Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Announces Upsizing And Pricing Of Public Offering Of 36,000,000 Shares Of Common Stock

  Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Announces Upsizing And Pricing Of Public
                Offering Of 36,000,000 Shares Of Common Stock

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, May 28, 2014

CHICAGO, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (the
"Company") (NYSE: BEE) today announced that it priced an underwritten public
offering of 36,000,000 shares of its common stock (the "Offering") at $10.50
per share. The Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to
purchase up to 5,400,000 additional shares of common stock to cover
over-allotments, if any. The Company estimates that the net proceeds from the
Offering, after underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering
expenses, will be approximately $362.4 million or approximately $416.8 million
if the underwriters' over-allotment option is exercised in full. J.P. Morgan,
Deutsche Bank Securities, BofA Merrill Lynch, and Wells Fargo Securities are
acting as joint book-running managers for the Offering. Raymond James is
acting as lead manager, and BMO Capital Markets, Capital One Securities,
Evercore, JMP Securities and MLV & Co. are acting as co-managers for the
Offering.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to fund the
acquisition of the 63.6% ownership interest in the Hotel del Coronado that it
does not own from its joint venture partner, to redeem all of the issued and
outstanding shares of its 8.25% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred
Stock, and for general corporate purposes, including, without limitation,
reducing its borrowings under its bank credit facility, repaying other debt
and funding capital expenditures and working capital.

The Offering is expected to close on June 2, 2014, subject to customary
closing conditions. The Company will issue all of the shares of common stock
under its effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the "SEC").

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of
an offer to buy any shares of the Company's common stock, nor shall there be
any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer,
solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification
under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The offering may be made
only by means of a prospectus and a related prospectus supplement, which have
been filed or will be filed with the SEC. When available, the final
prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus may be obtained from
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long
Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by telephone at 866-803-9204; or from
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attention: Prospectus Group, 60 Wall Street,
New York, NY 10005, or by calling 800-503-4611 or by emailing a request to
prospectus.cpdg@db.com; or from BofA Merrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, New York, NY
10038, Attn: Prospectus Department or email dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com;
or from Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department,
375 Park Avenue, New York, New York, 10152, at (800) 326-5897 or email a
request to cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com; or by visiting the EDGAR database
on the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov.

About the Company

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT)
which owns and provides value enhancing asset management of high-end hotels
and resorts in the United States and Europe. The company currently has
ownership interests in 16 properties with an aggregate of 7,862 rooms and
835,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting and banqueting space.

This press release contains forward-looking statements about the Company.
Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press
release, including the Company's intended use of proceeds, are forward-looking
statements subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results could
differ materially from the Company's projections. Factors that may contribute
to these differences include, but are not limited to the following: the
Company's ability to consummate the Offering of shares of its common stock;
the effects of economic conditions and disruption in financial markets upon
business and leisure travel and the hotel markets in which the Company
invests; the Company's liquidity and refinancing demands; the Company's
ability to obtain, refinance or extend maturing debt; the Company's ability to
maintain compliance with covenants contained in its debt facilities;
stagnation or deterioration in economic and market conditions, particularly
impacting business and leisure travel spending in the markets where the
Company's hotels operate and in which the Company invests, including luxury
and upper upscale product; general volatility of the capital markets and the
market price of the Company's shares of common stock; availability of capital;
the Company's ability to dispose of properties in a manner consistent with its
investment strategy and liquidity needs; hostilities and security concerns,
including future terrorist attacks, or the apprehension of hostilities, in
each case that affect travel within or to the United States, Germany or other
countries where the Company invests; difficulties in identifying properties to
acquire and completing acquisitions; the Company's failure to maintain
effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls
and procedures; risks related to natural disasters; increases in interest
rates and operating costs, including insurance premiums and real property
taxes; delays and cost-overruns in construction and development; marketing
challenges associated with entering new lines of business or pursuing new
business strategies; the Company's failure to maintain its status as a REIT;
changes in the competitive environment in the Company's industry and the
markets where the Company invests; changes in real estate and zoning laws or
regulations; legislative or regulatory changes, including changes to laws
governing the taxation of REITs; changes in generally accepted accounting
principles, policies and guidelines; and litigation, judgments or settlements.

Additional risks are discussed in the Company's filings with the SEC,
including those appearing under the heading "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the
Company's most recent Form 10-K and subsequent Form 10-Qs. Although the
Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements
are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its
expectations will be attained. The forward-looking statements are made as of
the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to
publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result
of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.



SOURCE Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Website: http://www.strategichotels.com
Contact: Diane Morefield, EVP, Chief Financial Officer, (312) 658-5740, or
Jonathan Stanner, VP, Capital Markets & Treasurer, (312) 658-5746, both of
Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
 
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