Saudis Add to Canadian Real Estate Holdings

Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) has acquired the recently-opened Four Seasons Hotel Toronto for C$200 million.  The Saudi-owned KHC, which undertakes private equity and other types of investments worldwide, increased its interest in the Canadian hotel management sector with this buy.  KHC has owned shares in Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts since the mid-1990s, and in 2006 took the company private in collaboration with Cascade Investment LLC, owned by Bill Gates, for C$4.2 billion.  


Kingdom Holding Acquires 100% of Four Seasons Toronto, Canada for $200 million

Prince Alwaleed: “This Transaction is in line with our investment strategy to develop hotels in selected key cities.”
Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, announced today Saturday November 17th 2012 the completion of the purchase of Four Seasons Toronto, Canada for $200 million.

Prince Alwaleed commented: “This Transaction is in line with our investment strategy to develop hotels in selected key cities.”

Recently inaugurated, The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto offers 259 spacious luxury hotel guest rooms, including 42 suites, in Toronto’s luxurious Yorkville neighborhood. In addition to a new 2,787-square-metre (30,000-square-foot) state-of-the-art spa.

KHC is considered one of the largest foreign investor in Canada through its investments in Four Seasons and also Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI). KHC holds a 47.5% stake in Four Seasons, while Cascade also holds a 47.5% stake, and 5% of the Four Seasons is owned by Isadore Sharp. The Four Seasons US$ 3.8 billion acquisition deal by Prince Alwaleed and Bill Gates with Isadore Sharp was made in 2007.

In 2010, KHC announced an US$847 Million Transaction with Qatari Diar involving FRHI. Under the agreements, Voyager Partners Limited (Voyager) has acquired for a combination of cash and other consideration a 40% shareholding in FRHI. In addition, QD Hotel & Property Investment Limited (QDHP) has undertaken to provide FRHI with a number of future management contracts for hotels that will be branded either Fairmont, Raffles or Swissotel. In 2006, Kingdom and Colony completed the acquisition of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts which was combined with the Raffles Hotels Group. In addition, Prince Alwaleed’s investment in the banking sector in Canada via Kingdom Holding is through Citigroup.