, 2009, with the yearly changes in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index (the S&P 500 Index), the Russell 2000 Index, and the SNL Hotel REIT Index (“Hotel REIT Index”) for the same period, assuming a base share price of $100.00 for our common shares, the S&P 500 Index, the Russell 2000 Index and the Hotel REIT Index for comparative purposes. The Hotel REIT Index is comprised of publicly traded REITs which focus on investments in hotel properties. Total shareholder return equals appreciation in stock price plus dividends paid and assumes that all dividends are reinvested. The performance graph is not indicative of future investment performance. We do not make or endorse any predictions as to future share price performance.

   
Period Ending December 31,
 
   
2004
   
2005
   
2006
   
2007
   
2008
   
2009
 
Hersha Hospitality Trust
  $ 100.00     $ 84.77     $ 114.69     $ 100.79     $ 36.79     $ 44.38  
Russell 2000
    100.00       104.55       123.76       121.82       80.66       102.58  
Hotel REIT Index
    100.00       109.80       141.22       109.91       43.96       72.82  
S&P 500
    100.00       104.90       121.47       128.14       80.73       102.10  


 
 
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Item 5.
Selected Financial Data

The following sets forth selected financial and operating data on a historical consolidated basis. The following data should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included elsewhere in this Form 10-K.  Where applicable, the operating results of certain real estate assets which have been sold or otherwise qualify as held for disposition are included in discontinued operations for all periods presented.

HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
(In thousands, except per share data)

   
2009
   
2008
   
2007
   
2006
   
2005
 
Revenue:
                             
Hotel Operating Revenues
  $ 212,328     $ 236,162     $ 214,883     $ 117,705     $ 53,330  
Interest Income From Development Loans
    7,411       7,890       6,046       2,487       3,940  
Other Revenues
    751       1,141       980       737       529  
Total Revenue
    220,490       245,193       221,909       120,929       57,799  
Operating Expenses:
                                       
Hotel Operating Expenses
    124,433       133,817       119,499       65,915       29,465  
Hotel Ground Rent
    1,166       1,040       856       804       433  
Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes and Property Insurance
    13,879       12,384       10,803       5,492       2,848  
General and Administrative
    5,892       7,208       7,093       5,527       4,800  
Stock Based Compensation
    2,143       1,502       852       293       99  
Acquisition and Terminated Transaction Costs
    328       380       149       316       41  
Impairment of Development Loan Receivable and Other Asset
    21,408       21,004       -       -       -  
Depreciation and Amortization
    43,156       38,904       31,943       16,786       6,789  
Total Operating Expenses
    212,405       216,239       171,195       95,133       44,475  
Operating Income
    8,085       28,954       50,714       25,796       13,324  
Interest Income
    208       306       686       1,182       602  
Interest Expense
    43,359       41,218       40,237       23,500       10,687  
Other Expense
    165       129       83       102       12  
Loss on Debt Extinguishment
    -       1,568       -       1,485       -  
(Loss) Income before (Loss) Income from Unconsolidated Joint Venture Investments and Discontinued Operations
    (35,231 )     (13,655 )     11,080       1,891       3,227  
                                         
Net (Loss) Income from Unconsolidated Joint Venture Investments
    (7,190 )     (517 )     3,476       1,799       457  
                                         
(Loss) Income from Continuing Operations
    (42,421 )     (14,172 )     14,556       3,690       3,684  
                                         
Discontinued Operations (Note 12):
                                       
Gain on Disposition of Hotel Properties
    1,869       2,888       4,248       784       1,323  
Loss from Impairment of Assets
    (17,703 )     -       -       -       -  
(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operations
    (203 )     855       1,368       1,330       (1,555 )
(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operations
    (16,037 )     3,743       5,616       2,114       (232 )
                                         
Net (Loss) Income
    (58,458 )     (10,429 )     20,172       5,804       3,452  
                                         
Loss (Income) Allocated to Noncontrolling Interests
    8,597       1,621       (2,325 )     (706 )     (155 )
Distributions to Preferred Unitholders
    -       -       -       -       -  
Preferred Distributions
    (4,800 )     (4,800 )     (4,800 )     (4,800 )     (1,920 )
                                         
Net (Loss) Income applicable to Common Shareholders
  $ (54,661 )   $ (13,608 )   $ 13,047     $ 298     $ 1,377  
                                         
                                         
                                         
Basic (Loss) Income from Continuing Operations applicable to Common Shareholders
  $ (0.81 )   $ (0.38 )   $ 0.20     $ (0.05 )   $ 0.07  
Diluted (Loss) Income from Continuing Operations applicable to Common Shareholders (1)
    (0.81 )     (0.38 )     0.20       (0.05 )     0.07  
Dividends declared per Common Share
    0.33       0.72       0.72       0.72       0.72  
                                         

 
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2009
   
2008
   
2007
   
2006
   
2005
 
Balance Sheet Data
                             
Net investment in hotel properties
  $ 938,954     $ 982,082     $ 893,297     $ 807,784     $ 317,980  
Assets Held for Sale
    21,073       -       -       -       3,407  
Noncontrolling Interests Common Units
    27,126       34,781       42,845       25,933       15,147  
Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest
    14,733       18,739       -       -       -  
Noncontrolling Interests Consolidated Joint Ventures
    267       1,854       1,908       3,092       2,079  
Shareholder's equity
    302,197       349,963       330,405       331,619       164,703  
Total assets
    1,111,044       1,178,405       1,067,607       968,208       455,355  
Total debt
    724,551       743,781       663,008       580,542       256,146  
Debt related to Assets Held for Sale
    20,892       -       -       -       375  
Other Data
                                       
Funds from Operations (2)
  $ (15,912 )   $ 31,441     $ 49,823     $ 25,936     $ 14,495  
Net cash provided by operating activities
  $ 21,532     $ 53,894     $ 59,300     $ 27,217     $ 15,002  
Net cash used in investing activities
  $ (8,921 )   $ (114,870 )   $ (46,027 )   $ (413,881 )   $ (190,825 )
Net cash (used in) provided by  financing activities
  $ (16,904 )   $ 64,346     $ (11,262 )   $ 388,200     $ 163,989  
Weighted average shares outstanding
                                       
Basic
    51,027,742       45,184,127       40,718,724       27,118,264       20,293,554  
Diluted (1)
    51,027,742       45,184,127       40,718,724       27,118,264       20,299,937  
 
(1)           Income allocated to noncontrolling interest in HHLP has been excluded from the numerator and Partnership units have been omitted from the denominator for the purpose of computing diluted earnings per share since the effect of including these amounts in the numerator and denominator would have no impact.
(2)           See Item 6 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Funds From Operations” for an explanation of FFO, why we believe FFO is a meaningful measure of our operating performance and a reconciliation of FFO to net income calculated in accordance with GAAP.

