Minor Hotel Group completes largest-ever hospitality deal in Portugal with acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has completed the final stage of its acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, a well-known Portugal-based brand with 14 properties across Portugal and Brazil.

The group is owner and operator of hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, which totals EUR 294.2 million, not only marks MHG’s strategic entry into Europe and Latin America, but also provides the group with a strong operating platform to drive further growth in those markets.

This represents the largest-ever hospitality transaction in Portugal and is a highly accretive acquisition for MHG. The Tivoli business is strong, generating revenue of EUR 121 million and normalised EBITDA of EUR 31 million in 2015. The acquisition not only adds strong earnings underpinned by valuable hotel assets, but is also well-timed to capitalise on recent strong growth in Portugal’s tourism market.

The acquisition was completed in separate stages over the course of more than 12 months under highly challenging circumstances, highlighting MHG’s strong, multi-jurisdictional deal execution capability. This final transaction follows MHG’s acquisition in 2015 of five Tivoli hotels in Portugal and two Tivoli hotels in Brazil, along with the Tivoli brand in Brazil. This now gives MHG the opportunity to expand the reach of the Tivoli brand into its other areas of operation including the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In addition, MHG intends to fully capitalise on Tivoli’s strong asset portfolio by investing further in the Tivoli hotel assets to further enhance the positioning of the brand across its markets.

This final stage of the brand’s acquisition comprises seven hotels in Portugal: in the country’s capital, the 119-key Tivoli Jardim Lisboa Hotel; the 77-key Tivoli Sintra Hotel in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, and the 30- key Tivoli Palácio de Seteais to the west of Lisbon; in the Algarve, one of Europe’s premier tourism destinations, the 324-key Tivoli Lagos Hotel Beach Club & Golf; the 280-key Tivoli Victoria Vilamoura Golf Resort Conference & Spa; The Residences at Victoria Clube de Golf which has 88-keys, plus the 100-key Tivoli Coimbra Hotel in historic Coimbra north of Lisbon. These seven properties are part of the overall Tivoli portfolio of 14 hotels, totalling 12 in Portugal and two in Brazil, with almost 3,000 keys in total.

Dillip Rajakarier, COO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotel Group, commented, “We are excited to add Tivoli to Minor Hotel Group’s portfolio of hotel brands. With over 80 years of history, the Tivoli brand brings with it a rich heritage, a highly experienced team and a deeply loyal customer base. The Tivoli acquisition further cements MHG’s position as a worldclass hotel operator, with a portfolio now extending to Europe and South America. Looking forward, we have already planned further investment into the Tivoli hotel assets and its operating and distribution infrastructure to realise the full potential of this strategic investment.”

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