PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Wyndham is buying the Texas-based La Quinta hotel franchise and management businesses for $1.95 billion in cash.

Wyndham said Thursday that the investment will push the hotel further into the upper-midscale segment.

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La Quinta Inn & Suites DFW Airport North. (credit: lq.com)

Before the deal is closed, La Quinta Holdings Inc., based in Irving, will spin off real estate assets into a publicly traded real estate investment trust called CorePoint Lodging.

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La Quinta shareholders will receive $8.40 per share. The deal also includes a $240 million reserve for estimated taxes expected for the CorePoint Lodging spinoff. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., based in Parsippany, New Jersey, will also repay about $750 million in debt held by La Quinta.

The sale is targeted to close in the second quarter, if approved by La Quinta shareholders.

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