CoStar to Acquire STR for $450M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — CoStar Group will acquire STR, which tracks hotel data, for $450 million in an all-cash deal. The sale is expected to close by the end of this year. STR was founded in 1985 as Smith Travel Research to provide performance benchmarking and comparative analytics to hotels. Henderson, Tenn.-based STR aggregates data from more than 65,000 hotels worldwide. The company employs 370 people in 15 countries. Washington, D.C.-based CoStar plans to use STR to create new products that provide building data, income level and trend reports, sales comps and for sale information.

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