Marriott Hotel was not ‘pawned’ – AHI rubbishes newspaper article


[Photo: Roraima Airways]
[Photo: Roraima Airways]
[] – Atlantic Hotel Inc (AHI) has debunked an article published in a local newspaper on Sunday, under the headline “Brassington pawns Marriott, adjoining state lands for US$ 29M”, stating that it is inaccurate, devoid of fact and deliberately intended to mislead the public.

The newspaper article referred to the publication of mortgages in the Official Gazette of November 22nd, 2014, by AHI to Republic Bank Ltd. of Trinidad and Tobago, claiming this to be evidence that the financial arrangements by Republic Bank for the financing of the Marriott operated Hotel have fallen through and that AHI was ‘pawning off the hotel’.

The newspaper also claimed that the published mortgages are for assets amounting to ‘US$29M slightly more than what was supposed to be sourced through Republic Bank’.

However, AHI in a statement today, Tuesday, December 02 stated that nothing could be further from the truth and that the publication in the Official Gazette does not disclose a figure for the mortgages.

According to AHI, the publication of these mortgages is concrete evidence that the financial arrangements with RBL are being concluded and that the funding has been committed by the bank.

“The publication of these mortgages is consistent with standard procedures for the security of a loan agreement and is in line with the financial arrangements published in the feasibility studies for the construction of the hotel project,” AHI stated.

It was noted that the publication of the mortgages by AHI is consistent with the announcement made by AHI and RBL of ‘the completion of the financial arrangements by Republic Bank for a syndicated borrowing of US$27M in debt financing for AHI and for the construction of the Marriott operated hotel and the shell of an Entertainment Complex.

“The ownership of the Marriott hotel project, the assets of which total in excess of US$58M, of course remains with AHI and the syndicated loan of US$27 M will be repaid from its operations.

“AHI, has on more than one occasion, pointed out that the conclusion of the Republic Bank financing is a requirement for the conclusion of the arrangements with the principal investors to acquire 67% of the equity of AHI,” the statement added.



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