 
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Item 6.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Certain statements appearing in this Item 6 are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  Our actual results may differ materially. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. See Item 1, Part I (Business – CAUTIONARY FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT FUTURE RESULTS) for additional information regarding our forward-looking statements.

GENERAL

As of December 31, 2009, we owned interests in 74 hotels in the eastern United States including interests in 17 hotels owned through joint ventures. For purposes of the REIT qualification rules, we cannot directly operate any of our hotels. Instead, we must lease our hotels to a third party lessee or to a taxable REIT subsidiary (“TRS”), provided that the TRS engages an eligible independent contractor to manage the hotels.  As of December 31, 2009, we have leased all of our hotels to a wholly-owned TRS, a joint venture owned TRS, or an entity owned by our wholly-owned TRS.  Each of these TRS entities will pay qualifying rent, and the TRS entities have entered into management contracts with qualified independent managers, including HHMLP, with respect to our hotels. We intend to lease all newly acquired hotels to a TRS.

The TRS structure enables us to participate more directly in the operating performance of our hotels. The TRS directly receives all revenue from, and funds all expenses relating to hotel operations. The TRS is also subject to income tax on its earnings.

During the year ended December 31, 2009, the U.S. economy has been influenced by financial industry turmoil, growing unemployment and declining consumer sentiment. The recessionary environment in 2009 has and is forecasted to continue to negatively impact overall lodging demand and our results of operations and financial condition.  For the year ended December 31, 2009, we have seen decreases in Average Daily Rate (“ADR”), occupancy, and Revenue Per Available Room (“RevPAR”) due to these economic factors as compared to the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007.

The turmoil in the financial industry has caused credit to significantly tighten making it more difficult for hotel developers to obtain financing for development projects or for hotels with limited operating history.  This turmoil in the financial industry may continue to have a negative impact on the collectability of our portfolio of development loans receivable.  While we have the intent to pursue collection of amounts contractually due to us, we recorded an impairment charge of $21,408 during the year ended December 31, 2009 related to amounts due to us for two development loans receivable.  We monitor this portfolio to determine the collectability of the loan principal and interest accrued and will continue to monitor this portfolio on an on-going basis.  For more information, please see “Note 4 – Development Loans Receivable and Land Leases.”

In addition, the tightening credit markets have made it more difficult to finance the acquisition of new hotel properties or refinance existing hotel properties that do not have a history of profitable operations.  We monitor the maturity dates of our debt obligations and take steps in advance of the debt becoming due to extend or refinance the obligations.  Please refer to “Item 6A.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” for a discussion of our debt maturities.

We are planning for a continued downward trend in consumer and commercial spending and lodging demand during the first half of 2010.  However, we believe this downward trend may begin to show signs of stabilizing in the second half of 2010. We do not anticipate an improvement in lodging demand until the current economic trends reverse course, particularly the expected continued weakness in the overall economy and the lack of liquidity in the credit markets. The general economic trends discussed above make it difficult to predict our future operating results.  There can be no assurances that we will not experience further declines in hotel revenues, occupancy, ADR or RevPAR at our properties or experience defaults under our development loans for any number of reasons, including, but not limited to, greater than anticipated weakness in the economy, changes in travel patterns, the continued impact of the trends identified above and the limited availability of permanent financing to refinance or repay existing development loans, as well as other factors identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in Item 1A. of this Annual Report.
 
Notwithstanding general economic and industry conditions, we believe our company is positioned well to take part in the economic recovery anticipated to occur in the second half of 2010, both operationally and strategically.  As we enter this next cycle of the lodging industry and as a result of our company’s growth over the last five years, we expect to see our hotel acquisition strategy shift slightly from that employed in prior years.  We will continue to seek acquisition opportunities in central business districts, primary suburban markets and stable secondary markets.  However, we do not expect to actively pursue acquisitions made through joint ventures similar to those we own today, and will consider opportunities to acquire our joint venture partners’, or sell our, interests in existing joint ventures, as we did with our PRA Glastonbury joint ventures in January 2010.  In addition, we do not expect to actively pursue additional development loans and land leases as part of our hotel acquisition strategy.  While property joint ventures, development loans and land leases played an important role in our growth over the last five years, we do not expect them to play the same role in our near-term future growth, but we may pursue these types of investments in the future if we believe they present us with the potential for attractive risk-adjusted returns.

 
 
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The following table outlines operating results for the Company’s portfolio of wholly owned hotels and those owned through joint venture interests that are consolidated in our financial statements for the three years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007:

CONSOLIDATED HOTELS:
                         
 
 
                               
   
Year Ended
   
Year Ended
   
2009 vs. 2008
   
Year Ended
   
2008 vs. 2007
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
% Variance
   
2007
   
% Variance
 
                               
Rooms Available
    2,378,088       2,241,165       6.1 %     2,066,525       8.5 %
Rooms Occupied
    1,604,847       1,610,678       -0.4 %     1,528,539       5.4 %
Occupancy
    67.48 %     71.87 %     -4.4 %     73.97 %     -2.1 %
Average Daily Rate (ADR)
  $ 126.28     $ 140.59       -10.2 %   $ 134.56       4.5 %
Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR)
  $ 85.22     $ 101.04       -15.7 %   $ 99.53       1.5 %
                                         
Room Revenues
  $ 202,688,044     $ 226,443,272       -10.5 %   $ 205,686,215       10.1 %
Hotel Operating Revenues
  $ 212,327,816     $ 236,162,286       -10.1 %   $ 214,882,728       9.9 %
Hotel Operating Revenues from Discontinued Operations
  $ 7,816,286     $ 14,302,487       N/A     $ 21,263,000       N/A  


The following table outlines operating results for the three years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 for hotels we own through an unconsolidated joint venture interest. These operating results reflect 100% of the operating results of the property including our interest and the interests of our joint venture partners and other minority interest holders.

