9 July 2009
This is one of many articles on the subject of “troubled hotel loans – workouts, bankruptcies & receiverships” in the rich library at www.HotelLawBlog.com.
Hospitality Lawyers with some perspective on recent developments.
My friend Steve Van at Prism Hotels has a great Hotel Default Blog. I you haven’t seen it, you should take a look. His most recent article (“The Sky is Really Falling”) sparked some perspective on whether the hotel industry is finally reaching a critical RESET point we have been talking about on www.HotelLawBlog.com for months. Here are the latest thoughts.
Is the “RESET” at hand?
The hotel industry will not get better until we have a complete RESET, but maybe the conditions for that may finally moving into place. Here are the latest indicators:
- The last optimist died. On July 7, 2009) Smith Travel Research threw in the towel on their formerly “optimistic” forecast and have adopted a “bleak picture” forecast for 2009, and continuing deterioration in 2010 for all three industry benchmarks (occupancy, average daily rate and revenue per available room).
- Lenders are recognizing that hotel loan defaults are imminent. We are starting to see lenders recognize that even though a mortgage has been extended, or is performing “today.” it will not perform next month or very soon. They are preparing to deal with the assets now and finding some borrowers are sanguine, but others are not. It is better to act sooner.
- Owners aren’t going to make up the shortfalls much longer. The report today that the Ilikai hotel has closed is just a high profile indicator of more closures coming. Delinquencies and foreclosures are skyrocketing, and hotels are going dark because neither the owner nor the lender will advance money to meet shortfalls to pay payroll, utilities and operating expenses. See “Hotel foreclosures . . . to set new records . . .”
Blessing in disguise?
Unfortunately, the hotel industry won’t start to get better until well after the economy bottoms and starts to make significant and sustained improvement. With the capitulation of Smith Travel’s optimism yesterday, most industry experts don’t see significant improvement for hotels until sometime in 2011. And things will get much worse before they get better. But at least a realistic view of immediate prospects sets the stage for the massive RESET that must take place before the hotel industry improves — a RESET in leverage, values and expectations. Ouch!
Other articles on State of the Hotel Industry
Other recent articles that relate to the state of the industry paint a pretty consistent picture of data and trends. Here are a few links to articles for your convenience:
- Hotel Lawyer: Does “End of the Recession” mean “Recovery”? Not for luxury hotels!
- Hotel Lawyer: Some practical alternatives to hotel closings – turning around operating results.
- Hotel receiverships, bankruptcies, restructurings, workouts, turnarounds and opportunistic investment
- Hotel Lawyer Marta Fernandez: The Labor Pains of Hotel Closings Optimal Strategies for Full or Partial Hotel Closings
- National implications from the latest hotel industry Survey
- Conditions for hotel industry “RESET” may be coming into alignment
- Hotel foreclosures on track to set new records in California and elsewhere.
- Special servicers: Busy now? Realpoint says work will double by year end! Implications for all CRE loans.
- Hotel delinquencies predicted to exceed 8% by year end. Red Roof defaults on $361 million in loans. Are there lessons for hotel lenders and investors in the latest California market report?
- PKF says 2009 worst year in lodging history. Robust recovery likely but years away
- What lies ahead for the hotel industry? When do values bottom? When do they recover?
- Hospitality Lawyer at the 2009 NYU hotel conference
- Hospitality Lawyers present JEWELS from Meet the Money® 2009
- Hospitality Lawyer Insights
- Hospitality Lawyer: The “amazing relationship” between GDP and hotel room demand. When the recovery comes, what will it look like for the hotel industry?
- Closing that hotel may be the worst money-saving idea you ever had! Lenders, here’s why mothballing a hotel can be a very bad idea.
This is Jim Butler, author of www.HotelLawBlog.com and hotel lawyer, signing off. We’ve done more than $60 billion of hotel transactions and have developed innovative solutions to unlock value from troubled hotel transactions. Who’s your hotel lawyer?
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