Hotel Leelaventure’s Rs three,950 crore asset sale to Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management has run into a roadblock with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) placing the transaction on hold after a grievance with the aid of minority shareholder ITC. The tobacco massive, which owns 7.Nine percentage in Hotel Leela, has alleged that policies on valuation and related-birthday celebration transactions had been not accompanied. At this point, it is not clear if ITC’s reason is to protect the cost of its funding, or if it’s miles interested in outbidding Brookfield.
In reality, ITC’s investment interest in this place is widely recognized. In the past, it has invested in EIH, whose revenues are almost as tons as what ITC earns from its lodge commercial enterprise. Along with its subsidiary Russell Credit, ITC owns sixteen. Thirteen percent in EIH. At one factor, it did seem that ITC might make an antagonistic bid for EIH. Perhaps sensing that, the promoters of EIH introduced in Reliance Industries as a white knight way again in 2010.
Today, RIL owns 18. Five percentage stake in EIH thru its subsidiary and it will be difficult for ITC to make an antagonistic bid for EIH.
Given ITC’s latent ambitions, it is pertinent to have a look at ITC’s standing in the hotel’s commercial enterprise.
Where does it stand?
Hotels account for a tiny share of ITC’s sales in addition to implied valuation. But in the lodge enterprise, ITC is the second-largest chain in India.
ITC has a stock of about 10,000 rooms, which is second most effective to Indian Hotels. According to numbers put out by the agency, the domestic industry has the availability of sixty-six,000 rooms within the luxury and upscale segments, implying 10-15 percent marketplace proportion for ITC within the premium class.
It has about 106 properties with a skew toward luxurious accommodations through brands ITC Hotels, WelcomHeritage Hotels, and WelcomHotel. In FY19, new residences had been commissioned – ITC Kohen and ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa. The employer is operating on the production of 5 greater – ITC Hotels at Kolkata and Ahmedabad and WelcomHotel in Amritsar, Guntur, and Bhubaneswar.
Over the years, a massive chew (round 24 percent) of total capex on the corporation level has gone into the hotel enterprise. In the closing six years, ITC has allotted about Rs four,000 crores as capex to this industry.