UNCONSOLIDATED JOINT VENTURES:
                             
                               
   
Year Ended
   
Year Ended
   
2009 vs. 2008
   
Year Ended
   
2008 vs. 2007
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
% Variance
   
2007
   
% Variance
 
                               
Rooms Available
    961,407       963,892       -0.3 %     954,114       1.0 %
Rooms Occupied
    619,558       677,485       -8.6 %     682,169       -0.7 %
Occupancy
    64.44 %     70.29 %     -5.8 %     71.50 %     -1.2 %
Average Daily Rate (ADR)
  $ 131.86     $ 146.91       -10.2 %   $ 144.51       1.7 %
Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR)
  $ 84.98     $ 103.26       -17.7 %   $ 103.32       -0.1 %
                                         
Room Revenues
  $ 81,717,987     $ 99,530,317       -17.9 %   $ 98,580,629       1.0 %
Total Revenues
  $ 104,328,667     $ 127,874,193       -18.4 %   $ 130,167,451       -1.8 %


RevPAR for the year ended December 31, 2009 decreased 15.7% for our consolidated hotels and decreased 17.7% for our unconsolidated hotels when compared to the same period in 2008.  This represents a reversal of the growth trend in RevPAR experienced during the year ended December 31, 2008 over the same period in 2007.  This reversal in the growth trend in RevPAR is primarily due to deteriorating economic conditions in 2009.

The increase in RevPAR during the year ended December 31, 2008 was due primarily to our broadened strategic portfolio focus on stronger central business districts and primary suburban office parks; the size of the recent acquisitions as a percentage of the portfolio; franchise affiliations with stronger brands, such as Hyatt Summerfield Suite, Hilton Garden Inn, Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott; and a focus on improving the ADR. The increase in both rooms and total revenue can be attributed primarily to the hotels acquired during the respective periods.


COMPARISON OF THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009 TO DECEMBER 31, 2008
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Revenue

Our total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2009 consisted of hotel operating revenues, interest income from our development loan program, and other revenue. Hotel operating revenues are recorded for wholly owned hotels that are leased to our wholly owned TRS and hotels owned through joint venture interests that are consolidated in our financial statements. Hotel operating revenues decreased $23,834, or 10.1%, from $236,162 for the year ended December 31, 2008 to $212,328 for the same period in 2009.  This decrease resulted from decreases in both ADR and occupancy.  ADR decreased 10.2% from $140.59 for year ended December 31, 2008 to $126.28 during the same period in 2009.  Our occupancy rate decreased 439 basis points from approximately 71.87% during the year ended December 31, 2008 to approximately 67.48% for the same period in 2009.

 
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The decrease in hotel operating revenues was only partially offset by the additional hotel operating revenues attributed to the following acquisitions consummated during the year ended December 31, 2009:

Brand
 
Location
 
Acquisition Date
 
Rooms
   
2009 Total Revenue
 
                     
Hilton Garden Inn
 
TriBeCa, New York, NY
  5/1/2009 *     151     $ 6,761  
Hampton Inn & Suites
 
West Haven, CT
 
11/4/2009
    98     $ 374  
                         
              249     $ 7,135  

*  We acquired a 49% interest in the entity that owns the property on May 1, 2009 and acquired the remaining 51% interest on June 30, 2009.
 
Revenues for both hotels were recorded from the date of acquisition as hotel operating revenues. Further, hotel operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2009 included revenues for a full year related to six hotels that were purchased during the year ended December 31, 2008. Hotels acquired during the year ended December 31, 2008 would have a full year of results included in the year ended December 31, 2009 but not necessarily a full year of results during the same period in 2008. We acquired interests in the following six consolidated hotels during the year ended December 31, 2008:

Brand
 
Location
 
Acquisition Date
 
Rooms
   
2009
Total Revenue
   
2008
Total Revenue
 
Duane Street Hotel (TriBeCa)
 
New York, NY
 
1/4/2008
    45     $ 2,836     $ 3,688  
TownePlace Suites
 
Harrisburg, PA
 
5/8/2008
    107       2,440       1,755  
Sheraton Hotel
 
JFK Airport, Jamaica, NY
 
6/13/2008
    150       7,869       3,931  
Holiday Inn Express
 
Camp Springs, MD
 
6/26/2008
    127       2,587       1,313  
nu Hotel
 
Brooklyn, NY
  7/7/2008 *     93       4,488       2,314  
Hampton Inn & Suites
 
Smithfield, RI
 
8/1/2008
    101       2,033       848  
                                 
              623     $ 22,253     $ 13,849  

* The property was purchased on January 14, 2008 but did not open for business until July 7, 2008.

We invest in hotel development projects by providing mortgage or mezzanine financing to hotel developers and through the acquisition of land that is then leased to hotel developers.  Interest income is earned on our development loans at rates ranging between 10.0% and 20.0%.  Interest income from development loans receivable was $7,411 for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to $7,890 for the same period in 2008.  The decrease in interest income from development loans receivable was due to a decrease in the average balance of development loans receivable outstanding in 2009 and cessation of interest accrual on certain loans that were deemed to be impaired, which resulted in a $479, or 6.1% decrease in interest income.

As hotel developers are engaged in constructing new hotels or renovating existing hotels the hotel properties are typically not generating revenue.  It is common for the developers to require construction type loans to finance the projects whereby interest incurred on the loan is not paid currently; rather it is added to the principal borrowed and repaid at maturity.  On June 30, 2009, we amended four development loans, with an aggregate principal balance of $40,000 prior to the amendment, to allow the borrower to elect, quarterly, to pay accrued interest in-kind by adding the accrued interest to the principal balance of the loan.  As a result, $4,502 in accrued interest on these loans was added to principal for the year ended December 31, 2009.

