Secure the right funding and consolidate debt with Rangewell's specialist hotel finance
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The hotel industry is still feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, which meant many hotels had to close their doors or only allow minimal occupancy for long periods in 2020 and 2021. As a result of this economic turbulence, the hotel sector is not expected to fully return to pre-pandemic levels until at least Q4 2022.
As a result of the economic situation and the UK population's changing tourism habits, hotel owners may find that their current finance no longer serves their business. While the government did release limited support packages for hoteliers, many business owners turned to lenders for help during the hardest months of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now that the hospitality industry is recovering and hoteliers are welcoming back guests, it may be time to revisit these products and determine whether they are still relevant or need to refinance.
In addition, those who took out hotel finance before the pandemic may find that their entire business model has changed and, as a result, they are looking to reinvest in aspects of their hotel. So, if you plan to refurbish or even add a new property to your portfolio, it's always worth revising your existing capital stack to determine whether refinancing is right for you.
Since there are so many factors at play with hotel refinance, it's important to work with the experts to ensure you make the right decisions for your business both now and in the future. At Rangewell, we work with hotel owners to find and secure the finance that suits them, including when it comes time to refinance.
So, if you are ready to refinance or simply want to know if it is the best route for your business, get in touch with Rangewell today.
Find out whether refinancing is right for your hotel
Speak to Rangewell to learn more about refinancing
Hotel refinance allows us to replace an existing loan, or multiple loans, with a new financial arrangement. The new loan will pay off the current debt and possible release new funds, depending on the individual refinance product and what you are eligible for.
You may refinance with the same lender, but we recommend exploring the whole of market to ensure you are getting the best deal, especially since there has been so much change in the industry in recent years. When it comes time to refinance, you benefit greatly from working with an independent broker like Rangewell, as our team of advisors has supported similar businesses to yours throughout the pandemic and we know the most common challenges and risks facing your hotel.
We understand what lenders want to know, and how to ensure all of the information is covered in your business plan. We're more than just brokers; we are a knowledgeable team of experts who work alongside hoteliers to apply for and secure finance that meets your needs.
Refinancing should aim to improve your financial position by providing you with better terms or finance features that help you work towards your future business goals.
One reason to refinance is to consolidate debt. This is particularly common for businesses that have taken out several different finance products, particularly on a short term basis such bridging loans.
During the pandemic, many hotel businesses struggled with cash flow as guests were no longer able to visit but there were still significant outgoings, such as utility bills and staff wages. Government funding only stretched so far for hotel investors and owners, so many of them turned to short term finance products to cover the necessary costs of keeping the business in the black.
Why consolidate debt?
Reduce outgoings: If you have large monthly payments on high-interest rates then you might find it hard to pay your current finance, so debt consolidation can help to reduce the payments and either improve the terms or spread payments across a longer period of time.
Release funds: By exchanging your current arrangement for better terms, you can improve cash flow and release funds to invest in your hotel development plans.
Reduce monthly payments: One of the main reasons why hoteliers choose to refinance is to reduce and consolidate debt into more affordable monthly payments.
Benefit from better terms: Particularly important if you took out finance during the pandemic, you may now be able to access lower interest rates from different lenders.
Prolong repayment period: Give yourself longer to repay debt
Access additional funds: By consolidating your debt into smaller monthly payments, you may now be able to afford additional finance to help achieve your business goals.
Whatever your reason for refinancing, make sure you have the experts on your side. Speak to Rangewell today about whether debt consolidation is right for you and to kick-start the refinancing process.
When to refinance your hotel
There are many reasons why a hotel owner may choose to refinance. Here are some of the common scenarios in which refinancing can be beneficial to hoteliers:
1. You find debt repayment is impacting the daily operations and growth plans for your business
2. You took out finance during turbulent economic times and settled for less-than-ideal rates
3. You plan to raise additional funds to invest in your business. For example, you are hoping to refurbish or invest in another property to add to your portfolio.
To find out whether refinancing is the right option for you at this current time, get in touch with Rangewell today, and we will take a look at your finance stack as a whole and help you figure out the best next steps for your business.
Hotel refinancing and debt consolidation with Rangewell
You don't need to wait until you are in a critical situation to consider refinancing your hotel. In fact, refinancing sooner can help businesses to reduce the pressure of existing debt and even release cash for further investment and growth.
As every hotel is different, so is its financial situation. Knowing when and how to refinance can be difficult, and choosing the right finance product to suit your needs is also a complex decision for any hotel owner in the current market.
At Rangewell, we work with hotel developers and owners in every stage of the finance process, including the application process. As an independent broker, we have access to the whole of market, so we can pair you with a lender who can support you both now and in the future.
Want to find out more about refinancing your hotel? Get in touch with Rangewell today to start your application today.
REAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE CAN DO
Find the most competitive loan to help an experienced hotel manager buy his own hotel
Help an established hotel completely refurbish their 42 room premises
Help a national hotel chain equip provide wi-fi in every room as a billable extra service
Find the most competitive finance to allow the owners of a historic country house convert and equip their premises as a resort hotel
Help arrange ‘Jigsaw’ Funding to allow an experienced hotel operator manager to buy an established business
Hotel mortgages will be assessed on a case by case basis, but typically the following factors will determine how favourable a lender will view a commercial hotel lending application.
A lender will want to know how much experience you have, specifically working in the hotel environment; the more experience you have, the more favourable your application will be.
If you plan to leave your hotel's day-to-day management to someone else, your lender will scrutinise your hiring strategy and may adjust your loan to value amount accordingly.
The lender will also want to see that all the appropriate food hygiene and licenses are in place and up to date.
The business's profitability will rely on the occupancy rate if the revenues per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rates (ADR) are positive for lenders.
Most lenders are likely to want to see at least two years of trading history.
Business and marketing plans
Most businesses won't survive in an online world without a solid marketing strategy.
Location can plan a massive part in the success of a business. If your hotel is close to transport hubs, office buildings, and entertainment centres) then this could plan a significant factor in its profitability.
Out of all of the things above, the experience could play the biggest party. The more knowledge you have in the hospitality field, the more you'll show you can influence profitability.
Can you refinance a commercial property?
Yes, you can refinance a commercial property to reduce the cost of an existing mortgage, by remortgaging and taking a new deal with a lower rate or longer term, or to raise cash by taking out on a property you already own..
When should you refinance?
You may want to refinance when your busieness needs additional cash or when you beleive that your current loan commitments are too high, and could be reduced by switching to another lender, with a better rate or longer term.
How does refinancing a building work?
Refinancing means getting a new mortgage to replace the original and is done to allow a borrower to obtain a better interest term and rate. The first loan is paid off, with a second loan arranged on more favourable terms.
Is refinancing a bad idea?
One of the most common reasons to refinance is to lower interest rates on your existing loan. Refinancing is a good idea if you can reduce your interest rate by 2%. However, lenders say 1% savings is enough of an incentive to refinance.
Why do businesses refinance?
You may want to refinance your business to get a better loan rate and reduce your overall repayments, get a longer term to reduce your monthly outgoings or to bring in additional cash with a larger loan.
Download Rangewell’s free and detailed guide to Finance for Hotels and Motels
What types of finance are there and which are the most appropriate for the hotel sector?
Find out why not all providers are equal and why it will save you money by finding the one that’s right for you
The downsides to certain finance solutions for the hotel sector and how you can avoid them
How to arrange the finance your hotel business requires, including support on what paperwork you need
Key finance terms explained so you can make the most appropriate choice for your hotel