Longleaf Partners Comments on Hyatt

We purchased world hotel organization Hyatt (NYSE:H) for less than 50 % of our appraisal price in March, as vacation sector shares faced indiscriminate selling. The business brings together a lot of of the attributes we glimpse for in each new financial investment: a harmless stability sheet, operator-companions with a good monitor record, a proven manufacturer with faithful clients, substantial-margin royalty money and owned real estate with a substantial replacement value. The pandemic will freeze a lot of of the company’s functions for a large aspect of this yr, but the business is positioned to stand up to even a protracted shutdown and prosper on the other facet. The stability sheet has lessen internet leverage than virtually all its opponents, and a greater part of the price comes from cash-mild franchise fees. We have experienced a extended historical past of properly investing in this sector, usually initiating our financial investment through instances of major sector disruption. Notably, the Fund has invested in world hotel operators in a few major periods in our modern historical past: InterContinental through the Eurozone disaster in 2011-twelve, Marriott and InterContinental in the GFC in 2008-09 and Marriott, Host Marriott and Hilton in 2000, raising exposure following the nine-11 assaults in 2001-03. In every case, the setting felt highly uncertain, earnings per available room (REVPAR) was declining and the near-term outlook for vacation amid a potential recessionary setting felt bleak. However, in every case, we felt confident in the monetary toughness of every business, as properly as administration teams’ skills to go on offense to steer the specific companies by means of a challenging period of time.

From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners to start with-quarter 2020 commentary.

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