RLH Corporation Board Approves Listing for Sale of Majority of Owned Hotels to Accelerate Asset-Light Strategy
Today, the franchise portfolio stands at approximately 1,100 hotels compared to less than 100 three years ago. This growth has allowed the company to achieve critical mass in advertising, marketing and technology to provide greater value and support to its franchisees. Consistent with RLH Corporation's strategy of committing to franchising, the company intends to solicit offers to acquire the majority of its remaining owned hotels while seeking to maintain franchise or management contracts relating to those assets.
RLH Corporation has engaged CBRE, the world's largest commercial real estate company, to immediately commence the marketing of these hotels. All of the listed hotels are owned through partnerships with outside investors. Working with its real estate investment partners, the company expects to sell these hotels in the coming months subject to continuing favorable market conditions.
As its hotels are sold, the company will repay the long-term debt relating to those assets. As the hotel sales are achieved, the company's real estate-specific costs of interest, depreciation and amortization will be reduced. It is expected that the elimination of these real estate costs will enhance the company's ability to generate positive EPS in the future.
Based upon an estimated range of disposition values, the company should realize a significant increase to its cash reserves and financial flexibility. Depending on strategic opportunities available in the market, the company intends to use its additional cash reserves and debt capacity to fund growth in RLH Corporation's franchise business.
From time to time, RLH Corporation will consider limited real estate investments to secure franchise agreements, but would normally expect to take minority positions in hotels that are expected to be repositioned and sold within three to five years.
The goal of the company's long-term strategy is to achieve most of its EBITDA from its franchise business and to aggressively grow its base of franchise agreements.
The hotels currently being listed for sale with CBRE are the following:
- Hotel RL Salt Lake City, Utah
- Hotel RL Spokane at the Park, Washington
- Hotel RL Olympia, Washington
- Red Lion Hotel Pasco, Washington
- Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House, Washington
- Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles, Washington
- Red Lion Hotel Redding, California
- Red Lion Hotel Eureka, California
- Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, Idaho
- Red Lion Hotel Templin's on the River, Post Falls, Idaho
- Red Lion Inn & Suites Bend, Oregon
About RLH Corporation
Red Lion Hotels Corporation is an innovative hotel company doing business as RLH Corporation and focuses on the franchising, management and ownership of upscale, midscale and economy hotels. The company focuses on maximizing return on invested capital for hotel owners across North America through relevant brands, industry-leading technology and forward-thinking services. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.rlhco.com.