Stock Purchase Represents Approximately 16% of Common Shares Outstanding
DALLAS, Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Inc. (NYSE American: AINC) ("Ashford" or the "Company") today announced that it has agreed to immediately acquire an aggregate of 412,974 shares of its common stock currently owned by Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (AHT) ("Ashford Trust") and Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc. (BHR) ("Braemar"), respectively, for $30 per share, resulting in a total cost of approximately $12.4 million. This stock purchase represents approximately 16% of the Company's common shares outstanding. Due to the parameters of the private letter ruling expected to be received from the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), Ashford is only able to acquire the shares held by Braemar's and Ashford Trust's taxable REIT subsidiaries. Ashford Trust has announced that it intends to distribute its remaining 205,086 shares of Ashford common stock to its shareholders and unitholders in a pro-rata distribution. Braemar has also announced that it intends to distribute its remaining 174,983 shares of Ashford common stock to its shareholders and unitholders in a pro-rata distribution.
This stock purchase relates to the closing conditions of the Company's planned acquisition of Remington Holdings, L.P.'s hotel management business. That proposed acquisition, which was previously announced on June 3, 2019, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019. The transaction remains subject to approval by the Company's stockholders and customary closing conditions. The stockholder vote has been set for October 24, 2019, and the Company expects to receive the official issued private letter ruling related to the Remington transaction from the IRS very soon. Ashford Trust and Braemar also announced that the pro-rata distribution of the remaining Ashford shares is contingent upon, and will occur immediately prior to, Ashford's planned acquisition of Remington Holdings, L.P.'s hotel management business.
"We are pleased to announce this acquisition of stock, as we believe acquiring this significant block of approximately 16% of our common stock for $30 per share is in the best interest of our shareholders," commented Monty J. Bennett, Ashford's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are also pleased to announce that we expect to receive the required private letter ruling from the IRS very soon and look forward to adding Remington's hotel management business to our growing platform of hotel-related services."
Ashford provides global asset management, investment management and related services to the real estate and hospitality sectors.
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Forward Looking Statements
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These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, without limitation: adverse litigation or regulatory developments; general volatility of the capital markets and the market price of our common stock; changes in our business or investment strategy; availability, terms and deployment of capital; availability of qualified personnel; changes in our industry and the market in which we operate, interest rates or the general economy; the degree and nature of our competition; risks related to Ashford Inc.'s ability to complete the acquisition on the proposed terms; the possibility that competing offers will be made; risks associated with the Remington Hotel Management business combination transaction, such as the risk that the Hotel Management business will not be integrated successfully, that such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected or that the expected benefits of the acquisition will not be realized. These and other risk factors are more fully discussed in Ashford Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) including Ashford Inc.'s definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on September 23, 2019 and Ashford Inc.'s 10-K filed with the SEC on March 8, 2019.
The forward-looking statements included in this press release are only made as of the date of this press release. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We are not obligated to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, changes in expectations or otherwise.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with Ashford Inc.'s acquisition of Remington Holdings, L.P.'s hotel management business, Ashford Inc. has filed a definitive proxy statement and Ashford Nevada Holding Corp. (a subsidiary of Ashford Inc., to be renamed Ashford Inc. at the closing of the transaction) has filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 (Registration No. 333-232736), which includes a joint proxy statement/prospectus. Additionally, Ashford Inc. files annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy and information statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF ASHFORD INC. ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION THAT ASHFORD INC. WILL FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ASHFORD INC. AND THE TRANSACTION. The proxy/prospectus and other relevant materials in connection with the transaction (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Ashford Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may be obtained free of charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission at Ashford Inc.'s website, www.ashfordinc.com, under the "Investors" link, or by requesting them in writing or by telephone from us at 14185 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas 75254, Attn: Investor Relations or (972) 490-9600.