Starwood board anticipates superior proposal

STAMFORD, Conn. — Today Starwood announced its directors, legal & financial advisors determined a revised proposal from the Anbang-led consortium could lead to a “superior proposal”.

Renovated room at W Montreal, one of Starwood's hotels.

Renovated room at W Montreal, one of Starwood's hotels.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today announced that its board of directors, legal and financial advisors, determined that a revised, non-binding proposal from the Anbang-led consortium is reasonably likely to lead to a “superior proposal”.

The consortium consists of Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd., J.C. Flowers & Co. and Primavera Capital Limited. The “superior proposal” is defined in Starwood’s merger agreement with Marriott International, Inc.

On March 26, 2016, Starwood received a non-binding proposal from the consortium, under which the consortium would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Starwood common stock for $81.00 per share in cash.  Starwood’s Board, in consultation with its legal and financial advisors, determined that this proposal is reasonably likely to lead to a “superior proposal,” allowing Starwood to engage in discussions with, and provide diligence information to, the consortium in connection with its proposal.  

Starwood commenced discussions with the consortium on March 26, 2016 and, in those discussions, the consortium made a revised proposal with an increased the purchase price of $82.75 in cash per share of Starwood common stock.  Starwood and the consortium are continuing to discuss non-price terms related to the consortium’s revised proposal, and are working to finalize the other terms of a binding proposal from the Consortium, including definitive documentation.

The Starwood board, in consultation with its legal and financial advisors, will carefully consider the outcome of its discussions with the consortium in order to determine the course of action that is in the best interest of Starwood and its stockholders.  There can be no assurance that discussions will result in a binding proposal from the consortium, that the Starwood Board will determine that any such proposal is a “superior proposal” or that a transaction with the consortium will be approved or consummated on any particular terms or at all. 

Under the terms of the consortium’s current, revised proposal, the Consortium would acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Starwood for $82.75 per share in cash, an increase of $4.75 per share from the consortium’s prior binding proposal on March 18, 2016. 

Deal could include Interval Leisure Group transaction 

Pursuant to separate agreements previously entered into by Starwood, Starwood stockholders would receive additional consideration in the form of Interval Leisure Group common stock from the spin-off of its vacation ownership business, Vistana Signature Experiences, and subsequent merger with ILG, currently valued at $5.91 per Starwood share, based on ILG’s share price as of market close on March 24, 2016.  On this basis, the Consortium proposal and the ILG transaction have a combined current value of $88.66 per share. 

As previously announced, Starwood intends to convene its stockholder meeting to consider the merger with Marriott on March 28, 2016, and immediately adjourn the meeting until April 8, 2016. Starwood’s Board has not changed its recommendation in support of Starwood’s merger with Marriott.  

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,300 properties in approximately 100 countries and approximately 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences under the following brands: St. RegisThe Luxury CollectionWDesign HotelsWestinLe MéridienSheratonFour Points by Sheraton, AloftElement, and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio. The company also boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest.