Pursuing the transformation of HotelInvest’s hotel portfolio, AccorHotels has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with a new hotel investment company for the sale of 85 owned and leased hotels that it currently operates.
The portfolio comprises one Pullman, 19 Novotel, 13 Mercure, 35 ibis, 3 ibis Styles and 14 ibis budget hotels.
The majority of these hotels are located in France (61 hotels, primarily in regional cities and on the outskirts of urban agglomerations) and Spain (nine hotels), while the remainder are spread across Italy, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.
All of the hotels will remain under AccorHotels brands via franchise agreements.
The new company will be up and running by the end of first-half 2016 and will become HotelServices’ largest franchisee.
AccorHotels will sell to its new partner the 28 owned hotels and the business interest of all 85 hotels involved in the transaction for a total of €146 million, corresponding to the gross asset value of these assets.
The 57 other hotel assets are currently owned by Foncière des Régions, Axa IM – Real Assets, acting on behalf of its clients, and Invesco, and are covered by purchase agreements that include a substitution clause for the buyer.
They will be acquired directly by the new entity under the terms and conditions announced in October and December 2015, for a total of €358 million.
The buyer is a newly created hotel investment company, which will be owned by Eurazeo (70 per cent) and AccorHotels (30 per cent).
The two partners may rapidly be joined by a third institutional investor.
The newly created entity will have access to significant resources to restructure and develop its portfolio, including a budget of more than €100 million for hotel renovations.
The transaction will be the subject of a consultation procedure with employee representatives.
John Ozinga, chief operating officer of HotelInvest, commented: “This wide-reaching, innovative transaction is another key step in the transformation of HotelInvest.
“We are delighted to be contributing to the emergence of a major new hotel investor in the European market, which we intend to support over the long term.
“The deal will create value for AccorHotels, for all of the employees and entities involved in the transaction, and for the new entity, which will serve as a key partner for the Group going forward.”