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Fuller’s splashes £40m on fresh food-led regional hotel business

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Fuller’s this morning confirmed it has exchanged contracts to acquire Cotswold Inns & Hotels for a sum of £40m.

The deal includes a collection of seven high quality, freehold country inns and hotels and eight freehold staff cottages in the Cotswolds, together with two vibrant leasehold bars in Birmingham’s city centre.

It is envisaged that all employees will transfer with the acquisition. An eighth hotel, The Broadway, does not form part of the acquisition and is being retained by the current owners.

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Cotswold Inns & Hotels was founded in 1997 by Michael and Pamela Horton. In the financial year ended 30 September 2018, the properties being acquired generated revenue of £17.5m and site EBITDA of £3.4m with a gross asset value of £31.5m.

Fuller’s chief executive, Simon Emeny, said that Cotswold Inns & Hotels is renowned for its focus on fresh food and therefore sits well with its own strategy.

“The inns and hotels being acquired are all iconic, character properties in sought-after locations in the Cotswolds. They will further enhance our existing portfolio of premium hotel accommodation, adding 201 stylish bedrooms.

“A number of the sites have further development potential and Cotswold Inns & Hotels benefits from an established function business, spanning both leisure and corporate custom as well as weddings. We expect to realise further benefits from bringing the properties into Fuller’s and for the acquisition to be earnings accretive in the first year.”

Fuller’s said the takeover will be funded from existing banking facilities and is expected to complete on 31 October 2019.

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