31 October 2017 – Alimarket
Bay Hotels & Resorts, the hotel Socimi created by Hispania and Grupo Barceló, has presented its results for the first half of 2017, which reveal that the Socimi increased its profits by 87% during the period to €102 million, with respect to June 2016. In turn, its revenues from the rental of hotels and shopping centres rose by 26.5% to €38 million. On the investment side, Bay spent €18.8 million to improve and reposition its portfolio during the first six months of 2017. The bulk of that investment was spent on the renovation of the Balearic hotel ‘Barceló Paradise Portinatx’ – acquired by Hispania for €11 million this year – and the Canary Island hotels ‘Barceló Teguise’ and ‘Occidental Jandía Mar’, amounting to €7.6 million, €3.6 million and €775,000, respectively.
Bay’s recent operations include the purchase of all of the shares in Armadores de Puerto Rico for €6.2 million on 28 June 2017. That entity owns land in Lanzarote, on which Bay plans to construct a luxury hotel with 225 rooms. Its plots are located adjacent to the ‘Occidental Lanzarote Playa’ (372 rooms) and ‘Occidental Lanzarote Mar’ (436 rooms) complexes, which Bay Hotels also owns. The objective of the Socimi is to create a luxury mega-complex in this tourist area, with 1,033 rooms in total. That same month, the Socimi also completed its purchase of the Balearic hotel ‘Fergus Tobago’ in Palmanova (Mallorca) for €20.5 million, and the Benidorm hotel ‘Selomar’ for €16 million. Looking ahead to future investments, the group held real estate investment commitments amounting to €19.4 million as at 30 June 2017.
Meanwhile, on 1 June 2017, Bay signed a liquidity contract with the entity GVC Gaesco Beka, S.V., with the aim of favouring the liquidity of its transactions and the uniformity of its share price. Overall, the Socimi held 406,450 own shares as at 30 June 2017, with a total value amounting to €2.15 million. At the end of the first half of the year, Hispania recorded a gross asset value of €931 million, which resulted in the recognition of a €73 million gain for asset appreciation in the income statement (…).
Following the various corporate operations, Hispania and Grupo Barcelona own 76% and 24% of the Socimi, respectively. The representative shares in Bay Hotels & Leisure Socimi have been trading on the Alternative Investment Market since 24 July 2017.
Original story: Alimarket
Translation: Carmel Drake
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