Based on the strategic review undertaken in 2006, Accor has announced the sale of Red Roof Inns to a
consortium comprised of Citi’s Global Special Situations Group and Westbridge Hospitality Fund, L.P. for
1.32 billion dollars.The Global Special Situations Group of Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc is a principal investment group
that invests Citi’s capital in event-driven and special situation strategies globally.
Westbridge is a partnership between Westmont Hospitality Group and a number of Canadian pension fund
managers, including Cadim Inc., a division of Caisse de dép™t et placement du Québec, and Régime de rentes
du Mouvement Desjardins. Westmont is one of the largest private owner/operator of hotels in the world.
The Red Roof Inn network will have 326 properties and 35,238 rooms (after rebranding of 9 Red Roof Inns as
Motel 6 units prior to the sale), located mainly in the East coast and Midwest regions of the United States.
The transaction will be based on 11.2 times 2006 EBITDAR (which totaled 118 million dollars excluding the
rebranded Motel 6 units). Financially, the transaction will enable Accor to reduce its adjusted net debt by
830 million euros (1.08 billion dollars), of which 470 million euros (610 million dollars) will be added to the
Group’s cash reserves.
Following the divestment, Accor is refocusing on a single brand, Motel 6, the leading economy hotel chain in the
United States. Motel 6 operates 928 hotels across North America, especially on the US West Coast, where it is
market leader in California with 181 units. The chain enjoys very high brand recognition and a unique positioning,
established more than 30 years ago, as offering “the best price of any national chain”.
Refocusing on the Motel 6 brand will enable the US Economy Hotel business to generate ROCE of more than
10% in 2007.
Regarding this operation, Gilles Pélisson, CEO, says : “The United States are a key market for us. With the
ambition of being the world leader in economy and budget hotels, Accor plans to step up development of Motel 6
by opening more than 200 units in the United States and Canada by 2010.”
Accor’s financial advisor on the transaction was Bank of America.