>MCLEAN, Va., April 8, 2010– Hilton Worldwide announced today that it has completed a restructuring of substantially all of its existing debt. The restructuring extends the maturity of this debt until November 2015 and reduces the company’s total debt by nearly $4 billion. The transaction was effected through the purchase and retirement of $1.8 billion of debt and the conversion of $2.1 billion of junior mezzanine debt to preferred equity.
This debt restructuring is another important step forward for the company, and I would like to thank all of our lenders as well as our investors, led by Blackstone, for their tremendous efforts in completing this transaction,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hilton Worldwide. “Together with several recent achievements, Hilton Worldwide is positioned very well to capitalize on the recovery in the hospitality industry.”