Avis to acquire Zipcar for close to $500 million

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Avis Budget Group Inc. announced today that it has agreed to buy U.S. car-sharing company Zipcar Inc. for $491 million. Avis will acquire Zipcar for $12.25 per share in cash, a 49% premium over the closing price on December 31, 2012,

The companies aid that the transaction is subject to approval by Zipcar shareholders and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.

“By combining with Zipcar, we will significantly increase our growth potential, both in the United States and internationally, and will position our Company to better serve a greater variety of consumer and commercial transportation needs,” said Ronald L. Nelson, Avis Budget Group chairman and chief executive officer. “We see car sharing as highly complementary to traditional car rental, with rapid growth potential and representing a scalable opportunity for us as a combined company. We expect to apply Avis Budget’s experience and efficiencies of fleet management with Zipcar’s proven, customer-friendly technology to accelerate the growth of the Zipcar brand and to provide more options for Zipsters in more places.”

– By: Omar Rana