Siris Capital, Evergreen Coast Capital to acquire Travelport at $15.75 per share
Travelport announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.4B. Evergreen is the private equity affiliate of Elliott Management. Under the terms of the agreement, Siris and Evergreen will acquire all the outstanding common shares of Travelport for $15.75 per share in cash. The board of Travelport unanimously approved the agreement and recommended that shareholders vote in favor of the transaction. Elliott and its affiliates have agreed to vote the common shares owned by them in favor of the transaction. Travelport may actively solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties during a "go-shop" period from the date of the agreement through January 23, 2019. Travelport will have the right to terminate the agreement to enter into a superior proposal subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement. There is no assurance that this process will result in a superior proposal. Travelport does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until the company determines such disclosure is appropriate. The proposed transaction is currently expected to close in Q2 of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Travelport shareholders and receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is not subject to any financing condition. Upon the completion of the transaction, Travelport will become a privately held company and Travelport common shares will no longer be listed on any public market. Travelport's headquarters will remain in Langley, U.K.