Starwood may have considered buying IHG in Q1, says FBR Capital After The Sunday Times reported that InterContinental Hotels (IHG) turned down a takeover bid from an unknown U.S. bidder, FBR said the transaction would have made sense for Starwood Hotels (HOT). The firm believes Starwood may have considered the idea in Q1 since the company did not repurchase any shares. However, it notes recent commentary from management indicates he company intends to exhaust the remaining $614M share buyback authorization before the end of the year, signaling that such a transaction is no longer in the works. FBR views a potential acquisition of InterContinental by Starwood as a "low probability."
Starwood announces sale of The St. Regis for $150.7M Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced that it has sold The St. Regis, Rome to subsidiaries of Constellation Hotels Holding Limited for approximately $150.7M. Starwood will continue to operate the hotel under the St. Regis brand flag as part of a new long-term management agreement.