$ 300 Mn. Hotel Deal

New Delhi (Wednesday)
Realty major DLF today said it has signed an agreement to sell luxury hotel chain Amanresorts to the hospitality property’s founder and chairman Adrian Zecha for about $300 million (over Rs 1,600 crore).
In a filing to the BSE, DLF said the sale of the hotels and resorts under the Amanresorts brand does not include the Delhi property.
“DLF Global Hospitality Ltd (DGHL), 100% step-down subsidiary of DLF and Adrian Zecha, the founder and chairman of the Amanresorts Group of luxury resorts, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to effect Zecha’s Management Buy-Out (MBO) of DGHL’s 100% shareholding in Silverlink Resorts Ltd, Amanresorts’ holding company.
The value of the MBO is at an enterprise value of  USD 300 million and it does not include the Aman New Delhi property (Lodhi Hotel), which shall be retained by DLF Ltd.,” the National Capital-based realty major said.
The transaction is slated for final closure by February-end next year that is subject to “usual closing conditions”, it added.
Amanresorts has about 25 properties worldwide. DLF has a Rs 21,200 crore debt and the company has recently said that it is targeting to reduce it to Rs 18,000 crore by the end of this fiscal from sale of two big non-core businesses-Amanresorts and wind energy.
The company had put on block for sale of three big-ticket non-core assets which included a prime 17-acre plot in Mumbai, Amanresorts and its wind-energy business.
It recently sold the Mumbai plot to Lodha Developers for about Rs 2,700 crore.
It has been selling its non-core assets such as hotel plots and IT Parks/SEZs since last couple of years to reduce its debt and also keep focus on real estate business only.
Reacting to the announcement, DLF shares were trading 0.89% up at Rs 225.55 apiece on the BSE (PTI).

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