This excerpt taken from the WYN 8-K filed Jul 19, 2006.
Wyndham Worldwide and Cendant might not be able to engage in desirable strategic transactions and equity issuances following the distribution.
Wyndham Worldwides and Cendants ability to engage in significant stock transactions could be limited or restricted after the distribution in order to preserve the tax-free nature of the distribution to Cendant. Even if the distribution, together with certain related transactions, otherwise qualifies as a reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 368(a)(1)(D) and 355 of the Code, it would be taxable to Cendant (but not to Cendant stockholders) under Section 355(e) of the Code, if the distribution were deemed to be part of a plan (or series of related transactions) pursuant to which one or more persons acquired directly or indirectly stock representing a 50% or greater interest, by vote or value, in the stock of either Cendant or Wyndham Worldwide. Current U.S. federal income tax law creates a presumption that the distribution would be taxable to Cendant, but not to its stockholders, if either Wyndham Worldwide or Cendant were to engage in, or enter into an agreement to engage in, a transaction that would result in a 50% or greater change, by vote or value, in Wyndham Worldwides or Cendants stock ownership during the four-year period that begins two years before the date of the distribution, unless it is established that the transaction is not pursuant to a plan or series of transactions related to the distribution. Treasury regulations currently in effect generally provide that whether an acquisition transaction and a distribution are part of a plan is determined based on all of the facts and circumstances, including, but not limited to, specific factors described in the Treasury regulations. In addition, the Treasury regulations provide several safe harbors for acquisition transactions that are not considered to be part of a plan. These rules may prevent Wyndham Worldwide and Cendant from entering into transactions which might be advantageous to their respective stockholders, such as issuing equity securities to satisfy financing needs or acquiring businesses or assets with equity securities. Thus, even if the distribution, together with certain related transactions, were to qualify as a reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 368(a)(1)(D) and 355 of the Code, if acquisitions of Cendant stock or Wyndham Worldwide common stock after the distribution were to cause Section 355(e) of the Code to apply, Cendant would recognize taxable gain as described above, but the distribution would be tax free to each Cendant stockholder (except for cash received in lieu of a fractional share of Wyndham Worldwide common stock).
Under the Tax Sharing Agreement, there are restrictions on Wyndham Worldwides ability to take actions that could cause the distribution to fail to qualify as a tax-free transaction, including, in certain cases, redeeming
equity securities, selling or otherwise disposing of a substantial portion of its assets or acquiring businesses or assets with equity securities, in each case, for a period of 24 months from the day after the distribution. Moreover, the Tax Sharing Agreement generally provides that Wyndham Worldwide will be responsible for any taxes imposed on Cendant or Wyndham Worldwide as a result of the failure of the distribution, together with certain related transactions, to qualify as a reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes under Sections 368(a)(1)(D) and 355 of the Code if such failure is attributable to certain post-distribution actions taken by or in respect of Wyndham Worldwide (including its subsidiaries) or its stockholders, such as the acquisition of Wyndham Worldwide by a third party at a time and in a manner that would cause such failure. See The SeparationCertain U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Distribution and Certain Relationships and Related Party TransactionsAgreements with Cendant, Realogy and TravelportTax Sharing Agreement.