HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 1 March 2019 (March 4, 2019)

AXA International Acquires Four Accor Hotels in Australia

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets (“AXA IM – Real Assets”), part of the France-based AXA Investment Managers (“AXA IM”), has acquired three hotels in Sydney’s Olympic Park and one in Canberra’s Central Business District, from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for a total of AUD330.4 million, representing the biggest hotel deal in Australia of the year to date. The transaction comprises a portfolio of four Accor hotels with a total count of 831 rooms, including the 177-room Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, the 212-room Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park, the 150-room Ibis Sydney Olympic Park, and the 286-room Novotel Canberra. The Olympic Park hotel portfolio is operated by the France-based hotel group Accor Hotels Group (“Accor”) under a 50-year management agreement and is situated within Olympic Park which is home to ANZ Stadium, Qudos Bank Arena and Spotless Stadium. The precinct hosted 5500 events between 2017 and 2018 and 10.5 million visitors. AXA IM – Real Assets manages a EUR2.3 billion-portfolio of hotels internationally for clients, using various management contracts such as franchise agreements and leases to operate them.

First Sponsor Purchases Controlling Shares in Westin Bellevue Dresden Hotel

Singapore-based property firm, First Sponsor Group (“First Sponsor”), has entered into a sales and purchase agreement for 94.9% of two German firms, Rock Lux Opco S.à r.l. and Rock Lux S.à r.l., which own and operate the Westin Bellevue Dresden hotel in Dresden, Germany, for EUR49.5 million (SGD75.7 million). The acquisition is in collaboration with Germany-based hotel operator, Event Hotels Group (“Event”) that owns the remaining 5.1% of the German firms. The 340-key property, with over 1,800 square metres of meeting and event space, is located between the old and new towns of Dresden, and has reportedly achieved an average occupancy of 69.1% and an average room rate of EUR99 in 2018. First Sponsor and Event are expected to spend more than EUR10 million (SGD15.33 miilion) to refurbish the property in the near future.

Vail Resorts Acquires Australian Ski Fields for AUD174 Million

US-based mountain resort company, Vail Resorts, Inc. (“Vail Resorts”) has recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with the subsidiary of UK-based Merlin Entertainments (“Merlin”) to purchase the ski fields at Fall Creek Alpine Resort and Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria, Australia, for approximately AUD174 million. The acquisition comprises the ski school, retail and rental operations, as well as reservation and property management operations at both resorts. Known as Victoria’s largest alphine resort, Falls Creek features 450 hectares of terrain while Hotham is the only resort in the Southern Hemisphere with 320 hectares of ski terrain. Following the acquisition, Vail Resorts expects both resorts to generate incremental resort reported earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) of approximately AUD18 million during its first year of operation, assuming normal conditions. The deal, which is subject to certain regulatory approvals, is anticipated to be completed before June 2019 and will expand Vail Resorts’ ski field portfolio to 19 across three countries.

Co-living Company Hmlet To Debut in Australia

Singapore-based co-living company Hmlet (“Hmlet”), has announced its expansion in Sydney, Australia, with the launch of two co-living properties in the inner-city suburbs of Newtown and Marrickville. Hmlet at Newton will be one of the first purpose-built co-living properties in Australia that will accommodate 20 members. The property will feature a co-working space, communal living and kitchen spaces, and a rooftop terrace. Hmlet at Marrickville will accommodate 70 members and feature 2,400 square metres of Net Leasable Area across six levels, a garden terrace and an outdoor kitchen. Hmlet also plans to expand to Melbourne and Brisbane. Hmlet has raised up to USD8 million to date including a seed funding of USD1.5 million by VC Fund Aurum Investments and USD6.5 million Series A funding led by Sequoia India. Hmlet is currently present in more than 15 locations in Singapore and Hong Kong, and aims to quadruple its number of members to over 2,400 across Asia-Pacific by the end of 2019.

Homeinns Joins Hands with Hyatt to Launch an Upper-Midscale Brand in China

China-based BTG Hotels Group Co., Ltd. (“BTG”) recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Homeinns Hotel Group (“Homeinns”) and affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt”) have formed a joint venture to create and launch a new hotel brand. The brand is positioned to compete in the underserved upper-midscale hotel market and designed to serve the changing needs of young Chinese travellers, as well as growing expectations for a seamless, comfortable and convenient travel experience. Taking advantage of Hyatt’s expertise in high-end hotels and Homeinns’ strong presence in the Chinese market, the joint venture is expected to unveil hotels under the new brand in first-tier cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other cities in China in the next five years.

Absolute Share Price Performance, as on 1 March 2019

Closing Share Price as at 1 March 2019 22 February 2019 % Change
Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)
Elanor Investors Group 1.74 1.74 -0.3%
Event Hospitality & Entertainment Ltd 12.98 12.80 1.4%
General Property Group 6.00 5.99 0.2%
Mirvac Group 2.61 2.60 0.6%
Bangkok Stock Exchange (THB)
Central Plaza Hotel Public Co Ltd 44.50 44.00 1.1%
Dusit Thani Public Co Ltd 10.30 10.60 -2.8%
The Erawan Group Public Co Ltd 7.30 7.45 -2.0%
Grande Asset Hotels & Property Public Co Ltd 0.97 0.95 2.1%
Laguna Resorts & Hotel Public Co Ltd 61.00 56.75 7.5%
Minor International Public Co Ltd 39.00 37.75 3.3%
China Shanghai Stock Exchange (RMB)
Jinling Hotel Corporation Ltd 9.37 9.09 3.1%
China Shenzhen Stock Exchange (RMB)
Huatian Hotel Group Co Ltd 2.98 2.81 6.0%
Guangzhou Dong Fang Hotel Co Ltd 7.61 7.40 2.8%
Huazhu Group Limited 35.30 35.36 -0.2%
Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK$)
Miramar Hotel & Investment Co Ltd 16.36 16.42 -0.4%
Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd 4.85 4.96 -2.2%
Sino Hotels Holdings Ltd 3.40 3.43 -0.9%
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd 11.82 11.74 0.7%
Shangri-La Asia Limited 11.28 10.58 6.6%
National Stock Exchange (INR)
IHCL (Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces) 138.3 142.9 -3.3%
EIH (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts) 185.7 185.6 0.1%
Hotel Leela Ventures 10.1 11.7 -13.3%
Korea Exchange (KRW)
The Shilla 85500 82500 3.6%
Singapore Stock Exchange (S$)
Amara Holdings Ltd 0.46 0.45 2.2%
Ascendas Hospitality Trust 0.86 0.86 0.6%
Ascott Residence Trust 1.14 1.14 0.0%
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited 0.58 0.60 -2.5%
CDL Hospitality Trusts 1.60 1.59 0.6%
Far East Hospitality Trust 0.65 0.64 0.8%
Frasers Hospitality Trust 0.73 0.73 -0.7%
Hotel Grand Central Ltd 1.33 1.37 -2.9%
Hotel Properties Ltd 3.77 3.80 -0.8%
Mandarin Oriental International Ltd (US$) 2.00 2.04 -2.0%
OUE Hospitality Trust 0.73 0.73 0.0%
Stamford Land Corporation Ltd 0.50 0.50 0.0%
Taiwan Stock Exchange (NT$)
Formosa International Hotels Corporation 138.0 137.5 0.4%
The Ambassador Hotel, Ltd 22.1 22.1 0.0%
Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPY)
Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corp. 86200 86000 0.2%
Imperial Hotel, Ltd 1989 1959 1.5%
Red Planet Japan Inc 15 16 -6.3%

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