MEXICO CITY, Oct. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: HOTEL) (“HOTEL” or “the Company”), announced its consolidated results for the third quarter (“3Q18”) ended September 30th, 2018. Figures are expressed in Mexican Pesos, are unaudited and are in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and may vary due to rounding.

Highlights

  • 3Q18 EBITDA1 reached Ps. 143.7 million, an 18.7% increase compared to 3Q17 driven by revenue growth. 3Q18 EBITDA margin reached 30.3% compared to 31.5% in 3Q17.
  • 3Q18 Total Revenue reached Ps. 475.1 million, a 23.5% increase compared to 3Q17, driven by the following increases: i) 17.0% in Room Revenue, ii) 38.0% in Food and Beverages Revenue, and iii) 59.8% in Other Hotel Revenue, which more than offset a 26.0% decline in Third-party Hotels’ Management Fees.
  • 3Q18 Net Income posted a gain of Ps. 123.1 million, compared to a gain of Ps. 45.1 million to 3Q17. The increase was driven by a FX gain combined with a higher operating income which more than compensated higher financing costs.
  • 3Q18 Net operating cash flow was Ps. 160.9 million, an increase of 57.0% compared to the Ps. 102.5 million reported in 3Q17. This increase was driven by an improvement in working capital combined with higher EBITDA.
  • Net Debt/EBITDA (LTM) ratio was 3.5x at the end of 3Q18. Operating cash flow in U.S dollars represented 89.1% of total operating cash flow, thereby providing a natural hedge of the dollarized financial debt.
  • HOTEL’s total portfolio at the end of 3Q18 reached 5,896 rooms in operation, a 17.6% increase compared to the 5,014 rooms at end of 3Q17.
  • RevPAR2 for the Company-owned hotels decreased by 6.0% in 3Q18 compared to 3Q17, driven by a 5.9 percentage point decrease in Occupancy.
  • This quarter we began the co-branding with AMResorts in three of our main hotels.  We had an impact in the quarter due to the integration curve, however the fundamentals behind our decision to sign a strategic alliance with AMResorts remain untouched. We took the decision to benefit from higher dollar-denominated sales percentage, and access to more direct, diversified and profitable distribution channels. We made the change in the season where less international travelers visit the country to integrate the new model and systems to limit the impact.
  • The Company announces its updated 2018 guidance. 2018e Total Revenue: Ps. 2,010 million. 2018e EBITDA: Ps. 670 million. This guidance has been prepared using an average exchange rate US Dollar/Mexican Peso of US$: $19.00.
 Third Quarter 9 months ended September 30
Figures in thousand Mexican Pesos2018 2017 Var.% Var. 2018 2017 Var.% Var.
Total Revenue475,055 384,812 90,24323.5 1,522,200 1,140,188 382,01133.5
EBITDA143,726 121,126 22,60018.7 502,456 381,517 120,93931.7
EBITDA Margin30.3% 31.5% (1.2 pt)(1.2 pt) 33.0% 33.5% (0.5 pt)(0.5 pt)
Operating Income90,278 81,089 9,18911.3 339,070 256,564 82,50732.2
Net Income123,130 45,146 77,984NA 250,261 304,220 (53,958)(17.7)
Net Income Margin25.9% 11.7% 14.2 pt14.2 pt 16.4% 26.7% (10.2 pt)(10.2 pt)
Operating Cashflow160,945 102,528 58,41757.0 501,036 389,039 111,99728.8
Occupancy56.0% 61.9% (5.9 pt)(5.9 pt) 63.1% 64.7% (1.7 pt)(1.7 pt)
ADR1,391 1,339 523.9 1,429 1,389 402.9
RevPAR779 829 (50)(6.0) 901 898 30.3
Note: operating figures include hotels with 50%+ ownership.     
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1EBITDA is calculated by adding Operating Income, Depreciation and Total Non-recurring Expenses.
2Revenue per Available Room (“RevPAR”) and Average Daily Rate (“ADR”).

