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LaSalle Hotel Properties Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

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LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) today announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. The Company’s results include the following:

Third Quarter Year-to-Date
2014 2013 % Var. 2014 2013 % Var.
($’s in millions except per share/unit data)
RevPAR $ 212.98 $ 191.08 11.5 % $ 190.33 $ 174.24 9.2 %
EBITDA Margin 37.2 % 35.1 % 33.5 % 32.7 %
EBITDA Margin Growth 211 bps 80 bps
Total Revenue $ 308.0 $ 270.0 14.1 % $ 840.0 $ 725.3 15.8 %
EBITDA(1) $ 157.8 $ 90.7 74.0 % $ 349.6 $ 222.0 57.5 %
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 108.9 $ 94.2 15.6 % $ 263.4 $ 227.1 16.0 %
FFO(1) $ 87.6 $ 69.3 26.4 % $ 198.0 $ 163.7 21.0 %
Adjusted FFO(1) $ 88.3 $ 72.8 21.3 % $ 207.5 $ 168.8 22.9 %
FFO per diluted share/unit(1) $ 0.84 $ 0.72 16.7 % $ 1.90 $ 1.71 11.1 %
Adjusted FFO per diluted share/unit(1) $ 0.85 $ 0.76 11.8 % $ 1.99 $ 1.76 13.1 %
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 98.2 $ 28.5 244.6 % $ 174.8 $ 56.3 210.5 %
Net income attributable to common shareholders per diluted share $ 0.94 $ 0.30 213.3 % $ 1.67 $ 0.59 183.1 %
(1) See tables later in press release, which list adjustments that reconcile net income to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), adjusted EBITDA, funds from operations (“FFO”), FFO per share/unit, adjusted FFO, adjusted FFO per share/unit and hotel EBITDA. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, FFO, FFO per share/unit, adjusted FFO, adjusted FFO per share/unit and hotel EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. See further discussion of these non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to net income later in this press release.

Third Quarter Results and Activities

  • RevPAR: Room revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 increased 11.5 percent to $212.98, as a result of a 10.2 percent increase in average daily rate (“ADR”) to $242.25 and a 1.1 percent improvement in occupancy to 87.9 percent.
  • Hotel EBITDA Margin: The Company’s hotel EBITDA margin for the third quarter increased 211 basis points from the comparable prior year period to 37.2 percent, its highest-ever third quarter hotel EBITDA margin.
  • Adjusted EBITDA: The Company’s adjusted EBITDA was $108.9 million, an increase of 15.6 percent over the third quarter of 2013. Third quarter adjusted EBITDA was negatively impacted by an estimated $1.0 million of EBITDA as a result of the sale of Hotel Viking prior to the end of the quarter.
  • Adjusted FFO: The Company generated third quarter adjusted FFO of $88.3 million, or $0.85 per diluted share/unit, compared to $72.8 million or $0.76 per diluted share/unit for the comparable prior year period, a per share/unit increase of 11.8 percent.
  • Dividend: On September 15, the Company declared a third quarter 2014 dividend of $0.375 per common share of beneficial interest. The dividend represents an annual run rate of $1.50 per share and a 4.1 percent yield based on the closing share price on October 21, 2014.
  • Hotel Disposition: On September 10, the Company sold Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island for $77.0 million. In conjunction with the sale of Hotel Viking, the Company executed a reverse 1031 exchange with Hotel Vitale, which it purchased during April, 2014.
  • Preferred Redemption: On July 3, the Company redeemed all of its outstanding 7.25 percent Series G Preferred Shares for $58.7 million plus accrued dividends through the redemption date.
  • Capital Investments: The Company invested $23.2 million of capital in its hotels, including the closeout of previous projects and deposits for renovation projects that will start during the fourth quarter including Sofitel Washington, DC, Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, Hyatt Boston Harbor and Westin Philadelphia.

“United States lodging demand exceeded our expectations during the third quarter and industry ADR continued on its trajectory of strong growth. Our portfolio delivered exceptional third quarter results,” said Michael D. Barnello, President and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Hotel Properties. “The increase in RevPAR exceeded the high end of our outlook and was driven almost entirely by double-digit ADR growth. Our hotel EBITDA margins grew by 211 basis points to our highest-ever third quarter margin. Despite a reduction in EBITDA resulting from the sale of Hotel Viking prior to the end of the quarter, adjusted EBITDA and FFO exceeded our outlook.”

