“On Monday, Marriott announced that it would acquire Starwood for $11.9 billion in stock and $340 million in cash. That means cash was used for a mere 2.8 percent of the deal, which is the seventh-lowest percentage on record for cash-and-stock deals greater than $10 billion, according to data compiled by Dealogic.
The deal creates the world’s largest hotel company, with more than 5,500 owned or franchised hotels with 1.1 million rooms around the world.”
On the inside, not much will change for Marriott. “Mr. [Arne] Sorenson would remain president and chief executive of Marriott after the transaction closes and the headquarters will continue to be in Bethesda, Md. Marriott’s board of directors will increase to 14, with the addition of three members from Starwood.”
Details to come on other effects of the merger such as loyalty programs and the already-announced Starwood growth trajectory.