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Starwood Capital eyes IPO to help fund new business: report

Property investment specialist will only sell minority stake, however
February 18, 2014 09:20AM

Starwood Capital Group chair Barry Sternlicht is looking to sell off shares of the company in an initial public offering, Bloomberg News reported, citing unnamed sources.

The Connecticut-based property investment outfit will likely sell a minority stake in the company in the IPO. Sterlicht has been mulling such a sale to raise funds and finance new businesses. The CEO is also a player on the financing side of large New York City real estate deals such as Hudson Yards. 

A shortage of luxury hotels in the United States has been pushing Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ occupancy rates to record highs, which has enabled the company to dictate room rates. [Bloomberg News]Mark Maurer