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Summit Hotel Properties Inc (NYSE:INN)
Q1 2020 Earnings Call
May 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Summit Hotel Properties Incorporated First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to hand the conference over to your host today, Mr. Adam Wudel. Sir, please begin.

Adam Wudel -- Senior Vice President-Finance & Capital Markets

Thank you, Howard, and good morning. I am joined today by Summit Hotel Properties, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Hansen and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jon Stanner.

Please note that many of our comments today are considered forward-looking statements as defined by federal securities laws. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown as described in our 2019 Form 10-K and other SEC filings. Forward-looking statements that we make today are effective only as of today, May 12, 2020 and we undertake no duty to update them later. You can find copies of our SEC filings and earnings release, which contain reconciliations to non-GAAP financial measures referenced on this call on our website at www.shpreit.com.

Please welcome Summit Hotel Properties, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Hansen.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Adam, and thank you all for joining us today for our first quarter 2020 earnings conference call. Yesterday, we reported first quarter results in our press release, including all standard comparable operating measures and financial metrics, which has been rendered largely irrelevant by the dramatic fall-off in demand we saw in the middle of March as widespread closures were implemented to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, we're going to spend our time today reinforcing the many proactive measures we took to combat the effects of the virus on our business, provide an update on the current operating environment, balance sheet and look ahead to how we envision leading in the future.

Over the past two very challenging months, we have prioritized the health and safety of our guests, our brand and management company associates and our own employees. And I'm quite pleased with the resolve demonstrated by our team, managing through this unprecedented crisis. We have been fortunate to speak with many of you in recent weeks and are genuinely grateful for both the concern for our well being and the interest in our business.

As the depths of what is certain to be a historic downturn became apparent in March, we swiftly began implementing hotel level contingency plans focused on rightsizing staffing levels and adjusting service amenity offerings to an exceptionally low occupancy environment. Fortunately, the efficient nature of our operating model has allowed us to keep all but six of our 72 hotels open with another nine hotels effectively consolidated into adjacent typically dual-branded hotels.

The hotels that remain opened are operating with very limited staff and providing only the very basic service and amenity offerings. We have suspended all non-essential capital expenditures for the remainder of the year, along with common dividend distributions, which combined, will preserve over $100 million of cash on an annualized basis. We have also taken additional measures at the corporate office, implementing temporary base salary reductions for the majority of our employees and furloughing approximately 25% of the staff.

We were very pleased to announce yesterday an amendment to our senior bank credit facilities. Jon will provide more details on the agreement shortly, but this amendment provides us with an additional $150 million of undrawn funding capacity, a full financial covenant waiver for 12 months and a modified covenant package beyond those initial 12 months that creates considerable flexibility and runway for our business to recover.

As I mentioned, the majority of our hotels remain open today. And despite the incredibly challenging conditions, we are pleased to have found some level of stabilization over the last few weeks. Preliminary April results for our portfolio point to RevPAR declining approximately 89% compared to last year, including results from hotels that were closed or consolidated during the month. However, occupancy levels were four percentage points higher in the second half of the month compared to the first as certain brand initiatives, including first responder rate programs and our own internal revenue management strategies proved successful in capitalizing on the limited opportunities.

While high-teens occupancy levels may seem trivial, I will remind you that even with 90% year-over-year RevPAR declines, that marginal incremental revenue reduces our monthly estimated cash burn rate from $15 million to $11 million per month. With nearly $300 million of current liquidity, we have well over two years of capital to survive a very draconian and thankfully highly unlikely operating scenario.

While we are all facing what is undoubtedly an uncertain future and road to recovery, we also believe this will ultimately provide unique opportunities for value creation. We generally share in the emerging consensus that leisure travel broadly and drive-to leisure demand more specifically will be the first and fastest segment of business to recover.

We stand, well positioned to benefit from such a recovery as our efficient operating model has afforded us important flexibility to remain open at the vast majority of our hotels and a clear pathway to relatively quick reramp of business. Approximately 50% of our pre-crisis business mix was leisure-oriented, while group business, particularly large groups in international demand make up a disproportionately small portion of our customer base.

