RLJ Lodging Trust Announces 2012 Dividend Income Tax Information

  RLJ Lodging Trust Announces 2012 Dividend Income Tax Information

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BETHESDA, Md. -- January 30, 2013

RLJ Lodging Trust (the “Company”) (NYSE: RLJ) today announced the 2012 tax
classification of the dividend distributions made to the Company’s holders of
its common shares of beneficial interest.

The income tax classification as expected to be reported on Form 1099-DIV for
the Company’s common shares, CUSIP number 74965L101, is as follows:

                              Total            Distribution     Ordinary
               Payment        Distribution     Allocable to     Taxable      Return
Record       Date         Per Share      2012           Dividend   Capital
12/31/2011     01/13/2012     $0.150           $0.020           $0.020       $0.00
03/30/2012     04/13/2012     $0.165           $0.165           $0.165       $0.00
06/29/2012     07/13/2012     $0.165           $0.165           $0.165       $0.00
09/28/2012     10/15/2012     $0.165           $0.165           $0.165       $0.00
12/31/2012   01/15/2013   $0.205         $0.165         $0.165     $0.00
Total                         $0.850           $0.680           $0.680       $0.00
Percent                                        100%             100%         0%

The 2012 fourth quarter distribution of $0.205, which had a record date of
December 31, 2012, will be a split-year distribution. For tax purposes, $0.165
will be allocated to the 2012 Form 1099-DIV and the remaining $0.04 will be
allocated to the 2013 Form 1099-DIV.

No portion of the 2012 distributions represented capital gains or qualified
dividend income.

The information presented above is based on preliminary results and is subject
to correction or adjustment when the Company’s filings are completed. The tax
information provided should not be construed as tax advice. Shareholders are
encouraged to consult with their tax advisors regarding their specific tax

About Us

RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment
trust focused on acquiring premium-branded, focused service and compact
full-service hotels. The Company's portfolio consists of 145 hotels in 21
states and the District of Columbia, with a total of more than 21,600 rooms.
Additional information may be found on the Company's website:

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trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. Forward-looking
statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and
contingencies, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may cause
actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any
forward-looking statement, including statements related to, among other
things, the timing, price or amount of purchases, if any, under the Company's
common stock repurchase program, the Company’s target leverage ratio,
potential acquisitions or dispositions, the completion of the 2012 capital
improvement plan, RevPAR growth, EBITDA growth, Hotel EBITDA margins or cash
G&A expenses. All forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s good faith
beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future
performance. Furthermore, the Company disclaims any obligation to publicly
update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in
underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future
events or other changes. For a further discussion of these and other factors
that could cause the Company’s future results to differ materially from any
forward-looking statements, see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and
“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial
Condition” in the Company's Annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2011, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed
by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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RLJ Lodging Trust
Leslie D. Hale, Chief Financial Officer
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