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Very strong rebound of the activity with Q2 above 2019 level

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Q2 REVPAR ABOVE 2019 LEVEL 
SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN PROFITABILITY  
AND CASH FLOW GENERATION 

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REVENUE UP 109% TO €1,725 MILLION (+97% LFL) 
EBITDA POSITIVE AT €205 MILLION 
NET PROFIT GROUP SHARE POSITIVE AT €32 MILLION 

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accor, said:  “Once again this quarter, Accor reported a very strong growth in business, exceeding  pre-crisis levels for the first time. This marked rebound in all regions and for all of our  brands. The summer will confirm these trends and the fall promises to be strong with  the recovery of major seminars and conventions. Nevertheless, the Group remains  attentive to the evolution of the geopolitical and economic environment. At this stage,  the Group should report a strong growth in EBITDA, with a target of more than  €550 million for the full-year 2022”. 

The Group’s business rebounded significantly in H1 2022 after two years of major  pandemic-related disruptions in the tourism and hospitality industry. In Q2 2022,  activity recovered to levels close to, if not above, the 2019 levels in almost all of our  geographies. The only laggards were China, which is impacted by travel restrictions as  part of its strict enforcement of a “zero-Covid” policy, and South East Asia, which is  highly dependent on Chinese visitors.  

This rebound reflects both the recovery of the number of business and leisure domestic  guests, and border reopenings which accelerated the return of international travelers. It  was accompanied by a sharp increase in prices, driven by demand and emphasized by  inflation.  

During first-half 2022, Accor opened 85 hotels, representing 11,700 rooms, i.e., net  system growth of 1.8% in the last 12 months. At end-June 2022, the Group had a hotel  portfolio of 777,945 rooms (5,300 hotels) and a pipeline of 212,000 rooms (1,215  hotels). 

For 2022, the Group is confirming its forecast of net unit growth in the network of around  3.5%. 

Consolidated revenue 

The Group reported H1 2022 revenue of €1,725 million, up 97% like-for-like compared  with H1 2021. By activity, this growth breaks down into a 119% increase for  HotelServices and 57% for Hotel Assets & Other. To provide a comparison with RevPAR  (change presented versus 2019 throughout this release), the like-for-like decline in  revenue versus H1 2019 is 10%. 

Changes in the consolidation scope, mainly due to the consolidation of Ennismore, and  the reopening of Pullman Montparnasse contributed positively by €31 million.  

Currency effects had a positive impact of €69 million, mainly due to the US dollar ((9)%). 

In € millions H1 21 H1 22 Change (as reported) 

Change (LFL) (1) vs H1 21 

Change (LFL) (1)  vs H1 19  

HotelServices 545 1,276 +134% +119% (12)% Hotel Assets & Other 281 462 +64% +57% (8)% Holding & Intercos (3) (14) N/A N/A N/A  

TOTAL 824 1,725 +109% +97% (10)% (1) Like-for-like: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates

HotelServices revenue 

HotelServices, which includes fees from Management & Franchise (M&F) and Services to  Owners, reported €1,276 million in revenue, up 119% like-for-like versus H1 2021  (down 12% like-for-like versus H1 2019). This increase reflects the significant recovery  seen in the first half of the year. 

Revenue in Management & Franchise (M&F) stood at €434 million, up 153% like-for like versus H1 2021 (down 15% like-for-like versus H1 2019), with regional  performances correlated to the business recovery in the considered countries. In  general, the slightly sharper decline in M&F revenue compared with RevPAR (down 11%  in H1 2022 versus H1 2019) can be attributed to the decrease in incentive fees based  on the hotel operating margin generated from management contracts. 

