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NYU Conference Takeaways: Cautious Optimism Turns to Caution

Rodney G. Clough | June 6, 2019

By Rodney Clough The 41st NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference wrapped up on June 4, 2019, and the overall sentiment of the event was one of caution, a shift from a sentiment of cautious optimism at conferences earlier in the year. Most expect the next industry downturn to come soon, perhaps as soon as next year or early 2021. Absent a Black Swan event, the expectation is for a correction rather than a deep downturn. Main takeaways include the following: Caution but Not Panic There is substantial equity and debt available for the hotel sector. The long-term view for the sector is positive and it is seen as less...

Navigate the Pitfalls Motel Valuations – Part 1

Rodney G. Clough | May 29, 2019

By Rodney Clough Independent, budget motels are often operated by resident owners that are talented at running efficient, safe motel operations but lack sophisticated and complete financial models that generate proper reports upon which to base purchase and valuation decisions. It is important for a buyer to understand that available financial information may not tell the full story, and relying solely on what is available may sell short the profit potential of the hotel and, ultimately, its true value. In Part 1 of this series, I discuss the importance of deriving a proper revenue estimate and testing its reasonableness against the nor...

Brands Performance Update

Rodney G. Clough | April 18, 2019

By Rodney G. Clough The following article illustrates the 2018 RevPAR levels across four categories, from the top RevPAR earners to the low end; we note that the statistics for this article, inclusive of occupancy and average daily rate (ADR), were pulled from the various 10-K filings of the brands on their corporate websites. 2018 RevPAR, Top Ten Source: 10K filings Ritz-Carlton led the pack in RevPAR, with W Hotels, Waldorf Astoria, and Park Hyatt not too far behind. It should be noted that Four Seasons does not disclose brand averages. Occupancy levels from the above group ranged from a low of 71.4% (Waldorf Astoria) to a high of 82....

Many Hotel Sellers Won Big in 2018

Rodney G. Clough | January 21, 2019

By Rodney G. Clough On average, hotel prices increased significantly in 2018, as a strong pool of buyers with favorable outlooks kept downward pressure on cap rates. A strong bidding environment for hotels, particularly those in markets where barriers to entry were high and PIPs had already been completed, kept prices strong, resulting in some big wins for hotel sellers that purchased their hotels at the right time during the last downturn. We queried our database for hotels that were sold between $10 million and $20 million during 2018, and then we compared their prior sales price to the most recent one. For those hotels that were sold...

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