Today, Scandic has 230 hotels in operation and under development, 28 of which are in Finland. Restel’s portfolio includes 43 hotels in Finland. Following the acquisition, Scandic will have a nationwide hotel coverage in Finland.
”This is an important step forward for Scandic Hotels and one that will give us a strong network in the Finnish market. We look forward to operating and developing these hotels under the Scandic brand going forward and to welcome all of the Restel team members and customers to Scandic,” says Frank Fiskers, President and CEO of Scandic.
Restel currently has about 7,600 rooms at 43 hotels with long-term lease agreements in its portfolio, seven of which are operated under franchise agreements with Intercontinental Hotels Group. Most of the hotels are operated under the Cumulus brand and over time, they will be converted into Scandic hotels. The seller will remain the landlord for four of the hotels.
”We’ve found an excellent partner in Scandic. Our hotel portfolio will be in safe hands and become part of Scandic’s strong brand. At the same time, it will have access to their distribution capacity and significant customer base in the Nordic region,” says Mikael Backman CEO of Restel.
”Our hotel portfolios complement each other very well. This deal will give us presence in 15 new locations in Finland and greater exposure in the growing leisure segment,” says Aki Käyhkö, Managing Director of Scandic Hotels Finland.
The acquisition price of the transaction is EUR 114.5 million on a cash and debt-free basis and will be paid in cash. On a pro forma basis, as if the acquisition would have been performed January 1, 2016, the acquired operations might have contributed net sales of EUR 203.4 million in 2016 and adjusted EBITDA of EUR 13.7 million. The transaction is expected to close late Q4 2017, subject to regulatory approval and other conditions customary for this type of transaction. In the event of an unsatisfactory regulatory outcome, Scandic may terminate the transaction agreement subject to payment of a EUR 5 million termination fee to the seller.