We monitor our development loan portfolio for indications of impairment considering the current economic environment, the borrowers’ access to other sources of financing to complete their hotel development projects, and the borrowers ability to repay amounts owed to us through the operation or eventual sale of the properties being financed by our loans receivable.  Based on our reviews, we determined that our development loans to Brisam East 52, LLC and Brisam Greenwich, LLC, which were secured by the equity interest in each entity, were permanently impaired as of December 31, 2009.  We ceased accruing interest on these two loans effective July 1, 2009.  As of December 31, 2009, we have determined that the fair value of these loan receivables are $0 and have incurred an impairment charge for the remaining principal on these loans in the aggregate amount of $21,408, which includes $1,408 of interest income paid in-kind.

During the year ended December 31, 2008, we recorded an impairment charge for one of our development loans to an unaffiliated developer for the remaining principal of $18,748, which is net of unamortized discount and loan fees in the amount of $1,252.  The loan was deemed to be fully impaired when the developer was unable to obtain additional construction financing to complete the project and consequently defaulted under his senior mortgage loan.  The project, located in Brooklyn, NY, was to include hotel, residential and retail components, however, the land acquisition financing and our loan were not sufficient to fund the ongoing construction.  A receivable for uncollected interest income of $569, which is net of unrecognized deferred loan fees of $143, was also recorded as an impairment charge.  In connection with the development loan, we also hold an option to acquire an interest in the hotel upon completion of the development project.  This option was valued at $1,687 at its inception and is deemed to be fully impaired.  The total impairment charge recorded during the year ended December 31, 2008 related to this development loan and option was $21,004.

 
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Of the $46,094 in development loans receivable outstanding as of December 31, 2009, $15,000, or 32.5%, is invested in hotels that are currently operating and generating revenue and $31,094, or 67.5%, is invested in hotel construction projects with significant progress made toward completion.  We have written off and no longer reflect any value for development loans to hotel development projects that are in the early phase of development where development has been limited to land acquisition and site preparation.

Other revenue consists primarily of fees earned for asset management services provided to properties owned by certain of our unconsolidated joint ventures.  These fees are earned as a percentage of the revenues of the unconsolidated joint ventures’ hotels.  Other revenues decreased from $1,141 for the year ended December 31, 2008 to $751 during the year ended December 31, 2009 primarily due to a decrease in asset management as a result of declining revenues at properties owned by certain of our unconsolidated joint ventures.

Expenses

Total hotel operating expenses decreased 7.0% to approximately $124,433 for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $133,817 for the year ended December 31, 2008. As a result of declining hotel operating revenues, our hotel operators implemented cost reduction and cost containment initiatives to reduce hotel operating expenses.  Decreases in our hotel operating expenses resulting from lower occupancies and our operators cost reduction initiatives were partially offset by increases in hotel operating expenses due to the acquisitions consummated since January 1, 2008, as mentioned above.  The acquisitions also resulted in an increase in depreciation and amortization from $38,904 for the year ended December 31, 2008 to $43,156 for the year ended December 31, 2009. Similarly, real estate and personal property tax and property insurance increased $1,495, or 12.1%, in the year ended December 31, 2009 when compared to the same period in 2008.

General and administrative expense decreased by approximately $1,316 from $7,208 in 2008 to $5,892 in 2009.  As of December 31, 2009, discretionary incentive compensation related to 2009 fiscal year had not been determined and, accordingly, no expense had been accrued.  General and administrative expense for the year ended December 31, 2008 included a charge of $1,253 for incentive compensation related to the 2008 fiscal year.  Non-cash stock based compensation expense increased $641 when comparing the year ended December 31, 2009 to the same period in 2008 as a result of increased vesting of restricted shares and performance shares issued and earned during the year ended December 31, 2009.

Unconsolidated Joint Venture Investments

For the year ended December 31, 2009, we recorded $7,190 in loss from unconsolidated joint ventures compared to $517 in loss from unconsolidated joint ventures for the same period in 2008.

Included in the loss from unconsolidated joint ventures for the year ended December 31, 2009 was an impairment charge of $4,541.  Through our investment in Hiren Boston, LLC joint venture, we have a 50% interest the Courtyard, South Boston, MA.  We determined that our interest in this hotel was impaired and, as of December 31, 2009, we recorded an impairment loss of approximately $3,500 which represents our entire investment in the hotel.  Through our investment in PRA Suites at Glastonbury, LLC joint venture, we have a 48% interest the Homewood Suites, Glastonbury, CT.  In 2009, we entered into an agreement to transfer our interest in this hotel to our joint venture partner as partial consideration for the purchase of our joint venture partner’s 52% interest in PRA Glastonbury, LLC, the owner of the Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury, CT.  This transaction closed effective January 1, 2010.  We determined that the carrying value of our interest in the Homewood Suites, Glastonbury, CT exceeded fair value and, as of December 31, 2009, and recorded an impairment loss of $1,041.  As a result of this transaction, as of January 1, 2010 we own a 100% interest in the Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury, CT and have no remaining interest in the Homewood Suites, Glastonbury, CT.  We believe the purchase of the Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury, CT in 2010 will result in a $1,918 gain as a result of applying purchase accounting and the subsequent remeasurement of our previously held 48% interest which will be recorded in the first quarter of 2010.

Through our investment in the Mystic Partners, LLC joint venture, we have an 8.8% interest in the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, CT.  In 2008, we determined that our interest in this hotel was impaired.  As of December 31, 2008, we recorded an impairment loss of approximately $1,890 which represents our entire investment in the hotel.

For the year ended December 31, 2009, loss from our investment in unconsolidated joint ventures, excluding the impairment charges noted above, was $2,649.  This compares to income from our investment in unconsolidated joint ventures, excluding the impairment charges noted above, of $1,373 for the same period in 2008.  This decrease was the result of deteriorating revenues in the hotels owned by our unconsolidated joint ventures.  The operating factors impacting the results of our hotels owned by our unconsolidated joint ventures are consistent with those described above in the discussion of our consolidated hotels, and include declining ADR, occupancy and RevPAR.

 
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Net Income/Loss

Net loss applicable to common shareholders for year ended December 31, 2009 was $54,661 compared to net loss applicable to common shareholders of $13,608 for the same period in 2008.

Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $8,085 compared to operating income of $28,954 during the same period in 2008. The $20,869, or 72.1%, decrease in operating income was primarily the result of the impairment charge of $21,408 related to our investment in a development loan and an option to acquire the hotel property upon completion, noted above.

