Blackstone, Starwood Capital to acquire Extended Stay for $6bn

Blackstone, Starwood Capital to acquire Extended Stay for $6bn

Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Starwood Capital Group have agreed to acquire Extended Stay America, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the largest integrated hotel owner/operator in North America with 650 hotels, for $19.50 per paired share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $6 billion.

Extended Stay said the $19.50 per paired share consideration represents a premium of 23.3% over the 30-day volume-weighted average share price ending March 12, 2021 and a premium of 15.1% over the closing stock price on March 12, 2021.

“After a thorough review of the company’s business plan, the boards concluded that the immediate cash premium offered by this transaction is compelling for stockholders. We are delighted with this outcome,” said Doug Geoga, chairman of the boards of Extended Stay America.

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Bruce Haase, CEO and President of the company said, “We are pleased to announce this transaction with Blackstone and Starwood Capital, two of the most experienced investors in the hospitality space with impressive track records of building value in a wide variety of real estate assets, and we look forward to this partnership and continued growth.”  He added, “The boards and senior management are especially grateful to the excellent team of leaders and associates who have made this company such a leader in the lodging industry and we are confident in the Company’s continued success under private ownership.”

Tyler Henritze, head of US acquisitions for Blackstone Real Estate commented, “Travel and leisure is one of Blackstone’s highest conviction investment themes, and we have confidence in the extended stay model. We helped create this company nearly twenty years ago, and believe our expertise puts us in a unique position to add long-term value.”

Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital, added, “Extended Stay has demonstrated resilience over the past year despite persistent challenges due to government lockdowns and travel restrictions. We are excited about the company’s growth opportunity as restrictions ease and we’re confident that, in partnership with Blackstone and the company, our team has the right experience to drive continued success.”