Hotusa Buys Hotel In Jerez From Banco Sabadell

14 November 2017 – Eje Prime

The Hotusa Group remains firmly committed to Andalucía. In Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), the hotel chain has acquired the Hotel Eurostars Asta Regia, owned until now by Banco Sabadell.

The establishment has 31 rooms, a sauna, Turkish bath, gym and a rooftop swimming pool, as well as two meeting rooms. This investment, the amount of which has not been disclosed, strengthens Hotusa’s expansion plans in Andalucía; it now owns 24 establishments in the autonomous region.

Overall, the Spanish group’s total asset portfolio contains 175 hotels, spread over 17 countries, which generate an annual turnover of more than €1,000 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Millenium Group Resumes Its Hotel Socimi’s Activity

15 March 2017 – Cinco Días

The Millenium group has resumed its plans to launch a hotel Socimi. Following a break caused by the absence of a Government and the misgivings of some of its investors, the company has returned to the project.

The aim of the firm led by Javier Illán, which has now constituted the Socimi Millenium Hotels Real Estate, involves listing the company on the stock market in 2019, whereby maximising the term permitted for that purpose. Meanwhile, the vehicle is working hard to secure high profile investors and acquire hotel establishments.

Millenium plans to raise around €400 million from investors and expects that its Socimi will have a market valuation of between €650 million and €700 million when its debuts. For the time being, the company does not have a registered advisor for its debut on the stock market, but it has received support from investors who have participated in its investments since 2000, including large homegrown and overseas real estate mutual institutions and pension funds.

For new investors, Millenium has established a minimum entry ticket of €5 million. Moreover, it has not ruled out the possibility of allowing hotel owners to take a share in its share capital in exchange for “gifting” the property to its portfolio. Regarding the debut on the stock market, the company may open up another stock tranche, with a lower minimum investment of around €250,000, to give liquidity to its shares.

The vehicle is expected to acquire around thirty hotels, including those that the group already owns, such as the Hesperia on Paseo de la Castellana, the Hotusa in Plaza de Castilla and the Tryp Chamberí, all in the centre of Madrid.

The Socimi will acquire urban and vacation hotels, however, Javier Illán states that they are also analysing cities that receive lots of tourist visitors. Besides Madrid and Barcelona, he points to other major capitals such as Málaga, Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada, Bilbao, San Sebastián and Valencia. The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, together with the Costa del Sol, will be its areas of focus in the vacation segment, all areas that have been under the spotlight of domestic and international investors alike, over the last year.

This year, Illán hopes to close around ten acquisitions on which he expects to spend around €200 million. He also acknowledges that the company is holding talks with all of the hotel chains interested in operating lease contracts.

For the time being, none of these operations has materialised and the hope is that they will be completed one by one and not in batches to avoid acquiring unwanted assets.

The Director also assures that he intends for 70% of the portfolio of establishments to require investment for their repositioning and refurbishment (value added, in English), which whereby differentiates it from the model adopted by Hispania in the vehicle that it created together with Barceló: Bay.

The group, which specialises in the development of luxury residential properties and commercial premises is carrying out detailed analysis with a view to creating a Board of Directors for the Socimi, which will mainly comprise independent directors.

Original story: Cinco Días (by L. Salces and A. Simón)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Irea: Hotel Inv’t Amounted To €1,363M In YTD Sept 2016

17 October 2016 – Europa Press

Hotel investment in Spain has continued its strong momentum during the first nine months of 2016 to reach €1,363 million, according to a report about hotel investment in the real estate sector prepared by Irea. The report also shows that the figure could rise to €1,800 million by the end of the year. Despite the fact that the investment figure is 16% lower than the level recorded during the same period last year, it is the second best year ever.

Investor interest in hotel assets is still very high and if some of the main operations that are currently on the market are actually closed as a result of the year-end effect then the figure could end up exceeding €1,800 million by the end of 2016. The profile of investors has changed considerably with respect to 2015, when the Socimis (primarily Hispania and Merlin) were the stars and investment involving asset portfolios accounted for half of the total investment volume.

In 2016, operations involving individual assets are clearly dominating the market and are spreading in a general way across the whole country, versus the trend in recent years when there was a higher concentration of investment in traditional destinations.

The increase in the number of hotels sold to date in 2016 has been noteworthy (97 hotels compared to 83 last year), however, the average size per number of rooms has decreased significantly to 142 rooms from 214.

Madrid leads investment with €310 million.

In geographical distribution terms, Madrid leads the investment table for the second year in a row, with €310 million, followed by Barcelona with €302 million (the two regional capital cities account for 45% of total investment). The Balearic and Canary Islands are ranked in third and fourth places with €206 million and €198 million, respectively.