Before I turn the call over to Jon, I would like to make a few comments about our brand partners and provide some examples of how they have responded in a constructive manner. As you are probably well aware, the major brand companies have implemented several measures to help support owners to the crisis, including the postponement of brand-mandated capital plans, access to and utilization of FF&E reserve funds for operating expenses, fee relief and the suspension of some brand standards and quality control audits. More importantly, we have collaboratively begun a very important process of addressing the future operating standards of our business, one in which cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation will undoubtedly take on a more prominent role.

Our belief is a watershed event like this gives us a rare opportunity to address meaningful shortcomings and implement important changes to the day-to-day operations of our hotels. While we are in the very early stages of redefining our model, we remain committed to finding solution that enhance the long-term profitability of our hotels and delivering on guest evolving and likely elevated expectations.

With that, I will turn the call over to Jon Stanner, our CFO.

Jonathan P. Stanner -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Thanks, Dan, and good morning, everyone. In yesterday's press release, we outlined critical amendments to approximately $1.1 billion of debt, which includes our $600 million senior credit facility as well as two $225 million term loan facilities that are governed by the same set of financial covenants and thus were modified in essentially identical ways. Importantly, these amendments allow for the outright waiver of testing of financial covenants through the first quarter of 2021. And modified covenant thresholds along with annualized testing mechanisms in the last three quarters of 2021 to accommodate what may be a more gradual recovery in our business.

We have an ability to draw an additional $150 million under the revised terms of our revolving credit facility, giving us nearly $300 million of total liquidity, including approximately $145 million of unrestricted cash currently on hand. This gives us not only considerable capacity to survive an extended period generating extremely limited revenue, but flexibility to operate in a potentially longer downturn and slower recovery scenario.

We also broadly preserved our ability to continue making preferred dividend payments and retain flexibility to renovate hotels in a manner more consistent with our past cadence once demand begins trending toward normalized levels. In consideration for this flexibility, the credit facilities are now secured with pledges of equity from our borrowing base assets and includes certain restrictions on uses of cash during the wafer period, including investments, common dividend distributions and share repurchases.

The amendment to these facilities address more than 80% of our current debt balance. And when combined with an absence of debt maturities until November of 2022, position our balance sheet well to withstand the financial ramifications of a severe decline in revenues. Today, our weighted average interest rate is 3% and weighted average term to maturity is nearly four years. We are truly grateful for the support we received from our bank group and proud that our many strong relationships allowed us to work through this process efficiently and successfully.

As Dan mentioned, our cash burn rate in a zero revenue scenario is approximately $15 million per month, which is split roughly evenly between covering operating losses at the hotel level and funding corporate cash needs, including all principal and interest payments, corporate G&A, preferred dividend and non-discretionary capital expenditures. We've seen an encouraging stabilization in occupancy levels in recent weeks, which is reducing our cash burn rate by over 25%, and in turn, adding considerable runway to our liquidity profile even in this historically low demand environment.

As our attention turn increasingly toward a recovery in demand and evaluating reopening the few hotels that are currently closed, we remain focused on adding back labor, services and amenities gradually and prudently. Less than 10% of the total rooms in our portfolio are close today and the majority of those we are planning to reopen over the next 30 days, pending any further changes to local market conditions. Thankfully, our operating model has always relied on relatively less labor. And we believe there is an opportunity at a minimum on an interim basis to operate with fewer FTEs at more normalized occupancy levels.

While revenues have declined dramatically across the industry, we have continued to gain market share despite the lack of traditional demand. Even before we began to feel the effects of broad travel restrictions, we improved our RevPAR index by nearly 300 basis points in both January and February. Our 7.6% RevPAR index gain in March is likely somewhat skewed by hotel closures in certain markets, but nonetheless, we have been successful capitalizing on opportunities that currently exist, which speaks highly of our revenue management team and augurs well for our ability to reramp quickly.

Finally, we formally withdrew full year guidance ranges in the middle of March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And given the continued uncertainty in our business, we are not in a position to provide updated ranges for the remainder of the year. We will evaluate reinstating guidance as the operating environment continues to evolve over the coming months and quarters.

