Crowe partner Aiden Murphy presented at the Irish Hotels Federation's Eighth Irish Hotel Investment Conference on Wednesday 1 June 2022. The following is a short summary of what he covered and below there is a link to download his full presentation.
Addressing the requirement for investment during the current period of unilateral post-pandemic economic recovery and inflationary environment, Aiden underlined the importance of optimising cash flow by way of reviewing revenue potential and decreasing costs to enhance profitability and asset value.
Reviewing the growth of hotel stock between 1999 and 2019, Aiden noted a significant increase in stock between 1999 - 2010 (+58%) and then a deceleration of growth following the global financial crisis. While growth in stock softened, there was a marked increase in the quality of hotel stock over the period analysed. In 1999 over 80% of hotel stock was graded 3-star and under compared to now where only 35% of stock is less than 3-star.
While there has been investment in stock to lift quality and grading, there is still an opportunity for hotels to increase their room count which can release efficiencies as centralised cost centres already exist.
Aiden highlighted the primary focus of where investment should be targeted to support businesses in this volatile period as well as the key investment priorities.
Aiden provided different illustrations on the impact of increasing costs on a variety of property types across Ireland and through this analysis it was identified that if properties cannot surpass 2019 levels of revenue, it would be difficult to counterbalance increasing costs.
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