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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Another Hotel Defaults on Mortgage Debt

by Calculated Risk on 6/23/2009 04:50:00 PM

From the WSJ: Red Roof Inn Defaults on Mortgage Debt (hat tips to all in the comments!)

Red Roof Inn Inc. ... defaulted on $332 million of mortgage debt ... Red Roof confirmed the defaults Tuesday.

All told, Red Roof's properties carry at least $1 billion in debt, including mortgages, mezzanine loans and other notes.

"As a result of the extraordinary stress in the hospitality industry and the economy overall, we have entered into some restructuring discussions with our lenders," said Andrew Alexander, an executive vice president of Red Roof.
Occupancy at Red Roof's properties, which averaged 62% when the mortgages were originated in 2007, sank to 50.7% in the first four months of this year.
The drop in occupancy rates are similar to the overall industry decline. And not only are occupancy rates off sharply, but so are room rates. Smith Travel Research reported last week that revenue per available room (RevPAR) was off 18.6 percent for the comparable week last year. I think this is just the beginning for the hotel related defaults.