With that, I'll turn the call back over to Dan.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jon. In summary, we are pleased with our business model, our partnerships and our process to mitigate losses and prepare for the future. And with that, we'll open the call to your questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our first question or comment comes from the line of Chris Woronka from Deutsche Bank. Your line is open.

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, guys. Do you guys have an estimate of maybe what percentage of the portfolio is drive-to fly to? I know it's not something you typically ask guests, but if you look at just the location of those hotels or any way to ballpark it?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris, this is Dan. It's a little hard to get accurate estimate. I mean, technically all of our hotels you can drive-to as most you can. I think what we see is some of the more traditional locations that maybe haven't been as much of a drive-to market are starting to see some pickup as people may be looking at different modes of transportation. And they may be modifying their plans instead of flying somewhere to, go somewhere where they can drive-to. And that drive-to market may have previously been a fly to market. So as we look at it, we think that all of our markets have a component that are visitable in this recovery period. I know it doesn't specifically answer your percentage question, but it's really, there is not a real specific metric that we get through our guests that we could use.

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Yeah, yeah. No, fair enough. Also wanted to ask you about kind of how you see rate integrity unfolding going forward. Maybe if you look out July or August, because I think we know that some of the bigger full service boxes might have higher breakeven occupancy have to use rate as a tool. Are you seeing any signs of a more severe rate erosion as you look further out or is it so far holding up pretty well?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

I think so far it's held up all right in light of the circumstances we're sitting in. Forward-looking trends are really hard to have any sort of confidence in at this point. I'm not sure how reliable demand forecasts are out beyond the next 30 days. So I think where we've line up is that we expect to compete very well with our hotels in our immediate area, whether they're in our comps set or not. For the factors that we've been really positive on our portfolio for the last several years, which is, they are great boxes, great locations, they have an average effective age of a little over three years, so they've been renovated. And I think that we believe will help us manage rate as best as possible.

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay. Very good. Thanks, Dan.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Chris.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question or comment comes from the line of Michael Bellisario from Baird. Your line is open.

Michael Bellisario -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Good morning, everyone.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Michael Bellisario -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Just wanted to dig into March and April trend a little bit, really kind of better understand the RevPAR declines. Can you maybe give us a sense of how your urban versus suburban property is fared? And then any particular markets that dragged down the overall portfolio's performance will be helpful?

Jonathan P. Stanner -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Yeah. Hey, Mike, it's Jon. I would say March finished down for the portfolio about 60%. As you would imagine, I think we started to feel the effects from some of the urban markets more quickly than we did in suburban markets. San Francisco probably being the one market that stood out where we saw a more -- a quicker decline earlier. I think the trends, and Dan mentioned all of this in the prepared remarks, I think the trends in April, which were our hope will be kind of the worst going forward, worse in the first half of the month than they were in the second half of the month. The occupancy was the full four percentage points higher in the second half of April than it was in the first half of April. Again, I think generally, I would say the suburban portfolio outperformed the urban portfolio and we've seen a continuation of that trend and slightly higher occupancy levels as we've gotten in the first few weeks of May.

Michael Bellisario -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Got it. And can you tell us the six hotels that are closed outright currently?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Mike, it's Dan. We've got the Hampton Inn & Suites in Silverthorne; Hyatt Place, Minneapolis Downtown; The Hyatt Place in Orlando; The Convention Center and the Hampton Inn & Suites, Baltimore, Inner Harbor; Holiday Inn Express, San Francisco and the Hotel Indigo in Ashville.

Michael Bellisario -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Got it. Helpful. And then just last one for me, probably for Jon. You mentioned $150 million of availability. What are the requirements for you to get that last $50 million? It looks like there is $100 million that's kind of freely available and then there is a couple of more steps you'd have to take to get to that last $50 million. Can you walk us through the mechanics of that?

