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Report: ILG in merger talks with Diamond Resorts International

U.S. vacation timeshare property provider ILG Inc. is in discussions about a potential merger with Diamond Resorts International Inc. in a deal that could value the latter at more than $3.5 billion, including debt, Reuters reported, citing unnamed sources.

A possible tie-up would reportedly add more than 400 Diamond Resorts vacation destinations in 35 countries to ILG's 250 managed resorts in about 80 countries and could allow ILG CEO Craig Nash to lead the merged entity.

According to the report, ILG's board recently set up a strategic review committee to study a possible deal with several parties.

ILG, which was said to have held discussions with several companies including Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. and Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. in 2017 regarding a potential merger, is still exploring a sale to Marriott Vacations. Citing the unnamed sources, Reuters added that ILG is holding the discussions with Diamond Resorts to give itself leverage in case its negotiations with Marriott Vacations do not prove fruitful.

Reuters added that it could not retrieve a comment from ILG, while Diamond Resorts and Marriott Vacations did not immediately respond to requests for comment.