Hertz signs definitive agreement to acquire Dollar Thrifty

Wednesday 28, April 2010


Hertz signs definitive agreement to acquire Dollar Thrifty


Hertz Global Holdings and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group announced that they signed a definitive agreement providing for Hertz to acquire Dollar Thrifty for a purchase price of $41.00 per share, in a mix of cash and Hertz common stock, based on Friday's closing stock price.



When completed, Hertz anticipates that the transaction will be immediately accretive to annual adjusted earnings per share.


Mark P. Frissora, Hertz's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Combining Hertz and Dollar Thrifty is an excellent strategic fit. Dollar Thrifty is a $1.6 billion business with more than 1,550 corporate and franchise rental locations worldwide which, when combined with our global network, will serve rental customers on six continents from approximately 9,800 locations. Together we will be able to compete even more effectively and efficiently against other multi-brand car rental companies, offering customers a full range of rental options in the U.S. between the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Advantage brands. Dollar Thrifty also has a strong international presence, complementing our global footprint, which enables us to utilize a recognized brand to accelerate our leisure rental strategy in Europe and other markets. Financially, we believe the deal is attractive, accretive to earnings and structured to maintain Hertz's strong credit profile. We've identified at least $180 million of synergies already, primarily in fleet, IT systems and procurement, enabling our companies to operate at an even lower cost," he added.


Scott L. Thompson, Dollar Thrifty's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The combination of Dollar Thrifty with a larger company like Hertz will provide Dollar Thrifty with greater resources and the technology needed to expand our value focused leisure brands. We see the combination of our brands with Hertz's brands as very compelling."


Under the terms of the definitive agreement, the $41.00 per share purchase price is comprised of 80% cash consideration and 20% stock consideration. The cash portion will be paid in two components; (1) a $200 million special cash dividend representing approximately $6.88 per share, to be paid by Dollar Thrifty immediately prior to the transaction closing and (2) $25.92 per share to be paid by Hertz at the closing. The stock is at a fixed exchange ratio of 0.6366 per share, based upon a Hertz common stock closing price of $12.88 per share on April 23, 2010. The $41.00 per share purchase price represents approximately a 19% premium to the 30-day average closing price of Dollar Thrifty's common stock. At the closing, Hertz will issue an aggregate of approximately 18 million shares of its common stock (excluding shares issuable upon the exercise of options that are being converted to Hertz options) and pay an aggregate of approximately $750 million in cash (excluding the special $200 million Dollar Thrifty dividend). Hertz intends to fund the cash portion of the purchase price with existing liquidity from the combined company. Hertz will also assume or refinance Dollar Thrifty's existing fleet debt, outstanding at closing. Upon the close of the transaction, Dollar Thrifty stockholders will own approximately 5.5% of the combined company on a diluted basis. Dollar Thrifty will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hertz and Dollar Thrifty common stock will cease trading on the NYSE.


The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, regulatory approvals, approval by Dollar Thrifty stockholders and payment of the special dividend. The transaction is not conditioned on receipt of financing by Hertz.


Barclays Capital acted as lead financial advisor to Hertz and Bank of America Merrill Lynch also provided advice. Hertz also worked with the law firms Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Jones Day. Dollar Thrifty was advised by J.P.Morgan and Goldman, Sachs & Co. and the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.


Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand operating from more than 8,200 locations in 146 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 78 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Company has licensee locations in cities and airports in Africa and the Middle East. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz #1 Club Gold®, NeverLost® customized, onboard navigation systems, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Prestige, Fun and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. The Company also operates the Advantage car rental brand at 26 airports in the U.S., global car sharing club, Connect by Hertz, in New York City, Berlin, London, Madrid and Paris. Additionally, Hertz operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of equipment, including tools and supplies, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers from approximately 325 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France and Spain.


Through its Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental brands, Dollar Thrifty has been serving value-conscious travelers since 1950. Dollar Thrifty maintains a strong presence in domestic leisure travel in virtually all of the top U.S. and Canadian airports, and also derives a significant portion of its revenue from international travelers to the U.S. under contracts with various international tour operators. Dollar and Thrifty have approximately 300 corporate locations in the United States and Canada, with approximately 6,000 employees located mainly in North America. In addition to its North American operations, the Company maintains global service capabilities through an expansive international franchise network of over 1,250 franchises in 81 countries.




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