In € millions H1 21 H1 22 

Change  (LFL)(1)  vs H1 21 

Change  (LFL)(1) vs H1 19 

South Europe 41 115 +175% (9)% North Europe 24 105 +302% (19)% ASPAC 43 58 +28% (41)% IMEAT 24 75 +205% +17% Americas 31 81 +141% (11)% TOTAL 163 434 +153% (15)% (1) Like-for-like: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates 

Consolidated RevPAR was down 11% overall in H1 2022 versus H1 2019 and up 1% in  Q2 2022 versus Q2 2019. These figures reflect a month-after-month sequential  improvement in business with a sharp increase in prices, driven by demand and  emphasized by inflation. Therefore, activity reached levels close to, or even higher than  2019 levels in almost all of our regions in the second quarter.  

In Q2 2022, RevPAR in South Europe was 2% above the Q2 2019 level.  

  • In France, Q2 2022 RevPAR was 3% above the Q2 2019 level. The recovery of  international travelers helped Paris to close the gap with province, both now above  2019 level in Q2. Prices were higher than those of the same period in 2019, with a  favorable combination of public events in May (UEFA Champions League Final,  Roland-Garros Tournament,…).  
  • In Spain, RevPAR was up 2% in Q2 2022 versus Q2 2019.

In Q2 2022, RevPAR in North Europe was down 7% versus Q2 2019, but business  improved sequentially month after month.  

  • In the United Kingdom, the strength of the recovery was comparable to that seen  in France. Both London and the province recovered to RevPAR levels above those of  Q2 2019. 
  • In Germany, which took longer to lift its health restrictions related to the Covid  crisis, business recovered at a slower pace. Nevertheless, in June, the country’s  RevPAR performance came close to the levels recorded in neighboring countries.  

RevPAR continued to improve sequentially in Asia-Pacific (+25 percentage points  between Q1 2022 and Q2 2022). It was down 18% in Q2 2022 versus Q2 2019.  

  • Pacific confirmed the recovery already seen in Q1 2022 and ended the second  quarter up 9% versus Q2 2019. The reopening of internal and external borders since  the end of 2021 accelerated this recovery. 
  • China saw a slight month-after-month pick-up in business in Q2 2022. However, the  restrictions implemented as part of the strict enforcement of its “zero-Covid” policy  adversely affected its performance and resulted in a 38% decline in RevPAR versus  Q2 2019. 
  • In South East Asia, RevPAR was down 31% in Q2 2022 versus Q2 2019. Although  the main travel restrictions have been lifted, the region’s dependence on Chinese  visitors had an adverse impact on the recovery speed. 

In the India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey region, the rebound in RevPAR, which  exceeded 2019 level (+32% in Q2 2022), was confirmed for a third consecutive quarter.  

  • The United Arab Emirates continued to outperform after a strong Q1 boosted by  the world Expo 2020. 
  • In Saudi Arabia, the broader reopening of the holy cities for pilgrimages has led to  a sharp rebound in activity, particularly during April Ramadan period. This recovery  is also expected to continue with the Hajj in July. 

In the Americas, Q2 2022 RevPAR was 5% higher than in Q2 2019. 

  • In North/Central America and the Caribbean, RevPAR was in line with 2019  levels in Q2 2022, driven by a sharp increase in prices. 
  • In South America, and particularly Brazil, the pick-up in business volumes was  notably impressive, with occupancy rates above the 2019 level throughout  Q2 2022.  

Services to Owners revenue, which includes the Sales, Marketing, Distribution and  Loyalty division, as well as shared services and the reimbursement of hotel staff costs,  came to €842 million in H1 2022, down 10% compared with 2019, in line with  consolidated RevPAR for the period. 

Hotel Assets & Other revenue 

At end-June 2022, this segment, which includes owned and leased hotels, represented  114 hotels and 22,417 rooms. 

Revenue in the “Hotel Assets & Other” segment was up 57% like-for-like in H1 2022  versus H1 2021 and down 8% like-for-like versus H1 2019. This segment, which is  closely tied to activity in Australia, benefited in particular from renewed leisure and  business tourism demand.  

Since early 2021, this segment has included concierge services, luxury home rentals,  private sales of hotel stays and digital services for hotel owners. All these activities  benefited from the uptrend in tourism. 

