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Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accor, said:Accor 2018 results reflect a profound transformation, marked foremost by the sale of our real estate division and a large number of acquisitions. Our results are clearly improving, with EBITDA, free cash flow generation and organic development all once again at record highs. They are also perfectly in line with our medium-term objectives. Accor’ growth continues: we are increasing our global market share and consolidating our balance sheet. In 2019, the Group will continue along this path. With the launch of ALL, Accor gives life to its augmented hospitality model servicing both its customers and partners. This ambitious and unique initiative in the hotel industry will help promoting the Group and its brands, increasing customer loyalty and optimize its mid-term performance.


In 2018, Accor benefitted from solid business momentum in most of its markets and continued its transformation toward an asset-light model through the disposal of 64.8% of AccorInvest and the swift redeployment of the cash proceeds from core acquisitions. Capitalizing on a record organic increase of its network with 43,905 rooms opened (300 hotels), the Group ended 2018 with a hotel portfolio of 703,806 rooms (4,780 hotels) and a pipeline of 198,000 rooms (1,118 hotels), 78% of which in emerging markets and 49% in the Asia-Pacific region alone.
 

Solid growth in revenue

Consolidated 2018 revenue amounted to €3,610 million, up 8.8% at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates (like-for-like) and up 16.9% as reported compared with 2017. The difference between the like-for-like and reported changes stems primarily from the acquisitions completed over the year (including Mantra and Mövenpick), partly offset by a negative currency effect.


(1) Proforma financial information.
(2) Like-for-like: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.

Reported revenue over the year reflected the following factors:
- Changes in the scope of consolidation (acquisitions and disposals) had a positive impact of €394 million (+12.8%), due to the contributions of Mantra, Mövenpick, Atton, Gekko, ResDiary and Adoria.
- Currency effects had a negative impact of €144 million, attributable chiefly to declines in the US dollar (€37.1 million), the Brazilian real (€31.9 million) and the Australian dollar (€28.4 million). The decline in currencies against the euro was felt primarily in H1 2018, with a residual impact in H2 2018. 

HotelServices reported business volume of €20 billion, up 13.4% at constant exchange rates, and revenue of €2,618 million, up 8.4% like-for-like, reflecting the solid trading conditions over the year and the development of the hotel portfolio, in line with the Group’s targets (5% organic growth). Reported revenue growth amounted to 5.4%, impacted by a negative currency effect.
 

Management & Franchise revenue by region


(1) Proforma financial information.
(2) Like-for-like: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.

The combination of solid RevPAR growth and rapid development drove the robust likefor-like M&F revenue growth for Europe and Asia-Pacific of 8.7% and 8.4%, respectively. In Middle East & Africa, revenue declined by 1.1% following the closing of some hotels and despite a slight 1.8% improvement in RevPAR. Conversely, the continued buoyant trading conditions in North America, Central America & the Caribbean and in South America translated into strong revenue growth of 17.1% and 13.8%, respectively.

The Luxury segment accounted for 38% of the Management & Franchise fees in 2018. This segment’s contribution to revenue generation will continue to grow over the next years through the opening of many upscale hotels currently in the pipeline.

Group RevPAR was up 5.6% overall in 2018.
Europe posted RevPAR growth of 6.5%.
- This performance was predominantly driven by France, where RevPAR grew by 6.9% over the year, lifted by strong gains in Paris of 12.2%.
- In the UK, RevPAR grew by 2.9% due particularly to strong demand in London, which report 4.8% RevPAR growth.
- In Germany, excellent business volumes thanks to the Christmas markets in December boosted RevPAR at the end of the year, resulting in full-year growth of 3.2%.
- Spain saw a good recovery in Catalonia after the political tensions in 2017. The inflow of foreign tourists in the country reached a record level at 86 million, enabling RevPAR to grow by 3.8% over 2018.
 
