Minor Hotels net profit in 2023 jumps 450 pc

With higher room revenues, 2023 revenue rises to record USD 3.4 bn
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Minor Hotels net profit in 2023 jumps 450 pc

The demand for leisure and business travel across most key markets drove strong rate growth across Minor's portfolio

Driven by higher room rates in Europe and in its homebase in Thailand, Minor Hotels has reported a hefty 450 pc jump in its net profit for 2023 on a full year revenue of about USD 3.4 billion.
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Bangkok-based hospitality company Minor Hotels has reported record full-year core revenue of THB 121.4 billion, about USD 3.4 billion, in 2023, propelling the international hotel owner and operator’s core net profit to grow by 450 pc compared to the previous year.

In a press statement, Minor Hotels says that the record core revenue was 25 pc higher versus 2022, with topline total system sales reaching THB 157 billion or USD 4.4 billion, and comes off the back of robust financial performance across most key markets for the group, notably its hotel operations in Europe and Thailand where core revenue grew 25 pc and 65 pc respectively on last year.

The hotel group adds that the consolidated core profit of THB 4.95 billion was on par with pre-Covid levels, achieving 96 pc of the 2019 full-year figure. Taking into account the rotation of assets during the pandemic period however, NPAT rose above 2019 levels as the group capitalised on significant growth in Average Daily Rates (ADR) growth, disciplined cost management and established brand equity to offset rising interest rates and inflationary pressures which contributed to a 23 pc rise in operating costs.

The statement adds that resurgent demand for leisure and business travel across most key markets drove strong rate growth across Minor’s portfolio, with group-wide ADR increasing by 10 pc compared with last year. Much of that rate growth was driven by hotels in Europe and the Americas, where ADR was up 14 pc on 2022, as well as Thailand where ADR across all Minor Hotels properties was up 29 pc on the same period.

The hotel says that group-wide occupancy was reported at 66 pc for the year, an increase of 6 pc on 2022 figures, with Minor’s Thailand hotels among the top performers, reporting occupancy growth of 17 pc.

The combined strength of ADR and occupancy figures meant group-wide Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) rose 22 pc versus 2022, with Thailand reporting 73 pc growth and Europe & Americas reporting a 26 pc increase.

In fourth quarter results, Minor Hotels reported core net profit of THB 1.89 billion, slightly below Q422 profit in real terms but an increase of 95 pc when adjusted like-for-like.

The group says that the strong growth trend is expected to carry through 2024, with room revenues in January and on-the-book value in February and March already surpassing 2023 levels by 39 pc in Thailand and 20 pc in Europe. 

The statement adds that Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of parent company Minor International, said the results marked a strong return to growth for the group, and flagged a strategic focus on pipeline expansion in the near future. 

Dillip Rajakarier

Dillip Rajakarier

‘‘We are pleased to report our outstanding performance in 2023. The results reflect the dedication and hard work of all our teams across all 56 countries. As we move forward, our focus remains on expanding our footprint, driving sustainable growth, reducing debt and creating long-term value for our shareholders,’’ says Rajakarier.

Minor Hotels added a total of 1,257 rooms to its inventory in 2023, but has announced plans for aggressive expansion of its hotel portfolio over the next three years, with a target to add 200-250 new hotels to its existing portfolio of 540 properties globally. This ambition is supported by a robust pipeline and an adjustment to its long-standing ‘asset right’ strategy that will see the group target a greater number of management and franchise contracts to drive sustainable growth while minimising capital expenditure.  

Minor Hotels has already added three new managed hotels in Paris to its portfolio in 2024 under the NH Hotels brand, as well as a new Anantara property in Ras Al Khaimah.

Minor’s strong hotel pipeline includes the entry of Anantara into Vienna, and both Anantara and Avani into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, alongside multiple new openings in the group’s already thriving Middle East and Asia Pacific markets.

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