Intercontinental rejected $10 billion offer from U.S. suitor: Sky

Sun May 25, 2014 6:39am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - The world's largest hotelier, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) (IHG.L: Quote), has rejected a 6 billion pound ($10.1 billion) takeover offer from a U.S. bidder, Sky News reported, citing unidentified sources.

Sky said IHG's board met a few weeks ago to consider the offer, but turned it down on the grounds it was too low.

A spokeswoman for IHG, which runs 4,700 hotels with brands such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Intercontinental, declined to comment on the report.

Sky said the identity of the bidder was unclear, but cited analysts as saying it might have been Starwood Hotels & Resorts HOT.N or a specialist investment fund such as Starwood Capital.

Sky said IHG was braced for the bidder to return with a new offer, or for a rival suitor to come forward.

($1 = 0.5938 British Pounds)

(Reporting by Li-mei Hoang; Editing by Mark Potter)

 
An employee sets a table inside a restaurant at the Crown Plaza hotel, run by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), in New Delhi January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee