Blackstone To Spin-Off La Quinta’s Hotels into a New REIT

La Quinta Holdings Inc.(NYSE: LQ) has officially submitted with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to proceed with its previously revealed plans to separate its real estate company into a brand-new REIT to be named CorePoint Lodging Inc. The relocation will create two unique, publicly traded business.

Irving, TX-based La Quinta is a leading owner, operator and franchisor of select?service hotels mostly serving the upper?midscale and midscale sectors. The company’s owned and franchised portfolio consists of more than 885 hotels representing about 87,500 spaces in 48 states in the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, Honduras and Colombia. Affiliates of private equity giant Blackstone Group LP own roughly 27% of La Quinta’s public stock.

Following the spin deal, CorePoint Accommodations anticipates to be the only publicly-traded U.S. lodging REIT strategically concentrated on serving the midscale and upper-midscale select-service segments.

CorePoint’s portfolio will include 316 hotels, excluding three hotels held for sale, with 40,500 rooms with 32% of them in the Leading 25 markets as defined by Smith Travel Research study (STR).

As a stand-alone public company, CorePoint’s overall adjusted EBITDA for the complete year 2017 is estimated to be in between $200 million and $215 million.

Post-spin La Quinta and CorePoint Lodging each anticipate to complete several funding transactions including the refinancing of considerably all of La Quinta’s existing financial obligation.

As a stand-alone company, La Quinta expects to take advantage of a pipeline of interest from designers in expanding the brand into the more than 30% of U.S. markets where the brand is not yet represented.

La Quinta’s total adjusted EBITDA for full year 2017 is approximated to be between $110 million and $115 million, consisting of fee earnings under continuous franchise and management agreements with CorePoint.

J.P. Morgan is acting as monetary consultant to La Quinta Holdings Inc. Simpson Thacher & & Bartlett LLP is acting as legal consultant.


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