Hyatt Hotels Corporation H has reached an agreement with Dream Hotel Group to acquire the latter's lifestyle hotel brand and management platform, which includes the Dream Hotels, The Chatwal Hotels and Unscripted Hotels brands. The value of the deal stands at $300 million. The deal is likely to be sealed in the coming months.
Following the closing of the deal, Hyatt will have more than 1,700 rooms. This will increase Hyatt’s room count in New York City by more than 30%. This asset-light acquisition will have a portfolio of 12 managed or franchised lifestyle hotels. The company has also reached an agreement for another 24 hotels anticipated to open in future.
Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt, said, “We look forward to continuing our growth journey with more than 600 new Hyatt family members who will further elevate our lifestyle expertise and expand the success of our dedicated lifestyle division.”
Shares of Hyatt have gained 10.9% in the past six months against the industry’s decline of 5.2%.
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Acquisition & Divestitures as Growth Strategies
This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company is strongly invested in the strategies related to various acquisitions and divestitures that can drive growth for the company. In 2017, the company acquired Miraval Group. The acquisition extended the Hyatt brand beyond traditional hotel stays into a wellness category that resonates well with the high-end travelers.
Moreover, the company is also increasing its focus on private accommodations. Being a fast-growing travel segment, private accommodations have the potential to extend the Hyatt brand beyond traditional hotel space. Also, it is a fantastic fit to the Hyatt portfolio and its brand positioning.
During the first quarter of 2021, the company maintained strength in its brand by adding JdV by Hyatt and Alila to its portfolio. It acquired Exhale for $16 million and the 693-room Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Arizona, for roughly $140 million. In 2018, the company also acquired lifestyle hotel management company Two Roads Hospitality.
These buyouts are part of Hyatt’s ongoing asset recycling program. In an effort to strengthen financial flexibility and focus more on core operation, the company is also focusing on the sale of assets. The sale of assets is helping Hyatt grow through management and licensing arrangements instead of direct ownership of selective assets.
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