- Mandarin Oriental International Limited is to acquire the Hotel Ritz, Madrid (the 'Hotel') for 130m euros in a joint venture with The Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian multinational group.

Mandarin Oriental and Olayan will each hold a 50% interest in the joint venture, which is purchasing all of the shares in the owning company, Hotel Ritz Madrid, S.A., from its existing shareholders, Belmond Spanish Holdings S.L.U. and Landis Inversiones, S.L..

The Hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation in 2017, currently estimated to cost some 90m euros.

Mandarin Oriental's total investment for its share in the project, including the acquisition, renovation and transaction expenses, is estimated at 111m euros, with the Group's share of the purchase price to be paid from cash reserves, and the renovation to be funded through an appropriate mixture of equity and debt.

Mandarin Oriental will manage the Hotel under a long-term management agreement.

The renovation will encompass all rooms and public areas, with the Hotel also benefiting from the addition of a spa and a variety of new restaurants and bars, all designed to enhance the property's position.

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