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Wyndham

$121.67

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Wyndham to sell European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity for $1.3B

Wyndham announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3B. In conjunction with the sale, the European vacation rental business has entered into a 20-year agreement under which it will pay a royalty fee of 1% of net revenue to Wyndham's hotel business for the right to use the by Wyndham Vacation Rentals endorser brand. The European vacation rentals operations will also participate as a redemption partner in the award-winning Wyndham Rewards loyalty program. Wyndham's industry-leading European vacation rental business is the largest manager of holiday rentals in Europe, with more than 110,000 units in over 600 destinations in more than 25 countries. The business operates more than two dozen local brands, including cottages.com, James Villa Holidays, Landal GreenParks, Novasol and Hoseasons. It generates approximately $750 million in annual revenue and approximately $130 million of EBITDA, including allocated costs. Wyndham Worldwide originally announced its intent to explore strategic alternatives for its European rental brands in August 2017, in conjunction with the Company's announcement of the planned separation of its hotel business from its vacation ownership and timeshare exchange businesses. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions including works council consultation.

WYN Wyndham
$121.67

3.75 (3.18%)

01/19/18
DBAB
01/19/18
NO CHANGE
Target $23
DBAB
Buy
La Quinta price target raised to $23 from $19 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Woronka raised his price target for La Quinta (LQ) to $23 after the company announced the planned sale of its management and franchising business to Wyndham Worldwide (WYN). La Quinta's closing price implies that its owned hotel portfolio is being valued at just nine times estimated 2019 EBITDA, which is too low, Woronka tells investors in a research note. He believes the shares should re-rate higher and keeps a Buy rating on La Quinta.
01/19/18
GSCO
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UPGRADE
GSCO
Buy
Wyndham upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs
Goldman analyst Stephen Grambling upgraded Wyndham to Buy and raised its price target to $144 from $103. Grambling told telling investors Wyndham is a "key beneficiary" of direct and indirect tax reform, tailwinds in Florida, and valuation upside.
01/22/18
WELS
01/22/18
DOWNGRADE
Target $20.5
WELS
Market Perform
La Quinta downgraded to Market Perform after Wyndham deal at Wells Fargo
As previously reported, Wells Fargo analyst Jeffrey Donnelly downgraded La Quinta (LQ) to Market Perform from Outperform following its deal to dispose of its management/franchise operations to Wyndham (WYN). The overall value of the sale of the LaQuinta brand and the CorePoint Lodging REIT spinoff is slightly lower than his prior expectation, said Donnelly. He notes that Wyndham is purchasing the LaQuinta brand operations for $8.40 per share net and now believes the equity in CorePoint is $11.75-$12.50 per share, which implies a value range of $20.15-$20.90 for the combined entity. Shares of La Quinta are currently trading near $20 per share.
02/13/18
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02/13/18
NO CHANGE
Target $23
MSCO
Overweight
La Quinta deal to join Wyndham system underappreciated, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Thomas Allen makes the case in a new note to investors that the market is missing the benefits La Quinta (LQ) gains from joining Wyndham's (WYN) system. For example, he estimates La Quinta hotels will be able to drop to below a 20% OTA mix and lower their average commission rate to about 15% given this will be the first time they will be part of a larger brand network. Noting that La Quinta shareholders will still own the hotels via the spin out into the Corepoint REIT, Allen raised his price target on the stock to $23 from $21 and keeps an Overweight rating on La Quinta shares.

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