Chatham Lodging Trust, a lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in upscale, extended-stay hotels and premium-branded, select-service hotels and owns 134 hotels wholly or through joint ventures, announced that it has suspended its monthly dividend and will not declare a March dividend which would have been paid in April.
“Facing unprecedented operating conditions in the travel industry and little visibility, we believe it is most prudent to suspend our monthly dividend as a means of preserving shareholder value,” commented Jeffrey H. Fisher, Chatham’s president and chief executive officer. “We are hopeful that the effects from COVID-19 will prove to be short-term and people will have the confidence to resume travel sooner rather than later. Our teams at Chatham and Island Hospitality have the experience to persevere through these situations, and we are thankful to have this platform that enables us to move aggressively and quickly. We are working vigorously to maximize revenue, and we are aggressively cutting operating costs and deferring all non-essential capital expenditures to minimize the adverse effects on cash flow.”