Frontier Group Holdings Inc. agreed to purchase Spirit Airways Inc. for $2.9 billion in money and inventory, uniting two ultra-low-cost carriers concentrating on the recovering U.S. leisure-travel market.
Spirit buyers will obtain 1.9126 Frontier shares and $2.13 in money for every Spirit share, in line with an announcement Monday. The deal implies a worth of $25.83 a share for Spirit, a 19% premium primarily based on closing costs on Feb. 4.
The mixture will carry Spirit again into the constellation of ultradiscounters led by William A. Franke, the managing accomplice of personal fairness agency Indigo Companions. Leisure journey has recovered extra rapidly from the stoop brought on by the coronavirus, and the ultra-low-cost carriers, with an unrelenting concentrate on fares and bills, stand to develop rapidly as journey normalizes.
Spirit, primarily based in Miramar, Florida, and Denver-based Frontier share complementary cultures, fleets and geographical footprints, Spirit Chairman Mac Gardner mentioned within the assertion.
“This mixture is all about development, alternatives and creating worth for everybody — from our visitors to our group members to the flying public at giant,” he mentioned.
Spirit jumped 11% earlier than the beginning of normal buying and selling in New York. Frontier fell 3.7%.
Frontier holders will personal 51.5% of the mixed firm and identify seven of the 12 administrators, together with Franke as chairman. Govt appointments can be determined later.
Indigo Companions owns a majority stake in Frontier, and owns low-cost carriers together with Hungary’s Wizz Air Holdings Plc, Chile’s JetSmart Airways SpA and Mexico’s Volaris Aviation Holding.
The 4 carriers positioned an enormous wager on development with a 255-plane mixed order on the Dubai Air Present in November.
—With help from Siddharth Philip.