Moody's Investors Service has placed the Ba2 senior unsecured debt and B1 preferred stock ratings of La Quinta under review for possible downgrade, citing La Quinta's Nov. 9 announcement that it is being acquired by an affiliate of the Blackstone Group in a transaction valued at $3.4 billion.The terms of the all-cash financing for the transaction have not been disclosed. Moody's said the rating action reflects its concern that La Quinta's capital structure would be more highly leveraged and contain a "significant amount" of secured debt after the acquisition. La Quinta, based in Irving, Texas, is a paired-share hospitality firm consisting of a real estate investment trust -- La Quinta Properties Inc. -- and La Quinta Corp. Moody's can be found on the Web at http://www.moodys.com.

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