Also contributing to the net loss recorded during the year ended December 31, 2009 was an impairment charge of $17,703 recorded on two parcels of land and a hotel, each of which is classified as held for sale as of December 31, 2009.  Due to the economic challenges facing hotel development projects, especially those that are in the early phase of development, we decided during the quarter ended September 30, 2009 to exit our two remaining land leases and dispose of the related land parcels.  Effective July 1, 2009, we ceased accruing rents under these leases.  We determined that the carrying value of the land exceeded fair value and we recorded an impairment of $14,545.  We also determined that accrued rents under the leases were uncollectible and accrued rents receivable of $1,579 was expensed during the year ended December 31, 2009.  In addition, we committed to a plan to sell one of our hotels and determined that carrying value of this property exceeded fair value by $1,558 which was recorded as an impairment charge during the year ended December 31, 2009.

In addition, we recorded a gain of $2,888 on the disposition of hotel properties during the year ended December 31, 2008, compared to a $1,869 gain during the same period in 2009.

Interest expense increased $2,141 from $41,218 for the year ended December 31, 2008 to $43,359 for the year ended December 31, 2009. The increase in interest expense is the result of mortgages placed on newly acquired properties and increased average balances on our line of credit.


COMPARISON OF THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008 TO DECEMBER 31, 2007
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Revenue

Hotel operating revenues increased $21,279, or 9.9%, from $214,883 for the year ended December 31, 2007 to $236,162 for the same period in 2008.  This increase resulted from increases in ADR, partially offset by decreases in occupancy.  ADR increased 4.5% from $134.56 per room for year ended December 31, 2007 to $140.59 per room during the same period in 2008.  Our occupancy rate decreased 210 basis points from approximately 73.97% during the year ended December 31, 2007 to approximately 71.87% for the same period in 2008.

In addition, we acquired interests in six consolidated hotels during the year ended December 31, 2008, as noted above.  Revenues for all six hotels were recorded from the date of acquisition as hotel operating revenues. Further, hotel operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2008 included revenues for a full year related to the following six hotels that were purchased during the year ended December 31, 2007:

Brand
 
Location
 
Acquisition Date
 
Rooms
   
2008 Total Revenue
   
2007 Total Revenue
 
                           
Residence Inn
 
Langhorne, PA
 
1/8/2007
    100     $ 4,062     $ 3,352  
Residence Inn
 
Carlisle, PA
 
1/10/2007
    78       2,417       2,091  
Holiday Inn Express
 
Chester, NY
 
1/25/2007
    80       2,337       2,367  
Hampton Inn
 
Seaport, NY
 
2/1/2007
    65       5,833       5,200  
Independent
 
373 Fifth Avenue
 
6/1/2007
    70       4,562       3,051  
Holiday Inn
 
Norwich, CT
 
7/1/2007
    134       3,297       1,689  
                                 
              527     $ 22,508     $ 17,750  

We invest in hotel development projects by providing secured first mortgage or mezzanine financing to hotel developers.  Interest income from development loans receivable was $7,890 for the year ended December 31, 2008 compared to $6,046 for the same period in 2007.  The average balance of development loans receivable outstanding in 2008 was higher than the average balance outstanding in 2007. This resulted in a $1,844, or 30.5% increase in interest income.  In addition, we recorded an impairment charge of $21,004 for the remaining principal, accrued interest and option to acquire an interest in the property during the year ended December 31, 2008, as mentioned above.

 
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Other revenue consists primarily of fees earned for asset management services provided to properties owned by two of our unconsolidated joint ventures.  Other revenues increased from $980 for the year ended December 31, 2007 to $1,141 during the year ended December 31, 2008.

Expenses

Total hotel operating expenses increased 12.0% to approximately $133,817 for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $119,499 for the year ended December 31, 2007. Consistent with the increase in hotel operating revenues, hotel operating expenses increased primarily due to the acquisitions consummated since the comparable period in 2007, as mentioned above. The acquisitions also resulted in an increase in depreciation and amortization from $31,943 for the year ended December 31, 2007 to $38,904 for the year ended December 31, 2008. Similarly, real estate and personal property tax and property insurance increased $1,581, or 14.6%, in the year ended December 31, 2008 when compared to the same period in 2007.

General and administrative expense increased by $115, or 1.6%, from $7,093 in 2007 to $7,208 in 2008. Stock based Compensation increased $650 during the year ended December 31, 2008 when compared to the same period in 2007, due primarily to the issuance of additional stock awards in June 2008.

Unconsolidated Joint Venture Investments

As mentioned above, we recorded an impairment loss of approximately $1,890 on our investment in the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, CT which represents our entire investment in the hotel.  Offsetting this loss was approximately $1,373 in income from our unconsolidated joint venture investments.  For the year ended December 31, 2007, approximately $3,476 in income from unconsolidated joint venture investments was recorded.  The decrease in income from unconsolidated joint ventures during the year ended December 31, 2008 when compared to the same period in 2007 was due primarily to a decrease of $1,957 in income from the Mystic Partners, LLC joint venture and a decrease of $493 in income from the Hiren Boston, LLC joint venture.  These decreases were  partially offset by an increase in income recognized from the Metro 29th Street Associates, LLC joint venture, which was acquired on February 1, 2007.

Net Income/Loss

Net loss applicable to common shareholders for year ended December 31, 2008 was $13,608 compared to net income applicable to common shareholders of $13,047 for the same period in 2007.

Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $28,954 compared to operating income of $50,714 during the same period in 2007. The $21,760, or 42.9%, decrease in operating income was primarily the result of the impairment charge of $21,004 related to our investment in a development loan and an option to acquire the hotel property upon completion, noted above.

Interest expense increased $981 from $40,237 for the year ended December 31, 2007 to $41,218 for the year ended December 31, 2008. The increase in interest expense is the result of mortgages placed on newly acquired properties and increased average balances on our line of credit. For the year ended December 31, 2008, interest income decreased $380 compared to the same period in 2007. Increased levels of interest income in 2007 resulted from higher levels of interest bearing deposits related to the acquisition of hotel properties during 2007.

