STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-OCBC starts Global Premium Hotels with 'buy'

Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:25am EDT

OCBC Investment Research initiated coverage of Global Premium Hotels Ltd with a 'buy' rating and a target price of S$0.29, citing a strong track record and positive outlook for Singapore's hotel sector.

Global Premium shares were up 4.1 percent at S$0.255 and have fallen about 10.5 percent since it began trading in April, compared with a 2.3 percent decline in the FTSE ST Consumer Services Index over the same period.

Global Premium is the second largest operator of economy-tier hotels in Singapore, with over 23 hotels and 1,738 rooms in total, OCBC said.

It also noted that the company is developing a hotel under the "Parc Sovereign" brand, which would increase the total number of rooms it owns by 15 percent and could potentially lead to a fair value gain of S$42 million.

The company will also benefit from the continued growth in Singapore's hotel sector. Demand for hotel rooms is expected to grow at 6.4 percent a year from 2012 to 2014, which is still higher than an expected hotel supply growth of 4.8 percent a year on average over the same period, OCBC said.

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(Reporting by Charmian Kok in Singapore; charmian.kok@thomsonreuters.com)

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