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Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

October 15, 2010 | About:

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HST) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2010-09-10.

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. has a market cap of $10.6 billion; its shares were traded at around $15.99 with a P/E ratio of 26.7 and P/S ratio of 2.5. The dividend yield of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. stocks is 0.3%.HST is in the portfolios of Ken Heebner of CAPITAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT LP, Richard Aster Jr of Meridian Fund, David Williams of Columbia Value and Restructuring Fund, Pioneer Investments, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC, Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC, Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Property acquisitions. During the third quarter, we purchased three hotel assets located in London, New York and Chicago, respectively, for approximately $430 million. Consideration paid included cash of $285 million, $166

million of mortgage debt assumed with a fair value of $170 million and contingent and deferred consideration valued at $8 million (debt and liabilities presented are the consolidated amounts and include amounts that are attributable to the 10% non-controlling partner of the joint venture which owns the W New York, Union Square). Additionally, subsequent to quarter end, we acquired the 245-room JW Marriott, Rio de Janeiro for approximately R$81 million ($48 million) (see Liquidity and Capital Resources for further discussion). Over the past several months, we have begun to see an increase in the number of acquisition opportunities available, and from time to time, we have been, and continue to be, engaged in discussions concerning possible acquisitions. Nevertheless, the significant business considerations surrounding these transactions make the timing of any future acquisitions difficult to predict.

Capital expenditures. During 2010, we intend to renovate approximately 4,900 guest rooms, 181,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space and 94,100 square feet of public space, including lobbies and restaurants. We will also develop a new 21,000 square foot ballroom at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Our 2010 program also includes the start of an extensive $190 million project at the 1,362-room San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, which will include a complete renovation of all guest rooms, the pool and fitness center, as well as the expansion and development of new meeting space and an exhibit hall. Year-to-date, we have spent $149 million on capital expenditures, including $50 million on repositioning and return on investment projects. We expect that capital expenditures will be between $300 million to $320 million during 2010.

Debt transactions. Over time, we intend to continue to lower our debt-to-equity ratio as we believe lower overall leverage will reduce our cost of capital and earnings volatility and provide us with the necessary flexibility to take advantage of opportunities that have historically developed in periods of market duress, which we consider a key competitive advantage. However, at any point, we expect to issue debt depending on market conditions and liquidity requirements, which could temporarily increase our debt-to-equity ratios. We have repaid $695 million of debt thus far in 2010. Additionally, during the third quarter, we incurred or assumed $243 million of debt with a fair value of $247 million, which includes a $21 million capital lease obligation and the $56 million draw under our credit facility, to partially fund our acquisitions described above. Additionally, we intend to defease the $115 million mortgage loan assumed with the acquisition of the W New York, Union Square in the fourth quarter.

Equity transactions. During the third quarter, we issued 7.4 million common shares under our at the market offering programs. The shares were issued at an average price of $14.08 for net proceeds of $103.5 million. Year-to-date, we have issued 11.8 million shares at an average price of $13.60 per share for net proceeds of $158.2 million. We may continue to sell shares of common stock under this program from time to time based on market conditions, although we are not under an obligation to sell any shares.

On July 6, 2010, we terminated the subleases for 71 hotels leased from HPT because the subtenants failed to meet net worth covenants. Accordingly, beginning on July 7, 2010, we record the operations of the hotels instead of rental income, which we recorded in other revenues on our consolidated statements of operations. For the third quarter of 2010, we recognized revenues for hotels leased from HPT of $50 million, as well as $6 million of rental income earned prior to the termination of the sublease. Year-to-date 2010, revenues for hotels leased from HPT include hotel revenues of $50 million and rental income of $43 million. For the third quarter and year-to-date 2009, revenues for hotels leased from HPT include rental income of $18 million and $55 million, respectively, related to the 71 properties. The property revenues and rental income recorded less the hotel expenses and rental expenses resulted in a slight loss for all periods presented.

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