According to foreign media, Home Inn has published an updated report on its results for the fourth quarter of 2008 and as a result of global financial crisis, it has lowered its expectations for both total revenue and RevPAR in that period.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, Home Inn's average room occupancy was 84% and the daily average room rate was 167 yuan. The company's RevPAR in the quarter was 141 yuan, which is 9% less than the same period of 2007. The RevPAR for its properties that have been operating for more than 18 months has declined by 3.9%. Based on these facts, Home Inns predicts that its revenue for the fourth quarter will perhaps reach the bottom of the 535 million yuan to 555 million yuan range that had been previously estimated.
In 2008, Home Inns opened 205 new hotels with a total of 471 hotels in operation in 94 cities in China. Of these 471 hotels, 326 were rent-to-operate hotels, and 145 were franchised hotels.
Home Inns declares that in the fourth quarter of 2008, it purchased back and wrote off convertible bond valued at 219 million yuan, paying a total of USD16.59 million. The company says it owns a total of CNY895.7 million in convertible bonds following the purchase.
(China Hospitality News January 14, 2009)