Bluegreen Timeshare Signs Letter of Intent to Sell


The Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Bluegreen timeshare, Bluegreen Corporation intends to sell to Las Vegas-based timeshare developer and manager, Diamond Resorts LLC. The reported sales price will be $15 per share, or about $500 million excluding outstanding debt owed by Bluegreen.

Alan B. Levan, who is Bluegreen’s chairman, says the offer was unsolicited, but admitted that Bluegreen timeshare has been considering its options. A statement released by Bluegreen timeshare quoted Levan as saying, “When Diamond presented our board with this unsolicited, attractive offer, we believed that it was in the best interest of our shareholders to pursue this transaction at this time.”

In April 2007, Diamond Resorts timeshare bought Sunterra timeshare for approximately $750 million. Diamond Resorts believes it is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest timeshare companies, with 110 branded or affiliated resorts in 14 countries and over 360,000 owners. Their timeshare resort locations include North and South America (and Hawaii), and Europe.

Bluegreen Timeshare

A nonbinding letter of intent has been signed by Bluegreen timeshare. The company’s stock dipped to $6.44 a share with the news, coming off a 52-week high of $11.85. Bluegreen’s business focuses heavily on their residential community development, golf communities, and home sales. One has to wonder how much the weak real estate market has affected the Bluegreen corporation and if the impact of declining home prices on part of their business made the offer from Diamond Resorts look even more attractive.