Today, December 29, Scandic completed the acquisition of Restel’s hotel operations in Finland.
On June 21, 2017, Scandic announced the acquisition of Restel’s hotel operations in Finland. On December 5, the transaction was approved by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority subject to the divestment of one hotel in Lahti, one in Pori and one in Kuopio. Additionally, Scandic has committed not to participate in certain announced hotel projects in Lappeenranta and Vantaa.
On a pro forma basis, if the acquisition had been carried out on January 1, 2016, the acquired operations would have contributed net sales of EUR 203.4 million in 2016 and an adjusted EBITDA of EUR 13.7 million. The hotels that will be divested together contributed approximately EUR 8 million to net sales and EUR 1.7 million to adjusted EBITDA during 2016. Scandic’s estimates of the financial effects of the acquisition were presented in the press release published on June 21, 2017.
As previously announced, Scandic sees good opportunities for sales growth and margin improvement in the acquired hotel portfolio in the coming years. There is potential for increasing revenue through rebranding the hotels under the Scandic name and expanding Scandic’s offering in the Finnish market. Additionally, costs are expected to decrease through coordinated administration and procurement.
Overall, Scandic estimates that over time, excluding the three hotels that will be divested, the acquired operations have the potential to generate an adjusted EBITDA margin higher than the Group’s long-term financial target of 11%.
For more information, please contact:
Jan Johansson, Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +46 70 575 89 72
Henrik Vikström, Director Investor Relations
Phone: +46 709 52 80 06
Scandic is the largest hotel company in the Nordic region with 15,000 team members and a network of close to 230 hotels with about 45,000 hotel rooms in operation and under development. Scandic Friends is the biggest loyalty program in the Nordic hotel sector with 2 million members. Corporate responsibility has always been a part of Scandic’s DNA and Scandic has been named Best Hotel Brand in the Nordic countries (BDRC). Since December 2, 2015, Scandic has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.