The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: RLJ Lodging Trust, Coca-Cola, UPS, Home Depot and Delta Air Lines

  The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: RLJ Lodging Trust, Coca-Cola, UPS, Home
                          Depot and Delta Air Lines

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CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2013

CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include  the RLJ Lodging Trust
(NYSE:RLJ-Free Report), The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO-Free Report), UPS
(NYSE:UPS-Free Report), The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD-Free Report), and Delta
Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL-Free Report).


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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

RLJ Lodging Acquires Atlanta Hotel

RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:RLJ-Free Report) purchased a hotel – Residence Inn
Atlanta Midtown Historic – in Atlanta, Ga. through a foreclosure sale. The
move helped the company to add a premium asset to its portfolio at a
substantial discount to its replacement cost.

In particular, RLJ Lodging purchased a mortgage loan in Nov 2009 for around
$5.0 million. The loan was collateralized by this 78-room Residence Inn
Atlanta Midtown Historic. With the borrower defaulting on the loan early this
year, RLJ Lodging acquired the property through a bid that equaled the
company's basis in the mortgage loan.

Having around 16.5 million square feet of total office space within close
proximity, the hotel is expected to benefit greatly from the corporate demand.
Headquarters of notable companies like The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO-Free
Report), UPS (NYSE:UPS-Free Report), The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD-Free
Report), and Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL-Free Report) are located here.
Also, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia Institute of Technology,
Equifax, Norfolk Southern and PricewaterhouseCoopers are positioned nearby.

Regarded as one of the top convention destinations in the U.S. as well as a
premier entertainment district, the Atlanta market opens up opportunities for
the company to boost its top line.

Later this year, RLJ Lodging plans to close down the hotel and make a
comprehensive renovation. It will reopen in the third quarter of 2014 and the
company estimates investments (including capital expenditures) to lead to a
forward capitalization rate of about 12% based on the 2015 net operating
income of the hotel.

With the acquisition of the above-mentioned property, RLJ Lodging now owns 150
properties, including 148 hotels and 2 planned hotel conversions, located in
22 states and the District of Columbia.

We expect the acquired property's RevPAR to gain from the diverse economy of
Atlanta that also serves as a gateway to the southeast. Also, its acquisition
at a favorable price is encouraging.

Currently, RLJ Lodging carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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