Benzinga  Sep 10  Comment 
-- RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), founded by Robert L. Johnson, RLJE Chairman and Founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated film NINA, based on the life of legendary...
Benzinga  Jul 16  Comment 
RLJ Lodging Trust (the "Company") (NYSE: RLJ) today announced it has acquired the 164-room Hyatt Place DC/Downtown/K Street in Washington, D.C. and will acquire within the next few days the 170-room Homewood Suites Seattle/Lynnwood in Lynnwood, WA...
Benzinga  Mar 19  Comment 
Below are the top mid-cap REIT-hotel/motel stores stocks on the NYSE and the NASDAQ in terms of operating margin. The trailing-twelve-month operating margin at RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ) is 18.10%. RLJ Lodging Trust's revenue for the same...
Benzinga  Feb 26  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, Credit Suisse analyst Ian Weissman reiterated an Outperform rating on RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ), but lowered the price target from $38.00 to $37.00. In the report, Credit Suisse noted, "RLJ reported 4Q14 FFOPS...
Benzinga  Feb 26  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, MLV & Co analyst Ryan Meliker reiterated a Buy rating and $39.00 price target on RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ). In the report, MLV & Co noted, "Given the recently lowered expectations for RLJ, with the stock down...
Forbes  Dec 26  Comment 
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 12/29/14, LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO), RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ), and Banner Corp. (NASD: BANR) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends....


RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:RLJ) a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which focuses on the acquisition of premium, compact full-service hotels in the United States. RLJ is one of the largest lodging REITs in the United States in terms of the number of rooms and the number hotels that it owns. Unlike traditional full service hotels, compact full-service have fewer meeting spaces and have a limited supply of food and beverage outlets. As a whole, they require fewer employees to operate. RLJ believes that they produce strong returns since they make their money off the rental of rooms rather than add on services.[1]

Because RLJ Lodging invests in hotels, its revenues are primarily affected by two main drivers. First, the fluctuations in real estate and the U.S. Housing Market alter the capital gains that RLJ will receive from the sale of its hotels. Second, the amount of travel and tourist activity will alter the profitability of the hotels that RLJ operates. This is mostly heavily impacted by the disposable income of individuals and the relative performance of companies paying for travel.[2]

The company's initial public offering of stock on the NYSE occurred on May 10, 2011. The company offered 27.5M shares each for $18. This was below the $19-$21 initial price range. This offering raised a total of $495M. The lead underwriter of the IPO were Bank of America (BAC), Barclays (BCS), and Wells Fargo (WFC).[3]

For the full year 2010, RLJ's total revenue was $546M, and it reported a net loss of $45M. The revenue figure was a 13% increase over the previous year, and the 2010 net loss was smaller than the net loss reported in 2009.[4]


  1. RLJ S-11/A PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Overview" pg 1
  2. RLJ S-11/A PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "The US Lodging Industry and Market Opportunity" pg 4-5
  3. Renaissance Capital - IPO Home "Hotel REIT RLJ Lodging Trust prices IPO at $18, below the range" 10 May 2011
  4. RLJ S-11/A PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Summary Historical and Pro Forma Combined Financial and Operating Data " pg 14
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