HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 21 September 2018 (September 23, 2018)

Ascott Invests USD26 million for 70% stake in Indonesia’s Tauzia

Singapore-based developer CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (“Ascott”), is investing USD26 million for a 70% stake in Green Oak Hotel Management (“GOHM”), the holding company for Indonesia-based hotel operator, TAUZIA Hotel Management (“TAUZIA”). This is Ascott’s first major move into the lodging segment beyond its core serviced residence business and apartments for corporate lease as it seeks to capitalize on the rapidly expanding middle-class business hotel segment. The consideration for the acquisition comprises of USD12.95 million paid on 17 September 2018 and the remainder payable over a five-year period commencing from 1 January 2018, up to an aggregate amount of USD12.95 million. TAUZIA is one of Indonesia's top five hotel operators with close to 60% of its portfolio located in key cities of Indonesia, such as Jakarta, Bali, Bandung, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. Approximately 70% of TAUZIA’s hotels cater to business and convention travellers, while 30% target leisure travellers. With this investment, Ascott’s portfolio will increase by 20,000 units spanning 122 hotels in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, half of which are under development. This puts Ascott’s portfolio at more than 94,000 units globally, surpassing its 2020 target of 80,000 units. Ascott currently owns 17 serviced residences and more than 3,000 units in Indonesia.

iPG’s Sydney Park Regis Hotel Sold for AUD54 million to Yeh’s Group

Australia-based investment group iProsperity Group Pty Ltd (“iPG”) sold the Sydney Park Regis Hotel for AUD54.18 million to Sydney-based Yeh’s Group (“Yeh’s Group”). The sale price represents a 23 per cent capital gain in less than two years, having purchased the 122-key hotel from Australia-based hotel operator, Staywell Hospitality Group (“Staywell”) for approximately AUD46 million in 2016. Located in the central business district, the property comprises ten floors of a 45-level mixed-use tower overlooking Hyde Park. The deal is expected to close on October 31, 2018 and the hotel will remain under a management agreement running until 2021 with Staywell. Yeh’s Group, led by Sydney-based hotel developer Johnson Yeh, has four other hotels under development, set to open in Sydney’s CBD in the next five years. The sale positions iPG to continue its growth trajectory towards a portfolio value of AUD10 billion by 2020. iPG controls about AUD1.8 billion of real estate in Australia and has recently acquired the 419-key Pullman On The Park Hotel in Melbourne for an undisclosed sum.

Dusit Thani Acquires Shares in LVM Holdings and Elite Havens for USD15 million

Thailand-based hospitality company, Dusit Thani Public Company Limited (“DTC”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Dusit Overseas Company Limited (“DOC”), has acquired all shares in Singapore-based hospitality investment and management company, LVM Holdings Pte. Ltd. (“LVM Holdings”) for approximately USD15 million (About THB495 million). LVM Holdings is the ultimate holding company of Bali-based luxury vacation rentals provider, Elite havens luxury villa rentals (“Elite Havens”). The investment in LVM Holdings is in line with DTC’s three-pronged growth strategy of balance, diversification and expansion. With the addition of Elite Havens, DTC enters the luxury villa rental market which is expected to enhance the company’s capacity to provide integrated services and drive revenue growth. DTC currently operates 27 properties worldwide and has more than 50 projects in the pipeline across Africa, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Middle East, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Elite Havens maintains a portfolio of more than 200 fully-staffed villas across Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Outbound Chinese Travellers Record 71.31 Million in H1 2018

According to the China Tourism Academy and Ctrip Joint Report, outbound Chinese travellers reached 71.31 million in the first half of 2018, recording a year-on-year increase of 15%. The Top 20 outbound travel departure cities were Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Wuhan, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Kunming, Tianjin, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Nanchang, Guiyang, Jinan, Hefei, Nanning and Fuzhou. The Top 20 cities where residents spent the most were Changchun, Wenzhou, Beijing, Dalian, Shenyang, Shanghai, Harbin, Xiamen, Qingdao, Suzhou, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Ningbo, Nanjing and Tianjin. The Top 20 overseas destinations for Chinese were Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, America, Cambodia, the Philippines, Australia, France, the UAE, Turkey, Italia, Maldives, Germany, Sri Lanka and England. Among the outbound travelers, 53% were female and 47% were male. Post-80s were still the backbone of outbound tourism, accounting a proportion of 31%.