Asia-Pacific continued to perform well, posting RevPAR growth of 4.3% over the full year, with a clear inflexion in Q4, following signs of a slowdown observed early in the year. China remains solid with a 6.8% RevPAR growth over the year.
Middle East & Africa delivered more mixed results, posting moderate RevPAR growth of 1.8%, which is nevertheless a very good performance in a hotel market that was down overall. The region is impacted by oversupply in certain key cities.
North America, Central America & the Caribbean reported RevPAR growth of 4.0%, notably reflecting strong activity in Canada, where RevPAR was up by 7.1% over the full year.
South America experienced a strong recovery throughout 2018, on the back of the steady improvement of the Brazilian activity seen since Q4 2017. RevPAR in the region was up 12.3% over the full year.

New Businesses (concierge services, luxury home rentals, private sales of luxury hotel stays, and digital services for hotels) recorded like-for-like revenue growth of 2.4% to €149 million in the 12 months to December 2018, compared with €100 million in 2017. On a reported basis, growth came to 49% on the back of the acquisition of Gekko, ResDiary and Adoria. Completed in 2018, the three acquisitions made a positive contribution to the Group’s earnings.
Availpro and Fastbooking, which have been grouped together under the d-edge brand, also reported positive results for the first time since their acquisition.
Regarding onefinestay and John Paul, the Group is continuing its work to turn the two businesses around, primarily through rationalization programs.

Revenue derived from the Group’s Hotel Assets & Other segment grew by 8.4% like-forlike, reflecting the economic recovery in Brazil and excellent performances in Central Europe (Orbis). On a reported basis, the 44.5% growth was driven by the consolidation of Mantra and Mövenpick.
 

Robust increase in EBITDA 

Consolidated EBITDA amounted to €712 million in 2018, up 8.0 % like-for-like and up 14.5% as reported compared with 2017, in line with the Group’s guidance of between €700 million and €720 million published in October. The EBITDA margin was roughly stable on a like-for-like basis at 19.7%.
 

EBITDA by business in line with expectations

(1) Proforma financial information.

Up 11.0% as reported and 12.3% like-for-like, HotelServices’ 2018 EBITDA was €705 million, compared with €635 million in 2017. The New Businesses reported an EBITDA loss of €28 million in line with the guidance of between €25 million and €30 million announced. Hotel Assets & Other delivered a good performance, with growth of 9.4%, well above the range of 5% to 7% expected over the medium term and presented during the Capital Market Day in November.
HotelServices and Holding & Intercos (corporate overheads) together reported 10.7% like-for-like EBITDA growth, well in line with the guidance of 10% to 12% by 2022.


Management & Franchise EBITDA by region

(1) Proforma financial information.
(2) Like-for-like: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.


In Europe, EBITDA grew by 11.0% on a like-for like basis, faster than revenue growth, thanks especially to the first effects of the plan to right-size corporate functions. On the contrary, in Asia-Pacific, the like-for-like EBITDA growth of 6.9% was slightly below revenue growth due to an unfavorable comparison basis linked to positive one-offs in 2017. In Middle East & Africa, despite a slight contraction in revenue, like-for-like EBITDA growth amounted to 2.6% following the reversal of provisions in 2018. Regarding North America, Central America & the Caribbean, like-for-like EBITDA growth was impacted by some non-recurring litigation costs but remained solid at 9.6%. Finally, likefor-like EBITDA growth of 22.8% in South America was notably fueled by a solid business recovery, which triggered incentive fees from numerous hotels in the region.
 

Record net profit thanks to AccorInvest disposal 


(1) Proforma financial information.
(2) Like-for-like: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.

The sale of 65% of the capital of AccorInvest and its deconsolidation from Accor’ financial statements resulted in a €2.4 billion capital gain, bringing net profit, Group share to €2.233 billion in 2018.
 

