XFUND halts expansion plans and capital expenditure for 2020

September 4, 2020

Ms. Brenda-Lee Martin, CEO of Sagicor Real Estate X Fund, Ms. Martin highlighted the financial performance of XFUND. For the year ended December 31, 2019, revenue amounted to $6.30 billion (2018: $8.81 billion) to reflect a net loss of $38.31 million relative to a net profit of $154.35 million in 2018. This was partly due to the share of net loss from Playa through JAMZIV as a result of reduced occupancy, negative media coverage and expenditure on new and renovated properties in 2019.

Moreover, Ms. Martin highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on Playa and the measures taken to mitigate the effects of liquidity:

  • Raised $224 million of additional capital in the form of additional debt and $20 million of equity financing
  • Sold two Jewel resort properties for total cash consideration of $60 million
  • Borrowed an additional $40 million under a revolving credit facility
  • Senior executive salary reductions
  • Temporary suspension of operations of all resorts, significantly reducing the variable costs
  • Deferred all non-critical capital expenditures planned for 2020


Impact of COVID-19 on DoubleTree Orlando as per Ms. Martin:

  • Hotel remained open with significantly reduced occupancy
  • Expansion plans have been halted
  • US government aid is available through the CARES Act
  • Deferred all non-critical capital expenditures planned for 2020
  • Significant reductions in variable costs (such as layoffs)
  • Occupancy was directly impacted by recent resurgence of COVID in Florida


The outlook for XFUND according to Ms. Martin is as follows:

  • The global economy has now shifted from full shutdown to resumption of some activities, including Tourism
  • The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) anticipates that Tourism will likely return to pre-pandemic levels within a 19-month period but any recovery, will be further dependent on the duration of the pandemic, containment measures and successful measures for a vaccine.
  • XFUND remains focused on taking active measures to preserve cash and protect stakeholders
  • Implement strict health and safety protocols to protect guests and employees
  • Offer various promotional packages to push sales to all properties during this time


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