“The sale of Hotel Viking capped off an excellent long term investment for us. We owned the hotel for 15 years and it generated a 10.7 percent unleveraged IRR.”

“We were very pleased with our third quarter results and overall, we remain encouraged by the favorable operating environment.”

Year-to-date Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, RevPAR increased 9.2 percent to $190.33, with occupancy growth of 1.1 percent to 82.6 percent and ADR improvement of 8.0 percent to $230.42. The Company’s hotel EBITDA margin was 33.5 percent, which was an increase of 80 basis points compared to the same prior year period.

Balance Sheet

As of September 30, 2014, the Company had total outstanding debt of $1.2 billion, including $158.0 million outstanding on its senior unsecured credit facility. Total net debt to trailing 12 month Corporate EBITDA (as defined in the Company’s senior unsecured credit facility) was 3.5 times as of September 30, 2014 and its fixed charge coverage ratio was 3.9 times. For the third quarter, the Company’s weighted average interest rate was 3.7 percent. As of September 30, 2014, the Company had capacity of $614 million available on its credit facilities.

2014 Outlook

The Company is updating its 2014 outlook to incorporate its recent activities and to reflect its performance-to-date. The sale of Hotel Viking has the impact of reducing our full year adjusted EBITDA outlook by approximately $2.0 million, of which $1.0 million occurred during the third quarter. The outlook is based on an economic environment that continues to improve and assumes no additional acquisitions, dispositions or capital markets activities. The Company’s RevPAR growth and financial expectations for 2014 are as follows:

Previous Outlook Current Outlook
Low-end High-end Low-end High-end
($’s in millions except per share/unit data) ($’s in millions except per share/unit data)
RevPAR growth 6.5 % 8.0 % 8.75 % 9.25 %
Hotel EBITDA Margin Change 25 bps 100 bps 100 bps 125 bps
Adjusted EBITDA $ 330.0 $ 342.0 $ 341.0 $ 345.0
Adjusted FFO $ 254.0 $ 265.0 $ 267.0 $ 271.0
Adjusted FFO per diluted share/unit $ 2.44 $ 2.54 $ 2.56 $ 2.60

Fourth Quarter 2014 Outlook

The Company expects fourth quarter RevPAR to increase 7.0 percent to 9.0 percent and hotel EBITDA margins to range from an increase of 175 to 250 basis points relative to the same prior year period. The Company expects its portfolio to generate adjusted EBITDA of $78.0 million to $82.0 million and adjusted FFO per share/unit of $0.57 to $0.61.

Earnings Call

The Company will conduct its quarterly conference call on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM eastern time. To participate in the conference call, please dial (800) 723-6498. Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call will be available through the Company’s website. To access, log on to http://www.lasallehotels.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived and available online through the Investor Relations section of http://www.lasallehotels.com.

LaSalle Hotel Properties is a leading multi-operator real estate investment trust. The Company owns 44 hotels. The properties are upscale, full-service hotels, totaling more than 11,100 guest rooms in 13 markets in nine states and the District of Columbia. The Company focuses on owning, redeveloping and repositioning upscale, full-service hotels located in urban, resort and convention markets. LaSalle Hotel Properties seeks to grow through strategic relationships with premier lodging companies, including Westin Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Outrigger Lodging Services, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Benchmark Hospitality, White Lodging Services Corporation, Commune Hotels and Resorts, Davidson Hotel Company, Denihan Hospitality Group, the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC, Accor, Destination Hotels & Resorts, HEI Hotels & Resorts, JRK Hotel Group, Inc., Viceroy Hotel Group, Highgate Hotels and Access Hotels & Resorts.

