U.S.: Investors Remain Attracted to Hotels under $15 Million
Private equity, local banks and government sponsored SBA and USDA loans emerge as hotel financing sources
The survey also indicated hotel investors are increasingly looking to local banks, government sponsored Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guaranteed loans and private equity for acquisition financing.
“Over one third of investors surveyed indicated local banks are their primary source of debt. Many such smaller banks were able to side step the sub-prime mortgage meltdown and were not involved in CMBS debt syndication,” said Calhoun.
Additionally, almost 20 percent of survey respondents are turning to private equity for financing, up from 15 percent in mid-2008.“Traditionally, private equity groups provided mezzanine or bridge loans, but with the lack of available debt from institutional lenders and the virtual shutdown of the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) market, private equity is being widely sought as senior position permanent loans” said Mark Fair, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels’ select service division. “Joint venture equity has become a more popular structure with these funds, as many private equity firms have cash available to invest.”
The survey reveals that 55 percent of investors are targeting distressed assets and loans/notes because of their significant discount to replacement cost. “This underlines the fact that numerous equity-rich buyers are looking for opportunistic acquisitions in the market,” said Calhoun.
Opportunities to purchase distressed assets are still infrequent. Sixty-six percent of select service investors surveyed indicated that the bulk of their debt maturities will not come due until 2012 and beyond. “Investors with performing properties are not under extreme pressure to sell, though the assumable financing on their assets may be an attractant to investors today,” said Calhoun.
Forty-five percent of investors indicated an intention to ‘hold’ their assets, now overtaking the ‘buy’ sentiment as the dominant investor intention over the next six months. That said, buyers are still evaluating acquisition opportunities. A stable 38 percent of respondents indicated a dominant intention to buy assets, reflective of their strong equity position. According to the survey, buyers now outnumber sellers by more than 6:1 and buyers are awaiting new assets to come on the market.
The U.S. recession and the stagnant debt markets also have taken a huge toll on investor confidence, as 84 percent of select service investors surveyed anticipate RevPAR declines over the next six months. “But investors’ medium term trading performance outlook is markedly more positive and suggests that RevPAR growth could resume a year from now,” said Fair.
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