October 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // Richard Solomons, Chief Executive of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, said:
“We delivered strong RevPAR growth of 4.8% in the third quarter, driven by rate up 3.6%, and continued to sign hotels into our pipeline at the fastest rate since 2008. This demonstrates both our ability to drive growth through leveraging scale and execution against our winning strategy to create long term value for shareholders.
There is increasing momentum across our portfolio of preferred brands. Holiday Inn delivered a record level of room openings, and we are expanding our global luxury footprint, particularly in Greater China where nearly a quarter of our 5k room signings in the region were driven by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. We continue to expand the presence of our newer brands, including our second franchise signing for EVEN hotels in the US, and five signings for our industry-leading boutique brands.
The completion of the sale of InterContinental Hong Kong marks the successful conclusion of our major owned asset disposal programme, with over 95% of our profit now from the fee business. Our innovative commercial strategy continues to deliver lowest cost revenues into our hotels, and we are on track to deliver a next generation cloud based Guest Reservation System for roll out in 2017.
Looking ahead to the remainder of this year, we are encouraged by current trading trends and remain confident in the outlook.”
RevPAR was up 4.3% in the third quarter and 5.1% in the first 9 months. In the US, RevPAR was up 4.2% in the third quarter and 5.2% in the first 9 months.
Our preferred brands continue to drive record levels of demand in the US, delivering rate growth of 3.8% and a 75.8% occupancy level in the quarter. Performance was boosted by increased leisure demand in the summer, and strong transient and group business in September. Elsewhere in the region, Mexico had double digit growth for the second quarter running, but Canada is still being impacted by weaker performance in oil markets.
RevPAR was up 7.8% in the third quarter and 6.1% in the first 9 months, led by increases in rate. UK growth of 4.8% was driven by London and the provinces, with both benefitting from high occupancy levels throughout the period, and strong corporate demand in September. 10.1% RevPAR growth in Continental Europe was driven by solid trading in Germany, and double digit growth across Southern Europe and Russia and the CIS, reflecting signs of recovery in these markets.
RevPAR was up 7.1% in the third quarter and 6.1% in the first 9 months, driven by solid increases in occupancy and rate. Growth was led by strong performances in Japan, and major markets in South East Asia, the former continuing to benefit from increased inbound travel. Mid-single digit RevPAR growth in Australia, India and the Middle East was consistent with first half trends. In the latter, trading was driven by strong demand in Saudi Arabia, partially offset by challenging market conditions in the UAE.
RevPAR was down 0.7% in the third quarter, and up 0.7% in the first 9 months, as occupancy growth was offset by a decline in rate. Mainland China RevPAR was up 2.1% as demand increased and we continue to drive industry outperformance. Growth was led by tier 1 cities, with new supply still impacting local market dynamics in developing tier 2 and 3 cities. This increase was offset by double digit RevPAR declines in Hong Kong and Macau, where trading conditions remain challenging across the industry.
The financial position of the group remains robust, with an on-going commitment to an efficient balance sheet and an investment grade credit rating.
In August the group issued a £300m, 10-year bond at a 3.750% coupon rate, the lowest funding rate IHG has achieved in the Sterling bond market.
The completion of the sale of InterContinental Hong Kong for proceeds of $929m after initial working capital adjustments and cash tax marks the successful conclusion of our major owned asset disposal programme.
As previously announced, a decision on return of funds to shareholders from asset sales completed in 2015 will be disclosed at preliminary results in February 2016.
The US Dollar continued to strengthen through Q3 which reduced group RevPAR to a 0.4% decline in the quarter when reported at actual exchange rates. A breakdown of constant currency vs. actual currency RevPAR by region is set out in Appendix 2.
In the third quarter, the pound sterling has depreciated less versus the US Dollar than our other major trading currencies. As a result we now expect a $5m impact on reported fee business operating profit for every 1%pt difference in full year group RevPAR growth between constant and actual exchange rates.
1RevPAR growth is at constant exchange rates (CER) unless otherwise stated.
2After initial working capital adjustments and cash tax, but before transaction costs.
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