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Hyatt to Repurchase 8,987,695 Shares of Class B Common Stock


CHICAGO, May 16, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) has agreed to repurchase 8,987,695 shares of Class B common stock for $44.03 per share, which represents the closing stock price of the Class A common stock on May 13, 2011, for an aggregate purchase price of $395,728,211. This represents approximately 5.2% of the Company's total shares outstanding prior to the repurchase. The shares of Class B common stock will be repurchased from trusts for the benefit of certain Pritzker family members, as listed below, in a privately negotiated transaction and will be retired, thereby reducing the total number of shares of common stock outstanding to 165,017,711 and reducing the number of shares of Class B common stock outstanding to 120,478,305.

Mark S. Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation said, "The strength of our balance sheet allows the Company to execute this accretive repurchase transaction, reduce the Class B common stock overhang and retain significant liquidity for execution of our current business plan."

The Company expects the repurchase transaction to close on or about May 16, 2011.

The private repurchase of shares of Class B common stock was reviewed and approved by an independent special committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.

Name of Selling Stockholder

Number of Shares to be Sold to Hyatt

Purchase Price

Trustees of the Anthony N. Pritzker Family Trusts 3,337,945* $146,969,718
Trustees of the James N. Pritzker Family Trusts 2,384,640** $104,995,699
Trustee of the Jay Robert Pritzker Family Trusts 3,265,110* $143,762,793
Total: 8,987,695 $395,728,211***

*Number of shares to be repurchased by Hyatt represents the full 25% permitted to be sold by such "beneficiary group" during the 12 month period commencing November 5, 2010 through November 4, 2011 under the Amended and Restated Global Hyatt Agreement and Amended and Restated Foreign Global Hyatt Agreement.

**Following the repurchase, the James N. Pritzker beneficiary group will be permitted to sell an additional 737,373 shares during the 12 month period commencing November 5, 2010 through November 4, 2011 under the lock-up restrictions contained in the Amended and Restated Global Hyatt Agreement and Amended and Restated Foreign Global Hyatt Agreement.

***Includes rounding.


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About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt(R), Park Hyatt(R), Andaz(R), Grand Hyatt(R), Hyatt Regency(R), Hyatt Place(R)and Hyatt Summerfield Suites(R)brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Vacation Club(R),which is changing its name to Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of March 31, 2011, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 451 properties in 43 countries. For more information, please visit

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