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Marriott Reaffirms Commitment to Starwood Deal

Marriott Reaffirms Commitment to Starwood Deal

BETHESDA, Md.—Marriott International today reaffirmed its commitment to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, confident that the previously announced amended merger agreement is the best course for both companies. The combined company will offer stockholders significant equity upside and greater ...

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New Starwood Offer Might Delay Marriott’s Ratings Momentum

New Starwood Offer Might Delay Marriott’s Ratings Momentum

NEW YORK—Fitch Ratings continues to see positive ratings momentum for Marriott International stemming from its planned merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. However, less creditor friendly financial terms associated with Marriott’s revised offer for Starwood increases execution risk and will ...

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Apple Hospitality REIT Favors Steady Approach to Growth

Apple Hospitality REIT Favors Steady Approach to Growth

In February, Apple Hospitality REIT released its 2015 earnings report. To be brief, last year was a very good year for the company. Comparable revenue per available room (RevPAR) grew 6.5 percent, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ...

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The Rising Cost of Money

The Rising Cost of Money

Troubling events in the global economy—stock market volatility, weak growth in China, and plunging oil prices, among others—coupled with a moderate slowdown in industry growth, have hoteliers more cautious regarding new business opportunities. However, hiccups in the global economy do ...

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Hospitality Trends Investors Need to Track in 2016

Hospitality Trends Investors Need to Track in 2016

Despite choppy growth, the current business cycle has lasted longer than average, surpassing 78 months. In 2014 and 2015, the economic growth rate was about 2.4 percent, and it’s expected to fall within the 2 to 2.5 percent range this ...

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