On November 21, 2011, we completed a spin-off of our timeshare operations and timeshare development business through a special tax-free dividend to our shareholders of all of the issued and outstanding common stock of our wholly owned subsidiary MVW. In connection with the spin-off, we entered into several agreements with MVW, and, in some cases, certain of its subsidiaries, that govern our post-spin-off relationship with MVW, including a Separation and Distribution Agreement, two License Agreements for the use of Marriott and Ritz-Carlton marks and intellectual property, an Employee Benefits and Other Employment Matters Allocation Agreement, a Tax Sharing and indemnification Agreement, a Marriott Rewards Affiliation Agreement, and a Non-Competition Agreement. Under license agreements with us, MVW is both the exclusive developer and operator of timeshare, fractional, and related products under the Marriott brand and the exclusive developer of fractional and related products under The Ritz-Carlton brand.
MVW filed a Form 10 registration statement with the SEC which, as amended, describes the spin-off and was declared effective on October 27, 2011. As a result of the spin-off, MVW is an independent company whose common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “VAC.” On the spin-off date, Marriott shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 10, 2011 received one share of MVW common stock for every ten shares of Marriott common stock. Fractional shares of MVW common stock to which Marriott shareholders of record would have otherwise been entitled were aggregated and sold in the open market, and shareholders received cash payments in lieu of those fractional shares. The distribution of shares of MVW common stock did not result in the recognition, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, of income, gain or loss by us or our shareholders, except, in the case of our shareholders, for cash received in lieu of fractional shares.
As of the spin-off date, Marriott does not beneficially own any shares of MVW common stock and does not consolidate MVW’s financial results for periods after the spin-off date as part of its financial reporting. However, because of Marriott’s significant continuing involvement in MVW future operations (by virtue of the license and other agreements between Marriott and MVW), our former Timeshare segment’s historical financial results for periods prior to the spin-off date continue to be included in Marriott’s historical financial results as a component of continuing operations.
Under the license agreements we receive license fees consisting of a fixed annual fee of $50 million plus two percent of the gross sales price paid to MVW for initial developer sales of interests in vacation ownership units and residential real estate units and one percent of the gross sales price paid to MVW for resales of interests in vacation ownership units and residential real estate units, in each case that are identified with or use the Marriott or Ritz-Carlton marks. The license fee also includes a periodic inflation adjustment.
Our shareholders’ equity decreased by $1,162 million as a result of the spin-off of MVW. We show the components of the decrease, which was primarily noncash and principally comprised of the net book value of the net assets that we contributed to MVW in connection with the spin-off, in the following table:
For 2011, we recognized $34 million of transaction-related expenses associated with the spin-off. While MVW did not complete its typical notes securitization in 2011 prior to the spin-off, we received net proceeds of approximately $122 million prior to the spin-off under a $300 million secured warehouse credit facility that MVW put in place during the third quarter of 2011 to provide short-term financing for receivables originated in connection with the sale of timeshare interests. Also, on October 26, 2011, MVW US Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MVW, issued $40 million of its cumulative redeemable Series A preferred stock (“Preferred Stock”) to Marriott as part of Marriott’s internal reorganization completed in preparation for the spin-off. On October 28, 2011, Marriott sold all of the Preferred Stock to third-party investors, resulting in $38 million in net proceeds to Marriott, and when combined with the cash under the MVW warehouse facility, Marriott received a total of approximately $160 million in a cash distribution prior to the completion of the spin-off. This had no impact to Marriott’s earnings.