Cendant Completes Sale of Travelport to The Blackstone Group
Realogy Corporation and Wyndham Worldwide to Receive Proceeds of $1.4 Billion and $760 Million, Respectively
New York August 23, 2006 – Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD) today announced it has completed the previously announced sale of its Travelport business to affiliates of the Blackstone Group for $4.3 billion in cash subject to closing adjustments.
The sale of Travelport follows the spin-offs of the Company’s real estate and hospitality businesses, Realogy Corporation and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, respectively, on July 31. At its annual meeting of shareholders, scheduled for August 29, the Company is seeking the approval of its shareholders to rename Cendant as Avis Budget Group, Inc. and effect a one-for-ten reverse stock split.
In accordance with previously disclosed plans, the net proceeds of the sale, after repayment of Travelport debt, taxes, fees and expenses, will be distributed to Realogy Corporation and Wyndham Worldwide. Realogy Corporation will receive approximately $1.4 billion and Wyndham Worldwide will receive approximately $760 million.
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About Avis Budget Car Rental
Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC (formerly Cendant Car Rental Group), a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), is a leading provider of vehicle rental services with operations in more than 50 countries. Through its Avis and Budget brands, the company is the largest general-use vehicle rental operator in each of North America, Australia, New Zealand and certain other regions. Avis Budget Car Rental is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ and has more than 30,000 employees.
About Realogy Corporation
Realogy Corporation (NYSE: H), the world’s largest real estate franchisor, has a diversified business model that also includes real estate brokerage, relocation and title services. Realogy’s world-renowned brands and business units include Century 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA®, Sotheby’s International Realty®, NRT Incorporated, Cartus and Title Resource Group. Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., Realogy (www.realogy.com) has more than 15,000 employees worldwide.
About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) is one of the world’s largest hospitality companies offering individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services including lodging; vacation exchange and rental services; and vacation ownership interests in resorts. Wyndham Worldwide is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ and is supported by approximately 28,800 employees around the world.