SHANGHAI, China, Jan. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huazhu Group Limited (Nasdaq: HTHT) (the "Company"), a leading and fast-growing hotel group, today announced that its board of directors has declared a cash dividend of US$0.34 per ordinary share, or US$0.34 per American Depositary Share ("ADS”). Holders of the Company's ordinary shares or ADS at the close of trading on January 10, 2020 (U.S. Eastern Time) (the "Record Date") will be entitled to receive the cash dividend. Citibank, N.A., depositary bank for the Company's ADS program (the "ADS Depositary"), expects to pay out dividends to ADS holders before February 29, 2020. Dividends to be paid to the Company’s ADS holders through the ADS Depositary will be subject to the terms of the deposit agreement by and among the Company and the ADS Depositary, and the holders and beneficial owners of ADS issued thereunder, including the fees and expenses payable thereunder.
The total amount of cash to be distributed for the special dividend is expected to be approximately US$100 million.
As of September 30, 2019, the Company had approximately US$622 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash.
About Huazhu Group Limited
Huazhu Group Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor. As of September 30, 2019, Huazhu operated 5,151 hotels with 504,414 rooms in operation. Huazhu’s brands include Hi Inn, Elan Hotel, HanTing Hotel, HanTing Premium Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Orange Hotel Select, Crystal Orange Hotel, Manxin Hotels & Resorts, Joya Hotel, and Blossom Hill Hotels & Resorts. Huazhu also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in the pan-China region.
Huazhu’s business mainly includes leased, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease model, Huazhu directly operates hotels typically located on leased properties. Under the manachise model, Huazhu manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers Huazhu appoints and collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, Huazhu provides training, reservations and support services to the franchised hotels, and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. In addition, Huazhu has a limited number of hotels in owned or partially owned properties. Huazhu applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of September 30, 2019, Huazhu operates 83 percent of its hotel rooms under manachise and franchise models.
For more information, please visit the Company’s website: http://ir.huazhu.com.
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Source: Huazhu Group Limited