Deal worth nearly €7 million seals takeover of Portlaoise motorway hotel

Maldron Hotel deal completes resale of a number of Laois hotels which were developed during the property boom

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

Deal worth nearly €7 million seals takeover of Portlaoise

Dalata Hotel Group plc that it has entered into an agreement to buy the Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise.

The group has done a deal with Receivers Declan McDonald and Ken Tyrrell of PwC to acquire the freehold interest of the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise and adjoining Midway Foodcourt.

Dalata have also agreed a simultaneous sub-sale of the foodcourt to a third party. The net cost of the transaction to Dalata is €6.8 million. It is expected that the acquisition will complete in May 2017.

Dermot Crowley is Deputy CEO Business Development and Finance.

“We are delighted to have secured the freehold of our Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise. This transaction is consistent with our stated strategy of buying out the freehold interests of those leased properties with future unpredictable rent reviews.” he said.

The Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is 3-star hotel located on a prime site adjacent to the M7 motorway at Junction 17 Togher roundabout, Portlaoise. The hotel contains 90 bedrooms, a bar, restaurant, leisure centre and meeting room facilities. It is a popular stop off for people travelling on the Cork/Dublin/Limerick roads.

The Company holds a long leasehold on the hotel until 2036. The Company incurred a rental charge of €0.57 million in 2016 in relation to the hotel. The consideration is payable in cash.

Dalata Hotel Group plc is Ireland’s largest hotel operator, with a current portfolio of 41 hotels. It operates the Clayton Hotels and Maldron Hotels across Ireland and the UK, as well as managing a portfolio of partner properties. 24 of the hotels are owned by Dalata, 10 hotels are operated under lease agreements and 7 are operated under management agreements.

For the full year 2016 Dalata reported revenue of €290.5 million. Dalata is listed on the Main Market of the Irish Stock Exchange (DHG) and the London Stock Exchange (DAL).

The hotel was originally built in 2003 by Laois-born developer Paddy Kelly. It was part of a chain of hotels developed up by the Killeshin native during the property boom. He lost control of the chain during the property crash.

When it opened it was described as Ireland's first 'mortorway hotel'. It originally traded as a Comfort Inn.

The hotel was among a number of new Laois hotels developed by builders during the boom which subsequently ended up changing hands as a result of the property crash.

The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel and Killenard Heritage Hotel were built by the Keane family from Laois but subsequently sold on after Anglo Irish Bank foreclosed on  the loans.

Bernard McNamara rebuilt the Killeshin Hotel but this is now owned by Supermac's boss Pat McDonagh. Anlgo Irish bank financed the hotel's redevelopment.