SVC Received $379.3 Million in Cash
Minimum Annual Cash Rents for 176 Travel Centers Set at $254 Million with 2% Annual Increases
Amended Leases Guaranteed by BP Corporation North America Inc. (A3 / A- Ratings)
NEWTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Service Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SVC) announced today that BP p.l.c. (NYSE: BP) completed its acquisition of TravelCenters of America Inc. on May 15, 2023, and the previously announced amended lease terms between SVC and BP are now in effect. SVC received $379.3 million in cash as part of the transaction, including $188.0 million in prepaid rent from BP, $101.9 million in merger consideration for the 7.8% of the outstanding TA shares owned by SVC, and $89.4 million for certain tradenames and trademarks associated with TA’s business previously owned by SVC.
Annual minimum cash rents under the amended leases are $254.0 million, with annual 2% increases throughout the initial 10-year term and the five 10-year extension options. BP will receive monthly rent credits totaling $25.0 million per year over the 10-year initial term of the leases for the rent BP has prepaid. BP is now SVC’s largest tenant, leasing 30% of SVC’s gross assets based on SVC’s assets as of March 31, 2023, and the guarantor of the leases, BP Corporation North America Inc., is rated A3 by Moody’s and A- by S&P.
Todd Hargreaves, President and Chief Investment Officer of SVC, made the following statement regarding today’s announcement:
“We believe that the closing of the transaction will benefit SVC shareholders both from the $379.3 million in funds received and by the significantly increased credit quality of our largest tenant, as the amended leases are now guaranteed by an A3/A- rated subsidiary of BP p.l.c.”
About Service Properties Trust:
Service Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SVC) is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, with over $11 billion invested in two asset categories: hotels and service-focused retail net lease properties. As of March 31, 2023, SVC owned 220 hotels with over 37,000 guest rooms throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico and Canada, the majority of which are extended stay and select service. As of March 31, 2023, SVC also owned 765 retail service-focused net lease properties totaling over 13.3 million square feet throughout United States. SVC is managed by The RMR Group (Nasdaq: RMR), an alternative asset management company with over $37 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2023 and more than 35 years of institutional experience in buying, selling, financing and operating commercial real estate. SVC is headquartered in Newton, MA. For more information, visit www.svcreit.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other securities laws. These forward-looking statements are based upon SVC’s present intent, beliefs and expectations, but these statements and the implications of these statements are not guaranteed to occur and may not occur for various reasons, some of which are beyond SVC’s control. For example, Mr. Hargreaves states that SVC shareholders will benefit from the BP transaction; however, SVC may not realize all of the benefits it currently anticipates.
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Stephen Colbert, Director, Investor Relations