Comments from the Executive Vice President

Mr. Francisco Zinser, stated:

HOTEL posted solid results in the nine months of the year, although Revenue and EBITDA growth rates ended below expectations. Top line for the third quarter came in lower than expected, mainly due to internal and circumstantial external factors. The most important effect came from the change of model and connectivity with AMResorts, which had a larger effect than we originally expected with our domestic market. When we say, “change of model”, we mean that since July, AMResorts is responsible for the top line (commercialization, sales and marketing) of the Reflect Krystal Grand properties in Cancun, Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta with an exclusively all-inclusive model. Currently, we are in the integration process with AMResorts and expect to see positive effects of the co-branding in the coming winter season. I would like to highlight that our decision to sign a strategic alliance with AMResorts gives the Company higher growth on international sales, and therefore, a higher dollar-denominated sales percentage, and will also give us access to more direct, diversified and profitable distribution channels. We made the change in the season where less international travelers visit the country to integrate the new model and systems to limit the impact. We underestimated the short-term effect but are convinced it was the right decision for the medium and long-term.

In terms of the circumstantial external factors, we would like to highlight, groups & conventions, sargassum and security issues in some destinations. The first one is related to the economic slowdown attributed to the election year in Mexico where most companies are under a tight budget and have not invested in group & convention business trips, which is a relevant segment in our business.  On the other hand, the abnormal amount and duration of sargassum (brown algae) has affected us more than we anticipated in Cancun. We foresee that these circumstantial external factors should be mostly temporary in nature. In terms of our margins, we were affected negatively by important incremental costs in electricity which were partially compensated by our cost containment efforts.

Due to the previously mentioned internal and external factors which were mostly unpredictable, we are adjusting our guidance in revenues and EBITDA to Ps. 2,010 million and Ps. 670 million respectively, which implies a 27% growth rate in both lines for 2018 compared to 2017.

In relation to the Tourism sector in Mexico, according to figures from the Mexican Institute of Statistics, Geography and IT (INEGI), Mexico’s international visitors increased 7% and their spending increased 4% in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period of 2017.  This marks a healthy growth rate, but below what we saw in the last 5 years which is a natural consequence of the accelerated historical growth.  On the other hand, this quarter Mexico gained two positions reaching the 6th most visited country in the world according to the World Tourism Organization.

Moving on to our quarterly results, Total Revenue was Ps. 475.1 million and EBITDA was Ps. 143.7 million, up 24% and 19%, respectively, compared to the figures recorded in 3Q17. Regarding company-owned hotels, RevPAR decreased by 6.0%, driven by a 5.9 p.p. decrease in Occupancy which was which was partially offset by a 3.9% increase in ADR.

This quarter we also were proud to announce one acquisition and one operating contract. First, we announced the signing of a contract to acquire 50% of the Cleviá Grand Leon hotel for Ps.128 million. The property is a 5-star hotel located in Leon, Guanajuato with 140 rooms.  Second, we announced the signing of a Management Contract for a 4-star hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Toluca with 142 rooms located in the industrial part of Toluca, Estado de Mexico.

At HOTEL, we remain committed to becoming the leading hotel company in Mexico. The extraordinary management team and associates we have assembled and the strategy we have outlined will allow us to continue growing efficiently and profitably in the long run. As always, we are thankful for the trust and support of our shareholders.

3Q18 Conference Call Details: 
HOTEL will host its earnings webcast (audio + presentation) to discuss results:
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
   
Time: 11:00 a.m. Mexico City Time
12:00 p.m. New York Time
   
To participate in the conference call and Q&A session please dial: 
Telephone: U.S.: 1 800 863 3908
  International +1 334 323 7224
  Mexico: 01 800 847 7666
Conference password: HOTEL 000
   
Webcast: The webcast will be in English. To follow the Power Point presentation and the audio of the call, please visit our website www.gsf-hotels.com/investors

About Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe

HOTEL is a leading company in the Mexican hotel industry, centered on acquiring, converting, developing and operating its own hotels as well as third party-owned hotels. The Company focuses on strategic hotel location and quality, a unique hotel management model, strict expense control and the proprietary Krystal® brand as well as other international brands. As of year-end 2017, the Company employed over 3,200 people and generated revenues of Ps. 1,582 million. For more information, please visit www.gsf-hotels.com

Contact Information

Enrique Martínez Guerrero
Chief Financial Officer
inversionistas@gsf-hotels.com
 Maximilian Zimmermann
Investor Relations Director
mzimmermann@gsf-hotels.com


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