PPHE Hotel Group (formerly Park Plaza Hotels) is an integrated owner and operator of four-star, boutique and deluxe hotels in gateway cities, regional centres and select resort destinations, predominantly in Europe.
In keeping with its strong record of asset development, PPHE is actively repositioning itself at the corporate level. The introduction of EPRA reporting highlights the company’s success from a property perspective (EPRA NAV per share of £24.57 at December 2018), while share liquidity and broadening of the investor base should benefit from the recent secondary placing and move to a Premium Listing. Operationally, progress is robust with resilient trading (8% gain in Q1 like-for-like RevPAR and revenue), continued material investment payoff and abundant asset-acquisition opportunities. We believe PPHE's shares offer an attractive way to access hotel property markets, particularly in London and the Netherlands, both in terms of capitalisation yield and a SOTP valuation.
Security and Brexit uncertainty are concerns, but the London hotel market has shown admirable resilience (RevPAR up almost 4% in Q119, per STR) and benefits from increased tourism owing to sterling weakness. Greater measurable worries are room supply, which is above its long-term trend, slower economic growth and rising operating costs. GL, London’s largest hotel owner/operator, continues to “maintain a cautious outlook”, while, per pwc, 2019 market RevPAR gain may be marginal.