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GIC, international investors take majority stake in French property group AccorInvest for €4.4b

Posted by propertynews on February 28, 2018
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SINGAPORE – Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, together with a group of international investors, have signed an agreement to acquire a 55 per cent stake in AccorHotel’s property business arm AccorInvest.

The majority stake will be sold by the French property group to investors including Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, as well as institutional investors Credit Agricole Assurances, Colony NorthStar, and Amundi among others.

For AccorHotels, the sale would result in a cash contribution of €4.4 billion (S$7.13 billion).

In a press statement on Wednesday (Feb 28), GIC said the investment will enable it to “gain exposure to AccorInvest’s large and well-diversified portfolio, with resilient cash flows and attractive opportunities for value creation”.

Separately, AccorHotels’ chiarman and CEO, Sebastien Bazin said: “Following the separation of AccorInvest into a stand-alone legal entity last summer, we are now gathering a round-table of leading investors… The entry of new shareholders and the deconsolidation of AccorInvest will provide AccorHotels with substantial leeway to enhance our dynamic growth, and innovation strategy and create value for shareholders.”

 The acquisition is subject to certain regulatory approvals, and is expected to be finalised in the second quarter this year, GIC said.
Source from The Straits Times – 28 Feb 2018

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