Leumi UK lends £13.8m for golf resort refinancing

Specialist Hotel lender Leumi UK has agreed to a £13.8 million refinancing loan to help support the refinance of Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa.

The deal,  which was agreed private equity owner HIG Capital and hotel manager Hamilton Pyramid Europe, has been proposed for a 5-year term.

The 4* spa and golf resort has 76 hotel rooms and in recent years has gone through a series of renovations to incorporate spa and leisure facilities.  The plans going forward are to extend the bed stock, as well as upgrading and extending the spa, gym, treatment rooms and hospitality facilities.

The asset could be the beneficiary of some difficult economic headwind, with weak sterling pulling in both international visitors and domestic tourists. The resort is also located 11 miles north of Liverpool.

What they said

Liam Mullans, relationship director at Leumi UK, said: “Building strong relationships with our clients is paramount at Leumi UK, so we’re pleased to have the opportunity to be working again with H.I.G. Capital and Hamilton Pyramid Europe, both highly respected firms in the wider hotel and real estate markets. The UK hotel sector has grown significantly, with transaction volumes in H1 2022 up 35 percent compared to H1 2021 and so we’re confident that Formby Hall has all the components to continue thriving over the coming years.”

Tobi Weissinger, partner at Hamilton Pyramid Europe said: “We are confident that Formby Hall has all the credentials to excel over the next few years. Leumi UK’s hotels team and their unmatched expertise is an excellent asset, which will prove invaluable as we take the next steps in expanding and improving Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa. The future for the UK’s hotel sector looks promising, and with plenty of opportunity for the UK’s regional UK golf and spa hotels, we’re looking forward to what the future brings for Formby Hall.”