Our primary objective is to generate attractive returns for our shareholders through investing in hotel properties at prices that provide strong returns on invested capital, paying dividends and generating long-term value appreciation.
We invest primarily in premium-branded upscale extended-stay, select-service and full-service hotels in the 25 largest metropolitan markets in the United States.
We focus on acquiring hotel properties at prices below replacement cost in markets that have strong demand generators and where we expect demand growth will outpace new supply. We also seek to acquire properties that we believe are under managed or undercapitalized. We currently do not intend to engage in new hotel development.
Opportunistic hotel repositioning: We intend to employ value-added strategies, such as re-branding, renovating, or changing management, when we believe such strategies will increase the operating results and values of the hotels we acquire.
Aggressive Asset Management
Although as a REIT we cannot operate our hotels, we will proactively manage our third-party hotel managers in seeking to maximize hotel operating performance.
Our asset management activities will seek to ensure that our third-party hotel managers effectively utilize franchise brands’ marketing programs, develop effective sales management policies and plans, operate properties efficiently, control costs, and develop operational initiatives for our hotels that increase guest satisfaction.
As part of our asset management activities, we will regularly review opportunities to reinvest in our hotels to maintain quality, increase long-term value and generate attractive returns on invested capital.
Our management team, led by our chief executive officer, Jeffrey H. Fisher, has extensive experience acquiring, developing, financing, repositioning, managing and selling hotels.
Prior to forming Chatham Lodging Trust, Mr. Fisher served as chairman, chief executive officer and president of Innkeepers USA Trust, or Innkeepers, a New York Stock Exchange-listed hotel real estate investment trust, or REIT, from its inception in 1994 through its sale in June 2007.
Mr. Fisher successfully grew Innkeepers from a portfolio of seven hotels at the time of its initial public offering, or IPO, in 1994 to 74 hotels at the time of its sale and delivered strong returns for Innkeepers’ shareholders. Seven of the eight members of the board of trustees of Innkeepers at the time of its sale in June 2007 have agreed to serve as trustees of our company.
Our goal is to maximize the performance of our hotels through great collaboration with our operators.
Being flexible in our selection of hotel management companies increases the universe of potential acquisition opportunities. Island Hospitality is one of the best hotel operators of select service and extended-stay hotels in the industry and given the many markets where Island operates hotels, we use their expertise to help us underwrite and diligence potential hotel acquisitions.
Island Hospitality manages all but two of our wholly-owned hotels, all fifty-one hotels in the Innkeepers joint venture and 34 of the 48 hotels in the Inland joint venture. Concord Hospitality manages the two wholly-owned hotels not operated by Island Hospitality.
We expect that a significant portion of our portfolio will consist of hotels in the upscale extended-stay market, including brands such as Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, and Hyatt House. We also invest in premium-branded select-service hotels such as Courtyard by Marriott®, Hampton Inn® and Hampton Inn and Suites®.
The service and amenity offerings of these hotels often include full-service restaurants, lounges, room service, meeting rooms, banquet and catering services, as well as high-speed internet access, local calls, in-room movie channels, and daily linen and room cleaning service.