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Travelodge updates from LXI and Secure Income

Travelodge updates from LXI and Secure Income

Following on from our earlier stories, LXI REIT says it owns 12 hotels let or pre-let to Travelodge, representing 10% of the annual contracted rents, including contracted rents under agreements for lease. Two of these hotels are under construction and benefit from cash-backed developer licence fees and a further two hotels are currently in developer funded rent free periods, reducing the current quarter’s exposure to Travelodge to 8%.

The impact on LXI’s total annual contracted rent roll as a result of this Travelodge proposal (assuming the Company does not forfeit Travelodge’s leases) would be:

  • a reduction of 4.6% of the Group’s annual contracted rent during the financial year ending March 2021;
  • a reduction of 2.9% of the Group’s annual contracted rent during the financial year ending March 2022; and
  • a return to the full annual contracted rent due under the leases in the financial year ending March 2023.

Travelodge also proposes to provide landlords with a share of future revenues should certain hurdle rates be met, along with increasing the length of the leases.

The impact on Secure Income REIT

It says the CVA, if approved, would result in an estimated short term aggregate reduction in rent of £23.4 million, equivalent to a total of 10 months’ rent spread for two years across SIR’s entire 123 hotel Travelodge portfolio. The proposed rent reductions would represent 67.7% of rents otherwise receivable from Travelodge from 1 April to 31 December 2020 and 26.1% throughout 2021. Thereafter rents will be restored to the levels set out in the existing leases. Unlike most CVAs, there are no proposed hotel closures or permanent rent reductions that persist beyond the period ending 31 December 2021.

It is also proposed that the leases relating to (i) £23.5 million of the current passing rent on the hotels will be extended by three years and (ii) £1.5 million of the current passing rent by five years, which would if implemented increase SIR’s Weighted Average Unexpired Lease Term on the hotels by 2.75 years. Landlord break clauses would be inserted into leases representing 88.4% of the rent, 94% of which would be operable for five months after the date of the CVA and 6% until the end of 2021. There would be no tenant break clauses. In addition, there is a profit sharing arrangement if certain earnings targets are achieved by Travelodge whereby some of the foregone rent might be recovered.

Secure Income REIT is looking at the proposals and deciding on next steps.


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