18 February 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] today announces the sale of the 383 room InterContinental San Francisco Mark Hopkins1 (the “Hotel”) to a joint venture between affiliates of Woodridge Capital Partners (“Woodridge”) and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. (“Oaktree”) for $120m gross cash proceeds. IHG will continue to manage the Hotel under a long-term management contract.
The Hotel first opened in 1926, and became an InterContinental in 1973. IHG acquired the lessee interest in 1983 and subsequently acquired the freehold in 2010. The new owners have agreed to invest approximately $20m to refurbish and reposition the hotel.
The sale is a continuation of IHG’s strategy to reduce the capital intensity of the business. Over the last 12 months IHG has agreed to dispose of three owned InterContinental hotels, with total gross proceeds of almost $830m. The disposal of InterContinental London Park Lane completed in May 2013 and the disposal of an 80% interest in InterContinental New York Barclay was announced in December 2013; this is expected to complete next month.
Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson, Chief Financial Officer of IHG commented:
“Today’s announcement is yet another milestone for IHG, as we continue our asset light strategy. This demonstrates our ability to execute major asset deals and the enduring attractiveness of the InterContinental brand. We are delighted to have secured a long-term management contract on the Hotel with an experienced new owner and look forward to a successful partnership with them.”
1The Hotel generated revenues of $42m and EBIT of $6m in 2013 and had a net book value of $90m at 31 December 2013.
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About IHG IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 77 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns 4,700 hotels and 687,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
About Woodridge Capital Partners Founded by Michael Rosenfeld, Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC (“Woodridge”) is a Los Angeles based real estate development and Investment Company, and through its affiliates, are owners and developers of a broad range of hotel, resort, residential, and commercial properties throughout the United States.
About Oaktree Capital Management
Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. is a leader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments, with $83.6 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2013. The firm emphasizes an opportunistic, value-oriented and risk-controlled approach to investments in distressed debt, corporate debt (including high yield debt and senior loans), control investing, convertible securities, real estate and listed equities. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the firm has over 800 employees and offices in 16 cities worldwide. For additional information, please visit Oaktree’s website at http://www.oaktreecapital.com/