Our clients were ready to purchase a small, but profitable independent Texas hotel. It was adjacent to another franchised hotel, which they were also in the process of purchasing.
GRP Capital worked closely with the buyers and sellers. We paid particular attention to the specialization required to obtain loans for independent properties.
Senior Associate Ryan Dumas was pleased to close the loan. He remarked, “This independent Texas hotel is perfect for creating two market price points for my clients. The loan is affordable and stable and will allow them to continue the profitability of the current hotel.”
Special considerations regarding Independent Hotels:
• Hotel statistics . Franchised hotels utilize reservation and check-in systems that generate hotel statistics. These statistics include occupancy, ADR (average daily rate) and RevPAR (Revenue per available room). Independent hotel operators may or may not utilize sophisticated programs. Thus, generating this important information (needed by both lenders and appraisers) can be a challenge.
• Sales and Occupancy Tax Records Required: Most independent hotels do not participate in STR reporting. In addition, they are not using franchise check-in software. As a result, it can can be difficult to ascertain their revenues and profitability. Lenders and appraisers will accept two different third party reports: either business bank statements or sales tax receipts that show the revenue basis of monthly occupancy taxes. Sellers of independent hotels should be prepared to provide one of these sets of documents.
• Financials. It’s our job at GRP Capital to comb through seller financials. We want to make sure they match up with the hotel statistics and the taxes. Then we can provide a very clear picture to lenders and appraisers. We want all of the stakeholders to understand the current profitability of a property and its potential.
Our GRP Capital team specializes in finding the right lender for each project. We save our clients time and money, as we research the best choices for their funding sources. Our experience allows our clients to find funding that is project-appropriate and will allow for sufficient cash flow. Whether you are looking to refinance or purchase, we would love to discuss your business plans with you. If you are considering becoming a first-time (or second or third time!) buyer, we can assist you.
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