Debt Financing

HP-Mercure-Wuhan-Changqing-Park-Chine

HP-Mercure-Wuhan-Changqing-Park-Chine

This section illustrates the Group’s solid finances, in particular with information on our debt structure and financing strategy.

Financing Policy

An internationally recognized signature allows Accor to raise various forms of financing, including through bond issues, private placements and bank loans. 

From time to time, the Group also takes advantage of market opportunities to raise financing in a given currency and at a given rate of interest and then use a swap to convert the facility into the currency and interest rate required to finance business needs.

Generally, the Group’s policy is to finance its assets and operating requirements in the currency of the country concerned in order to create a natural hedge and avoid any currency risk. 

By using its subsidiaries’ surplus cash as well as the financial instruments described above, the Group is able to optimize the cost of its resources while reducing currency risks.

Debt structure

On June 29th, 2018, Accor has signed a €1,200 million Revolving Credit Facility.  This credit facility has a five-year tenor with 2 one-year extension options, the first one has been exercised in June 2019 while the second one would be exercised in June 2020. Moreover, the margin is dependent on the Group's performance in terms of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG).

For this revolving credit facility, the acceleration clause can be triggered if the Group does not comply with the leverage ratio covenant (consolidated net debt [1] to consolidated EBITDA). This ratio won’t be tested over 2020,  since the Group obtained a covenant holiday.

At December 31, 2019, 80% of long and short-term debt after hedging was fixed rate, with an average rate of 1.8%, and 20% was variable rate, with an average rate of 4%. Debt is primarily denominated in Euro (49%).

[1] Restated for lease liabilities (IFRS 16)

Ratings

Credit ratings assess the credit worthiness of the Group and its ability to pay its debt.

Accor is followed by the credit rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings which assign to Accor the following rating (last update in March 2020):

  • Standard & Poor’s: BBB- with negative outlook
  • Fitch Ratings: BBB- with negative outlook

Bond issues

As of end-February 2020, bond issues break down as follows:

Date of issuance
Maturity
Coupon (%)
Current nominal amount
Local currency
February 2014
February 2021
2.63%
550m
EUR
December 2014
February 2022
1.68%
60m
EUR
June 2014
June 2022
1.75%
150m
CHF
September 2015
September 2023
2.38%
500m
EUR
January 2017
January 2024
1.25%
600m
EUR
February 2019
February 2026
1.75%
600m
EUR
June 2014
First call in June 2020
4.13%
127m
EUR
January 2019
First call in April 2024
4.38%
500m
EUR
October 2019
First call in April 2025
2.63%
500m
EUR