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Gaylord Entertainment Company (the “Company”) (NYSE: GET) today announced that on August 6, 2012 it entered into an agreement with TRT Holdings, Inc. pursuant to which the Company repurchased five million shares of the Company’s common stock from TRT Holdings concurrently with the execution and delivery of the agreement. The aggregate purchase price in the privately negotiated transaction was $185 million, or $37.00 per share. The Company funded the purchase price with borrowings under its existing $925 million credit facility.
Under the terms of the repurchase agreement, TRT Holdings has agreed to vote all of the remaining shares it holds in favor of the proposals to be presented at the special meeting of the Company’s stockholders to be held in connection with the Company’s plan to qualify as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) for federal income tax purposes. Under a standstill provision in the repurchase agreement, TRT Holdings and affiliated parties of TRT Holdings have agreed not to purchase any of the Company’s securities and not to seek to influence the Company’s board of directors or the Company’s policies for a period of three years. In addition, under the repurchase agreement, each of the Company, TRT Holdings, and affiliates of TRT Holdings has agreed not to disparage the other party during such three-year period. The Company also agreed to file a registration statement for an underwritten offering of TRT Holdings’ remaining approximately 5.6 million shares of the Company’s common stock, which would allow TRT Holdings the opportunity to exit the remainder of its position.
About Gaylord Entertainment Company
Gaylord Entertainment, a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn., owns and operates Gaylord Hotels (
www.gaylordhotels.com), its network of upscale, meetings-focused resorts, and the Grand Ole Opry (
www.opry.com), the weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for more than 80 consecutive years. The Company's entertainment brands and properties include the Radisson Hotel Opryland, Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM-AM. For more information about the Company, visit
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements as to the Company's beliefs and expectations of the outcome of future events that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current information. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. Such factors include those described in the Company's filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, and those associated with the Company's plans to qualify as a REIT for federal income tax purposes following the consummation of the Company's previously announced transaction with Marriott International, Inc., including the failure to receive, on a timely basis or otherwise, the required approvals by the Company's stockholders; the Company's expectation to elect and qualify for REIT status and the timing and effect of that election; the Company's ability to remain qualified as a REIT; the form, timing and amount of the special earnings and profits distribution and receipt of a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service with respect thereto; the Company's and Marriott's ability to consummate the sale; operating costs and business disruption may be greater than expected; and the Company's ability to realize cost savings and revenue enhancements from the proposed REIT conversion. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements made by it to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or the occurrence of unanticipated events.