Byke hospitality - Truly asset light?


(Shyam) #249

Thanks Vinay. That explains the working capital.

Meanwhile, found this in Twitter space.


(Abhishek) #250

I think that is an extremely inaccurate statement to make. Why is it then that only in the case of Byke hospitality that negative rewiews are posted and not posted whereas there are tons of hotels where there are barely any negative reviews and tons of positive ones. I have personally seen hotels with no 1 or 2 star reviews at all.

At first glance the numbers of the company look good and worth digging into however, the tripadvisor ratings threw me off. I just cant see how a company in the business of customer service with bad customer service can create long term value.


(Silmaril) #251

The cross holding with choice international bothers me. Why pledge each other’s shares? What is the arrangement between the two promoter families?

Also there is a steady decline in the topline for the past several quarters. But that doesn’t explain the sudden drop from 170 to 70!

Anyone has any thoughts…


(paresh.sarjani1) #252

Byke announces almost flat numbers but lot of hotel acquisitions on lease…and new restaurant opening in Malad


(@nalyst) #253

Company changed its accounting method of revenue from gross basis to net basis for room chartering segment from Apr01, 2017. Hence FY18 sales numbers are not comparable to FY17 sales numbers.


(Vikas Kasturi) #254

This is a screenshot as of today


(vinay_new07) #255

Another positive: The management is holding a con-call on Thursday. While that does not change the financial fundamentals, but this is very positive in terms of management integrity and sentiment. Also brings in that management is concerned about the serious wealth erosion and would be willing to address all the investor-pain points and concerns.

Add to that Investor Presentation also brings in much needed information wrt expectations and approach.


(kauban) #256

The working capital reqt has gone up significantly over the past 3 years. Avg working capital days was 42 at the end of Q2FY16. It is now 124 after Q2FY19. Does anyone know why this has happened. what is changing in their business that requires such an increase in working capital? One of the key diff between Bike and other hotel players was low capital intensity in their business model.

Almost 50% of their current assets is under “Other Advances” as per their AR. Along with steady rise in debtors and inventories this is the reason why their WC has gone up. Are all these 3 related to the room inventory they hold for their chartering business or only the other advances? Can someone pls throw some light on this or if possible raise this in the con call today? If this indeed is all related to their chartering business, it probably is more concerning. I simply calculated the working cap days using their room chartering revenues instead of the total revenues and the increase is much more drastic. Maybe I am doing something incorrectly, but it seems to have gone up from 140 at the end of Q2FY17 to 641 now!


(vignesh) #257

Byke Conference call happened in Hindi. If any of you could summarize the points discussed here it will be great :slight_smile:


(Rushikesh Kanthamani) #258

Yes I was too not able to attend,was eagerly waiting for the same, at last they have done it, it will be really great full if some one can summerise and also give some color how the management was sounding by their tone n all. Thanx in advance.


(vinay_new07) #259

I attended the Con-call and here’s my summary of the discussions:
1. Management contracts

  • The company’s room chartering business has been facing some headwinds, therefore they have decided to enter into this new category of property management.
  • Essentially this appears OYO-like model wherein the company contracts the owner for the whole property and manages the property on behalf of the owner. All the rents, expenditures and capex are predominantly paid by the owner. The company receives payments for managing the overall hotel and incurs no additional cost (except small capex in case of refusal by the property owner for maintaining basic standards in properties)
  • Fee can be fixed, based on revenue and profit sharing depending on the scale and efficiency achieved. With no specific cost, all revenue earned from these contracts will hit the bottom line
  • The hotels shall be named ‘Original + Byke’, essentially helping the company to establish its Brand Name as well
  • Going ahead, the company wants to focus on these and expects to counter the fall in revenue from room chartering business

2. Room Chartering Business

  • The model essentially involved leasing rooms from small property owners, essentially making upfront payments and then selling the same during peak seasons (the management did not lease rooms for the off-peak season)
  • Off late, the business faced certain challenges (maybe because OYO model), therefore as discussed above, the company is now continuing with the business, with the intent to convert it to management contracts

3. Restaurant business

  • The management stated that Byke guests have always enjoyed food at Hotels and food/catering is a speciality of the management
  • The company intends to open restaurants at all hotel locations (based on the expected success of the newly opened restaurant)

4. Other Points

  • The management does not expect any additional debt to be overtaken for any work
  • The management did not provide any guidance on revenue/profitability targets but stated that will for sure be able to maintain the growth that we have seen from FY2011 (they did mention that last year was tough for them due to Kerala floods and Shimla water problem)
  • The guidance on restaurant and management contracts (revenue and profitability) should be available post Q4 when they will have actual numbers
  • The company will continue to be active on TripAdvisor and other forums to counter negative publicity
  • The IT infra for hotel management has been dropped as the company found it non-viable given the high cost

Overall the management (mainly Mr Anil Patodia) was very upbeat and speaking very positively. I have heard hundreds of conversations, but this is probably the first time that the promoter appeared genuinely nice, greeting every participant in an extremely friendly manner and explaining all the answers in a detailed manner. Sometimes it even looked as if it was a casual conversation with him than an official Con-Call.

Though I too would have preferred some numbers and guidance, I think it is fair that no guidance/made up numbers is given without the actual results of the new business vertical (management contracts and restaurant) till at least a few quarters.

That’s all my notes. If somebody else attended the Call, then please feel free to add any points that I may have missed.

Disclosure: Invested and views may be biased.


(Hrusikesh) #260

Thanks Vinay for the details. I joined the call late. Only thing I would add is: Anil said Nashik Inn is a new property and Byke would be the first one to operate it. The property at Bodh Gaya would need large capex as it is a big property in terms of area(3.5 acres) and it has a large hall for meditation.


(Rushikesh Kanthamani) #261

Thanx a lot Vinay, well sumerised got the idea overall.Hope their plans workout. It really helps a lot of us in this forum, that ppl like you take the pain to attend and give the summery of the topic. Also I would like to thank @VikasKasturi and @Hrusikesh who are contributing a lot by regularly attending Concalls and agms and keeping us all updated time to time.
Regards,
Rushikesh Kanthamani


(Vikas Kasturi) #262

I attended the quarterly call, but did not record the audio or take proper notes. Will correct this the next time. So I am going by memory.

  1. A few of us had told him to have calls at the AGM. So it was a surprise to see that the management responded to that request very quickly.
  2. He said top line was flat, because the new properties will take some time to add to the top line while their costs are showing.
  3. In Management contract he said that the staff’s salary gets paid by the owner, so the revenue that would come would get added to the EBITDA. In addition, there are bonus clauses for increasing hotel’s top line and bottom line beyond a threshold. And he seemed confident of achieving that given his agent network.
  4. He said, Management contract would use the same agent network as room chartering. Therefore, they may see more traction in room chartering (we need to wait to see this)
  5. Room chartering. They are not going to connect the agents and hotel owners via an IT network because of cost reasons.
  6. Delotel approval is expected by 5 Jan latest. He said, it may happen in December itself. And the hotel and interiors are all ready and so they will be ready to roll as soon as the approval comes.
  7. He kept referring to this as consolidation phase. Does anyone know what that means?

I agree. It was fun to talk to him.

Apart from this, slide 17 of the presentation was very useful. 200 more rooms are likely to come on stream in next 6 months.