Accor agreed key terms of taking over Orbis’ hotel services business for €286m, and begins disposal of its real estate operations, whose Gross Asset Value (excluding corporate overheads) totaled €1.18bn at end-2018
Paris, France, 2019-Jun-13 — /Travel PR News/ — In line with its “asset-light” strategy, and as presented at Capital Market Day on November 27, 2018, Accor announced today (June 12, 2019) that it has made material progress in the disposal process of Orbis’ real estate assets. The Group currently holds an 85.8% stake in the company, which had the gross asset value of its portfolio revalued by an independent expert. The valuation, based on Orbis’ results at December 31, 2018, came to €1.18 billion, not including the entity’s corporate overheads, which represent around €11 million per year.
Following Orbis’ decision to separate its hotel services business (franchise agreements and management contracts) and its real estate assets, Accor agreed with Orbis key terms of the planned acquisition of the services business for 1.2 billion zlotys (€286 million). The transaction will have no impact on the Group’s EBITDA or net debt, since Orbis is fully consolidated in its financial statements.
Through the transaction, the Group will take over the franchise agreements and management contracts on its 136 hotels in Central Europe. In particular, this will allow the Group to:
– facilitate relationships with investor partners;
– simplify the disposal process for real estate assets by disposing its stake in Orbis, since the transaction will turn Orbis into a pure-play asset-heavy model.
Accor has also begun the process of disposing of its controlling stake in Orbis’ share capital, and intends to approach selected entities in connection therewith. In light of these developments, Accor will recognize Orbis’ real estate business as an asset held for sale, in line with IFRS 5, starting from the publication of its financial statements for first-half 2019. The Group will issue pro forma financial statements for 2018 shortly to reflect these adjustments.
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