CHICAGO, 2018-Feb-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt has reached a definitive agreement with Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HST) for the sale of the 301-room Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, the 668-room Grand Hyatt San Francisco, and the 454-room Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa for approximately $1.0 billion. The sale reflects a blended EBITDA multiple of approximately 16x based on Hyatt’s 2018 pro-forma estimates. Hyatt will continue to manage the three hotels under long-term management agreements. The transaction is expected to close near the end of March 2018.
Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “This agreement demonstrates the value of our owned and leased hotels and strengthens our longstanding and valued business relationship with Host. The completion of this transaction not only allows Hyatt to maintain our brand presence in these key markets with great brand representation, but also supports the execution of our recently announced initiative to reduce real-estate ownership as part of our broader capital strategy to unlock shareholder value.”
Two of the three hotels, Andaz Maui and Grand Hyatt San Francisco, reflect a combined attributed sale value of approximately $800 million and form part of Hyatt’s ongoing $1.5 billion permanent sell-down program. On a blended basis, the sale of these two properties reflects an EBITDA multiple of approximately 18x based on 2018 pro-forma estimates. The sale of Hyatt Regency Coconut Point for an attributed value of approximately $200 million, at an EBITDA multiple of approximately 12x based on 2018 pro-forma estimates, completes Hyatt’s 2017 commitment to be a “net seller” of assets under its ongoing asset recycling program.
Assuming closing in late March, Hyatt anticipates a net reduction in consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $40 million for the three properties combined over the remainder of 2018.
With the completion of this transaction, Hyatt is increasing its 2018 guidance for return of capital to shareholders to a minimum of $500 million from the previous guidance of at least $300 million. Hyatt intends to provide a full update to the 2018 outlook including the impact of these transactions and the new revenue recognition accounting standard with its first-quarter earnings release in May.
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About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of December 31, 2017, the Company’s portfolio included more than 700 properties in more than 50 countries across six continents. The Company’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company’s subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Residence Club® and exhale® brand names. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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