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IHIN outshines the pack
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We pored over 2QFY20 results and management commentary of key hospitality players such as Indian Hotels (IHIN), Lemon Tree Hotels (LEMONTRE), Chalet Hotels (CHALET) and EIH. Key insights highlighted below:
Aggregate revenue of players up 5%; IHIN’s EBITDA performance shines
* 2QFY20 and 1HFY20 aggregate revenues for the hospitality set – IHIN, CHALET, and LEMONTRE (excluding EIH as its flight catering biz was impacted due to the shutdown of Jet Airways) – grew 5% YoY, mainly due to the economic slowdown. IHIN and LEMONTRE led the growth, while CHALET remained flat. Aggregate EBITDA for the hospitality set grew 15%/13% for 2QFY20/1HFY20 driven by IHIN.
* IHIN’s consolidated revenue grew 4% YoY to INR10.1b, while adj. EBITDA (adj. for Ind-AS 116) increased 16% YoY to INR1.15b due to cost rationalization and operating leverage. Standalone revenue/adj. EBITDA grew 5%/12% YoY to INR6b/INR994m. Subsidiary revenue/adj. EBITDA grew 4%/58% YoY to INR4.1b/INR159m and was driven by the US (cash losses reduced by INR40m) and St James’ performance.
* LEMONTRE witnessed robust 19% YoY growth to INR1.5b, mainly due to inventory addition of 700 rooms (absent in the base quarter). Despite this, adj. EBITDA grew only 12% YoY to INR404m due to pending stabilization of recently commenced hotels and additional cost of INR22m.
* CHALET’s revenue remained flat YoY at INR2.4b; however, after adjusting EBITDA for exchange loss of INR389m in 2QFY19, EBITDA grew 16% YoY to INR816m. Additionally, CHALET’s hospitality segment EBITDA after adjusting for exchange loss (of INR367m in 2QFY19) declined 3% YoY to INR749m. Thus, commercial segment aided overall EBITDA (up 5.6x YoY) to touch INR222m as the ‘Sahar Office Tower’ got occupied.
* EIH’s overall revenue declined 14% YoY to INR3.4b, primarily due to the loss of the flight catering business from Jet Airways. EBITDA declined 58% YoY to INR197m.
RevPAR across players up marginally
* Hotels across India (industry) witnessed 3.1% YoY growth in RevPAR to INR3,254 during the quarter.
* IHIN’s RevPAR in 2QFY20 grew 3.9% YoY to INR4,833, thus, outperforming in the key markets of Mumbai (+6%), New Delhi (+8%), Chennai (+10%), Hyderabad (+9%) and Bengaluru (+5%). IHIN’s domestic hotel network’s room/F&B revenue grew 9%/4% YoY in the quarter. Note that IHIN’s (standalone) occupancy improved by 430bp to 68.2% in 2QFY20; however, ARRs declined 4.5% YoY and contained RevPAR growth to 1.7%.
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