GIC acquiring $620m Australian hotel portfolio with two others

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC will acquire a portfolio of 11 Travelodge hotels in Australia with global private markets firm Partners Group and Australian hospitality operator Salter Brothers, Partners Group said in a statement last Friday.

The portfolio, with a gross asset value of A$620 million (S$620.4 million), is diversified across key metropolitan centres including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and consists of more than 2,000 rooms, the group said.

It added that the acquisition from Mirvac and NRMA is also the largest of its kind to transact in Australia.

Partners Group said the transaction "provides an opportunity to capitalise on the long-term relative value of Australia's hospitality sector", and noted that the portfolio will likely benefit from a nationwide campaign in Australia that aims to increase domestic tourism.

The group added that it plans to improve the utilisation of the hotels through initiatives including rebranding, select upscaling and widening their visibility through the expansion of loyalty and rewards programmes across a wider distribution channel.

Partners Group managing director of private real estate Rahul Ghai said: "We particularly like this portfolio as it provides initial income with potential for further yield through transformational value creation strategies; it also provides a significant foothold from which we can scale towards a larger portfolio over time."

There is also evidence of a steady economic recovery in Australia, said Mr Euan Kennedy, a member of management of private real estate at Partners Group.

"Rising rates of vaccination are likely to support the progressive reopening of the economy and bode well for increased room penetration from both domestic and foreign travellers over the course of our investment," he added.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2021, with the headline 'GIC acquiring $620m Australian hotel portfolio with two others'. Subscribe