Hersha Hospitality Trust to Sell Hotel 373 for $37M

NEW YORK—Hersha Hospitality Trust has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Hotel 373 located in midtown Manhattan to an offshore investment group for $37.0 million, or approximately $529,000 per key.

“The pricing on the sale of Hotel 373 is indicative of Manhattan’s highly sought after real estate market, and underscores the quality and value of Hersha’s New York City hotel portfolio. We believe the sale of Hotel 373 will narrow the gap between the private and public market value of the company’s real estate,” stated Jay H. Shah, CEO of Hersha Hospitality Trust.

He added, “The transaction is a strong indication of continuing domestic and international interest from public and private groups seeking to acquire cash flowing real estate in top U.S. gateway markets. We remain optimistic regarding the long-term prospects of the New York City hotel market, but we will continue to search for opportunities to divest high-yielding, stabilized assets and to redeploy the proceeds into higher growth opportunities or to pursue stock buyback opportunities at periods when the stock price does not appropriately reflect value.”

The sale price values the 70-room hotel at $1,680 per sq. ft., and on 2013 operating results represents an economic capitalization rate of 5.2%. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2014, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the completion of the buyer’s due diligence.