Wyndham Exchange & Rentals to Acquire Hoseasons

Wyndham Worldwide's Exchange & Rentals business unit, a European leader in exclusive marketing of independent holiday accommodation, has agreed to acquire Hoseasons Holdings Ltd, one of the UK’s holiday brands, from HgCapital and a number of individual parties.

The acquisition price is approximately $60 million, net of estimated cash acquired.  The transaction is subject to the consent of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), which the companies hope to obtain before the end of the first quarter.  Wyndham Worldwide expects this acquisition to be accretive in 2011.

Hoseasons has a 65-year heritage in UK tourism. The company provides a wide range of holiday offerings in over 15,000 lodges, cottages, villas, caravans and boats across seven European countries.

Wyndham’s European rentals business has many of Europe’s best-known holiday brands including English Country Cottages, Scottish Country Cottages, cottages4you, Welcome Cottages, Chez Nous and Canvas Holidays in the UK, and Landal GreenParks, Novasol, Dansommer and Cuendet across Northern, Central and Southern Europe. These brands have a combined portfolio of over 60,000 holiday properties located in over 20 European countries.

“The purchase of Hoseasons is a great example of how we are deploying a portion of our free cash flow to supplement organic growth with opportunistic acquisitions” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide.  “Hoseasons offers a strong strategic fit with our European rentals business and an attractively-priced opportunity to continue to grow our fee-for-service businesses.”

Wyndham Worldwide retained Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP for corporate legal services related to this transaction.