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VI continues expansion in Germany by acquiring 10th Arcadia Hotel

On 31 July 2014, Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG (VI) acquired the 4-star Arcadia Hotel Trier. Austria’s largest hotel operator now runs 13 hotels in Germany.
The Arcadia Hotel Trier, which was taken over on 31 July, has become the tenth hotel of the Arcadia Group to be managed by VI. Dr. Andreas Karsten, CEO of VI Hotels, sees great potential in the group’s latest addition and in Trier as a travel destination. “In Trier we find all prerequisites for a successful hotel. The highly professional team and the infrastructure facilities will contribute to the ongoing success of the establishment, as will the city’s numerous sights, educational institutions, the internationally renowned Academy of European Law and the strong local industry,” says Dr. Karsten.

The Arcadia Hotel Trier was purchased by VI’s German subsidiary, VI Asset GmbH. The hotel will be integrated without any interruption in service. Both parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.

With the acquisition of the Arcadia Hotel Trier, VI continues to pursue its value-driven growth strategy and to meet the economic interests of its shareholders and prepares for the planned IPO. After purchasing a total of EUR 50 million in real estate assets (based on fair market value) in 2013, the group has continued its resounding success in 2014 with four more real estate acquisitions.

Shareholders allowed VI to retain a large portion of last year’s profit, which had increased by more than 22%. The agreed capital increase, as announced by VI in early summer, was successfully completed. “Vienna International boasts an excellent strategic position and robust earnings,” Dr. Karsten goes on to say. “We are also very pleased that our equity ratio, as defined by IFRS, ranges close to 30%, despite intense acquisitions on a scale typical of real estate transactions. This goes to show that we have cut good deals, that we manage hotels superbly, secure appropriate funding and pay back debt quickly on the back of a strong cash flow.” 

The 4-star Arcadia Hotel Trier offers 102 rooms and 3 suites and is located in a quiet, yet central part of the university city on the Moselle river, right next to the well-known Imperial Baths. With a population of around 100,000, Trier is the fourth-largest city of Rhineland-Palatinate and is believed to be the oldest city in Germany. 

Visitors to Trier will find many well-preserved archeological structures, some of which have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, such as the Porta Nigra – the foremost landmark of the city.

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