AccorHotels Signs Deal to Acquire Mantra

PARIS—AccorHotels has signed an agreement with Mantra Group Limited to acquire all issued capital in Mantra, an arrangement to be approved by Mantra shareholders. Under the terms of the deal, AccorHotels would offer $3.10 (AUD3.96) in cash for each Mantra share including any potential special dividend, according to the company.

“We are delighted to have come to an agreement to acquire the Mantra Group. This operation will underpin our long-term growth in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of AccorHotels. “Mantra’s portfolio would offer AccorHotels additional accommodation formats and a strong customer base to complement our successful hotel portfolio in Australia. We are confident that the transaction terms are attractive for shareholders of both groups.”

Mantra Chairman Peter Bush, added, “The AccorHotels offer represents an attractive proposition for Mantra and for our shareholders, and the board unanimously recommends AccorHotels’ proposal. AccorHotels is one of the world’s leading hotel operators and we trust that our business will be in good hands. Mantra’s strong expertise in apartments, in particular, and our presence in resort locations are very complementary to the AccorHotels operations in Australia and New Zealand. The combined business will be an important part of Australia’s strong and growing tourism market and its customers will benefit from the market leading expertise of both groups.”

Mantra is one of Australia’s largest hotel and resort marketers and operators with 127 properties and more than 20,000 rooms in hotels, resorts and serviced apartments across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii.

Properties in Mantra’s portfolio range from luxury accommodations and coastal resorts to serviced apartments in city and key leisure destinations, under three key brands: Peppers (28 properties); Mantra (75 properties); and BreakFree (24 properties). Mantra also manages core accommodation services including guest relations and reception areas, restaurants and bars, conference and function centers, pool and entertainment facilities and offices. Mantra has more than 5,500 employees.

Lastly, AccorHotels confirms it is in discussion with potential investors in relation to the sale of part of the Share Capital of AccorInvest. The group aims to sign an agreement before the end of this year.