BREAKING: Green light for Marriott-Starwood merger

Marriott's acquisition of Starwood receives antitrust approval in China; the two hotel companies are to become one entity by September 23

Marriott and Starwood will merge to become one entity by September 23
Marriott and Starwood will merge to become one entity by September 23

Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have announced its merger transaction has received approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM).

As this was the last regulatory approval required to complete the merger, Marriott and Starwood are now able to proceed with closing the transaction and expect the transaction to be completed before the market opens on September 23, pending satisfaction of customary closing requirements, a statement from Marriott said.

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In conjunction with the merger closing, Starwood expects its shares will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange before the market opens on September 23, 2016.

As Marriott previously announced, Starwood shareholders will receive $21.00 in cash and 0.80 shares of Marriott International, Inc. Class A common stock for each share of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. common stock.

Assuming that the transaction closes as expected, former Starwood shareholders will be entitled to receive Marriott’s quarterly cash dividend of 30 cents ($0.30) per share of Marriott common stock that Marriott’s Board of Directors declared on September 13, 2016 and which is payable to all Marriott shareholders of record at the close of business on September 23, 2016.

In that case, Starwood’s former public shareholders will not receive the dividend declared by Starwood’s Board of Directors on September 13, 2016. The dividend to Marriott shareholders, including the former Starwood shareholders, will be paid on September 30, 2016.

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