Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) August 13, 2012



Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Maryland   001-32223   33-1082757

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


200 West Madison Street, Suite 1700,

Chicago, Illinois

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(312) 658-5000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On August 13, 2012, SHR Essex House LLC (the “Purchaser”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Strategic Hotel Funding, L.L.C., the operating company of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (the “Company”), entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire the hotel commonly known as the Jumeirah Essex House from DIG EH Hotel LLC (the “Seller”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dubai Investment Group, for a purchase price of approximately $362.3 million (the “Acquisition”).

The Acquisition, which is expected to close on or before September 7, 2012, remains subject to customary closing conditions.

Pursuant to the Agreement, the Purchaser has deposited a non-refundable $10.0 million earnest money deposit, which is subject to loss if the Acquisition is not consummated as a result of the Purchaser’s default under the Agreement, unless certain conditions are not met by the Seller.

The Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. The foregoing description of the Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Agreement.


Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

A copy of the press release relating to the Acquisition is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K (this “Current Report”) as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein solely for purposes of this Item 7.01 disclosure.

The information in Item 7.01 of this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section. The information in Item 7.01 of this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of any incorporation by reference language in any such filing.

This Current Report contains forward-looking statements about the Company. Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this Current Report are forward-looking statements subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to the following: the failure to consummate the Acquisition due to the inability to obtain financing or the failure to execute definitive documents with the proposed lender regarding the financing of the Essex House hotel; the default of the Company or the default of the Seller, pursuant to the Agreement; the failure of closing conditions to be satisfied; the effects of the recent global economic recession 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 or refinance maturing debt, including the $97.5 million mortgage debt related to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla hotel that matures September 1, 2012; the Company’s ability to maintain compliance with covenants contained in the Company’s debt facilities; stagnation or further 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 the Company’s 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, Mexico, Germany, England 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; contagious disease outbreaks, such as the H1N1 virus outbreak; 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 the Company’s 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 Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 Current Report, 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.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit Number



10.1    Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated August 13, 2012, between DIG EH Hotel LLC and SHR Essex House LLC
99.1    Press release dated August 17, 2012


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

August 17, 2012


By:   /s/ Paula Maggio
  Name: Paula Maggio

Title:   Senior Vice President, General

            Counsel and Secretary



Exhibit Number



10.1    Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated August 13, 2012, between DIG EH Hotel LLC and SHR Essex House LLC
99.1    Press release dated August 17, 2012