BETHESDA, Md., Sep 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- RLJ Lodging Trust (the "Company") (NYSE: RLJ) today announced that its Board of Trustees declared a cash dividend of $0.15 per common share of beneficial interest, payable on October 14, 2011, to shareholders of record as of September 30, 2011.
Based on the Company's common stock closing price of $13.46 on September 19, 2011, the annualized dividend represents a 4.5% yield.
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 140 hotels in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with a total of more than 20,400 rooms. Additional information may be found on the Company's website: http://rljlodgingtrust.com
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RLJ Lodging Trust
Leslie D. Hale, Chief Financial Officer