Record recurring free cash flow and robust financial position

In the 12 months to December 31, 2018, recurring free cash flow increased by 22%, reflecting 83% cash conversion (EBITDA – recurring investment). This performance results mainly from EBITDA growth and lower recurring investment.
Recurring investments, which include HotelServices’ key money and digital and IT investments, as well as maintenance investments in remaining owned and leased hotels, came to €124 million in 2018, down from €161 million in 2017, mainly due to calendar effects.
Net debt amounted to €1,153 million at December 31, 2018, down €735 million over the year. The €4.8 billion in cash proceeds from the disposal of 65% of AccorInvest were mostly reinvested in 2018, as follows:
• €2.0 billion in acquisitions, mainly dedicated to core hotel activities, with Mantra, Mövenpick and Atton.
 €850 million in share buybacks, with a first tranche of €350 million completed in late November 2018 and a second tranche of €500 million launched in December.
 €363 million for the acquisition of the Group’s headquarters building in Paris, a much lower price than its estimated value.
 The acquisition of 33.15% of Orbis’ share capital. The Group now owns 85.8% of its Polish subsidiary. The transaction is in line with Accor’ strategy, enabling it to consolidate its leadership in Central and Eastern Europe, strengthen its control of Orbis and continue to roll out its asset management strategy.

At December 31, 2018, the average cost of the Group’s debt was 1.9% and average maturity was 3.6 years. 

In January 2019, Accor successfully placed two bond issues: a €600 million senior bond maturing in 2026 with a coupon of 1.75% and a €500m perpetual hybrid bond with a first call in 2024 and a coupon of 4.38%. These issues were used to buy back the €350 million bond issue maturing in 2021 with a coupon of 2.63% and the €386 million perpetual hybrid bond issue with a first call in 2020. The remaining proceeds of the €1.1 billion raised will be use to reimburse the €335 million bond issue maturing in March 2019 with a coupon of 2.50%. The result of this liability management transaction was a decrease of the cost of debt to 1.8% and an increase of the average maturity to a comfortable 4.8 years at endFebruary 2019. 
 

Dividend
 

On the basis of the good 2018 results, Accor’ Board of Directors will ask shareholders at the General Meeting of April 30, 2019 to approve the payment of a dividend of €1.05 per share.
 

Further efforts to consolidate Accor’ expansion in 2019

 

Now focused totally on its asset-light model, Accor is concentrating on the key areas of distribution, loyalty and brand strength. The Group today announces the launch of a new customer promise embodied by the “ALL-Accor Live Limitless” program which will combine our distribution platform and a new experiential loyalty program. ALL will centralize all the Accor offer within a unique platform giving birth to its Augmented hospitality model. Members of the program will get access to a global range of experiences “Live, Work, Play”, well beyond the hotel stay. In this context, Accor today announces a signing of several global partnerships notably with AEG, IMG and the Paris Saint Germain football club, as ALL will notably become the main shirt sponsor as of the next season.
To support these initiatives, the Group will invest €225 million from the €4.8 billion cash proceeds generated by the Booster transaction with a view to create €75 million of incremental EBITDA per year in the mid-term.
These investments will facially weight on the Group’s consolidated accounts, by c.€(55) million in 2019 and c.€(45) million in 2020. Given their exceptional nature, they will be specifically identified in the Group’s accounts and they will be restated to assess dividend.
The program is expected to reach breakeven in 2021, then generate an incremental €60 million in 2022 and €75 million per year from then on. The Group will therefore exceed its 2022 EBITDA target of €1.2 billion that was presented last November
Accor will unveil the details of this strategy during its FY18 results presentation this morning, then at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), which is due to open in Berlin on March 4. Accor and Paris Saint Germain will hold a joint press conference on February 22 at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
 

Events in 2018
 

Governance

  • On September 20, Chris Cahill, until that date CEO Luxury Brands and CEO North America, Central America & the Caribbean region, assumed the role of Deputy CEO responsible for Hotel Operations. Jean-Jacques Morin, until that date Chief Financial Officer, was appointed Deputy CEO responsible for Finance, Communications and Strategy.

