Gross capital spending during the quarter included approximately $89 million in renovations of hotel assets, including construction capital, at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Sheraton Buenos Aires, W Times Square and Phoenician Resort. Investment spending on gross vacation ownership interest (“VOI”) and residential inventory was $98 million, primarily in Bal Harbour, Maui, Orlando and Cancun.
During the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company did not repurchase any shares. In the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, the Company repurchased approximately 13.6 million shares at a total cost of approximately $593 million. The Company had approximately 183 million shares outstanding (including partnership units) at December 31, 2008.
In November, 2008, the Company’s Board of Directors declared its annual dividend of $0.90 per share. The dividend was paid by the Company on January 9, 2009 to holders of record on December 31, 2008.
IRS Tax Settlement
In January 2009, the Company and the IRS reached an agreement in principle to settle the litigation pertaining to the tax treatment of the Company’s 1998 disposition of World Directories, Inc. Under the proposed settlement, the Company expects to receive a refund of over $200 million as a result of tax payments previously made. The Company expects to finalize the details of the agreement and obtain the refund during the summer of 2009.
At December 31, 2008, the Company had total debt of $4.008 billion and cash and cash equivalents of $491 million (including $102 million of restricted cash), or net debt of $3.517 billion, compared to net debt of $3.240 billion at the end of 2007.
At December 31, 2008, debt was approximately 59% fixed rate and 41% floating rate and its weighted average maturity was 3.9 years with a weighted average interest rate of 5.24%. The Company had cash (including total restricted cash) and availability under the domestic and international revolving credit facility of approximately $2.070 billion.