Record high room rates help Merrion Hotel make €3.4m profit

The group recorded a 15% increase in accommodation turnover to over €14m

The Merrion Hotel: “The near-term outlook remains strong.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Merrion Hotel: “The near-term outlook remains strong.” Photograph: Alan Betson

 

Profit before tax at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin has jumped more than €1 million to €3.42 million for the financial year to the end of October 2016, accounts filed with the companies registration office show.

A 15 per cent increase in accommodation turnover to €14.01 million led to the hotel’s strong performance, while turnover for food and drink increased also. Turnover for the leisure centre dipped slightly, but not enough to heavily impact the total turnover of €21.5 million.

The five-star hotel employed an average of 283 employees per month, with 66 employees in management positions. The total number of employees was down three on the previous year but wage and salary costs increased 4 per cent to €7.23 million.

Paying dividends

Shareholders in the luxury hotel include Northern Ireland’s Hastings Hotel Group, which holds 50 per cent of the company, businessman Lochlann Quinn and Glen Electric founder Martin Naughton, who both hold 25 per cent of the company. The company directors paid a dividend to shareholders of €7.66 million in 2016, up from €102,422 the previous year.

Accounts for Hotel Merrion Limited show that company paid tax of €511,875 for the period and had cash at hand and in the bank of €63,080. The group had a bank overdraft at the end of October 2016 of €1.9 million.

The hotel, which has 123 guest rooms and 19 suites, posted an after-tax profit of €2.9 million for the year, a result that provides for a strong outlook, according to the directors.

“The hotel had a good year with revenues, room rates and occupancy being at their highest levels, reflecting a strong performance in the Dublin market,” a note in the accounts said. “The near-term outlook remains strong and we believe that we can maintain revenues and profitability.”