Sheraton owner Starwood set to accept offer from China's Anbang | Reuters

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc, the operator of Sheraton and Westin hotels, said on Friday it planned to accept a raised buyout offer from a group led by China's Anbang Insurance and scrap its deal with Marriott International Inc.

A succcessful deal would bolster Anbang's reputation as one of China's top corporate acquirers and would follow its purchase of New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel last year.

It would also be the biggest acquisition of a U.S. company by a China-based investor.

Anbang's new offer raises the value of Starwood to $13.16 billion from $12.82 billion, based on shares outstanding as of Feb. 19. Marriott had offered $12.2 billion for Starwood.

Anbang has also agreed to buy Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc for around $6.5 billion, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters last week.

Strategic Hotels' properties include the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco and the beach-front Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Orange County, California.

Marriott, which has until March 28 to counter Anbang's offer, said it was considering its options.

The Anbang-led group, which includes private equity firms J.C. Flowers & Co and Primavera Capital Ltd, has raised its cash offer for Starwood to $78.00 per share from $76.00, Starwood said on Friday.

Starwood's shares were up 4.6 percent at $79.90 in early trading.

Starwood shareholders will also receive stock in Interval Leisure Group Inc, which is buying Starwood's vacation ownership business for about $5.67 per Starwood share.

(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee and Sayantani Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey and Ted Kerr)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date: Mar 19, 2016 01:00 AM

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