Whilst the figures in the Balearic Islands have remained stable compared to 2015, they have decreased in the Canary Islands after the high volume of investment seen in 2015, when it was the main investment destination in Spain.

Finally, there has been a notable increase in contributions to total investment from secondary destinations. In 2016, hotel investment has been distributed amongst 68 municipalities so far, compared with 44 in 2015 and 25 in 2014, which shows that the hotel investment market is establishing itself in Spain.

Investment is now reaching regional capitals such as Gijón, Oviedo, Orense, Lugo, Granada and Alicante, for example, i.e. places where barely any activity had been recorded in recent years.

The Socimis decrease their level of investment

The profile of investors has also changed markedly since 2015, when the Socimis were the undisputed stars, accounting for almost 50% of total investment volume in the hotel market in Spain.

This year, the Socimis have faded into the background, accounting for approximately €85 million of investment (only 6.2% of total hotel investment), whilst other types of investors have grown.

International investors have invested €585 million to date, almost twice as much as they spent in 2015, led by the Dogus Group, which purchased the Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid and Westmont Hospitality, which acquired a majority stake in Torre Agbar in Barcelona.

In terms of national chains, they invested €276 million in total on the purchase of 32 hotels. Highlights included Hotusa, which was the most active group, purchasing five properties during the first nine months of the year.

Meanwhile, domestic investors spent €304 million on hotels in total. The star of that category was HI Partners, which has acquired seven hotels so far this year, primarily in the vacation segment.

Original story: Europa Press

Translation: Carmel Drake

Three Minority Shareholders Acquire Petit Palace Hotel Chain

19 September 2016 – Cinco Días

The Choice Hotels chain has had the doors to the Spanish hotel market closed in its face. The US group signed a pre-agreement with N+1 in July whereby the investment bank committed to sell its 52% stake in High Tech. Several minority shareholders then also joined the agreement, which is due to expire on 30 September.

However, three of the chain’s minority investors have opted to exercise their right of first refusal and acquire shares from other investors. In this way, on Friday, N+1 announced the sale of 26% of the company that it held through N+1 Dinamia Portfolio II, an operation that, excluding expenses, amounted to €9 million, given that it had valued its stake at €0.

Besides that stake, the investment bank also held another 26% stake in High Tech through several private equity funds, which it has also divested, according to sources familiar with the operation.

The three minority shareholders that now control High Tech are: Inversiones el Piles, an Asturian company that also owns 24.5% of Duro Felguera. It used to own 10% of the hotel chain, but now controls 54%. Alongside it is the company Edificio Miño, a private investment fund linked to one of the shareholders of Seguros Santa Lucía, which previously held 6.5% and now holds 11%; and General Oilex Company, the real estate group originally from Sweden, which has increased its stake from 5% to 35%.

These three investors, which have paid around €40 million for the 78.5% of the company that they did not control, have taken on all of its debt. They had been given the option to exercise their right to accompany the other investors in Choice’s offer or to exercise their right of first refusal; they opted for the latter.

The operation represents N+1’s exit from the hotel chain’s share capital, after it first became a shareholder in 2003. It also sees the departure of the founding executives of the company, which together held a 26.2% stake. On several occasions, some of the founders, such as Antonio Fernández and Javier Candela, expressed their interest in regaining control of High Tech, due to differences in terms of management and they tried to look for financial support from other investment funds. As such, over the last year, they have sounded out buyers including Hotusa.

High Tech operates 31 hotels in Spain, through the Petit Palace brand; it rents the majority and manages the rest. The chain has a strong presence in Madrid, where it manages 20 properties, as well as in Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Bilbao and Málaga. In total, it has 1,966 rooms.

High Tech was launched 15 years ago by the team from Tryp, following the sale of that brand to the Escarrer family (Meliá). The founding team, which the other shareholders subsequently joined, created an urban brand, which suffered during the years of the crisis due to the high price of rentals and high financing costs. Sources in the market suggest that the new owners may be interested in valuing the company for its subsequent sale.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Laura Salces)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Nyesa Puts Hotel Tryp Macarena Up For Sale For c. €50M

7 April 2016 – Expansión

The hotel real estate market in Sevilla is on a roll. In addition to several new projects, such as Hotusa’s plans for CaixaBank’s Torre Sevilla skyscraper and the hotel that will be opened in the former headquarters of Banco de Andalucía, promoted by Drago Capital, other properties are also now hanging up the ‘For Sale’ sign. According to local sources, another hotel that may soon change hands is the Tryp Macarena, one of the largest in the Sevillan capital.