Included in net loss applicable to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2008 is $3,743 in income from discontinued operations compared to $5,616 in income during the same period in 2007.  Discontinued operations was driven primarily by a gain of $2,888 resulting from the sale of the Holiday Inn Conference Center in New Cumberland, PA in October 2008 and a gain of $4,248 results from the sale of the Fairfield Inn, Mt. Laurel, NJ and Hampton Inn, Linden, NJ in November 2007.


LIQUIDITY, CAPITAL RESOURCES, AND EQUITY OFFERINGS
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Debt and Equity Offerings

The current recession and related financial crisis has resulted in deleveraging attempts throughout the global financial system.  As banks and other financial intermediaries reduce their leverage and incur losses on their existing portfolio of loans, the ability to originate or refinance existing loans has become very restrictive for all borrowers, regardless of balance sheet strength.  As a result, it is a very difficult borrowing environment, even for those borrowers that have strong balance sheets.  While we maintain a portfolio of what we believe to be high quality assets and we believe our leverage to be at acceptable levels, the market for new debt origination and refinancing of existing debt remains very challenging and there is little visibility on the length of debt terms, the loan to value parameters and loan pricing on new debt originations.

 
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Our organizational documents do not limit the amount of indebtedness that we may incur. In the current economic environment, the fair market value of certain of our hotel properties may have declined causing some of our indebtedness to exceed the percentage of an individual hotel property’s fair market value our Board of Trustees intended at the time we acquired the property.

Our ability to incur additional debt is dependent upon a number of factors, including the current state of the overall credit markets, our degree of leverage and borrowing restrictions imposed by existing lenders.  Our ability to raise funds through the issuance of debt and equity securities is dependent upon, among other things, capital market volatility, risk tolerance of investors, general market conditions for REITs and market perceptions related to the Company’s ability to generate cash flow and positive returns on its investments.

We maintain a revolving credit facility with a syndicate of lenders that have committed up to $135,000.  The line of credit expires December 31, 2011 and includes an option extend to extend the maturity until December 31, 2012.  This option may be exercised at the sole discretion of the lenders.  As of December 31, 2009 remaining borrowing capacity under the Line of Credit was $51,982.  We intend to repay indebtedness incurred under the line of credit from time to time, for acquisitions or otherwise, out of cash flow and from the proceeds of issuances of additional common shares and other securities.

We will continue to monitor our debt maturities to manage our liquidity needs.  However, no assurances can be given that we will be successful in refinancing all or a portion of our future debt obligations due to factors beyond our control or that, if refinanced, the terms of such debt will not vary from the existing terms. As of December 31, 2009, we have $37,406 in debt coming due on or before December 31, 2010 and we currently expect that cash requirements for all debt that is not refinanced by our existing lenders will be met through a combination of refinancing the existing debt with new lenders, draws on the remaining capacity on our existing credit facility, and issuing public debt or equity.

In 2009, we entered into a sales agreement with a broker dealer acting as a sales agent which allows us to sell Class A common shares in “at the market” offerings and in privately negotiated transactions.  The sales agreement allows us to instruct the broker to solicit sales of our common shares in quantities and at prices we determine.  The agreement also allows us discretion to suspend the solicitation of sales of our common shares.  During the year ended December 31, 2009, we sold 2,742,300 shares.  Net proceeds from these sales after the payment of fees but before expenses of the program were $8,258 for the year ended December 31, 2009.

On August 4, 2009, we sold to Real Estate Investment Group, LP (“REIG”), an affiliate of IRSA, 5,700,000 Class A common shares of beneficial interest at a price of $2.50 per share and an option to buy up to an additional 5,700,000 common shares at a price of $3.00 per share.  The option is exercisable through August 4, 2014.  If at any time after August 4, 2011 the closing price for the our common shares on the New York Stock Exchange exceeds $5.00 for 20 consecutive trading days, we may call in and cancel the option in exchange for issuance of common shares with an aggregate value equal to the volume weighted average price per common share for the 20 trading days prior to the exercise of the option, less the $3.00 option price, multiplied by the number of common shares remaining under the option.  Proceeds from this offering were used to pay down amounts outstanding under our line of credit.

On May 16, 2008, we completed a public offering of 6,000,000 common shares at $9.90 per share.  On May 20, 2008, the underwriters exercised a portion of their over-allotment option with respect to that offering, and we issued an additional 600,000 common shares at $9.90 per share.  Proceeds to us, net of underwriting discounts and commissions and expenses, were approximately $61,845.  Immediately upon closing the offering, we contributed all of the net proceeds of the offering to the Partnership in exchange for additional Partnership interests.  The net offering proceeds were used to repay indebtedness.

On January 21, 2010, we completed a public offering of 51,750,000 common shares, including 6,750,000 common shares subject to an overallotment option exercised by the underwriters, for proceeds of approximately $148,955 net of underwriting discounts and commissions. Immediately upon closing the offering, we contributed all of the net proceeds of the offering to the Partnership in exchange for additional Partnership interests.  The net offering proceeds were used as partial consideration to acquire a Hampton Inn, a Holiday Inn Express and a Candlewood Suites located in the area of Times Square, New York, NY.

Development Loans Receivable

This borrowing environment has made it difficult for our development loan borrowers to obtain or renew construction financing to complete certain hotel development projects for which we have provided development loan financing.  As of December 31, 2009 we have $46,094 in development loan principal receivable and $2,451 in accrued interest receivable on these loans.  Most of our development loans have options to extend the maturity of the loan for periods up to three years from the original maturity date of the loan.  We expect certain development loan borrowers to take advantage of these extension options.

In addition, we have modified the contractual terms of four development loans to allow borrowers the option to add accrued interest to the loan principal in lieu of making current interest payments.  As a result of these amendments, $4,502 of accrued interest was added to loan principal for the year ended December 31, 2009.  As noted above, we ceased accruing interest on two of these development loans effective July 1, 2009.  During 2009, we determined that the fair value of these loans receivable is $0 and have incurred an impairment charge for the remaining principal on these loans in the aggregate amount of $21,408, which includes $1,408 of interest income paid in-kind.  We do not expect the payments of principal or accrued interest on the development loans to be a significant source of liquidity over the next twelve to eighteen months.

