SHANGHAI, China, Jan 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Huazhu Group Limited /zigman2/quotes/205109633/composite HTHT -1.20% (the "Company"), a leading and fast-growing hotel group, today announced the closing of the acquisition of all shares in Steigenberger Hotels Aktiengesellschaft, Germany ("the Deutsche Hospitality Acquisition"), which was previously announced in the press release dated November 4, 2019.
In connection with the Deutsche Hospitality Acquisition, China Lodging Holdings (HK) Limited, a subsidiary of the Company, has signed a EUR440,000,000 term facility and USD500,000,000 revolving credit facility agreement (the "Facilities Agreement") for a term of 3 years with a bank consortium led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., acting through its Hong Kong Branch, Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. to fund the payment of all amounts payable under or in connection with the acquisition. The balance under the Facilities Agreement will be used, among other things, for the general corporate and working capital purposes of the Company and its subsidiaries.
About Huazhu Group Limited
Huazhu Group Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor. As of September 30, 2019, Huazhu operated 5,151 hotels with 504,414 rooms in operation. Huazhu's brands include Hi Inn, Elan Hotel, HanTing Hotel, HanTing Premium Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Orange Hotel Select, Crystal Orange Hotel, Manxin Hotels & Resorts, Joya Hotel, and Blossom Hill Hotels & Resorts. Huazhu also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in the pan-China region.
Huazhu's business mainly includes leased, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease model, Huazhu directly operates hotels typically located on leased properties. Under the manachise model, Huazhu manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers Huazhu appoints and collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, Huazhu provides training, reservations and support services to the franchised hotels, and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. In addition, Huazhu has a limited number of hotels in owned or partially owned properties. Huazhu applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of September 30, 2019, Huazhu operates 83 percent of its hotel rooms under manachise and franchise models.
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