UPDATE 1-Ashford writes down entire Extended Stay investment

Wed Aug 5, 2009 5:42pm EDT

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NEW YORK Aug 5 (Reuters) - Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc (AHT.N), a lender to now-bankrupt Extended Stay Hotels, said on Wednesday it expects its stake in the hotel company will be wiped out by bankruptcy and wrote down its entire investment.

The company, which owns a $164 million note in Extended Stay's mezzanine debt, said it elected to write off the full investment in the company-- $109.4 million as of June 30-- resulting in a non-cash impairment charge of $1.18-per share in the second quarter of 2009.

The loan was secured by interests in Extended Stay's hotels, Ashford said.

The real estate investment trust also reported second quarter adjusted funds from operations of 31 cents per share, down from 41 cents per share a year earlier.

Revenue sank about 21.7 percent to $239.9 million amid continued weakness in the hotel industry. (Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Carol Bishopric)

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