In response to the announced deal between LaSalle Hotel Properties and Blackstone, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust President and CEO Jon Bortz stated his company’s offer to merge with LaSalle was “substantially superior.”
BETHESDA, Md.--21 May 2018--Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) (the “Company”) today responded to LaSalle Hotel Properties’ (“LaSalle”) announcement that it has entered into a merger agreement with Blackstone at a price of $33.50 per share, a significantly lower price than Pebblebrook has been willing to pay.
Pebblebrook is proposing to merge with LaSalle at a fixed exchange ratio of 0.9200 Pebblebrook common share for each LaSalle common share, with the option for LaSalle shareholders to elect to receive cash up to a maximum of 20% in the aggregate (subject to pro rata cutbacks). Based on Pebblebrook’s closing share price on May 18, 2018, this implies an offer price of $35.89 per LaSalle common share, representing a premium of 7.1% over Blackstone’s offer of $33.50 and a premium of 47.1% above LaSalle’s closing price on March 27, 2018, which is the day before Pebblebrook publicly disclosed its initial offer of a business combination with LaSalle.
“Our offer is substantially superior to the merger agreement that LaSalle has reached with Blackstone,” said Jon Bortz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. “We continue to believe that our offer maximizes immediate and long-term value for LaSalle’s shareholders. The combination of Pebblebrook and LaSalle would create a hotel industry leader, particularly in the independent and lifestyle segment, and it would allow shareholders of both companies to benefit from Pebblebrook’s management of the combined portfolio and the synergies that would result from bringing these two highly similar companies together. We are disappointed that LaSalle’s board of trustees has chosen not to pursue the unique opportunity that we presented.”
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