This press release, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by the Company, contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and includes this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe the Company’s future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, among others, statements about the outlook for RevPAR, adjusted FFO, adjusted EBITDA and derivations thereof. You should not rely on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control and which could materially affect actual results, performances or achievements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) the Company’s dependence on third-party managers of its hotels, including its inability to implement strategic business decisions directly, (ii) risks associated with the hotel industry, including competition, increases in wages, energy costs and other operating costs, actual or threatened terrorist attacks, downturns in general and local economic conditions and cancellation of or delays in the completion of anticipated demand generators, (iii) the availability and terms of financing and capital and the general volatility of securities markets, (iv) risks associated with the real estate industry, including environmental contamination and costs of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar laws, (v) interest rate increases, (vi) the possible failure of the Company to qualify as a REIT and the risk of changes in laws affecting REITs, (vii) the possibility of uninsured losses, (viii) risks associated with redevelopment and repositioning projects, including delays and cost overruns and (ix) the risk factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K as updated in its Quarterly Reports. Accordingly, there is no assurance that the Company’s expectations will be realized. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, the Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(in thousands, except share data)

(unaudited)

For the three months ended For the nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenues:
Hotel operating revenues:
Room $ 222,006 $ 189,619 $ 587,705 $ 495,696
Food and beverage 63,399 60,022 189,921 175,397
Other operating department 21,291 18,289 56,105 48,001
Total hotel operating revenues 306,696 267,930 833,731 719,094
Other income 1,306 2,056 6,240 6,156
Total revenues 308,002 269,986 839,971 725,250
Expenses:
Hotel operating expenses:
Room 52,344 44,911 147,495 124,789
Food and beverage 45,986 41,886 137,830 121,871
Other direct 6,772 6,146 18,500 17,166
Other indirect 69,722 62,121 199,924 175,045
Total hotel operating expenses 174,824 155,064 503,749 438,871
Depreciation and amortization 38,821 40,634 115,887 107,182
Real estate taxes, personal property taxes and insurance 13,878 13,489 43,210 38,623
Ground rent 4,279 3,249 11,019 8,535
General and administrative 6,278 5,513 17,804 16,224
Acquisition transaction costs 0 2,687 1,851 2,687
Other expenses 573 1,749 6,830 3,918
Total operating expenses 238,653 222,385 700,350 616,040
Operating income 69,349 47,601 139,621 109,210
Interest income 2 2,448 1,801 7,212
Interest expense (14,499 ) (14,737 ) (43,043 ) (42,517 )
Loss from extinguishment of debt 0 0 (2,487 ) 0
Income before income tax expense 54,852 35,312 95,892 73,905
Income tax expense (2,997 ) (2,564 ) (1,488 ) (2,481 )
Income before gain on sale of properties 51,855 32,748 94,404 71,424
Gain on sale of properties 49,657 0 93,205 0
Net income 101,512 32,748 187,609 71,424
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests:
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities 0 0 (8 ) (8 )
Noncontrolling interests of common units in Operating Partnership (297 ) (108 ) (557 ) (243 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (297 ) (108 ) (565 ) (251 )
Net income attributable to the Company 101,215 32,640 187,044 71,173
Distributions to preferred shareholders (3,042 ) (4,106 ) (11,291 ) (13,278 )
Issuance costs of redeemed preferred shares (9 ) 0 (951 ) (1,566 )
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 98,164 $ 28,534 $ 174,802 $ 56,329

LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income – Continued

(in thousands, except share data)

(unaudited)

For the three months ended For the nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Earnings per Common Share – Basic:
Net income attributable to common shareholders excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares $ 0.94 $ 0.30 $ 1.68 $ 0.59
Earnings per Common Share – Diluted:
Net income attributable to common shareholders excluding amounts attributable to unvested restricted shares $ 0.94 $ 0.30 $ 1.67 $ 0.59
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 103,798,853 95,890,474 103,730,007 95,510,088
Diluted 104,133,553 96,082,340 104,059,030 95,681,763
Comprehensive Income:
Net income $ 101,512 $ 32,748 $ 187,609 $ 71,424
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Unrealized gain (loss) on interest rate derivative instruments 2,664 (2,345 ) (1,424 ) 10,255
Comprehensive income 104,176 30,403 186,185 81,679
Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests:
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities (8 ) 0 (8 ) (8 )
Noncontrolling interests of common units in Operating Partnership (305 ) (101 ) (553 ) (275 )
Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests (313 ) (101 ) (561 ) (283 )
Comprehensive income attributable to the Company $ 103,863 $ 30,302 $ 185,624 $ 81,396

LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES

FFO and EBITDA

(in thousands, except share/unit data)

(unaudited)

