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Hilton Grand Vacations to acquire Bluegreen Vacations

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Unites two highly complementary businesses to further scale and drive growth, adding over 200,000 members and 48 managed resorts in 14 new geographies, unlocking additional upside from HGV’s recent strategic infrastructure investments

ORLANDO, FL Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. announced that that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bluegreen Vacations for $75 per share in an all-cash transaction, representing total consideration of approximately $1.5 billion, inclusive of net debt. The combination will broaden HGV’s offerings, customer reach and sales locations creating a premier vacation ownership and experiences company.

The acquisition is also expected to expand and diversify HGV’s lead flow through Bluegreen Vacations’ world-class partnerships, including an exclusive marketing agreement with Bass Pro Shops and its unique base of dedicated outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts. Expanding on Bluegreen Vacations’ existing relationship, HGV also announced today that it has signed a new 10-year exclusive marketing agreement with Bass Pro Shops.

“I’m excited to enhance the breadth and quality of our already best-in-class vacation ownership and experiences offering with the announcement of our agreement to acquire Bluegreen Vacations,” said Mark Wang, president and CEO of Hilton Grand Vacations. “Bluegreen Vacations has a strong track record of demonstrated organic growth, a dedicated customer base of more than 200,000 members, and boasts key lead-generating strategic partnerships that will broaden our reach and diversify our tour flow. Along with our long-standing relationship with Hilton, this highly complementary combination will also unlock additional upside by leveraging the infrastructure we have built over the past few years with the launch of the Hilton Vacation Club brand, our HGV Max membership offering, the HGV Ultimate Access experiential platform. I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to enter into a new relationship with Bass Pro Shops and its actively engaged, loyal community of outdoor enthusiasts. We’re confident that our team members, shareholders, members and consumers will all significantly benefit from the combination of these exceptional organizations.”

Alan Levan, Bluegreen Vacations chief executive officer said, “Today’s announcement represents another exciting chapter for Bluegreen Vacations. Combining with HGV will create an even more compelling vacation ownership offering, continuing to provide our owners and guests with enjoyable and unique experiences across a broader range of world-class destinations. I am extremely proud of the entire Bluegreen team for helping build Bluegreen into a leading vacation ownership company.”

Bass Pro Shops Partnership

In addition to the announced acquisition of Bluegreen Vacations, HGV nnounced the signing of an exclusive 10-year marketing agreement with Bass Pro Shops, the premier outdoor retail and conservation company. This new partnership builds on Bluegreen Vacations’ success as the official vacation ownership partner of Bass Pro Shops and includes the existing joint venture encompassing four outdoor-themed resorts.

“For the past 51 years at Bass Pro Shops, we’ve been blessed to build a team of great people who are passionate about the outdoors and serving customers. We share a bond with them and we’re always looking for ways to add joy and excitement to their free time. Today we’re announcing one of the biggest commitments we’ve ever made to better serve our customers. Our new partnership with Hilton Grand Vacations is one of the most exciting and important in our history! It will give both of our legendary brands the ability to introduce many more people to the great outdoors and happy memories they will never forget,” stated Johnny Morris, founder, Bass Pro Shops.

Transaction Highlights

Adds scale and diversity to HGV’s offering

  • Increases HGV’s membership base from more than 525,000 to more than 740,000 and its resort portfolio from 150 to nearly 200 properties in 14 new geographies and eight new states.
  • Complementary footprint of predominantly drive-to locations will double HGV’s presence along the east coast and expand the number of available outdoor and ski destinations while increasing sales distribution in new key markets.
  • Extends HGV’s offering, broadening its customer reach and expanding the relationship with the Hilton Honors program.

Expands and diversifies lead flow through world-class partnerships

  • Bluegreen Vacations’ longstanding strategic partnerships complement HGV’s best-in-class lead generation while providing a significant opportunity to diversify tour flow and improve resilience across cycles.
  • Bluegreen Vacations currently has a marketing presence in the majority of Bass Pro Shops and owns 51% of a joint venture with Bass Pro Shops that includes four outdoor-themed resorts, providing access to a unique and loyal customer base.

Unlocks upside by leveraging infrastructure of recent business evolution

  • Allows HGV to leverage recent strategic investments, including the successful launch of its Hilton Vacation Club brand, the expanded access provided through its HGV Max membership, and the HGV Ultimate Access experiential events platform.
  • Opportunity to offer owners and members access to more vacations and experiences, including more resorts via HGV Max and across an even larger portfolio, backed by the strength of the Hilton brand.
  • Builds on the success of the HGV Ultimate Access experiential platform with the addition of Bluegreen Vacations’ outdoor-themed properties and partnerships, including Bass Pro Shops and NASCAR.
  • Bluegreen Vacations’ high-quality properties and trust-based structure align closely with the recently launched Hilton Vacation Club brand, enabling a smooth integration process.

~$100 million in projected cost synergies expected to be achieved in the first 24 months following close

  • Significant future cost synergy opportunities across G&A, sales, marketing and resort operations.
  • HGV has a strong track record of delivering deal cost synergies.
  • Expected to generate future revenue synergies of $75 million to $100 million, more than offsetting future incremental license fees.
  • Creates significant value with attractive financial profile, supporting higher free cash flow conversion and base of recurring EBITDA
  • Bluegreen Vacations has a strong track record of driving Net Owner Growth, generating significant lifetime value throughout the upgrade cycle.
  • The combined company is expected to generate adjusted free cash flow conversion of adjusted EBITDA in the range of 55-65% in a steady state, enabling the continued pursuit of the company’s capital allocation strategy – including the return of capital to shareholders.
  • The transaction enhances HGV’s ability to generate significant Segment Adjusted EBITDA from recurring sources, adding additional resiliency to the business.
Transaction Details

Under the terms of the agreement, Bluegreen Vacations stockholders are expected to receive $75 in cash for each share of Bluegreen Vacations. The all-cash transaction values Bluegreen Vacations at approximately $1.5 billion, inclusive of net debt.

The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors for both companies, is expected to close during the first half of 2024 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

HGV’s management team, including president and CEO Mark Wang, chief financial officer Dan Mathewes, and chief operating officer Gordon Gurnik, will continue to serve in their current roles upon transaction close.

Advisors

BofA Securities is acting as the exclusive financial advisor for HGV, and Alston & Bird LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP, are acting as legal counsel. Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo are acting as financial advisors for Bluegreen Vacations, and Stearns, Weaver, Miller is acting as legal counsel.

HGV has received financing commitments from Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and J.P. Morgan to consummate the transaction.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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