Hospitality Property Fund achieves 25% BEE ownership and grows its quality asset base

Posted On Friday, 05 January 2007 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Hospitality Property Fund Limited announced that it will acquire the 4-star Richards Hotel together with neighbouring land totalling 12,960m2, the 2-star Bayshore Hotel all in Richards Bay and the 3-Star Protea Hotel Imperial in Pietermaritzburg.

Gerald NelsonThe properties are cumulatively valued at R119 million and the purchase consideration of R97,7 million represents an 18% discount to the open market value according to an independent valuation conducted by JHI Real Estate.

Hospitality is South Africa’s first specialised listed property fund invested exclusively in hotels and resorts and is managed by Hospitality Property Fund Managers.

“The acquisition is in line with Hospitality’s objective of growing the company in a controlled manner through the addition of assets which further diversify the portfolio and which have the potential to enhance unitholder returns,” says Gerald Nelson, CEO of Hospitality.

The purchase consideration will be settled by the issue of an equal number of “A” and “B” Hospitality linked units on to the vendors. Hospitality, through the renouncement of these units by the vendors in favour of Nobuntu Investments II (Pty) Limited, will increase its BEE shareholding to 25%.

Nobuntu II is a majority black-owned company, which has been established for the purpose of facilitating the BEE transaction. The shareholder’s of Nobuntu II are Meago Trading (49,9%), Grapnel Property Group (25,2%), Pan-African Capital Holdings (17,4%) and Morgan West (7,5%).

“Hospitality subscribes to the Property Transformation Charter and this transaction forms part of the implementation of Hospitality’s overall BEE initiative and its objective of introducing meaningful participation by historically disadvantaged South Africans to the listed property sector,” notes Nelson.

The 135-room Richards Hotel, 102-room Bayshore Hotel and 70-room Protea Hotel Imperial lease agreements are all of the Hospitality’s C-Corp type, comprising approximately 50% fixed lease rental with the remainder being a variable rental relating to the hotel’s earnings.

“With the conclusion of these transactions Hospitality will own three hotels in Richards Bay. The development of the Tata Iron & Steel plant in Richards Bay and the expansion of the Richards Bay coal terminal are two of a number of major industrial projects mooted for this area. We see enormous potential for growth which can only benefit the hospitality sector,” says Nelson.

These acquisitions follow Hospitality’s recent purchase of the 4-star Protea Hotel Victoria Junction for R106,5 million, which is expected to transfer to the company in January 2007.

The newly acquired properties bring the number of assets in Hospitality’s portfolio to 20 hotel and resort properties including Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Champagne Sports Resort, Birchwood Executive Hotel and Conference Centre, Radisson Hotel Waterfront, Courtyard Hotels in Arcadia, Rosebank, Sandton, Cape Town and Eastgate and Protea Hotels in Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay.

“Hospitality is actively pursuing a number of new acquisitions and will continue to grow its portfolio of landmark hotel properties,” says Nelson.

Last modified on Monday, 28 April 2014 10:13

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