LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES (NYSE:LHO) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES (NYSE:LHO) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02.

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On January 19 and 20, 2017, the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Trustees of LaSalle Hotel Properties (the “Company”) approved long-term equity incentive awards to the Company’s 2014 Equity Incentive Plan to Michael D. Barnello, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth G. Fuller, the Company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer, and Alfred L. Young, Jr., the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
The awards will be granted effective March 23, 2017 (the grant date), and the number of shares underlying the awards (that is, the number of common shares corresponding to the dollar amounts described below) will be determined using the average per-share closing price of the Company’s common shares on the New York Stock Exchange for the 20 trading days preceding the grant date, which represents the first 20 trading days after the Company releases its year-end earnings for 2016.
The Committee approved awards of time-based restricted shares to Mr. Barnello in the amount of $1,320,000, to Mr. Fuller in the amount of $300,000 and to Mr. Young in the amount of $625,000. Each award will vest approximately one-third of the awarded amount on January 1, 2018, 2019 and 2020. All of the shares will be issued and outstanding as of the grant date (March 23, 2017), and the awardee will be entitled to receive dividends as declared and paid on the shares and to vote the shares from the grant date.
The Committee approved performance-based awards to Mr. Barnello in a target amount of $1,980,000, to Mr. Fuller in a target amount of $450,000 and to Mr. Young in a target amount of $935,000. The actual amount of each award will be determined after the applicable measuring period and will depend on the “return on invested capital” of the Company and the “total return” of the Company’s common shares over the applicable measuring period. Each officer may receive as few as zero shares and as many as twice the target amount of shares. One-third of the award will be based on the Company’s return on invested capital compared to the return on invested capital of companies in a designated peer group. One-third of the award will be based on the Company’s total return compared to the total return of companies in a designated peer group. One-third of the award will be based on the amount of the Company’s total return compared to a total return goal.
Return on invested capital is calculated as adjusted funds from operations of a company divided by its book value of long-term indebtedness plus common and preferred equity. Total return is as calculated by the NAREIT Equity Index and is the increase in the market price of a company’s common shares plus dividends declared thereon and assuming such dividends are reinvested.
After the actual amount of the performance-based award is determined (or earned) on the determination date, the earned shares will be fully vested and generally transferable. Dividends will be deemed to have accrued on all of the earned shares during the measuring period until the determination date. Such accrued dividends on earned shares will be paid to the awardee on the determination date. Thereafter, the awardee is entitled to receive dividends as declared and paid on the earned shares and to vote the shares.
The time-based and performance-based awards were designed to align the executive officers’ interests with those of the Company’s shareholders and are a significant component of overall executive officer compensation.
The Committee also increased the annual base salaries of Messrs. Barnello, Fuller and Young for 2017 to $850,000, $450,000 and $530,000, respectively. The Committee established 2017 annual cash incentive bonus targets for Messrs. Barnello, Fuller and Young of $1,150,000, $300,000 and $410,000, respectively. The actual amount of each bonus will depend on achievement by management of pre-determined management business objectives, the return on invested capital of the Company relative to a designated peer group and the comparable funds from operations of the Company relative to a budget scale established by the Board of Trustees. The actual bonus may be as great as twice the target bonus.
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About LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES (NYSE:LHO)

Lasalle Hotel Properties is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company primarily buys, owns, redevelops and leases upscale and luxury hotels located in convention, resort and urban business markets. The Company owns interest in approximately 50 hotels with over 12,000 guest rooms located in approximately 10 states and the District of Columbia. LaSalle Hotel Lessee, Inc. (LHL) is the Company’s subsidiary. The Company’s hotels are leased to LHL that provides for rental payments. The Company’s assets are held by, and all of its operations are conducted through, LaSalle Hotel Operating Partnership, L.P. (the Operating Partnership). The Company is the general partner of the Operating Partnership. The hotels, in which the Company has interests include Hotel Amarano Burbank, Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, Hotel Solamar, San Diego Paradise Point Resort and Spa, The Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, and Harbor Court Hotel.

LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES (NYSE:LHO) Recent Trading Information

LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES (NYSE:LHO) closed its last trading session down -0.05 at 30.48 with 1,712,938 shares trading hands.

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