This excerpt taken from the HPT 8-K filed Nov 1, 2006.
(1) At September 30, 2006, each of our 310 hotels are included in one of eleven combinations of hotels of which 201 are leased to one of our taxable REIT subsidiaries and managed by independent hotel operating companies and 109 are leased to third parties. Our consolidated statement of income includes hotel operating revenues and expenses of managed hotels and rental income from our leased hotels.
(2) Various percentages of total sales at most of our hotels are escrowed as reserves for future renovations or refurbishment, or FF&E Reserve escrows. We own the FF&E Reserve escrows for all the hotels leased to our taxable REIT subsidiaries and for most of the hotels leased to third parties. We have a security and remainder interest in the FF&E Reserve escrows for the remaining hotels leased to third parties. When we own the FF&E Reserve escrows at hotels leased to third parties we report payments into the escrow as FF&E reserve income. When we have a security and remainder interest in the FF&E Reserve escrows, deposits are not included in revenue but are included in FFO. We do not report the amounts which are escrowed as FF&E reserves for our managed hotels as FF&E reserve income.
(3) We recorded a $7,300 loss on asset impairment in the second quarter of 2005 to reduce the carrying value of our Prime HotelSM in Atlanta, GA to its net realizable value less cost to sell. We sold the hotel in September 2005.
(4) We compute FFO as shown. Our calculation of FFO differs from the NAREIT definition because we include FF&E deposits not included in net income (see note 2), deferred percentage rent (see note 5) and deferred hotel operating income (see note 6) and exclude loss on asset impairment (see note 3). We consider FFO to be an appropriate measure of performance for a REIT, along with net income and cash flow from operating, investing and financing activities. We believe that FFO provides useful information to investors because by excluding the effects of certain historical costs, such as depreciation expense, it may facilitate comparison of current operating performance among REITs. FFO does not represent cash generated by operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities as a measure of financial performance or liquidity. FFO is among the important factors considered by our board of trustees when determining the amount of distributions to shareholders. Other important factors include, but are not limited to, requirements to maintain our status as a REIT, limitations in our revolving bank credit facility and public debt covenants, the availability of debt and equity capital to us and our expectation of our future capital needs and operating performance.
(5) In calculating net income we recognize percentage rental income received for the first, second and third quarters in the fourth quarter, which is when all contingencies are met and the income is earned. Although we defer recognition of this revenue until the fourth quarter for purposes of calculating net income, we include the amount in the calculation of FFO for each quarter of the year. The fourth quarter FFO calculation excludes the amounts recognized during the first three quarters.
(6) Our share of the operating results of our managed hotels in excess of the minimum returns due to us are generally determined based upon annual calculations. We recognize our share of income in excess of our minimum returns in the fourth quarter, which is when all contingencies are met and the income is earned. Although we defer recognition of this income until the fourth quarter for purposes of calculating net income, we include the estimated amount in the calculation of FFO for each quarter of the year. The fourth quarter FFO calculation excludes the amounts recognized during the first three quarters.