Financing

  • On July 2, the Group announced that it had established a new €1.2 billion revolving credit facility for which the Group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance would be taken into account in calculating the margin.

AccorInvest

  • On May 31, Accor sold 57.8% of the capital of AccorInvest to sovereign wealth funds Public Investment Fund (PIF) and GIC, institutional investors Colony NorthStar, Crédit Agricole Assurances and Amundi, and other private investors.

  • On July 25, Accor received a binding offer from Colony NorthStar to acquire an additional tranche of 7% of AccorInvest’s share capital, for €250 million.

Hotel activities

  • On April 5, signature of a strategic agreement to acquire a 50% stake in Mantis Group, a South African hospitality and travel conglomerate.

  • On April 19, signature of a memorandum of understanding with Ctrip to offer the best possible experience to Chinese travelers.

  • On April 30, signature of an agreement with Mövenpick Holding and Kingdom Holding to acquire Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, for €482 million.

  • On May 14, signature of an agreement between Accor, Algeciras and the shareholders of Atton Hoteles for the acquisition of Atton Hoteles.

  • On May 31, acquisition of the Mantra Group for €830 million.

  • On June 29, signature of a letter of intent with sbe Entertainment and entry into exclusive negotiations to acquire a 50% stake in the sbe group.

  • On July 23, Katara Hospitality and Accor created an investment fund with an investment capacity of over USD 1 billion dedicated to hospitality in Sub-Saharan African countries.

  • On July 31, the Group signed an agreement to acquire 85% of 21c Museum Hotels. The transaction was completed at the end of September.

  • On September 4, Accor completed the acquisition of Mövenpick.

  • On October 5, Accor completed the acquisition of a 50% stake in sbe Entertainment.

  • On November 26, Accor announced the launch of a tender offer for 100% of Orbis’ shares.

New businesses

  • On April 9, acquisition of ResDiary, a leading platform for restaurant reservation and table management.

  • On June 6, acquisition of Adoria, a SaaS platform that enables the catering industry to optimize supply management.

Other

On October 25, Accor announced the acquisition of the “Tour Sequana” building, its head office since 2016 located near Paris in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, for an amount of €363 million.

 

Events after December 31, 2018

In January 2019, Accor successfully completed two liability management operations:
  • On January 24, Accor successfully placed two new bonds, for €1.1 billion:
    • a €500 million perpetual hybrid bond with a 4.375% coupon;
    • a €600 million 7-year senior bond with a 1.75% coupon.
Both transactions were oversubscribed by about 6 times, reflecting investors’ strong confidence and the success of the Group’s new business model, its growth potential and its attractive risk profile.
  • On January 31, Accor successfully closed two tender offers and partially repurchased two bonds, of which a perpetual hybrid bond (4.125% coupon) and a senior bond maturing in 2021 (2.625% coupon), for a total amount of €736 million:
    • €386 million on the perpetual hybrid bonds (€900 million bond issue in June 2014);
    • €350 million on the 2021 bonds.

 
On January 23, Accor confirmed the acquisition of 33.15% of Orbis for around €339 million. Accor now owns, directly and indirectly, 85.84% of Orbis’ share capital. As a result, Accor has strengthened its control of Orbis and consolidated its leadership in the region. As announced on November 26, the Group shall explore options to increase the value of Orbis’ asset portfolio.
 
Upcoming events in 2019
 
April 18, 2019: Publication of first-quarter 2019 revenue
April 30, 2019: Ordinary Shareholders' Meeting
 
Other information
 
The Board of Directors met on February 20, 2019 and approved the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018. The consolidated financial statements have been audited and the Auditors' report is being issued. The consolidated financial statements and notes related to this press release are available from the www.Accor.group website.


 

RevPAR excluding tax by segment and market – Q4 2018



RevPAR excluding tax by segment and market – Full-Year 2018



Hotel base – December 2018


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Accor announces today a disruptive and dramatic shift of its loyalty program into a fully integrated global platform integrating rewards, services, and experiences across our entire ecosystem to bring value everyday life whether you work, live or play.

