Mexico’s Hoteles City Express, a company backed by private equity firms Jaguar Growth Partners and WAMEX Privat Equity, plans to contribute a portfolio of 42 wholly-owned hotels to a new lodging REIT named FIBRA STAY, and hold more than 50% of the vehicle.
(Press Release) Hoteles City Express S.A.B. de C.V. (“Hoteles City Express” or “The Company”) (BMV: HCITY) announced the intention to create a trust under the tax regime of a Lodging REIT (“Fibra Hotelera”) and place a minority percentage of REIT Shares (“Certificados Bursátiles Fiduciarios Inmobiliarios”) issued by the Lodging REIT on the market through a Primary Public Offering.
Hoteles City Express plans to contribute a portfolio of 42 wholly-owned hotels to a lodging REIT named FIBRA STAY, and hold more than 50% of the vehicle (“The Operation”). These assets represent the Company’s mature portfolio, and have been operating for more than 2 years, with geographical diversity across 20 states and 27 cities in Mexico.
The Operation will add value for shareholders of Hoteles City Express through: (a) creating a vehicle that can demonstrate and capture the market value of the assets of Hoteles City Express; (b) providing liquidity to reinforce the development pipeline from 2019 to 2022; (c) establishing a sustainable asset recycling mechanism that enables continuous growth without dilution to shareholders; and (d) demonstrating the performance and the profitability of Hoteles City Express.
This next step in the Company’s development reflects international trends. Moving to an asset-light structure will also enable Hoteles City Express to enhance ROIC and increase hotel growth rates.
Hoteles City Express will continue to fully consolidate the results of the Lodging REIT in its financial statements as it (i) will keep a majority stake in the Lodging REIT and (ii) the assets contributed to the trust will be operated by Operadora de Hoteles City Express, a subsidiary of Hoteles City Express.
The Company expects that with the issuance of FIBRA STAY, it will create an industry benchmark in terms of transparency and corporate governance. FIBRA STAY will be a vehicle with a fully internalized administrator to be selected by shareholders, without any kind of management fees nor asset acquisition fees, and a 100% independent Technical Committee, among other attributes.
In accordance with Hoteles City Express bylaws, the Operation’s execution depends on approval at an ordinary shareholders meeting that will be called on January 23, 2018, and will take place on February 15, 2018.
The Company will host a conference call about this strategic alternative. For further information please review the Informative Bulletin about Corporate Restructure of Hoteles City Express at the following link: https://goo.gl/E26jYR or contact the Investors Relations department.