Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), announced today that it has priced an offering of $350 million aggregate principal amount of 3.125% senior notes due 2023 (the “Notes”) through an underwritten public offering. The Notes will mature on February 15, 2023.
Starwood intends to use the net proceeds of the offering, together with cash on hand, to purchase up to $515 million aggregate principal amount (subject to increase by Starwood) of its outstanding 7.875% Senior Notes due 2014, 7.375% Senior Notes due 2015, 6.75% Senior Notes due 2018 and 7.15% Senior Notes due 2019 pursuant to a cash tender offer announced by Starwood on November 26, 2012. If the tender offer is not completed, or there are any remaining net proceeds that are not so applied, then the remaining proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes.
The joint book-running managers for the offering are BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan.
The offering has been made solely by means of a prospectus. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the prospectus supplement and related base prospectus for the offering by contacting BofAMerrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10038, attention: Prospectus Department, telephone: (800) 294-1322 or e-mail email@example.com; Citigroup, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone: (800) 831-9146; or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, 383 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10179, Attention: Investment Grade Syndicate Desk – 3rd floor, telephone: (212) 834-4533.This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries and approximately 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft® and Element SM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. Starwood maintains a website at www.starwoodhotels.com. Forward Looking Statements This communication contains forward-looking statements relating to the terms and timing of the tender offer and the proposed offering, the expected use of proceeds from the offering and the source of funding for the tender offer, and Starwood's ability to implement its strategic and business initiatives. These forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by them. Additional risks and factors are identified in Starwood's filings with the SEC, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, which is available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. Starwood undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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