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One-off costs and weaker Norwegian market impact Rezidor’s 2014 results

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Delivery of margin enhancing objectives delayed due to  fragile European recovery and developments in Russia

One-off costs related to a hotel closed for renovation  and the challenging business climate will impact the 2014 results of the  Rezidor Hotel Group and delay the delivery of the company’s Route 2015 margin enhancement objectives.  Launched in 2011 and targeting an EBITDA margin increase by 6-8pp by the year  2015, the turnaround programme focusses on revenue generation, fee-based  growth, cost savings, cap utilization and asset management.

“We have made solid progress over the past three years  – addressing legacy issues and driving profitability by rigorously reducing our  cost base, pursuing revenue generation, and successfully taking asset  management actions in loss-making hotels. The impact of these improvements will  however be reduced by the costs related to the closure and renovation of the  Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon and the economic headwinds in Norway and Europe in  general”, commented Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor.  

The re-opening of the Lyon property in France, which  was closed for renovation in January 2014, has been delayed to the second half  of 2016 due to the discovery of asbestos. The hotel owner is absorbing all the investments  for a full asbestos removal, whilst Rezidor will have to carry the cost of the  extended closure period. The negative  EBIT impact of these costs has increased to €12M of which €5.5M has been  included in Q3 and the remaining €6.5M will be reflected in Q4 2014.

Market disruptions have also hampered the progress of  Rezidor.  Norway, an important market for  Rezidor producing 25% of group revenues, has weakened due to the declining oil  price, and market RevPAR for the  months of October and November has decreased by 4 and 7% against last year. The  geopolitical challenges in Russia/Ukraine have equally affected the Route 2015 plan.

“We have taken additional steps to further optimize  our cost base by restructuring the organization. We are closely monitoring the  fragile economic recovery in Europe and the uncertainties in Russia. Route 2015 remains an important goal; driving  further margin improvements and laying the foundations for the future. The pace  of the turnaround programme will be linked to the economic developments  outlined – but we expect to make additional progress against our targets in  2015. Our overall long-term strategy remains unchanged – concentrated on asset-light,  profitable and sustainable growth with a particular focus on selected emerging  markets”, ended Neumann.

For further information, please  contact:
  Knut  Kleiven, Deputy President & CFO, Knut.Kleiven@rezidor.com,  +32 475 510 406

The information in this news release has been  made public according to the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish  Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was published on 18th  Dec 2014.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Rezidor Hotel Group Ab's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.