This new lifestyle loyalty program will recognize, understand, cherish, communicate with and reward guests like never before giving access to “ALL of Accor”. 
It will open doors across a unique and iconic portfolio of over 30 hotel brands as well as an unrivalled collection of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and “money can’t buy” experiences.
 
This new lifestyle loyalty program will be delivered through a new app and website that will allow members to access the world of Accor from the palm of their hands.
 
The new guest promise of this new lifestyle loyalty program will address four strategic stakes:
Introducing new premium status to reward our most loyal members
Enriched benefits according to our augmented hospitality strategy
A worldwide connected experience to earn and burn points across the broadest range of brands in the industry and a New digital app delivering value across work, live & play.
 
 
Partnerships and experiences
Far beyond the stay, partnerships anchor ALL in member’s day-to-day, on the move and everywhere. Following an extensive study, three main passion points resonate with our loyalty members: Entertainment, Dining and Culinary & Sports.
 
Accor announces today three main partnerships to illustrate those passion points.
  • We are pleased to be extending our partnership with AEG beyond the AccorHotels Arena to include premium venues providing over 60 000 tickets and private suites for our loyalty members in Latin America, Asia and Europe.
  • is world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, with more than 100 million guests a year, delivering innovation that inspires athletes, teams, artists and fans.
 
  • The Group has signed a new partnership with IMG, which will unlock access to chef masterclasses and culinary encounters for our best members courtesy of our loyalty program. Starting in 2020, our members will enjoy the best of Taste Festivals in London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong and Toronto, with growth and expansion of the partnership into new cities over the next three years.
IMG is a global actor operating in more than 30 countries in sports, events, media, fashion, and especially culinary with immersive food experience
  • Accor and Paris Saint-Germain Football Cub today announce they have signed a global multi-year partnership agreement. ALL, Accor Live Limitless, Accor’s new lifestyle loyalty platform, will become the Principal Partner and official jersey sponsor of the club starting from the 2019/2020 season. The partnership will bring together the world’s fastest-growing football club with a global, pioneering leader in the hospitality industry.
 
To reflect the ambition of the group to engage our guests in their daily lives and to embody the premium nature of its portfolio of brands, Accor launched a new premium visual language including a new corporate logo. The two distinctive brands, Accor and ALL, will utilize the same ‘iconic A’ monogram that represents the seal of excellence of the group and which fuses the letter A with the bernache which is the historical emblem of the group.
 
These ambitious initiatives are designed to increase the global visibility of our brands to strengthen the efficiency of our distribution networks and to offer our guests an attractive and unique loyalty program in the industry.
To support these initiatives, the Group will invest €225 million of the €4.8 billion generated by the Booster operation, with the financial objective of creating €75 million per year of gross operating surplus in the medium term.

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Accor and Paris Saint-Germain today announce they have signed a global multi-year partnership agreement. ALL (Accor Live Limitless), Accor’s new lifestyle loyalty platform, will become the Principal Partner and official jersey sponsor of the club starting from the 2019/2020 season. The partnership will bring together a global, pioneering leader in the hospitality industry with the world’s fastest-growing football club; Accor’s 265 million guests join the 395 million fans who follow the club and its players on social media worldwide.

Through this tie-up, both brands will be able to offer sports fans throughout the world innovative initiatives to drive engagement. Paris Saint-Germain’s booming popularity, unique lifestyle approach and world-acclaimed know-how to inspire supporters and partners alike, combines well with Accor’s new loyalty program which aims to offer “once in a lifetime” experiences for current and future members of ALL.

ALL will offer a loyalty experience integrating rewards, services, and experiences across Accor’s entire ecosystem, including 4,800 hotels worldwide and an extraordinary global brand portfolio including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis. 

Full details of the partnership will be revealed by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain, and Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor Group on Friday 22 February 2019 at 6 pm at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
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