has discussed the possibility of selling some recently acquired hotels to a buyout group, according to a published report Thursday.
said the company has talked with firms including Blackstone Group about a potential sale. Hilton Hotels, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., would continue to manage the properties under a long-term contract, the report, which cited an unnamed person, indicated.
Last month, Hilton Hotels said it would buy the lodging assets of the U.K.'s Hilton Group in a $5.71 billion deal to reunite the Hilton brand. Hilton International, a division of the Hilton Group, owns the rights to the Hilton brand outside the U.S. Hilton Hotels spun off Hilton International in 1964, but the companies have had a marketing arrangement since 1997.
Shares of Hilton Hotels were gaining 31 cents to $24.87.