For the three months ended For the nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 98,164 $ 28,534 $ 174,802 $ 56,329
Depreciation 38,715 40,521 115,573 106,854
Amortization of deferred lease costs 86 95 261 269
Noncontrolling interests:
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities 0 0 8 8
Noncontrolling interests of common units in Operating Partnership 297 108 557 243
Less: Net gain on sale of properties (49,657 ) 0 (93,205 ) 0
FFO $ 87,605 $ 69,258 $ 197,996 $ 163,703
Pre-opening, management transition and severance expenses 193 1,179 3,878 1,727
Preferred share issuance costs 9 0 951 1,566
Acquisition transaction costs 0 2,687 1,851 2,687
Loss from extinguishment of debt 0 0 2,487 0
Non-cash ground rent 498 327 1,323 981
Mezzanine loan discount amortization 0 (647 ) (986 ) (1,855 )
Adjusted FFO $ 88,305 $ 72,804 $ 207,500 $ 168,809
Weighted average number of common shares and units outstanding:
Basic 104,095,153 96,186,774 104,026,307 95,806,388
Diluted 104,429,853 96,378,640 104,355,330 95,978,063
FFO per diluted share/unit $ 0.84 $ 0.72 $ 1.90 $ 1.71
Adjusted FFO per diluted share/unit $ 0.85 $ 0.76 $ 1.99 $ 1.76
For the three months ended For the nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 98,164 $ 28,534 $ 174,802 $ 56,329
Interest expense 14,499 14,737 43,043 42,517
Loss from extinguishment of debt 0 0 2,487 0
Income tax expense 2,997 2,564 1,488 2,481
Depreciation and amortization 38,821 40,634 115,887 107,182
Noncontrolling interests:
Noncontrolling interests in consolidated entities 0 0 8 8
Noncontrolling interests of common units in Operating Partnership 297 108 557 243
Distributions to preferred shareholders 3,042 4,106 11,291 13,278
EBITDA $ 157,820 $ 90,683 $ 349,563 $ 222,038
Pre-opening, management transition and severance expenses 193 1,179 3,878 1,727
Preferred share issuance costs 9 0 951 1,566
Acquisition transaction costs 0 2,687 1,851 2,687
Net gain on sale of properties (49,657 ) 0 (93,205 ) 0
Non-cash ground rent 498 327 1,323 981
Mezzanine loan discount amortization 0 (647 ) (986 ) (1,855 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 108,863 $ 94,229 $ 263,375 $ 227,144
Corporate expense 6,679 7,060 22,294 21,270
Interest and other income (1,310 ) (3,918 ) (7,280 ) (12,303 )
Hotel level adjustments, net (2,679 ) (859 ) (7,404 ) 10,249
Hotel EBITDA $ 111,553 $ 96,512 $ 270,985 $ 246,360
With respect to Hotel EBITDA, the Company believes that excluding the effect of corporate-level expenses, non-cash items, and the portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities provides a more complete understanding of the operating results over which individual hotels and operators have direct control. We believe property-level results provide investors with supplemental information on the ongoing operational performance of our hotels and effectiveness of the third-party management companies operating our business on a property-level basis.
Hotel EBITDA includes all properties owned as of September 30, 2014 for the Company’s period of ownership in 2014 and the comparable period in 2013.

LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES

Hotel Operational Data

Schedule of Property Level Results

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

For the three months ended For the nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenues:
Room $ 218,102 $ 195,690 $ 573,104 $ 524,549
Food and beverage 61,431 61,019 181,459 180,775
Other 20,400 18,356 53,727 47,542
Total hotel revenues 299,933 275,065 808,290 752,866
Expenses:
Room 51,825 48,101 144,658 133,884
Food and beverage 44,258 43,824 130,859 127,373
Other direct 6,533 6,468 17,544 17,484
General and administrative 21,890 20,686 63,070 59,041
Sales and marketing 17,741 16,015 51,316 47,465
Management fees 10,655 9,420 27,446 25,516
Property operations and maintenance 9,183 9,054 26,904 26,217
Energy and utilities 7,716 7,226 21,518 19,811
Property taxes 12,532 12,118 37,882 34,887
Other fixed expenses 6,047 5,641 16,108 14,828
Total hotel expenses 188,380 178,553 537,305 506,506
Hotel EBITDA $ 111,553 $ 96,512 $ 270,985 $ 246,360
Hotel EBITDA Margin 37.2 % 35.1 % 33.5 % 32.7 %
Note:
This schedule includes the operating data for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 for all properties owned by the Company as of September 30, 2014. Harbor Court, Triton, Serrano, and Southernmost are shown in 2013 for their comparative period of ownership in 2014. Vitale excludes April 2014 ownership and the comparative period of April 2013. Excludes all Old Town and Hotel Viking ownership in 2014 and comparative period.

