BETHESDA, MD, March 28, 2002 Crestline Capital Corporation (NYSE:CLJ) today announced that it has agreed to be acquired by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barceló Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's largest hospitality companies based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in a merger in which each outstanding share of Crestline would be exchanged for $34.00 in cash.
Bruce D. Wardinski, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, We have spent the last three years focused on maximizing shareholder value and the merger is the culmination of those efforts. After reviewing all of our strategic alternatives, we believe that this merger is the best alternative. It is a tax-efficient vehicle to distribute the significant asset sale proceeds we have accumulated over the last fifteen months, as well as providing shareholders with full value for the remaining assets.
Simón Pedro Barceló, President of Barceló stated, We are pleased to announce this acquisition, which will significantly expand our presence in the United States. The acquisition, along with our existing United States assets, provides a strong platform for growth. We are very excited about the future growth prospects of the new company, which will be named Barceló Crestline.
James L. Francis, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer stated, Due to Barceló's long-term commitment to the hospitality industry, the merger will benefit our hotel owners, franchisors, employees and customers. The management team of Crestline Capital and Crestline Hotels & Resorts will remain in place and our strategic direction will not change. We will remain focused on delivering uncompromising results to our hotel owners and will continue to have the financial resources and commitment to co-invest with our owner/partners in both franchised and non-branded opportunities.
The merger agreement has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies. Completion of the merger is expected by June 30, 2002. The merger is subject to the approval of Crestline's shareholders, certain franchisor consents, and other customary closing conditions.
Deutsche Banc Alex.Brown acted as exclusive M&A advisor to Crestline Capital and Banc of America Securities acted as exclusive M&A advisor to Barceló for this transaction.
About the companies
Crestline Capital Corporation is the parent company of Crestline Hotels & Resorts, among the nation's leading independent hotel management companies. The Company also leases and has investments in hotel properties. Additional information about Crestline Capital Corporation is available at the companys web site: www.crestlinecapital.com.
Crestline Hotels & Resorts manages and leases 38 hotels, resorts and conference and convention centers with over 7,000 rooms in twelve states and the District of Columbia. Crestline Hotels & Resorts manages properties independently and under such well regarded brands as Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Renaissance and Crowne Plaza. Additional information about the hotel management company is available at the companys web site: www.crestlinehotels.com.
Barceló is one of the world's largest hospitality companies and is based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The company is 100% owned by the Barceló family and has been run by three generations of family members. Barceló and affiliates own, manage and lease 108 hotels in 16 countries across four continents, including 18 hotels in the United States. In addition, the company owns an equity interest in one of Europe's leading travel groups, First Choice Holidays PLC. Additional information about Barceló is available at the company's website: www.barcelo.com