Image: Leumeah Hotel

Redcape Hotel Group has issued its first earnings results for its 32 venues since listing on the Australian Stock Exchange on 30 November 2018.

The detailed report makes for interesting reading.

Key results include strong revenue growth of 17.5 per cent and operating EBITDA up 13.8 per cent for the last six months of 2018, with both primarily driven by acquisitions.

The report summarised the period as a “strong first quarter performance followed by some variable trade at certain venues late in 1H19 extending into the current period”. Redcape did not detail which venues it believed were underperforming.

The results show the group explored 15 venue acquisitions, eventually acquiring six, paying $158m in total for them, all off-market.

Results show the group paid:

  • $20m in July 2018 for the Sun Hotel in Townsville;
  • $40m in August 2018 for the Vauxhall Inn, Granville;
  • $48m in August 2018 for the Australian Hotel and Brewery; and
  • $50m in December 2018 for three South Coast venues.

The group sold the Belrose Hotel for $20m in the same period, which represents a 5.1 per cent premium to book value.

Leumeah Hotel, Redcape Hotel Group
Renovations at the Leumeah Hotel cost Redcape Hotel Group $4.9m


The report also highlights growth capital expenditure of $4.9m due to the “major” renovations at the Leumeah Hotel and a $4.2m “material refurbishment” at the Eastwood Hotel.

An estimate of costs for refurbishing the Cabramatta Inn currently underway of around $7m is also detailed, with a current completion date of June 2019.

The group also moved its head office to Minskys Hotel in Cremorne during this period.

The report also shows a focus on electronic gaming machine renewal contributed to capital expenditure costs of $2.2m.

Gaming revenue contributed $90.7m against a total revenue of $142.6m. Sales costs were $67.6m, representing a gross profit margin of 52.6 per cent.

Concluding on the results, Redcape said “Management have implemented several operating initiatives aimed at optimising venue performance and minimising the overall impact that a softer economic environment might have on Redcape’s financial performance.”

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