 
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Acquisitions

Each of our development loans provides us with a right of first offer on hotels constructed through the development loan program.  We converted $18,000 in principal and $1,555 in interest due to us on certain development loans into equity interests in the Hilton Garden Inn, TriBeCa, New York, NY.  We paid approximately $3,100 of cash and converted $2,000 in principal and $200 in interest due to us on certain development loans into equity interests in the Hampton Inn and Suites, West Haven, CT.  We plan to convert the principal and interest due to us on additional development loans into equity interests in the hotels developed allowing us to acquire new hotel properties, reducing the amount of cash necessary to complete an acquisition.

On January 1, 2010, we acquired our joint venture partner’s 52% membership interest in PRA Glastonbury, LLC, the owner of the Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury, CT, and this hotel became one of our wholly-owned hotels. The consideration provided to our joint venture partner in exchange for its 52% membership interest consisted of:
 
·
cash of $253;
 
·
our 48% minority membership interest in PRA Suites at Glastonbury, LLC, the owner of the Homewood Suites, Glastonbury, CT;
 
·
our forgiveness of a $1,408 loan made to our former joint venture partner; and
 
·
our assumption of the $13,141 outstanding mortgage debt secured by the Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury, CT.

On February 9, 2010 we completed the acquisition of a Hampton Inn, a Holiday Inn Express and a Candlewood Suites located in the area of Times Square, New York, NY with an aggregate purchase price of $165,000.  We used cash of $160,500 generated primarily from the net proceeds of our recently completed public offering of common shares and borrowings under our line of credit.  In addition we issued of 1,451,613 Common Units to the seller.

Some of the purchase agreements for some of our previous acquisitions contain certain earn-out provisions that entitle the seller to a payment based on operating metrics of the hotel properties.  One such earn-out provision expired on December 31, 2009 and the thresholds stipulated in the agreement were not met.  As such, no amounts are payable under this earn-out provision.

We intend to invest in additional hotels only as suitable opportunities arise and adequate sources of financing are available. We expect that future investments in hotels will depend on and will be financed by, in whole or in part, our existing cash, the proceeds from additional issuances of common shares, issuances of Common Units or other securities or borrowings.

Operating Liquidity and Capital Expenditures

We expect to meet our short-term liquidity requirements generally through net cash provided by operations, existing cash balances and, if necessary, short-term borrowings under our line of credit.  We believe that the net cash provided by operations in the coming year will be adequate to fund the Company’s operating requirements, monthly recurring debt service and the payment of dividends in accordance with REIT requirements of the federal income tax laws.  Beginning with the second quarter of 2009, the Company reduced its quarterly dividend payment by approximately 72% in order to preserve cash. This action is anticipated to strengthen our liquidity.  Cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $21,532 while cash used for the payment of distributions and dividends was $31,462.  This shortfall was partially offset by $8,524 in proceeds from the sale of hotel properties during the year and utilization of cash and cash equivalents.  We believe our cash provided by operating activities will be sufficient over the next twelve months to fund the payment of our dividend at its current reduced level.  However, our Board of Trustees continues to evaluate the dividend policy in the context of our overall liquidity and market conditions.

Owning hotels is a capital intensive enterprise.  Hotels are expensive to acquire or build and require regular significant capital expenditures to satisfy guest expectations.  However, even with the current depressed cash flows, we project that our operating cash flow and existing credit facility will be sufficient to pay for almost all of our liquidity and other capital needs that we must undertake over the next twelve to eighteen months.

We make available to the TRS of our hotels 4% (6% for full service properties) of gross revenues per quarter, on a cumulative basis, for periodic replacement or refurbishment of furniture, fixtures and equipment at each of our hotels. We believe that a 4% (6% for full service hotels) reserve is a prudent estimate for future capital expenditure requirements. Our operators have implemented a policy of limiting capital expenditures in the current year to only those projects that impact safety of our guests or preserve the value of our assets.  As such, we have reduced amounts spent on capital improvements during the year ended December 31, 2009 when compared to the same period in 2008 and we do expect to increase amounts spent on capital improvements over the next twelve months.  While we have reduced the amounts we are spending on capital expenditures, we may be required to comply with the reasonable requirements of any franchise license under which any of our hotels operate and otherwise to the extent we deem such expenditures to be in our best interests.

 
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CASH FLOW ANALYSIS
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Comparison of year ended December 31, 2009 to year ended December 31, 2008

Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2009, and 2008, was $21,532 and $53,894, respectively. Primarily as a result of declining ADR and occupancy at our wholly owned hotel properties, income before impairment charges, depreciation and amortization, and debt extinguishment decreased $27,380 during the year ended December 31, 2009 when compared to the same period in 2008.  In addition, the modification of four development loans to allow borrowers the option to add accrued interest to the loan principal in lieu of making current interest payments resulted in $3,253 in current year development loan interest income that was added to principal and is not currently a source of operating cash.  Cash from operating activities of $3,770 has also been used to fund increases in our escrow deposits.  The increase in our escrow deposits is a result of reduced access to these funds due to decreases in our capital expenditures.

Net cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2009 decreased $105,949, from $114,870 in the year ended December 31, 2008 to $8,921 for the year ended December 31, 2009.  During the year ended December 31, 2008, we acquired six properties for a total purchase price of $115,859, including the assumption of $30,790 in mortgage debt, the issuance of a $500 note payable, the assumption of $318 of operating liabilities and the issuance of units in our operating partnership valued at $21,624 resulting in net cash paid for acquisitions of $63,626.  During the same period in 2009, we acquired two properties for a total purchase price of $80,000, including the assumption of $37,524 in mortgage debt, the assumption of $3,043 of operating liabilities, the conversion of $20,000 in development loans and accrued interest, the conveyance of land and accrued rent receivable with a net value of $10,118 and cash held back at settlement of $1,200 resulting in net cash paid for acquisitions of $9,315.  We used $1,200 of the cash held back at settlement to facilitate the conveyance of land to the seller of the property during the year ended December 31, 2009.  We decreased our capital expenditures from $19,226 during the year ended December 31, 2008 to $6,138 during the same period in 2009. This decrease was the result of our initiatives to defer capital expenditures where appropriate, reducing capital expenditures on a year over year basis.  In addition, cash used to invest in development loans receivable, net of repayments, was $41,784 for the year ended December 31, 2008 compared to $1,500 for the same period in 2009.  In addition, the sale of hotel properties during the year ended December 31, 2009 provided $8,524 in cash proceeds compared to $6,456 provided during 2008.  Net cash distributions from unconsolidated joint ventures decreased $2,509 from net distributions received of $2,017 during 2008 to net contributions made of $492 in 2009, primarily as a result of declining operating results in the hotels owned by our unconsolidated joint ventures.

