Accor Confident Over 2019 After Robust H1
Hotel group Accor has said it is confident over its 2019 prospects after reporting a 5.1% rise in first-half operating profit, driven by restructuring efforts and robust demand in most regions.
Accor, which runs high-end chains such as Raffles and Sofitel as well as budget brands such as Ibis, predicted another rise in profit for 2019.
This would be achieved as revenue per available room (RevPAR), a key gauge of activity, would grow around 3%, with Asia-Pacific progressively improving in the second half.
"The execution of our plan and our business momentum remain on track to achieve another record year in 2019," CEO Sebastien Bazin said in a statement.
Accor, with close to 4,800 hotels in 100 countries, has been cutting costs, and expanding in Asia and in the luxury end of the market.
It has also been investing in new areas such as concierge services to boost its growth and fight the rising challenges posed by companies such as Airbnb and online travel agents.
EBITDA And RevPAR
First-half earnings before interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 5.1% on a like-for-like basis to €375 million.
For the full-year 2019, Accor expects EBITDA to rise to between €820 million and €850 million from €712 million in 2018.
RevPAR rose 2.9% on a like-for-like basis in the first-half, driven by robust demand in Europe, South America and the Middle East.
In France alone, RevPAR grew 4.7%, boosted by the International Paris airshow and the Women's Football World Cup.
RevPAR in Asia Pacific, which declined 0.6% in the first quarter, improved in the second quarter to 0.3% growth.
Accor shares have gained 9% so far this year, underperforming a 17% rise in the CAC-40 Index of French blue chips.