Marriott International Announces Sale Of Four Hotels For $274 Million

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) today announced the sale of the Worthington Renaissance hotel (Fort Worth TX), the Los Angeles Airport Marriott (Los Angeles CA), the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta (Atlanta GA), and the Frenchman`s Reef Marriott Beach Resort (St. Thomas, USVI) to Capital Hotel Investments LLC, a newly formed joint venture between Marriott International and affiliates of Blackacre Capital Management LLC (Blackacre), for approximately $274 million.

Marriott International will continue to operate the four hotels under long-term management agreements. In addition, Blackacre contributed the historic Eden Roc Resort and Spa on Miami Beach to the joint venture. Marriott International will manage the Eden Roc as part of the Renaissance Hotel Group. Capital Hotel Investments LLC also has agreed to acquire two additional Marriott hotels upon completion of development. In addition to its equity investment in Capital Hotel Investments, Marriott International has also furnished the joint venture with a subordinated debt facility. Beyond its initial portfolio assets, Capital Hotel Investments anticipates acquiring additional full service hotels pursuant to a strategic alliance agreement with Marriott International with respect to additional investments in certain Marriott branded hotel projects.

We are pleased to complete this initial transaction with Blackacre and we are excited about working together on future opportunities, said Arne M. Sorenson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Marriott International. We expect our joint venture to own a minimum of $500 million of hotels managed by Marriott and we are committed to working with Blackacre to expand the portfolio of hotels substantially above this level. Our strategic alliance with Blackacre should create tremendous opportunities for Marriott and for Blackacre.

Ron Kravit, managing director of Blackacre noted, Our venture with Marriott International is an excellent opportunity to work closely with a top notch, world class operator of real estate assets with whom we anticipate sourcing a steady pipeline of attractive investment opportunities.

Mr. Sorenson added, With this transaction, Marriott International continues to execute successfully a key element of our strategy: aggressively growing the portfolio of hotels managed by Marriott International and owned by others. This year, we have sold a total of 34 hotels and senior living communities with an aggregate sales price of approximately $654 million. In addition, we have agreements to sell an additional ten hotels by year end 2000. These ten hotels are currently under development, and have an aggregate sales price of approximately $217 million. In each instance, we have retained rights to manage the properties under long-term agreements.