Positive EBITDA 

Consolidated EBITDA was €205 million in H1 2022, versus €(120) million in H1 2021.  This performance was linked to the activity recovery. In the first half, immediate  marketing actions were activated to capture and convert this rebound. On top, we are  faced with an unexpected cost inflation, which structurally affects our cost base. The  RESET cost saving plan, that is being delivered per plan, is helping to offset all the above. 

In € million H1 21 H1 22 

Change (as  

reported) 

Change (LFL) (1) vs H1 21 

Change  (LFL)(1) 

  1. H1 19 

HotelServices (78) 208 N/A N/A (35)% Hotel Assets & Other 25 58 +132% +133% (15)% Holding & Intercos (66) (60) N/A N/A N/A TOTAL (120) 205 N/A N/A (35)% (1) Like-for-like: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates. 

The EBITDA margin came to 12% in H1 2022 versus (15)% in H1 2021.

In € million Hotel Services 

Hotel Assets  & Other 

Holding &  

Intercos ACCOR 

Revenue H1 22 1,276 462 (14) 1,725 EBITDA H1 22 208 58 (60) 205 EBITDA margin 16% 12% N/A 12% 

Revenue H1 21 545 281 (3) 824 EBITDA H1 21 (78) 25 (66) (120) EBITDA margin (14)% 9% N/A (15)% 

HotelServices EBITDA by business 

HotelServices EBITDA was positive at €208 million in H1 2022. This performance  breaks down as positive EBITDA for Management & Franchise (M&F) and a negative  contribution from Services to Owners. This negative contribution reflects both marketing  expenses incurred to capture the pick-up in business and general cost inflation. Rebilling  of hotel costs (with revenue at €497 million), included in Services to Owners, structurally  remains at breakeven at the EBITDA level.  

Management & Franchise EBITDA by region 

In € million H1 21 H1 22 

Change  (LFL) (1) vs H1 21 

Change (LFL) (1) vs H1 19 

South Europe 24 87 +254% (12)% North Europe 4 71 +1,454% (23)% ASPAC 21 30 +38% (53)% IMEAT 11 57 +421% +20% Americas (6) 52 N/A (18)% TOTAL 55 297 +426% (19)% (1) Like-for-like: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates. 

The Management & Franchise division of HotelServices reported an EBITDA of  €297 million in H1 2022, significantly higher than in H1 2021 (at €55 million) but still  below H1 2019 ((19)% like-for-like). All regions are now generating positive EBITDA. 

Hotel Assets & Other EBITDA 

Hotel Assets & Other EBITDA came to €58 million in H1 2022 versus €25 million in  H1 2021. This segment is mainly driven by Australia, where the activity has recovered.  New Businesses, included in this segment since early 2021, reported positive EBITDA in  the first half of the year. 

Net profit 

In € million H1 21 H1 22 Revenue 824 1,725 EBITDA (120) 205 EBITDA margin (15)% 12% 

EBIT (239) 99 Share of net profit of associates & JVs (213) (27) Non-recurring items 585 25 Operating profit 134 97 

Net profit/(loss) before profit from discontinued  

operations 81 32 Profit from discontinued operations (14) – Net profit, Group share 67 32 

Net profit, Group share was €32 million in H1 2022, compared with €67 million in  H1 2021. 

  • The Share of net profit of associates & JVs came to €(27) million in H1 2022,  stemming very largely from AccorInvest’s contribution, which was much more limited  than in H1 2021. AccorInvest’s results improved significantly due to the business  pick-up in Europe. 
  • Non-recurring items in H1 2021 mainly included a €649 million positive impact  recognized following the partial sale of a 1.5% stake owned in Huazhu in February  2021.

Cash flow generation  

In € million H1 21 H1 22 EBITDA (120) 205 Cost of net debt (40) (40) Income tax paid (6) (31) Payment of lease liabilities (42) (36) Non-cash revenue and expenses included in EBITDA and other 29 23 Funds from operations excluding non-recurring items (179) 121 Recurring investments (39) (55) Change in working capital and contract assets (43) (25) Recurring free cash flow (260) 41 

During H1 2022, the Group’s recurring free cash flow improved significantly, from  €(260) million in H1 2021 to €41 million in H1 2022.  

