Marriott signs $135 million Delta Hotels acquisition deal

Continuing its rapid global expansion, Marriott International has signed definitive agreements to acquire the Delta Hotels & Resorts brand and management and franchise business from Delta Hotels Limited Partnership.

The latter is a subsidiary of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, with the deal believed to be worth approximately $135 million.

The Delta brand comprises a diverse range of hotels and resorts with 38 hotels and 10,000 rooms in more than 30 cities across Canada. 

Delta offers a fresh approach to the guest experience, including its new Mode Room guest room designs, innovative use of new technologies, and new properties, such as its flagship Delta Toronto located at the hub of Canada’s hottest high-rise neighbourhood, South Core.

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When completed, the transaction will increase Marriott’s distribution in Canada to more than 120 hotels and 27,000 rooms, making Marriott the largest full service hotel company in Canada.

Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, said: “Delta has an impressive portfolio of hotels that are among the most preferred in Canada. 

“With this acquisition, we are continuing our focus on building our brand portfolio and growing in attractive regions outside the US.

“Combining the strong Delta brand with Marriott’s hotel development expertise will accelerate growth of the brand in Canada and in other markets around the world.” 

Under terms of the agreement, Marriott is acquiring the Delta management and franchise business, as well as the Delta brand and related intellectual property. 

At stabilisation, after realising certain operating synergies, Marriott expects the purchase price to be approximately 10 times annualised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation.