This deal underscores how Mumbai-based conglomerate Reliance, run by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, cares about travel. In 2021, it bought Britain's Stoke Park. It's also been keeping a stake in Oberoi Hotels, developing hotels in Mumbai, and running a full-service hospitality management company.
Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd is paying nearly $100 million for a controlling stake in Mandarin Oriental New York, a five-star hotel in midtown Manhattan, through the purchase of its Cayman Islands-based parent.
Reliance said in a stock exchange filing on Saturday its industrial investments subsidiary will acquire Cayman Islands-based Columbus Centre Corp (Cayman) for an equity value of approximately $98.15 million.
The company said the acquisition of Columbus Centre Corp (Cayman), an indirect owner of a 73.37% stake in Mandarin Oriental New York, by Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Ltd would add to its consumer and hospitality activities.
The closing of the transaction is anticipated by the end of March 2022, the company said.
It added that in the event other owners of the hotel elect to participate in the transaction, its subsidiary would acquire the remaining 26.63% stake, based on the same valuation used for the acquisition of the indirect 73.37% stake.
(Reporting by Shivam Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by David Holmes)
Photo credit: A bathroom in a suite overlooking Central Park at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Source: Mandarin Oriental.