Sale of Several Tourism Facilities

May 2022

Sava Turizem

Sava Turizem d.d. and its umbrella brand Sava Hotels & Resorts is the largest Slovenian tourism company in Slovenia that operates 7 destinations:

The largest owners of the Sava Group are the financial fund York Global Finance Offshore, which had a 43.23% share at the end of 2020, followed by the state-run fund KAD with 28.05% and the state’s capital assets manager Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SDH) with 18.69%.

These are also the largest creditors, as out of the total debt of EUR 50.9 million, Sava owes EUR 22.4 million to SSH, EUR 22.4 million to KAD, and EUR 6 million to York.

SSH was expected to acquire the claims and ownership share of York in Sava (the unofficially reported price is between EUR 43 million and EUR 45 million), and Sava Turizem was to be included in the state’s planned tourism holding (which is also to include Istrabenz Turizem, Terme Olimia, Unitur, Hit Alpinea and Adria Ankaran).

The entire group Sava (with Sava Turizem representing the bulk of it) made a net profit of EUR 30 million in 2019. For 2020, a net loss of EUR 10.5 million was reported, which is to be attributed to the epidemics and the fact that the accommodation capacities of Sava Turizem, which include hotels and spas, were closed for a total of five months.

According to the latest unofficial data, York’s share in Sava might be in the process of being sold to the Hungarian fund Diofa Asset Management.

On 21 February, the Supervisory Board of Kad gave its consent to the exercise of the pre-emption right for the 43.2% stake in Sava held by the York Fund. The pre-emption right for the ownership stake and the accompanying claims will be exercised by Kad and SDH, which together own almost 47% of Sava.

 Istrabenz Turizem, Thermana Laško and Argolina Land Plot

The Slovenian Bank Assets Management Company has been selling:

  • Istrabenz Turizem – the owner of six Lifeclass hotels on the Slovenian Coast. At the end of 2020, the company had a net financial debt of EUR 16.9 million, which is 5.34 times EBITDA.
  • Thermana Lasko includes a spa with two hotels and a retirement home. At the end of 2020, the company still had EUR 8.6 million in outstanding debt, which was 3.2 times EBITDA.
  • Argolina – the largest building plot on the Slovenian coast with more than 20 thousand square meters of land and the starting price of EUR 8.86 million.

The unofficial reports say that the Hungarian funds are also interested in buying the above.