Jonathan P. Stanner -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Yeah, sure. So I think as we've laid out, we drew $125 million of cash up and right around quarter end, so we're sitting on $145 million of cash today. In addition to that, we preserved $150 million of incremental borrowing capacity under the facility. The first $100 million, it will be secured by pledges of equity of the borrowing base assets and the last $50 million of availability get secured by outright mortgages on those borrowing base assets.

Michael Bellisario -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Got it. So if you want it, but for whatever reason you found a use for that $50 million, you'd have to go through the process that's a little bit more work to get that, it's not as kind of easy and efficient to get there compared to the first $100 million, right?

Jonathan P. Stanner -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Yeah, that's right. I mean, I think the rationale for us was, one I think for the banks it's obviously a significant credit enhancement. In our view, between the $145 million we have today and the incremental $100 million, before that last $50 million gets us through, again a pretty long period of time in a pretty draconian scenario. With $300 million of liquidity and a RevPAR environment where we run, even down 90%, which was kind of the worst month of the year in April gets us 27 months, 28 months of total liquidity. So we've got a fairly long runway. You start getting into kind of back-end of the year '21 and '22 covenants at that point in time. So I think that the liquidity and even getting that last $50 million to the extent that the market dictates it. We do have to get mortgages, but we've got a fair amount of runway before we get to that point.

Michael Bellisario -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Got it. Sorry. That 27 to 28, that's with the extra $100 million, not the full $150 million, right?

Jonathan P. Stanner -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

That's with the full $150 million.

Michael Bellisario -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Got it. Okay. Thank you.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question or comment comes from the line of Neil Malkin from Capital One Securities. Your line is open.

Neil Malkin -- Capital One Securities, Inc. -- Analyst

Hey everyone. Dan, happy birthday.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Neil.

Neil Malkin -- Capital One Securities, Inc. -- Analyst

First question. A lot of people have been talking about how this pandemic had kind of shifted or swung the pendulum back toward owners in the brand and owner sort of dynamic. I'm just wondering, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts in terms of what that kind of looks like in terms of -- or how you see that playing out in terms of fees, brand standard, proliferation of new brand? And if you think that will lead to higher margins than you've seen before when everything stabilizes?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Neal, it's Dan. Look, I think the brands, as I stated in my prepared remarks, have been very much supportive of taking a hard look at the operating model across the board. I think that we've made great progress in discussions on things that would help the operating model, but that would also meet the expectations, which are, as you would expect, likely elevated for guests.

So I do think that on a broad scale that we will come out of this with an even better operating model to the extent that we can achieve peak margins. I think a lot of that will have to do with the speed at which rate recovers. But I've actually been very pleased. I sit on a number of advisory boards with the brands and they have been very much supportive of ways to help not just during this environment, but in evaluating a longer term solution to some of the struggles we've had from operations.

Neil Malkin -- Capital One Securities, Inc. -- Analyst

I appreciate that. Other one I have is, what I guess, portion of your portfolio is traditional extended stay versus the -- I guess, just traditional select service? And then are there anything that you're seeing from COVID that would maybe make you change or alter in some way your portfolio or capital allocation strategy?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Neil, it's Dan again. Our portfolio is roughly between 20% and 25% extended stay. Look, we love that business. And should opportunities be available for those type of transactions, we would love to continue to grow that part of the portfolio. But we're very much -- very methodical on our acquisition. The returns still have to be there. The entry point would have to be right. Locations have to be right. So that would just be one of the factors we would look at as we continue the evolution of our portfolio.

Neil Malkin -- Capital One Securities, Inc. -- Analyst

Okay. I guess last one for me. The mezz loans you have on the development, what have preliminary conversations been like with your partners based on the deterioration? And any possibility of potentially that capital stack getting pushed down and you maybe want to be in the equityholder?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jon, I probably could share that question. I'd say that there -- mezz loans are with very experienced developer.

Neil Malkin -- Capital One Securities, Inc. -- Analyst

I think you may have hit mute.

Operator

Hold for just a second. The back-up line is open, just a second.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Hello. Sorry about that. I think we had a little bit of a power outage. I'll go back to the question on the mezz loan. Is everybody still on?

