The review of Hospitality Property Fund’s (“HPF”) issuer ratings follows the buyout of its minority shareholders by Tsogo Sun Hotels Limited (“TSH” or “the group”). Subsequently, HPF has been delisted from the JSE and is therefore no longer classified as a REIT. In the absence of any insulation provided by the REIT status, GCR has revised the rating criteria applicable to the fund and now utilises the Criteria for Rating Corporate Entities, with the analytical entity being TSH.
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