Published on Monday, February 26, 2018 by Dilip Davda
Lemon Tree Hotels (LTH) that started in 2004 and currently has around 4697 rooms across 28 cities with 45 hotels has already closed in its equity funding to take the final tally to around 8000 rooms by March 2019 is coming out with a maiden IPO worth Rs. 1000-1200 crore by way of offer for sale (i.e. secondary issue) for unlocking its value for the shareholders and listing benefits.
It may go for debt funding for meeting the finance to reach the target, if needed, said Mr Patanjali Keswani (popularly known as Mr. Patu) - CMD of Lemon Tree Hotels, while addressing the media during its Goa Property visit. According to him Lemon Tree is currently the third largest hotel chain in mid segment catering to upper middle class (Lemon Tree Premier), middle class (Lemon Tree Hotels) and the economy segments (Red Fox by Lemon Tree Hotels), and with the current plans are in operations, it will be the second largest hotel chains in terms of controlling interests.
It employs around 5000 people out of which around 1200 are handicapped people who are earning their livelihoods. This is perhaps the new concept followed by Lemon Tree group and is greeted by the visitors/tourists. Currently this group is enjoying around 6.7 lakh loyal customers and the numbers are increasing. It filed its DRHP in September 2017 and has received SEBI nod for IPO. Lemon Tree Hotels' public offer comprises sale of up to 195,797,000 equity shares by the existing shareholders, including Maplewood, Whispering Resorts, Palms International and RJ Corp.
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(SEBI registered Research Analyst-Mumbai).
About Dilip Davda
Dilip Davda (SEBI registered Research Analyst-Mumbai), a freelance journalist for more than 25 years, is a stock market analyst and news article writer. Since 1985, he has contributed to print media, electronic media and often appears on TV channels as visiting stock analyst. His articles are regularly publishes in Smart Investment (English and Gujarati weekly published from Ahmedabad), Free Press Journal and many other news papers & magazines. He is also a visiting stock analyst on DD News TV Channel.
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