Operator

Yes, sir.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Look, I think as far as our partners on the mezz loans, they're a very experienced developers, their property is in good markets with strong demand generators and we do have a mechanism to push those out a year or even two. So that's probably more likely the direction we'd go with those. We have given them a forbearance for the next three months, which I think is appropriate given the current environment. But we still feel good about the long-term prospects of these particular properties.

Neil Malkin -- Capital One Securities, Inc. -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question or comment comes from the line of Austin Wurschmidt from KeyBanc. Your line is open.

Austin Wurschmidt -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, everybody. I hope you haven't got the utility bill at this point. But just into my first question here. In sort of a gradual occupancy ramp type scenario, how should we be thinking or what range of flow through multiples should we be thinking about as you reramp costs and services over time?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Austin, can you kind of repeat that?

Austin Wurschmidt -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Yeah, sure.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Are you talking about occupancy or...

Austin Wurschmidt -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Yeah. Well, so if we think about RevPAR declines and how that flows through to hotel EBITDA decline sort of a multiple of EBITDA decline to RevPAR decline, you guys were 1.7 times, which stood out versus I think a lot of the peers being well north of two times and even three times, which may be speaks to the efficiency of the operating model. You referenced earlier that ADRs have hung in there fairly well. And so as we think about a gradual occupancy ramp in the portfolio, maybe what type of multiple or flow through should we think about on that incremental occupancy, as you also reramp costs and services. Does that make sense?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I'll take a first crack at this. So I think the way that we've looked at it, when we looked at retention in March and our March retention was somewhere between 30% and 35%. And I think March is probably our best indicator at this point. But really only half the month is reflective of operating at what are kind of these very, very lean staffing model, I think April will be the better tell. We don't have final April numbers yet. But my expectation is that the retention rates as we get through April will be somewhere kind of 35% to 40% range. So I think we'll have pretty good retention, that probably implies that kind of somewhere between 1.5 times and 2 times EBITDA losses, a multiple of RevPAR loss that you referenced.

I think as we think about how revenues flow through going forward, a lot of it's going to be, as you know, the mix between kind of rates and occupancies. And we're in a little bit of a unique circumstance here where this is a lot different scenario than going from normalized kind of RevPARs and growing those 2% or 3%, 5% whatever is your -- at some level you have to start adding back some of that incremental labor that has been cut, make managers kind of off the front desk and get them back and bring in some of the more traditional staffing that you have. So I do think we'll see good flow through. I think that, again, what we're seeing now in this environment is somewhere between kind of 35% and 40% type retention levels at these low occupancy levels that we sit at today.

Austin Wurschmidt -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

That's helpful. I appreciate the thoughts. And then I was curious, do you guys have a sense of within your submarkets or comp sets, what percent of those hotels are closed or have suspended operations?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. We've got some sense. I would say the sense that we have is, frankly, probably more anecdotal than what's getting reported by Smith Travel. I think as most know that Smith Travel has come out and said that in total hotels is closed for 30 days, it's going to continue to be included as reporting in the comp set. So we're just getting now to the point where some of the hotels that closed later in the month of March or into April are coming out of those sets.

I think as reported by Smith Travel, it's in kind of the high-single-digit percentage number. So I think realistically it's likely higher than that. You know about 8% or 9% of our total rooms are closed. My sense is that the comp set that's at least that high and probably a little bit higher than that, we should be able to have a more concise answer to that question over the next coming weeks as we continue to get better data from Smith Travel on closures.

Austin Wurschmidt -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. No, that's helpful. And then lastly I think somebody earlier had kind of spoken to breakeven occupancy. I'm not sure that you guys gave a figure or not, I might have missed it. But could you give us a sense of where you think breakeven occupancy is at both the GOP, hotel EBITDA and then maybe on a cash flow basis for your portfolio?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Austin, it's Dan. There's a lot of variables that go into that. Clearly, at this level, there is not as much labor. And as you continue to reopen and occupancy picks up, there is an added labor costs. So -- and a lot of it is a function of the rate to use. So if we -- we think that at a breakeven level for hotel level EBITDA, it's somewhere between probably 40% and 45% using $100 as a base rate. Obviously, it depends on the market and the labor profile. And the breakeven to cover cost at a corporate level probably 10 basis per -- 10 percentage points higher. That does include in our covering the preferred dividends and capex in that as well.