Net cash used in financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $16,904 compared to cash provided by financing activities of $64,346 for the year ended December 31, 2008.  During year ended December 31, 2008, we issued 6,600,000 common shares resulting in net proceeds of $61,845. During the year ended December 31, 2009, we issued 8,442,300 common shares resulting in net proceeds of $21,339.  The Company reduced its quarterly common dividend rate by 72% from $0.18 per share to $0.05 per share beginning with the dividend and distribution payment in July of 2009.  Total dividends and distributions decreased $11,249 during the year ended December 31, 2009 when compared to the same period in 2008 due to the decrease in the rate of dividends and distributions, partially offset by an increase in dividend due to an increased number of shares outstanding.  Net proceeds from mortgages and notes payable were $1,735 during the year ended December 31, 2008 compared to net proceeds of $2,923 for the same period in 2009.  Net repayments of our credit facility were $9,221 during the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to net proceeds of $44,721 during the same period in 2008.  The decrease in borrowings from our credit facility is a result of a decrease in acquisition activity requiring short term borrowings and an effort to lower debt levels.

Comparison of year ended December 31, 2008 to year ended December 31, 2007

Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2008, and 2007, was $53,894 and $59,300, respectively. The decrease in net cash provided by operating activities was primarily the result of a decrease in distributions from unconsolidated joint ventures, an increase in due from related parties, and a decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses.

Net cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2008 increased $68,843, from $46,027 in the year ended December 31, 2007 compared to $114,870 for the year ended December 31, 2008. Net cash used for the purchase of hotel properties increased $30,968 in 2008 over 2007. During the year ended December 31, 2007, we acquired nine properties for a total purchase price of $129,717 including the assumption of $70,564 in mortgage debt, the conversion of a $2,100 deposit made in 2006, the issuance of units in our operating partnership valued at $25,781 plus $798 paid for the operating assets of the hotel and $588 for the noncontrolling interests in the Hampton Inn, Philadelphia, PA resulting in net cash paid for acquisitions of $32,658.  During the same period in 2008, we acquired six properties for a total purchase price of $115,859 , including the assumption of $30,790 in mortgage debt, the issuance of a $500 note payable, the assumption of $318 of operating liabilities and the issuance of units in our operating partnership valued at $21,624 resulting in net cash paid for acquisitions of $63,626.  Also, cash provided by the disposition of hotel assets held for sale was $6,456 in 2008 compared to $11,905 in 2007. Cash provided by distributions from unconsolidated joint ventures decreased $4,372 while advances and capital contributions for unconsolidated joint ventures decreased from $2,309 in 2007 to $96 in 2008. We increased our capital expenditures from $16,773 in 2007 to $19,226 in 2008.  This increase was primarily related to $6,420 in new construction costs related to a building located in Brooklyn, in New York, NY we acquired in the first quarter of 2008 and opened as the nu Hotel in July of 2008.

 
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Net cash provided by financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $64,346 compared to cash used in financing activities of $11,262 for the year ended December 31, 2007.  Included in cash provided by financing activities in 2008 were net proceeds from the issuance of common stock of $61,845.  Also, the increase in cash provided by financing activities is the result of proceeds from our credit facility and mortgages and notes payable, net of repayments, of $46,456 in 2008 compared to net proceeds of $27,526 in 2007.  Dividends paid on common shares and our common partnership units increased $4,878 in 2008, from $33,033 during the year ended December 31, 2007 to $37,911 during the same period in 2008.


OFF BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

The Company does not have off balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources.


FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share data)

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 Partnership units in accordance with the April 2002 National Policy Bulletin 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 extraordinary items as defined under GAAP and gains or losses from sales of previously depreciated assets, plus certain non-cash items, such as depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Our interpretation of the NAREIT definition is that minority 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 shares, includes depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses on property sales, minority 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.

FFO does 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 Hersha’s performance or to cash flow as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions. We consider FFO to be a meaningful, additional measure of operating performance because it excludes the effects of the assumption that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time, and because it is widely used by industry analysts as a performance measure. 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 applicable to common shares and Partnership units because our Partnership units are redeemable for common shares. We believe it is meaningful for the investor to understand FFO applicable to all common shares and Partnership units.

 
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The following table reconciles FFO for the periods presented to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, net income, for the same periods.

   
Twelve Months Ending
 
   
December 31, 2009
   
December 31, 2008
   
December 31, 2007
 
                   
Net (loss) income applicable to common shares
  $ (54,661 )   $ (13,608 )   $ 13,047  
(Loss) income allocated to noncontrolling interest
    (8,597 )     (1,621 )     2,325  
Loss (income) from unconsolidated joint ventures
    7,190       517       (3,476 )
Gain on sale of assets
    (1,869 )     (2,888 )     (4,248 )
Depreciation and amortization
    43,156       38,904       31,943  
Depreciation and amortization from discontinued operations
    1,129       2,514       3,187  
FFO related to the noncontrolling interest in consolidated joint ventures (1)
    (98 )     (240 )     (652 )
Funds from consolidated hotel operations applicable to common shares and Partnership units
    (13,750 )     23,578       42,126  
                         
(Loss) income from unconsolidated joint ventures
    (7,190 )     (517 )     3,476  
Add:
                       
Depreciation and amortization of purchase price in excess of historical cost (2)
    2,137       2,093       2,055  
Interest in deferred financing costs written off in unconsolidated joint venture debt extinguishment
    -       -       (2,858 )
Interest in depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint venture (3)
    2,891       6,287       5,024  
Funds from unconsolidated joint ventures operations applicable to common shares and Partnership units
    (2,162 )     7,863       7,697  
                         
Funds from Operations applicable to common shares and Partnership units
  $ (15,912 )