The real estate company Nyesa has launched the sale of this property, located next to the Parliament of Andalucía, in the popular neighbourhood of Macarena. The starting price ranges between €40 million and €50 million, according to sources in the sector. The property has a four-star rating and 331 rooms.

Meliá is the chain that operates the hotel and the firm that sold it to the current owners in 2005 for €42 million. For the Bartibás family, which used to control the Horcona group, it represented its fourth hotel in Spain and the 25-year lease contract signed with the multi-national firm chaired by Gabriel Escarrer generated annual revenues of €2.2 million, according to Nyesa’s accounts.

According to sources at Meliá yesterday, “in most cases, when there is a transfer of ownership, the group continues as the manager, if that fits with the overall strategy”.

Nyesa Valores Corporación was created in 2008 from the integration of the real estate companies Nyesa and Inbesòs. Its huge debt, which exceeded €650 million at one point, forced it to file for bankruptcy in 2012, but it reached an agreement with its shareholders in 2014. Nevertheless, its shares are still suspended from trading and in 2015, its revenues amounted to just €2.6 million, compared with €186 million in 2008. After capitalising its debt, its shareholders include several banks, such as Popular (13.2%).

Original story: Expansión (by Lidia Velasco)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Hotusa Incorporates 
More Than 400 Associated Hotels

9 February 2016 – Expansion

Hotusa strengthened its hotel portfolio in 2015 with 403 associated establishments. Out of these, 130 are in Spain and the remaining 273 are spread over 29 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. With these incorporations, the consortium of independent hotels of Hotusa Group totals more than 2,700 associates worldwide. 
Most hotels oncorporated outside Spain are located in Europe. Specifically, 210 establishments in 15 countries. Ahead are Italy and France, with 73 and 68 hotels, respectively. 
The company chaired by Amancio López also had a good growth in North Africa, especially in Morocco, with 11 new associates. Its evolution in Chile is also significant – with 12 new associates, and in the US, where it has added 10 locations. 
Hotusa is the largest tourist group in Catalonia, with a turnover of EUR 744 million in 2014, a figure that includes own hotels, marketing of third parties establishments and the division of tourism services. 
Hotusa has 147 hotels in 17 countries under Eurostars and Exe brands. And also Keytel booking central and Hotelius on-line portal.

Original story: Expansion

Translation: Aura Ree

JLL: Hotel Investment Exceeded €2,650M In 2015

12 January 2016 – Expansión

2015 was a record year for investment in the hotel sector, driven primarily by Spanish buyers. The Canary Islands and Madrid were the stars in terms of location. Last year, 143 hotels were sold in Spain worth €2,650 million, which represents an increase of 65.6% compared with 2006, the previous record-breaking year; and more than double the investment volume recorded in 2014 – €1,180 million.

Spain was the third most popular European country for investors, behind the UK and Germany, according to a report by the consultancy firm JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group. And Spanish investors returned to the spotlight, thanks to the improvement in the domestic economy. In 2015, 74% of total investment was made by domestic buyers, compared with 58% a year earlier.

In this regard, the Socimis were the great discovery of the year. Merlin and Hispania, the two largest Socimis by market capitalisation, spent €965 million on hotels, whereby accounting for 36.4% of the total volume invested in Spain.

In terms of Spanish investors, the Socimis and investment funds were followed by Spain’s hotel chains, which accounted for 13.5% of total investment. The Catalan hotel chains H10 and Hotusa were the most active in 2015. They were followed by private investors, such as family offices, which accounted for 8.9%.

In the meantime, overseas investors accounted for 26% of total investment in Spain, with buyers from France being the most active – Accor’s acquisition of four Novotel hotels was a key deal – behind those from Germany – IFA paid €48 million for two properties in the Canary Islands – and Hong Kong – Mandarin purchased the Ritz in Madrid, together with the Saudi group Olayan-.

By type of investor, the funds increased their weight significantly during the year, specifically, up from 30.4% to 53.6% of the total. Hotel groups and private investors lost steam, in contrast to the real estate companies, which recorded a slight rise.

The Canary Islands accounted for 29.6% of total investment, benefiting from the upturn that Spain’s tourism industry is experiencing at the moment due to (political) instability in other competing countries in the Mediterranean. 31 hotels were sold there in total, primarily as a result of the partnership between Meliá and Starwood Capital, as well as due to the creation of Bay, the first pure hotel Socimi, by Barceló and Hispania.

Recovery

Madrid was the second most popular destination, accounting for 23.5% of total investment. The price paid for the Ritz hotel – €778,000 per room – was the highest recorded in Spain. Half of the operations involved five-star hotels and 43% involved four-star hotels.

Occupancy rates have improved in the Spanish capital, but the average price there continues to fall below its pre-crisis levels.

