LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES (NYSE:LHO) Files An 8-K Regulation FD DisclosureItem 7.01.REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE.
On August 27, 2018, LaSalle Hotel Properties (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that its Board of Trustees (the “Board”) has determined that the unsolicited, non-binding proposal received from Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (“Pebblebrook”) on August 21, 2018 (the “Pebblebrook Proposal”) could reasonably be expected to lead toa “Superior Proposal” as defined in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of May 20, 2018 (the “Blackstone Merger Agreement”), among BRE Landmark Parent L.P., BRE Landmark L.P., BRE Landmark Acquisition L.P., the Company and LaSalle Hotel Operating Partnership, L.P. A copy of such press release is furnished as Exhibit99.1 to this report.
The information in Item 7.01 of this report, including the information in the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report, is furnished to Item 7.01 of Form 8-K and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Furthermore, the information in Item 7.01 of this report, including the information in the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report, shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference in the filings of the registrant under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Item 7.01.OTHER EVENTS.
On August 27, 2018, the Company announced that the Board, through a unanimous vote of the trustees present (with only Stuart L. Scott not in attendance due to recent hospitalization), has determined that the Pebblebrook Proposal could reasonably be expected to lead toa “Superior Proposal” as defined in the Blackstone Merger Agreement. As of the date hereof, the Company remains bound by the terms of the Blackstone Merger Agreement, and the Board has not changed its recommendation in support of the Blackstone Merger Agreement and is not making a recommendation with respect to the Pebblebrook Proposal.
Additional Information about the Proposed Merger Transaction and Where to Find It
This communication relates to the proposed merger transaction involving the Company with Blackstone and may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger transaction with Blackstone. In connection with the proposed merger transaction with Blackstone, the Company has filed a definitive proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), as well as other relevant materials in connection with the proposed merger transaction with Blackstone to the terms of the Blackstone Merger Agreement. This communication is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement or for any other document that the Company has filed or may file with the SEC or send to the Company’s shareholders in connection with the proposed merger transaction with Blackstone. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, THE PROPOSED MERGER TRANSACTION WITH BLACKSTONE AND RELATED MATTERS.
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. If a negotiated transaction between the Company and Pebblebrook is agreed, the Company and Pebblebrook will prepare and file a registration statement that will include a proxy statement/prospectus related to the proposed transaction, the proposed transaction will be submitted to the shareholders of the Company for their consideration, and the Company will provide the proxy statement/prospectus to its shareholders. The Company, and possibly Pebblebrook, may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This document is not a substitute for any prospectus, proxy statement or any other document which the Company or Pebblebrook may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction with Pebblebrook. IF A NEGOTIATED TRANSACTION BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND PEBBLEBROOK IS AGREED, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND THE OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WITH PEBBLEBROOK CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WITH PEBBLEBROOK, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WITH PEBBLEBROOK.
Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement and will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus, as applicable, and other relevant documents filed by the Company and/or Pebblebrook with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed by the Company with the SEC are also available free of charge on the Company’s website at www.lasallehotels.com, or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations Department at (301) 941- 1500.
The Company and its trustees and certain of its executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s shareholders with respect to the transactions contemplated by the Blackstone Merger Agreement or the proposed transaction with Pebblebrook under the rules of the SEC. Information about the trustees and executive officers of the Company is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on February 20, 2018, its proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 22, 2018 and in subsequent documents filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding persons who may be deemed participants in the proxy solicitations in respect of the transactions contemplated by the Blackstone Merger Agreement, or the transactions contemplated by the Pebblebrook Proposal, as applicable, and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is included in the Proxy Statement and will be included in any registration statement, prospectus, proxy statement and other relevant materials in respect of the transactions contemplated by the Pebblebrook Proposal to be filed with the SEC if and when they become available. You may obtain free copies of this document as described above.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This report, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by the Company, contains certain 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. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and includes this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. The forward-looking statements contained in this report, including statements regarding the proposed merger transaction with Blackstone and the transactions contemplated by the Pebblebrook Proposal and the timing of such transactions, are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that our expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies and expectations of the Company, are generally identifiable by use of the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” or other similar expressions. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from future results, performance or achievements projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that may affect outcomes and results include, but are not limited to: (i) the determinations made by the Board following its evaluation of the Pebblebrook Proposal, including that the Pebblebrook Proposal may not result in a definitive proposal or an alternative transaction, (ii) actions of Blackstone in response to any discussions with Pebblebrook, (iii) risks associated with the Company’s ability to obtain the shareholder approval required to consummate a proposed merger transaction and the timing of the closing of a proposed merger transaction, including the risks that a condition to closing would not be satisfied within the expected timeframe or at all or that the closing of a proposed merger transaction will not occur, (iv) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the parties and others related to a proposed merger transaction, (v) unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to a proposed merger transaction, the response of business partners and competitors to the announcement of a proposed merger transaction with Blackstone or Pebblebrook, and/or potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the announcement and pendency of a proposed merger transaction with Blackstone or Pebblebrook, (vi) changes affecting the real estate industry and changes in financial markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, (vii) increased or unanticipated competition for the Company’s properties, (viii) risks associated with the hotel industry, including competition for guests and meetings from other hotels and alternative lodging companies, increases in wages, energy costs and other operating costs, potential unionization or union disruption, actual or threatened terrorist attacks, any type of flu or disease-related pandemic and downturns in general and local economic conditions, (ix) the availability and terms of financing and capital and the general volatility of securities markets, (x) the Company’s dependence on third-party managers of its hotels, including its inability to implement strategic business decisions directly, (xi) risks associated with the real estate industry, including environmental contamination and costs of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and similar laws, (xii) the possible failure of the Company to maintain its qualification as a REIT and the risk of changes in laws affecting REITs, (xiii) the possibility of uninsured losses, (xiv) risks associated with redevelopment and repositioning projects, including delays and cost overruns, (xv) the risk of a material failure, inadequacy, interruption or security failure of the Company’s or the hotel managers’ information technology networks and systems, (xvi) uncertainties regarding future actions that may be taken by Pebblebrook in furtherance of the Pebblebrook Proposal and solicitation of proxies, and (xvii) those additional risks and factors discussed in reports filed with the SEC by the Company from time to time, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in its most recently filed reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors should not place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements.
Item 7.01. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
Press release, dated August 27, 2018
The information contained in the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Furthermore, the information contained in the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference in the filings of the registrant under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
LaSalle Hotel Properties ExhibitEX-99.1 2 lhoex991-august272018.htm EXHIBIT 99.1 Exhibit Exhibit 99.1 News ReleaseLASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES’ BOARD OF TRUSTEES DETERMINES PEBBLEBROOK HOTEL TRUST PROPOSAL COULD REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO LEAD TO A “SUPERIOR PROPOSAL”LaSalle to Engage in Discussions with PebblebrookBETHESDA,…To view the full exhibit click
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.