Cost of net debt was stable between H1 2021 and H1 2022, demonstrating the quality  of our financing policy. 

The Group’s recurring expenditure, which includes “key money” paid by HotelServices  for its development, digital and IT investments, remained under control to end the period  at €55 million. 

Change in working capital is seasonal in nature and reflects the activity recovery  reported in H1 2022. 

The Group’s net financial debt as of end-June 2022 reached €2,025 million, versus  €1,844 million as of December 31, 2021. This slight increase is related to the finalization  of the restructuring plan and some investments including in Reef, a US dark kitchen  operator. 

On June 30, 2022, the average cost of Accor’s debt was 1.9% (a decrease due to the  redemption of bonds that had a higher coupon) with an average maturity of about  4 years and with no major repayments due before 2026. 

As of end-June 2022, combined with the undrawn credit facilities of €1.2 billion, Accor  had a liquidity position of €2.5 billion. The €560 million line, negotiated in May 2020,  matured in May 2022.

Transformation and simplification of the Group’s structure 

On July 5, 2022, the Group announced that it is evolving its structure to capitalize on  the transformation undertaken in recent years, consolidate its leadership positions, focus  its efforts, strengthen its know-how, accelerate its growth and continue to improve its  profitability. As such, Accor will leverage two divisions comprising separate and  distinctive expertise with the aim of further strengthening the excellence of each of these  business lines, improving their operational and financial performance, offering their  owners and guests even more relevant products and services, and attracting the best  talents. 

From October 1, 2022, Accor will be structured around two dedicated divisions: “Economy, Midscale & Premium Division”, comprising notably the Group’s brands  ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Swissôtel, Mövenpick and Pullman. 

  • “Luxury & Lifestyle Division”, bringing together Accor’s luxury brands as well as the  Group’s Lifestyle entity, Ennismore. 

To support the implementation and ensure the roll-out of this new structure, Accor’s  Board of Directors has confirmed its support to the Group’s leadership and unanimously  decided to propose the renewal of Sébastien Bazin as Chairman and CEO at next Annual  General Meeting called to approve the 2022 financial statements. 

EBITDA guidance for FY22 

Based on the activity recorded in the first half and considering the current macro economic uncertainties in the second half-year, the Group expects EBITDA to exceed  €550 million for the full-year 2022.

Events in first-half 2022 

Exclusive negotiations on the disposal of a 10.8% interest in Ennismore 

On June 21, 2022, Accor announced it is entering into exclusive negotiations to sell a  10.8% stake in Ennismore to a Qatari consortium for a total amount of €185 million. The  envisioned also includes the preliminary contribution to Ennismore of the Group’s stake in Rixos, a hotel operator specialized in “All-Inclusive” hotels in the Middle East, and  Paris Society, an upscale player in the restaurant, events and entertainment sectors. 

Accor will retain a controlling stake of 62.2% in Ennismore, with the remaining shares  held by Sharan Pasricha founder & co-CEO of Ennismore and the new incoming investors. 

Closing is expected to occur in the second semester of 2022. 

Decision made by the Board of Directors 

At its meeting on February 23, 2022, and based on the recommendations of the  Appointments, Compensation and CSR Committee, the Board of Directors resolved to  propose the renewal of Mrs. Qionger Jiang, Mrs. Isabelle Simon, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy and  Mr. Sarmad Zok as Directors of the Company for a three-year duration. 

The Board also decided to propose, in addition to the appointment of Mrs. Hélène Auriol  Potier, which was already announced, the appointments of Mrs. Asma Abdulrahman Al Khulaifi and Mr. Ugo Arzani as Directors, for the same period of three years. 

Other information 

The Board of Directors met on July 27, 2022 and reviewed the interim financial  statements ending on June 30, 2022. The limited review procedures on the consolidated  financial statements were carried out by the statutory auditors. Their report is currently  being prepared. The consolidated financial statements and notes related to this press  release are available on the www.accor.com website.

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