Austin Wurschmidt -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. That's helpful. Thanks, Dan.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question or comment comes from the line of Bill Crow from Raymond James. Your line is open.

Bill Crow -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Yeah, thanks. Good morning, guys. Dan or Jon, do you think we'd get back to '19 levels in RevPAR first or margin first?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

That's a great question, Bill. I would at this point say RevPAR is probably the easiest way back, but it's really a function of how the operating model changes and evolves, a combination of what the supply picture looks like and our ability to push rate, which both I believe will be favorable in the future. But I think my perspective would be RevPAR would recover first.

Bill Crow -- Raymond James -- Analyst

All right. And then how much exposure or demand do you generate from colleges and universities? Do you have a sense for that?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

I would say it's frankly pretty small. We do have the hotel in the off-campus and we bought a hotel out in Portland that gets some exposure from some of that -- from the University right there. And yeah, with the Marriott in Boulder. But I wouldn't say it's a particularly large demand generator across the hotel, across the portfolio generally.

Bill Crow -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Okay. And then -- thank you for that. Last one for me, and maybe you went through this, and I missed it. But how is Memorial Day stacking up? Are you seeing any material increase in demand?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Bill, it's Dan. I think our perspective on Memorial Day is probably going to be more short-term focused. I think that's where the pick-up is likely to be. And that's where we're seeing a lot of the successes that we're having currently across the board. So we think that will be consistent with what we've seen over the last couple of weeks.

Bill Crow -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Yeah. Okay. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question or comment comes from the line of Dany Asad from Bank of America. Your line is open.

Dany Asad -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, guys. Can you hear me OK?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Got you, Dany.

Dany Asad -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Great. So Dan, are you hearing about any suburban property owner distress? And if so, like what would that mean for property values and potential M&A, as you know, things start to ramp up?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I mean, I think it's fair to say that everybody is in some level of distress right now, particularly the smaller owner operators. I don't know that there is an immediate opportunity regardless of the level of leverage or operations. I think that banks have generally been supportive of smaller owner-operators and giving them time to get their feedback under them. As far as opportunities, our priority right now is really on the portfolio. And based on our portfolio, the locations, the chain scale and the operating model, we think there is a lot of value to be created from here simply with that. But to the extent there is an opportunity in the future, we do have as good a relationship with our lenders as anybody in this space. And we've got a terrific partner with GIC, and we could look at things along those lines.

Dany Asad -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Great. And then more from like a distribution strategy. So once you start ramping back up, what does your distribution mix look like? Do you lean into maybe some channels more than you typically would or do you kind of -- yeah, that's just going to be a mix or is it going to be the same, as you know, what would have been pre-outbreak I guess?

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

I think one of the strengths of our portfolio and our operating model is we do have flexibility where we were probably more of a balanced business versus leisure from an occupancy standpoint. I think there will be more of a bias toward leisure. I think that would be an increased focus on digital as we try to be creative and proactive in driving that business. So yeah, I think there will definitely be a shift in tactics from our corporate revenue management team and how we go after business and fill rooms.

Dany Asad -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Great. That's it for me. Thank you.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Dany.

Operator

Thank you. I'm showing no additional questions in the queue at this time. I'd like to turn the conference back over to management for any closing remarks.

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, again, thank you all for your partnership and patience with the power outage. We look forward to connecting soon, hopefully that will be in person. Hope you all have a terrific day. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 36 minutes

Call participants:

Adam Wudel -- Senior Vice President-Finance & Capital Markets

Daniel P. Hansen -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan P. Stanner -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Michael Bellisario -- Robert W. Baird & Co. -- Analyst

Neil Malkin -- Capital One Securities, Inc. -- Analyst

Austin Wurschmidt -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Bill Crow -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Dany Asad -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

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