Thursday, 26 December 2019

Icelandair Group updates on the sale of Icelandair Hotels

Refinancing of Icelandair Hotels completed
Completion of the sale to Berjaya in final stages
Expected cash flow to Icelandair Group amount to USD 84 million
On 13 July Icelandair Group signed a share purchase agreement with a subsidiary company of Berjaya Land Berhad, whereby Berjaya acquires a 75% share in Icelandair Hotels and related hotel real estate. The completion of the Transaction was set for year-end 2019.

Key conditions of the Agreement have now been fulfilled, among them the refinancing of the Company, as Icelandair Hotels have today entered into an agreement with Arion Bank for borrowings amounting to ISK 8.000 million (USD 65 million). Accordingly, Berjaya has already rendered to Icelandair Group USD 15 million (approx. 30%) towards the purchase consideration of the Company. The remaining balance is due at completion, which the parties have agreed will take place on 28 February 2020. 

The two-month extension is due to capital controls in Malaysia. The Buyer has provided the Seller with proof of funding of the outstanding amount. Due to the extension, the Buyer has agreed to pay interest of 6% per annum until the final payment is rendered. If the final payment is not paid a break fee of USD 10 million from what has already been paid becomes effective and Icelandair Group may rescind the Agreement without recourse to the Seller or the Company.

The transaction results in the following cash flow to Icelandair Group; USD 15 million of the purchase consideration already paid by the Buyer, USD 29 million following the refinancing of Icelandair Hotels and USD 40 million on 28 February 2020 as the remaining balance of the purchase consideration.

About Berjaya

Berjaya Land Berhad is a listed Malaysian-based corporation that operates in multiple sectors, such as hotels and resorts, property investment and retail. Berjaya Land Berhad and its affiliate companies have around 4,700 employees and annual revenue of around USD 1,76 billion. The founder and executive Chairman of the Berjaya Group is Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun.

About Icelandair Hotels

Icelandair Hotels operate hotels all around Iceland, with a total of 1,811 rooms. In addition, the Company will open a new 145-room hotel at Austurvöllur Square in Reykjavik's Parliament district in collaboration with Hilton Hotels in early 2021. In 2018, the revenue of Icelandair Hotels amounted to USD 97 million and the total number of employees was 699. The EBITDA of the hotel operations amounted to USD 7 million and rental income from real estate amounted to USD 5 million. The total size of the Company’s real estate is 17,738 sqm and includes Hilton Canopy Reykjavik, Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, Icelandair Hotel Mývatn and Icelandair Hotel Hérað

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