Qatar Airways To Launch New Route Between Doha And Da Nang

Qatar Airways Company (“Qatar Airways”) will launch a direct flight between Doha and Da Nang on 19 December 2018. With current flights to Ho Chi Minh City since 2007 and Hanoi since 2010, Da Nang will become the third Vietnamese destination on the airline's global network. This four-time weekly flight will be served with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, with a total capacity of 254 seats. The new addition is expected to boost tourism in Da Nang where the number of visitors already reached 6.6 million tourists in 2017, twice times more that in 2013. Currently, Da Nang Airport is served by 24 international airlines, operating 15 frequent direct flights to and from international destinations.

Absolute Share Price Performance, as on 21 September 2018

Closing Share Price as at 21 September 2018 14 September 2018 % Change
Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)
Elanor Investors Group 1.99 1.98 0.8%
Event Hospitality & Entertainment Ltd 14.66 14.80 -0.9%
General Property Group 5.20 5.33 -2.3%
Mirvac Group 2.42 2.45 -1.2%
Mantra Group 3.95 3.95 0.0%
Bangkok Stock Exchange (THB)
Central Plaza Hotel Public Co Ltd 41.75 38.75 7.7%
Dusit Thani Public Co Ltd 12.00 12.00 0.0%
The Erawan Group Public Co Ltd 8.10 7.85 3.2%
Grande Asset Hotels & Property Public Co Ltd 1.07 1.01 5.9%
Laguna Resorts & Hotel Public Co Ltd 39.00 39.00 0.0%
Minor International Public Co Ltd 39.75 39.50 0.6%
China Shanghai Stock Exchange (RMB)
Jinling Hotel Corporation Ltd 8.89 8.42 5.6%
China Shenzhen Stock Exchange (RMB)
Huatian Hotel Group Co Ltd 3.04 2.68 13.4%
Guangzhou Dong Fang Hotel Co Ltd 7.85 7.72 1.7%
China Lodging Group Ltd 31.62 27.97 13.0%
Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK$)
Miramar Hotel & Investment Co Ltd 14.94 14.84 0.7%
Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd 4.28 4.16 2.9%
Sino Hotels Holdings Ltd 3.50 3.50 0.0%
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd 11.18 11.08 0.9%
Shangri-La Asia Limited 12.52 11.58 8.1%
National Stock Exchange (INR)
IHCL (Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces) 127.1 130.0 -2.2%
EIH (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts) 154.9 166.8 -7.1%
Hotel Leela Ventures 15.2 16.8 -9.5%
Korea Exchange (KRW)
The Shilla 104500 106000 -1.4%
Singapore Stock Exchange (S$)
Amara Holdings Ltd 0.45 0.44 1.1%
Ascendas Hospitality Trust 0.81 0.80 0.6%
Ascott Residence Trust 1.09 1.07 1.9%
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited 0.52 0.52 0.0%
CDL Hospitality Trusts 1.55 1.56 -0.6%
Far East Hospitality Trust 0.63 0.64 -0.8%
Frasers Hospitality Trust 0.69 0.69 0.0%
Hotel Grand Central Ltd 1.35 1.33 1.5%
Hotel Properties Ltd 3.73 3.72 0.3%
Mandarin Oriental International Ltd (US$) 2.22 2.15 3.3%
OUE Hospitality Trust 0.72 0.72 0.7%
Stamford Land Corporation Ltd 0.50 0.49 2.0%
Taiwan Stock Exchange (NT$)
Formosa International Hotels Corporation 135.5 137.5 -1.5%
The Ambassador Hotel, Ltd 22.5 22.3 0.9%
Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPY)
Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corp. 82000 81400 0.7%
Imperial Hotel, Ltd 1989 1985 0.2%
Red Planet Japan Inc 20 20 0.0%

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