Park Hotels to acquire Chesapeake Lodging Trust in a $2.7b deal

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. has signed a merger agreement with Chesapeake Lodging Trust to acquire all the outstanding shares of Chesapeake in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $2.7 billion.

”Upon completion of the merger, the combined company will have an estimated enterprise value of $12 billion, firmly solidifying Park’s position as the second largest lodging REIT while also advancing the Company’s strategic goals of portfolio enhancement and diversification.” said Park Hotels.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Chesapeake shareholders will receive $11.00 in cash and 0.628 of a share of Park common stock for each Chesapeake share. Upon closing, Park stockholders and Chesapeake shareholders will own approximately 84% and 16% of the combined Company, respectively. 

“We are thrilled to strategically combine our two companies in a compelling transaction that is accretive for stockholders,” said Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Park. “Chesapeake’s high-quality portfolio of hotels will accelerate our strategic goals of upgrading the quality of our portfolio and achieving brand, operator and geographic diversity. This merger provides Park and its stockholders with identifiable synergies and opportunities to drive incremental growth through Park’s proven asset management capabilities. In short, we are expecting to have the same record of success and growth from the Chesapeake assets that we have enjoyed from the Hilton assets we took over in January 2017 – and we will be laser focused every day to create long-term value.”

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“This merger will be a transformative event for the shareholders of both companies,” said Thomas Natelli, Chairman of the Chesapeake Board of Trustees. “We believe the combined company will create a superior platform for delivering exceptional returns to Chesapeake’s existing shareholders, by improving diversification, increasing scale, lowering cost of capital and benefitting from combined synergies. Chesapeake’s management team, under the leadership of CEO Jim Francis, has built a fantastic portfolio of hotels in major markets and has consistently delivered excellent results. We are confident that Park’s leadership team will continue this trajectory with the addition of our portfolio of leading hotels, which will translate into increased value for all stakeholders.”

BofA Merrill Lynch and Barclays are acting as financial advisors and Hogan Lovells is acting as legal counsel to Park. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Polsinelli PC are acting as legal counsel to Chesapeake.

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