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Hilton spinning off real estate, time shares


Hilton Worldwide will spin off most of its Real Estate business into a publicly traded REIT, and, separately, spin off its Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare business into a publicly traded company. Bobbi Rebell reports.

Hilton Worldwide making some big moves.

The owner of the iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel will spin off most of its real Estate assets into a real estate investment trust. The REIT will have about seventy properties, in both, the U.S. and abroad.

Keith Bliss of Cuttone and Company:

“They get out of the business of actually managing all those assets, and turn it over to a different company, and it just makes more economic and operational sense.”

Hilton is also spinning off its time share business, Hilton Grand Vacations, into a separate publicly traded company.

Hilton stock has been down heavily over the last twelve months, but got a boost on the news.

The sector has been under pressure in large part because of a drop in business travel, tied to weakness in the energy business.

Patrick Scholes covers Hilton at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey- and says the company is successfully focusing on expansion.

“I have been published as being negative bias on the overall lodging sector since last March. That said, I do have a buy rating on the stock, and I do see it as a relative outperformer. “

Hilton also reported a one percent rise in fourth quarter revenue, helped by higher room rates.

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