After serving as president and CEO of La Quinta Holdings for almost two years, Keith Cline will move to the company’s planned spinoff real estate investment trust upon its completion.
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 18, 2018 -- The Board of Directors of La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE:LQ) (the "Company" or "La Quinta") today announced the appointment of Keith A. Cline to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of CorePoint Lodging Inc. (“CorePoint” or “CPLG”). The appointment will take effect immediately upon the completion of the planned spin-off of La Quinta’s owned real estate assets into a separate publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) named CorePoint Lodging Inc.
Mr. Cline has been serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of La Quinta since February 2016 and an on interim basis since September 2015. Mr. Cline joined La Quinta in January of 2013 as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, where he led the Company through its initial public offering. Prior to joining La Quinta, Mr. Cline has served in a variety of executive and senior leadership roles at Charming Charlie, Inc., Express, Inc., The J.M. Smucker Company, FedEx Custom Critical, and L Brands. Mr. Cline began his career at Arthur Andersen & Company and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a B.S. in Accounting and a M.B.A. in Finance.
Mit Shah, Chairman of La Quinta’s Board of Directors, said, "After a thorough search involving a significant number of highly accomplished executives, the Board is pleased to name Keith Cline the President and CEO of CorePoint. Keith’s experience, strategic vision, acumen and leadership of La Quinta over the last several years, combined with his ability to drive the successful execution of the Company’s key strategic initiatives, make him the right person to lead this important new REIT. The Board is confident that Keith and the organization he will help build at CorePoint will capitalize on future opportunities to drive long term growth and maximize value for its shareholders.”
Regarding his appointment, Mr. Cline stated, "I am honored to become the President and Chief Executive Officer of CorePoint. Our objective is to generate premium long-term returns for our stockholders through proactive asset management, value-enhancing investments and disciplined capital allocation. The midscale and upper midscale segments are among the largest in the lodging industry in terms of number of properties and developers – not surprising given the cash on cash returns. As a pure-play lodging real estate company with a portfolio focused in these highly desirable segments, there is a significant opportunity to drive value for CorePoint. I look forward to building a team, executing against our strategy and delivering value for all of our stakeholders.”
A formal search is ongoing for other executive officers of CorePoint, which includes consideration of both internal and external candidates.
Separately, La Quinta announced today that Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) and La Quinta have entered into a definitive agreement under which Wyndham Worldwide will acquire La Quinta’s hotel franchise and hotel management businesses for $1.95 billion in cash. Immediately prior to the sale of La Quinta to Wyndham Worldwide, La Quinta will spin-off its owned real estate assets into CorePoint.
The acquisition is subject to the completion of the spin-off of the Company, approval by La Quinta stockholders, regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.
Under the terms of the agreement with Wyndham, stockholders of La Quinta will receive $8.40 per share in cash (approximately $1.0 billion in aggregate). Also as part of the transaction, La Quinta’s current debt obligation will be retired in its entirety, with Wyndham Worldwide repaying approximately $715 million of La Quinta debt net of cash and setting aside a reserve in the amount of $240 million for estimated taxes to be incurred in connection with La Quinta’s spin of its owned real estate assets into CorePoint. The amount of such tax liabilities could be higher or lower than the estimated reserve amount and will depend upon several factors, including the value of CorePoint once it is spun off. Any difference between the reserve amount and a final estimated tax amount determined after closing will be returned to, or paid by, CorePoint.
CorePoint is well-positioned to become a pure-play publicly-traded REIT focused exclusively on midscale and upper-midscale select service hotels. CorePoint will own a portfolio of approximately 315 hotels and more than 40,000 rooms throughout the United States in attractive locations in or near employment centers, airports and major travel thoroughfares.
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