NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Service Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SVC), or SVC, today announced that it has completed the transition of branding and management for 78 hotels to subsidiaries of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, or Sonesta, from Marriott International, Inc., or MAR. Ten additional hotels are expected to transition to Sonesta by the end of March.
SVC entered short-term management agreements with Sonesta to manage the 78 hotels on terms substantially consistent with its legacy management agreements with Sonesta that expire on December 31, 2021. SVC will enter similar management agreements with Sonesta for the ten hotels scheduled to be transitioned to Sonesta by the end of March. These 88 hotels include one Royal Sonesta hotel, two Sonesta hotels, 32 Sonesta ES Suites, four Sonesta Simply Suites and 49 Sonesta Select brands.
John Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of SVC, made the following statement regarding today’s announcement:
“We are pleased to have successfully transitioned 78 hotels to Sonesta, with ten additional hotels transitioning in the coming weeks. We believe that as a 34% owner of Sonesta, SVC will benefit from Sonesta’s growth, as well as share in more of the upside from the recovery of these hotels. The rebranding of these hotels with Sonesta will also create greater flexibility for us in managing through the presently challenging market conditions and provide improved decision-making control over dispositions or alternative uses, which we expect will have a positive impact on this portfolio’s performance in the future.”
About Service Properties Trust
Service Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust which owns a diverse portfolio of hotels and net lease service and necessity-based retail properties across the United States and in Puerto Rico and Canada. SVC’s properties are operated by third parties pursuant to management or lease agreements. SVC is managed by the operating subsidiary of The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq: RMR), an alternative asset management company that is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.
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- Sonesta is a small privately held company with less resources and scale compared to MAR. If Sonesta were to fail to provide quality services and amenities or to maintain a quality brand, SVC’s income from these properties may be adversely affected. There can be no assurance that Sonesta can operate the hotels rebranded from MAR as effectively or for returns at levels that could otherwise be achieved by MAR. Further, if SVC was required to replace Sonesta, it could experience significant disruptions in operations at the applicable properties, which could reduce its income and cash flows from, and the value of, those properties. SVC has no guarantee or security deposit under its Sonesta agreements. Accordingly, SVC may receive amounts from Sonesta that are less than the contractual minimum returns stated in its agreements with Sonesta or SVC may be requested to fund losses for its Sonesta hotels. Further, SVC owns an approximate 34% interest in Sonesta. If Sonesta experiences losses, or requires additional capital, Sonesta may request that SVC fund its share through the contribution of additional capital.
- Mr. Murray states SVC believes that as a 34% owner of Sonesta, it will benefit from Sonesta’s growth as well as share in more of the upside from the recovery of these hotels. However, Sonesta may not operate these hotels profitably, Sonesta may not grow and SVC may not receive the benefit it would expect to receive. Further, it is not known how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last or how severe it will be, including its continued impact on the hotel industry. Moreover, it is not known how long it will take the economy to recover following the pandemic or what adverse changes on the hotel industry may be realized, such as if business and leisure travel are significantly reduced on a long-term or permanent basis. These and other factors may adversely affect the performance of these hotels, regardless of which operator is managing them.
- This press release states that nine additional hotels are expected to be converted to Sonesta brands and management by the end of March. These conversions are subject to various conditions that may not occur and these conversions may be delayed.
- This press release also states that some of these hotels may be disposed of or have alternative uses. However, these outcomes may not occur, or if they do occur, they may not have the expected positive impact on SVC’s portfolio.
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