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InterContinental Hotels Group PLC
16 October 2017





16th October, 2017


InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

Minority Interest in Avendra to be sold


InterContinental Hotels Group ("IHG") [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] today announces that the owners of Avendra, LLC ("Avendra"), a North American hospitality procurement services provider, have reached a binding agreement to sell Avendra to Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) for $1,350 million. 


IHG was a founding shareholder in Avendra and has a 6.3% minority interest with a book value of $2.1m, but has not been an active user of its services in recent years.  On completion of the transaction IHG expects to receive gross cash proceeds of approximately $74m, with estimated post tax proceeds of $44m.  In addition, IHG will no longer receive an annual dividend distribution from Avendra, this has averaged $3.5m over the past two years.


The transaction is subject to Antitrust clearance and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.  The parties expect the transaction to close before year-end.




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Notes to Editors:


IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.


IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,200 hotels and nearly 780,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with more than 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.  


InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.


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