Ebix, Inc. and Yatra Online, Inc. stated that they continue to work diligently towards consummating the merger announced on July 16, 2019 and continue to work together on preparing and filing a proxy statement and Form S-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in relation with the merger.
As previously announced on July 16, 2019, following the completion of the transaction, Yatra will become part of Ebix’s EbixCash travel portfolio alongside Via and Mercury and will continue to serve customers under the Yatra brand. The transaction will create India’s largest and most profitable travel services company, and a leading online travel platform poised to capture significant international growth opportunities.
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Strategic and Financial Benefits of the Transaction:
- Accelerates Growth Potential as a Premier International Travel Services Provider. Under Ebix’s leading travel platform, the combined company will leverage Yatra’s large and loyal existing customer base, comprehensive service offering and multi-channel platform to take advantage of the dynamic and growing multibillion-dollar opportunity in India. The combined company will have an international footprint with more than 11,000 employees and a travel expanse spanning GCC, ASEAN and Asia Pacific countries. The transaction also provides the necessary scale to extend its travel business to North America, Latin America and Europe. Together, Ebix and Yatra will be a comprehensive global platform with “on-the-ground” presence in major markets worldwide.
- Creates World’s Leading End-to-End Enterprise Financial and Insurance Services Provider. Given the highly complementary nature of each company’s travel platform, the combined entity will create India’s largest end-to-end travel industry provider, offering distribution, travel insurance, forex, MICE, Visa, and travel technology services. Combining Yatra’s loyal customer base, comprehensive service offering and multi-channel platform with Ebix’s complementary Via and Mercury businesses, creates a leading online travel platform that will capture cross selling growth opportunities across the EbixCash portfolio of products an customers, while delivering enhanced value to shareholders.
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- Delivers Short and Long-Term Financial Benefits. The transaction is expected to be 40 to 75 cents accretive to Ebix’s non-GAAP earnings per share within a period of 6 to 12 months from closing, once all the mutual synergies have been executed. Ebix has a proven track record of successfully integrating acquired products, services and companies in a highly disciplined and efficient manner, with resulting cash flow and earnings per share being key endpoint metrics and generating significant shareholder value.
- Creation of India’s Largest Financial and Travel EbixCash Exchange. Ebix intends to make Yatra an integral part of the EbixCash financial and travel exchange portfolio, while targeting an EbixCash IPO in the second quarter of 2020. The synergies and the cross-selling opportunities can create tremendous economic value for the shareholders, once the IPO is done.
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