Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. ( HST Quick Quote HST - Free Report) has acquired a fee simple interest in the 200-room Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection for roughly $200 million in cash in an off-market transaction. This transaction brings the REIT’s total hotel acquisitions to nearly $1 billion in the year so far.
The acquisition was executed at an attractive pricing, with the price representing an estimated 6.2% capitalization rate and a 14.5X EBITDA multiple based on 2021 property forecasts. The company expects this resort to deliver more than $300 of revenue per available room (RevPAR) and $69,000 of EBITDA per key in 2021, ranking eighth on both metrics in Host’s 2019 pro forma portfolio.
The property is situated on 13 acres of beachfront land on Key Largo’s Gulf Coast. It offers a variety of amenities like swimmable private beach, spa, salon, dock and fitness center. Located just 65 miles away from the Miami International Airport, the company is likely to witness a healthy demand.
Markedly, with the relaxation of regulations related to the pandemic and resumption of travel, the lodging industry is enjoying a recovery in leisure demand in markets like Miami, Phoenix and Hawaii, and in the Sunbelt regions. In addition to these, due to strict development ordinances, the Florida Keys market is seeing a favorable supply-demand dynamics, making the acquisition a strategic fit for the company.
Also, the hotel offers 26,000 square feet of total meeting space, including ballrooms spanning 4,000 and 6,900 square foot event lawn, four food and beverage outlets and two outdoor pools. This enables the property to attract in-house demand as well as opens up scope for higher group and business bookings.
Further, with a complete $63-million renovation and repositioning in 2019, Baker’s Cay looks like a new resort. The renovated property will likely capture additional revenues during the economic recovery.
Given a strong balance sheet position, the company has made significant acquisition of high-quality properties over the past years, which have scope for long-term growth. In fact this May, Host Hotels announced the acquisition of a fee-simple interest in the 444-room Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort for around $610 million in cash.
While Host Hotels is poised to see an improvement in RevPAR on hotel reopening, any significant improvements will remain challenged in the near term amid a slower recovery of corporate and group demand. Also, recovery in the demand for core business transient is likely to be tepid in the ongoing year due to delayed return to offices.
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