LASALLE HOTEL PROPERTIES

Statistical Data for the Hotels

(unaudited)

For the three months ended For the nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Total Portfolio
Occupancy 87.9 % 87.0 % 82.6 % 81.7 %
Increase 1.1 % 1.1 %
ADR $ 242.25 $ 219.74 $ 230.42 $ 213.34
Increase 10.2 % 8.0 %
RevPAR $ 212.98 $ 191.08 $ 190.33 $ 174.24
Increase 11.5 % 9.2 %
Note:
This schedule includes operating data for all properties owned as of September 30, 2014 for the Company’s period of ownership in 2014 and the comparable period in 2013.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

FFO, EBITDA and Hotel EBITDA

The Company considers the non-GAAP measures of FFO (including FFO per share/unit), EBITDA and hotel EBITDA to be key supplemental measures of the Company’s performance and should be considered along with, but not as alternatives to, net income or loss as a measure of the Company’s operating performance. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, most real estate industry investors consider FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA to be helpful in evaluating a real estate company’s operations.

The White Paper on FFO approved by NAREIT in April 2002, as revised in 2011, defines FFO as net income or loss (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains or losses from sales of properties and items classified by GAAP as extraordinary, plus real estate-related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred finance costs) and impairment writedowns, and after comparable adjustments for the Company’s portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities and joint ventures. The Company computes FFO consistent with standards established by NAREIT, which may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition differently than the Company.

With respect to FFO, the Company believes that excluding the effect of extraordinary items, real estate-related depreciation and amortization and impairments, and the portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities, all of which are based on historical cost accounting and which may be of limited significance in evaluating current performance, can facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods and between REITs, even though FFO does not represent an amount that accrues directly to common shareholders. However, FFO may not be helpful when comparing the Company to non-REITs.

With respect to EBITDA, the Company believes that excluding the effect of non-operating expenses and non-cash charges, and the portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities, all of which are also based on historical cost accounting and may be of limited significance in evaluating current performance, can help eliminate the accounting effects of depreciation and amortization, and financing decisions and facilitate comparisons of core operating profitability between periods and between REITs, even though EBITDA also does not represent an amount that accrues directly to common shareholders.

With respect to hotel EBITDA, the Company believes that excluding the effect of corporate-level expenses, non-cash items, and the portion of these items related to unconsolidated entities, provides a more complete understanding of the operating results over which individual hotels and operators have direct control. We believe property-level results provide investors with supplemental information on the ongoing operational performance of our hotels and effectiveness of the third-party management companies operating our business on a property-level basis.

FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA do not represent cash generated from operating activities as determined by GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income or loss, cash flows from operations or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP. FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA are not measures of the Company’s liquidity, nor are FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA indicative of funds available to fund the Company’s cash needs, including its ability to make cash distributions. These measurements do not reflect cash expenditures for long-term assets and other items that have been and will be incurred. FFO, EBITDA and hotel EBITDA may include funds that may not be available for management’s discretionary use due to functional requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures, property acquisitions, and other commitments and uncertainties. To compensate for this, management considers the impact of these excluded items to the extent they are material to operating decisions or the evaluation of the Company’s operating performance.

Adjusted FFO and Adjusted EBITDA

The Company presents adjusted FFO (including adjusted FFO per share/unit) and adjusted EBITDA, which adjusts for certain additional items including gains on sale of property and impairment losses (to the extent included in EBITDA), acquisition transaction costs, costs associated with the departure of executive officers, costs associated with the recognition of issuance costs related to the calling of preferred shares and certain other items. The Company excludes these items as it believes it allows for meaningful comparisons with other REITs and between periods and is more indicative of the ongoing performance of its assets. As with FFO, EBITDA, and hotel EBITDA, the Company’s calculation of adjusted FFO and adjusted EBITDA may be different from similar adjusted measures calculated by other REITs.

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