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RLJ Lodging Trust Declares Its First Dividend

BETHESDA, Md., Jun 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- RLJ Lodging Trust (the "Company") (NYSE: RLJ) today announced that its Board of Trustees declared a prorated cash dividend of $0.08 per common share of beneficial interest, payable on July 15, 2011, to shareholders of record as of June 30, 2011.

The $0.08 dividend is prorated from May 16, 2011, the closing date of the Company's initial public offering, through June 30, 2011. The implied full rate of the dividend for the second quarter is $0.15.

Based on the Company's common stock closing price of $17.85 on June 20, 2011, the annualized dividend represents a 3.4% yield.

About Us

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: rljlodgingtrust.com

Forward Looking Statements

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SOURCE: RLJ Lodging Trust

RLJ Lodging Trust
Hilda Delgado
Director of Finance
301-280-7777
hdelgado@rljlodgingtrust.com

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