Keahotels sales process concluded
Private equity fund Horn II slhf. along with private investment companies Tröllahvönn ehf. and Selen ehf. have today finalized the sale of all shares in Keahotels ehf. The Buyer, K Acquisition ehf., is a private investment company owned by Alaska-based real estate company JL Properties (25%), Alaska-based asset management company Pt Capital Advisors (50%), which is a subsidiary of Pt Capital, as well as the aforementioned Tröllahvönn (25%). Tröllahvönn previously held a 36% share in Keahotels and will with this transaction re-invest 25%. The new owners are not planning any immediate changes to the Company and Páll L. Sigurjónsson will remain as Keahotels Managing Director.
Keahotels is the third largest hotel chain in Iceland with 624 rooms in 8 hotels located in Akureyri, at Lake Mývatn and in central Reykjavík. The hotels are: Apótek Hotel, Hotel Borg, Hotel Gígur, Hotel Kea, Hotel Nordurland, Reykjavík Lights, Skuggi Hotel and Storm Hotel. The Company is furthermore scheduled to open a new 104 room hotel in the Reykjavik harbor area in 2018. The turnover of Keahotels exceeded ISK 4bn in 2016 and the number of staff is around 300 in the high season.
Íslandsbanki managed the sales process on behalf of Keahotels and acted as advisor to the sellers. Legal advisory to the sellers was provided by LOGOS. Íslensk Verðbréf and Fjeldsted & Blöndal acted as advisors to the buyers.
All condition precedents stipulated in the Share Purchase Agreement, which was signed in July, have been met and the new owners have assumed control of the Company as of today, 18 August 2017.
“We are excited to announce our acquisition of Keahotels, one of Iceland’s premier hotel operating companies. The Company boasts a near 20 year history of successful operations and has through recent expansions grown to become Iceland’s third largest hotel chain. The Company has earned a stellar reputation for its quality guest services and modern design hotels. We believe Keahotels are well positioned for the future growth and consolidation opportunities available in the Icelandic tourism sector.” said John Rubini, Chairman and CEO, JL Properties
“Iceland is a remarkable place to invest and Pt Capital is excited about partnering with Alaskans and Icelanders to grow Keahotels. The tourism sector in Iceland has seen immense growth and we look forward to focusing on our customers, employees, and other stakeholders to continue the stellar Keahotels legacy.” said Hugh Short, Chairman and CEO, Pt Capital
“It has been very rewarding to participate in the development of Keahotels and the rapidly expanding Icelandic tourism sector in the past years. This transaction whereby strong international investors acquire a controlling share in the Company demonstrates that there are many opportunities for growth and consolidation in the sector. Our re-investment moreover signals our strong faith in the future of the Company. As we extend our thanks to Horn II for a great partnership we welcome new shareholders to the group and look forward to working with them in strengthening the Company even further.” said Kristján Grétarsson Chairman of the Board of Keahotels
“It has been a great pleasure to contribute to Keahotels growth and prosperity in the past three years. The Company has during this time significantly expanded its operations to become one of the largest hotel chains in Iceland. On behalf of all of us here at Horn we would like to extend our gratitude to the board and staff of Keahotels for a great cooperation. We are confident that the Company will continue to thrive in the coming years.” said the Managing Directors at Horn II
About JL Properties:
JL Properties Incorporated, led by founder and CEO Jonathan Rubini, is Alaska’s leading real estate development and investment firm with a portfolio exceeding USD $2 billion in market value. JL primary market is its home state Alaska with additional developments in Utah, Georgia and Florida. The Company’s portfolio consists of both commercial and residential housing. The Keahotels transaction marks JL’s first acquisition in Iceland.
About Pt Capital Advisors:
Pt Capital Advisors, LLC is a subsidiary of Pt Capital, LLC, an Arctic-focused asset manager headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. The Pt family of companies, led by Chairman and CEO Hugh Short, was founded in 2013. The acquisition of Keahotels is Pt Capital Advisors’ second investment in Iceland, having previously acquired a majority stake in telecommunications company Nova in March 2017.
Tröllahvönn is owned by Kristján Grétarsson, Fannar Ólafsson, Andri Gunnarsson and Thórður H. Kolbeinsson. Tröllahvönn has been a shareholder in Keahotels since 2012.