Scandic has entered into an agreement to acquire Rica Hotels. With theaddition of 72 Rica hotels to its existing portfolio, Scandic further strengthens its position as the leading hotel chain in the Nordic region. In Norway alone, Scandic's coverage will be increased by 65 hotels, thus becoming a nationwide chain.
Acquiring Rica Hotels marks an important milestone in the development of the Scandicgroup, which has implemented a number of measures in recent years to strengthen its offering across the Nordic region.
"With the acquisition of Rica, we will rise to a new level in the Nordic hotel sector," saysFrank Fiskers, President & CEO of Scandic. "We will strengthen our portfolio with 72 highly regarded Rica hotels in attractive locations, and our guests will soon be able to choose from 223 hotels throughout the Nordic region. We expect to host 25,000 guests every single day, and 13,000 skilled and motivated team members will do their very best to give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay."
Today, Scandic has 151 hotels in the Nordic region, including 19 in Norway, while RicaHotels' portfolio currently includes 65 hotels in Norway and 7 in Sweden.
The acquisition will result in an even better experience for Scandic's guests, with aneven wider range of hotels to choose from. The warm hospitality, great food and excellent service that are the hallmarks of both Scandic and Rica will become stronger than ever, as will our combined commitment to the environment, corporate social responsibility, and accessibility.
"We've found an excellent home and partner for the Rica hotels and Rica employees,"says Rica founder Jan E. Rivelsrud. "Together, I am convinced that our companies will form an even more inviting presence in the Nordic region, with a solid basis for continued growth and a commitment to the further development of tourism in our markets. Rica and Scandic complement each other geographically and culturally, and will together provide our guests with a larger and even more attractive offering. Rica's attractive market position in Norway complements, Scandic's overall position in the Nordic region. All Rica and Scandic team members take great pride in providing superb hospitality and dedicate themselves each and every day to giving their guests the most enjoyable hotel experience possible."
The Rivelsrud family, which currently owns Rica Hotels, will continue its involvement inthe hotel sector through Rica Eiendom Holding. This company owns 20 of the hotel properties in the Rica Hotels portfolio, which will continue to be operated with Scandic as leaseholder.
"This is a strategically important and forward-looking move," says Svein Arild Steen-Mevold, Country Vice President of Scandic in Norway. "Combining with Rica will create a truly nationwide chain in Norway and increase our presence in Sweden. We look forward to continuing to the development of our business and creating an even better guest experience in years to come", Mr Steen-Mevold continues.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in Norway and Sweden. Followingcompletion of the transaction, it is expected that there will be an orderly transition of Rica hotels to the Scandic brand.
About Scandic Hotels Group
Scandic is the largest hotel company in the Nordic countries with a network of about 280 hotels and 58,000 hotel rooms in operation and under development at more than 130 destinations. The company is leading the way in integrating sustainability in all areas and its award-winning Design for All concept ensures that Scandic hotels are accessible to everyone. Well loved by guests and employees, the Scandic Friends loyalty program is the largest in the Nordic hotel industry and Scandic is one of the most attractive employers in the region. Scandic is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.scandichotelsgroup.com