IHG experiencing steep RevPAR decline but looks set to navigate through the pandemic, says GlobalData

IHG experiencing steep RevPAR decline but looks set to navigate through the pandemic, says GlobalData

Following the announcement that IHG continues to expect Global RevPAR to decline about 25% in the first quarter;

Ralph Hollister, Analyst, Travel & Tourism at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on the situation:

“Although these figures are startling, IHG can take some degree of comfort knowing that its main competitors also find themselves in a very similar position. Occupancy levels in its open hotels are currently in the low to mid 20% range across the business. These figures illustrate that the company is still a long way from any kind of formal recovery. Infection rates in the US and Europe need to drop significantly so that restrictions on movement can be lifted and confidence within IHG’s target markets can be restored.

“Until occupancy rates regain normality and international tourism flows are resumed, IHG finds itself in a positive position to deal with the economic impact COVID-19 is creating.

“IHG said it now has access to US$1.4bn of cash on deposit and existing bank facilities are currently US$660m undrawn, taking total available liquidity to US$2bn.

“With a recent £600m (US$745.2m) injection from the UK Government’s coronavirus aid scheme, the company has acquired further breathing space and increased its likelihood of navigating successfully through the pandemic.

“Hotel giants such as IHG that emerge unscathed may be able to benefit from consolidation. Failing companies due to COVID-19 could provide ripe pickings for IHG, especially ones that align with its brand strategy.”

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