|November 22, 2002|
Cendant Completes Acquisition Of Budget Group
|Cendant Corporation has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Budget Group, Inc.. The purchase price was $110 million in cash plus the payment of certain transaction related expenses and assumption of certain contracts and trade payables. The total transaction value is between $500 and $600 million including cash integration costs, plus non-recourse vehicle debt of approximately $2.5 billion. The acquisition was approved by Judge Mary F. Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE on November 8.|
Budget is the third-largest general use car and truck rental company in the United States. The acquisition includes Budget operations and franchised locations in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand and rights to franchise and operate in Asia. Cendant, through its Avis Rent A Car, already operates or franchises Avis car rental locations in the same regions. As a result of the acquisition, Cendant is now the world's largest general use car rental operator with over 6,000 car and truck rental locations worldwide, including dealer locations. The transaction does not include Budget Group's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations and franchises.
"Budget is a great strategic fit for Cendant. Not only are there operational efficiencies to be achieved with Avis, but Budget is a complementary fit with our other leisure services through Cendant's hotel, timeshare, and travel distribution companies," said John Chidsey, chairman and CEO of Cendant's Vehicle Services Division. "With the uncertainty regarding Budget's future now gone, we can leverage the resources and synergies that exist within Cendant's other travel businesses to strengthen and grow this great brand."
Avis and Budget will continue to operate as separate brands.