InterContinental Hotels Group has announced it has agreed to acquire a 51 per cent stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts for $39 million in cash.
IHG will have the right to acquire the remaining 49 per cent interest in a phased manner from 2026.
The hotel giant will bring Regent into its brand portfolio at the top end of the luxury segment and will accelerate its growth globally.
InterContinental Hotels Group’s intention is to grow the brand from six hotels today to over 40 hotels in key global gateway city and resort locations over the long term.
Synonymous with timeless modernity, understated luxury and intuitive service, the Regent brand has set the benchmark for luxury hotels globally since it was founded in 1970.
It has a world-renowned heritage, built around the elegant, timeless design of its hotels and rooted in its focus on delivering a truly unique and superior luxury experience for guests.
The acquisition of Regent is part of one of InterContinental Hotels Group’s new strategic initiatives focused on continuing to expand its footprint in the fast-growing $60 billion luxury segment.
This initiative is supported by the creation of a new dedicated division to further enhance our capabilities in this area and will be funded by InterContinental Hotels Group’s efficiency programme.
InterContinental Hotels Group also confirmed that, following an extensive refurbishment due to commence in early 2020, InterContinental Hong Kong will become a Regent Hotel in early 2021.
The hotel originally opened its doors in 1980 as one of the most iconic hotels to ever carry the Regent brand.
Keith Barr, chief executive Officer of InterContinental Hotels Group, commented: “IHG is already one of the world leaders in luxury with our InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand, but we see significant potential to further develop our global footprint in the fast-growing luxury segment.
“As one of the pioneers in defining luxury hotels both in Asia and around the world, Regent is an excellent addition to IHG’s portfolio of brands.
“We see a real opportunity to unlock Regent’s enormous potential and accelerate its growth globally.
“In addition, by creating a dedicated luxury division, we will be bringing together some of the most experienced and respected people in the industry who will help drive our luxury offer, ensuring that our existing luxury brands continue to evolve and allowing us to bring in new brands such as Regent to enhance our brand portfolio.”
The 51 per cent stake will be acquired for $39 million in cash, paid in three tranches of $13 million, the first upon the date of completion, the second in 2021 and the third in 2024.
These amounts will be funded within IHG’s existing capital expenditure guidance of up to $350 million gross, and $150 million net, per annum into the medium term.
Steven Pan, executive chairman of Formosa International Hotels Corporation, commented: “Regent was founded by legendary hotelier Robert Burns, who sought to combine Asian hospitality and Western elegance to create a leading luxury hotel brand.
“The brand has an unrivalled heritage at the very top end of the luxury segment and the flagship Regent Hong Kong was consistently voted the world’s best hotel in the 1980s and 1990s.
“Returning the property to its original roots as a Regent hotel is symbolic of our ambition to return the brand to its former glory and will go down in history as one of the greatest brand comebacks in the hotel industry.
“IHG shares our vision for the brand and has the ability to make our ambition a reality.
“IHG has a deep understanding of how to protect what makes the Regent brand so unique and special, whilst at the same time ensuring that the brand can grow and thrive on a global scale.”