In the Balearic Islands, hotels worth more than €445 million were sold – 16.8% of the total – , above Barcelona, where 14 transactions worth €340 million were signed – accounting for 14% – above all, involving four-star properties. Despite the moratorium imposed by the mayoress Ada Colau, the Catalan city is the country’s leader in terms of profitability and the outlook there is positive.

Another trend in 2015 was the sale of hotel portfolios. 78 of the 143 hotels that changed hands belonged to a larger batch. This year, more operations of this type are expected, albeit smaller in value; and overseas Socimis and investors are expected to play a more active role. According to JLL, investment in 2016 could reach similar levels to those seen last year.

Original story: Expansión (by Yovanna Blanco)

Translation: Carmel Drake

The Hotusa Group Buys The Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel

11 December 2015 – Cinco Días

The Hotusa Group has bought the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel & Spa, which it will incorporate into its Eurostars Hotel chain. It will operate the establishment as a 5-star hotel under the commercial name Eurostars Suites Mirasierra, as part of the on-going growth strategy of its hotel division, pursued since its creation in 1994.

With this acquisition, whose consideration has not been disclosed, Eurostars Hotels adds its eighth establishment in Madrid, where it already owns the ‘Eurostars Madrid Tower‘ (5-star), the ‘Eurostars Monte Real’ (4-star), the ‘Eurostars Plaza Mayor’ (4-star), the ‘Eurostars Zarzuela Park’ (4-star), the ‘Eurostars Gran Madrid’ (4-star) in Alcobendas, the ‘Eurostars Arenas De Pinto’ (4-star) in Pinto and the ‘Eurostars I-Hotel’ (4-star) in Pozuelo de Alarcón.

As a result, the company’s hotel division will operate a total of 18 hotels in the Community of Madrid, of which seven are operated under the umbrella of its other chain, Exe Hotels. In total, the group owns 148 establishments in 18 countries.

“We are committed to the organic growth of our portfolio, based on the incorporation of establishments that we believe we can apply our model to, in order to further boost their growth”, confirmed the President of Grupo Hotusa, Amancio López Seijas, un a statement.

López stated that the chain is open to all types of formula, from purchases, such as in this case, to management, depending on the particulars of each project within its expansion plan.

The 5-star Eurostars Suites Mirasierra has 182 rooms and suites measuring at least 60 m2, and is one of the most important establishments in the capital for holding events, with 17 independent meeting rooms, and the capacity to host up to 850 people. Its accommodation options are complemented by a restaurant and terrace, several bars, an outdoor swimming pool and spa, a gym and health treatment services.

Original story: Cinco Días

Translation: Carmel Drake

Colau Suspends 35 Hotel Projects In Barcelona

26 October 2015 – Expansión

On Friday, the Town Hall of Barcelona revealed the final impact of the hotel moratorium in the Catalan capital. The mayoress Ada Colua’s star initiative has left 35 projects up in the air, although it will not effect some of the most iconic projects, such as the hotel that Amancio Ortega is planning to build in Plaza Catalunya or the project proposed by Meridia Capital for the former Henkel headquarters.

The future of the 35 projects now depends on the special urban plan for tourist accommodation (Peuat or ‘plan especial urbanístico de alojamiento turístico’), the regulatory framework that governs the (tourism) sector in the city. The town hall expects to approve the framework in March, just before the suspension of the licences expires. “We still have time to put in order and regulate tourism”, said the fourth deputy mayoress, Janet Sanz, at a press conference.

The 35 projects affected include 30 hotels, three youth hostels and two halls of residence. Some of the most well known projects include the property that the Hotusa group, owned by Amancio López, plans to build on Avenida Vilanova (close to the Arc del Triomf) and the building that Meliá wants to convert on Calle Casp.

During the press conference, the councillor revealed that 51 projects have run their course unaffected by the moratorium, since they were approved when the previous government was in office, i.e. when CiU led the Town Hall. Those 51 projects include 36 licences, 9 obtained due to non-opposition and 6 that have urban use certificates (a document that allows a licence to be requested during a six-month period).

The opposition, led by CiU, criticised Colau’s policy and accused her of making a lot of fuss and then taking little action. They asked the mayoress to show “rigour and seriousness”.

Original story: Expansión (by Gabriel Trindade)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Hotusa’s Revenues Rose By 14% In 2014 To €744M

8 June 2015 – Expansión

The hotel chain Hotusa, headquartered in Barcelona, recorded revenues of €744 million in 2014, an increase of 14% from the previous year, and obtained an EBITDA of €30 million. The Chairman of the company, Amancio López, expects the group to grow by 15% in 2015.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake