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Financing and current trading update


InterContinental Hotels Group (“IHG”) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] provides a financing update including a waiver of existing banking covenants and provision of additional facilities through the UK Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), alongside an update to current trading.

Financing update
IHG has secured new financing arrangements to further strengthen its liquidity position.

This includes amending its syndicated revolving credit facility to include a waiver of existing covenants until 31 December 2021.  The amendment introduces a minimum liquidity covenant of $400m, tested at half year and full year, up to and including 30 June 2021 (see note 1 below for further details).

The Bank of England has also now confirmed IHG as an eligible issuer for the UK Government’s CCFF, and IHG has issued £600m (~$740m) in commercial paper under this facility.

IHG now has access to $1.35bn of cash on deposit and existing bank facilities are currently $660m undrawn, taking total available liquidity to ~$2bn.

Current trading
When we announce our First Quarter 2020 trading update on 7 May, we expect to report that Q1 Global RevPAR decreased approximately 25%, including a 55% decline in March, in line with the Business Update we provided on 20 March.  Trading in Greater China continues to steadily improve, with only 12 out of 470 hotels now closed.  In the US, ~10% of our hotels are currently closed, demonstrating the resilience of our mainstream, franchised business, and, in EMEAA, ~50% of hotels are currently closed.  Occupancy levels in comparable open hotels are currently in the low to mid 20% range across the business.

We will provide a fuller update on 7 May with our First Quarter 2020 trading update.


About IHG®

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts SpasRegent Hotels & ResortsInterContinental® Hotels & ResortsKimpton® Hotels & RestaurantsHotel Indigo®EVEN Hotels®HUALUXE® Hotels and ResortsCrowne Plaza® Hotels & Resortsvoco™, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites®, Atwell Suites and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,900 hotels and approximately 884,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

For the purposes of the Market Abuse Regulation, the person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement is Nicolette Henfrey, EVP, General Counsel & Company Secretary.


Note 1: The syndicated revolving credit facility has customary covenants in respect of interest cover and leverage ratio, tested at half year and full year on a trailing twelve-month basis.  The next three tests of these covenants are now waived, with the next test occurring on 31 December 2021. The interest cover covenant requires a ratio of EBITDA to net interest payable above 3.5:1 and the leverage ratio requires Net Debt:EBITDA of below 3.5:1 on a “frozen GAAP” basis pre-IFRS 16.  For 2019, the IFRS 16 adjustment reduced EBITDA and net debt by approximately $70m and $440m respectively.  The interest cover and leverage ratio covenants have been replaced by a minimum liquidity covenant (defined as unrestricted cash and undrawn facilities with a remaining term of 6 months) which will be tested at 30 June 2020, 31 December 2020 and 30 June 2021.

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