Hotel Lotte’s IPO To Be S. Korea’s Largest

Hotel Lotte Busan

The initial public offering (IPO) of Lotte Group’s hotel unit, Hotel Lotte, is expected to be the largest-ever IPO in South Korea.

The retail giant’s hotel unit is set to go public on June 29 on the KOSPI market and is expected to fetch over KRW5 trillion (USD4.19 billion).

The medium range of price expected to surpass the record amount of KRW4.9 trillion (USD4.1 billion) sale by Samsung Life Insurance Co in 2010.

The world’s No. 3 duty-free operator said it will use the fund to step up its duty-free business, hotel chain and theme park to offer comprehensive options to travelers.

“Hotel Lotte will use the IPO fund to invest in expansion of duty-free stores at home and abroad to become the world’s largest duty-free operator,” the company said in a statement.

Hotel Lotte To Launch Global Road Shows

Hotel Lotte will launch a series of deal road shows in major cities, including New York, London, Singapore and Hong Kong, company officials said.

The South Korean hotel operator will offer 47.85 million shares at a range between KRW97,000 to KRW120,000 per share. It currently operates hotels and resorts both domestically in South Korea and internationally in Russia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and the United States.

The company consists of three brands: Lotte Hotels (larger upscale), Lotte City Hotels (smaller upscale), and L7 Hotels (lifestyle).

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As of 2016, there are now 21 Lotte branded hotels across the world in 5 different countries. –