In a blockbuster deal, Expedia, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Orbitz Worldwide, Inc., including all of Orbitz Worldwide’s brands, for $12 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of approximately $1.6 billion.
The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to approval by the shareholders of a majority of Orbitz Worldwide’s common stock and other customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. The board of directors of Orbitz Worldwide received a fairness opinion from Qatalyst Partners and has recommended that its stockholders vote in favor of the merger.
“We are attracted to the Orbitz Worldwide business because of its strong brands and impressive team. This acquisition will allow us to deliver best-in-class experiences to an even wider set of travellers all over the world,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, president and chief executive officer, Expedia, Inc. “From the flagship Orbitz.com brand, to other well-known consumer brands such as CheapTickets, ebookers and HotelClub and the business-to-business brands Orbitz Partner Network and Orbitz for Business, the Orbitz Worldwide team has built a devoted customer base and we look forward to welcoming them to the Expedia, Inc. family.”
Barney Harford, chief executive officer, Orbitz Worldwide, commented, “Our mission at Orbitz Worldwide has been to build our brands to be the world’s most rewarding places to plan and purchase travel. We’re excited for Orbitz Worldwide to join the Expedia, Inc. family and for our teams to work together to further enhance the offerings we provide to our customers and partners.”