Minor Hotel Group completes €300m Tivoli acquisition

Minor Hotel Group has completed the final stage of its acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, a well-known Portugal-based brand with 14 properties across Portugal and Brazil.

The acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, which totals €294.2 million, not only marks MHG’s strategic entry into Europe and Latin America, but also provides the group with a strong operating platform to drive further growth in those markets.

This represents the largest-ever hospitality transaction in Portugal and is a highly accretive acquisition for MHG.

The Tivoli business is strong, generating revenue of €121 million and normalised EBITDA of €31 million in 2015.

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The acquisition not only adds strong earnings underpinned by valuable hotel assets, but is also well-timed to capitalise on recent strong growth in Portugal’s tourism market.

The acquisition was completed in separate stages over the course of more than 12 months under highly challenging circumstances, highlighting MHG’s strong, multijurisdictional deal execution capability.

This final transaction follows MHG’s acquisition in 2015 of five Tivoli hotels in Portugal and two Tivoli hotels in Brazil, along with the Tivoli brand in Brazil.

This now gives MHG the opportunity to expand the reach of the Tivoli brand into its other areas of operation including the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In addition MHG intends to fully capitalise on Tivoli’s strong asset portfolio by investing further in the Tivoli hotel assets to further enhance the positioning of the brand across its markets.

Dillip Rajakarier, chief operating officer, Minor International, commented: “We are excited to add Tivoli to Minor Hotel Group’s portfolio of hotel brands.

“With over 80 years of history, the Tivoli brand brings with it a rich heritage, a highly experienced team and a deeply loyal customer base.

“The Tivoli acquisition further cements MHG’s position as a world-class hotel operator, with a portfolio now extending to Europe and South America.

“Looking forward, we have already planned further investment into the Tivoli hotel assets and its operating and distribution infrastructure to realise the full potential of this strategic investment.”

The Tivoli acquisition is the latest in a series of international investments by Minor Hotel Group as part of its long term diversification strategy, which over the last two years has seen the group invest over US$550 million in hotel projects in Southern and East Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and Europe.

These investments include, in addition to Tivoli, a joint venture with Sun International, new hotel projects in Australia and Malaysia and investments with existing joint venture partners Rani Investment and Elewana Collection in Southern and East Africa.