Ashford Trust Amends Corporate Financing
DALLAS, Oct. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") announced today that the Company has amended its strategic financing from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. ("Oaktree"). The amendment extends Oaktree's $250 million delayed draw commitment through June of 2024 if Ashford Trust repays the initial term loan of $200 million and accrued interest at any time prior to June of 2023.
Additionally, among other items, the terms of the exit fee were also amended. Under the current financing agreement, upon repayment of the loan, Oaktree is entitled to an exit fee of either (at Oaktree's election): (a) 1,745,260 warrants to purchase Ashford Trust common stock or (b) 15% of the loan amount in cash (which Ashford Trust may satisfy with Company common stock). Per the amendment, Oaktree may elect to receive its exit fee in the form of warrants at any time after certain conditions are met and the amendment is effective. The Company plans to file a resale registration statement on Form S-11 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to register the resale of the common stock underlying the warrants associated with the Oaktree exit fee.
"We're excited to announce the amendment of our strategic financing," commented Rob Hays, Ashford Trust's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Over the last several months the Company had made meaningful progress in deleveraging its balance sheet while also improving its liquidity profile. This amendment further enhances our financial flexibility as we will maintain the ability to draw down additional funds, if needed, even after we've paid off the strategic financing. We appreciate Oaktree's continued partnership and ongoing commitment to Ashford Trust."
Ashford Hospitality Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing predominantly in upper upscale, full-service hotels.
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