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Bravofly Rumbo Group makes binding offer to acquire lastminute.com from Sabre Corporation

The potential acquisition is part of Bravofly Rumbo Group’s growth plans to select and integrate valuable assets, and would represent a significant step forward in the Group’s long-term strategy to help people get the best travel experience.

SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS and AMSTERDAM – Sabre Corporation and Bravofly Rumbo Group announced that Bravofly Rumbo Group has made a binding offer to acquire lastminute.com.

Acceptance of the offer is subject to the completion of employee information and consultation processes, following which closure would be expected to occur in Q1 2015.

In August, Sabre announced it was exploring strategic options for lastminute.com to support its strategy to increase focus and investment in its core technology businesses; Travel Network, Airline Solutions and Hospitality Solutions. Sabre is the largest provider of services to the global consumer online travel sector and handles over a third of the world’s travel agency transactions.

The potential acquisition is part of Bravofly Rumbo Group’s growth plans to select and integrate valuable assets, and would represent a significant step forward in the Group’s long-term strategy to help people get the best travel experience.

Under the terms of the offer, Bravofly Rumbo Group would acquire all of lastminute.com’s principal global operations located in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, reaching an expected combined Gross Travel Value of nearly 2.5 billion euros and revenues of over 260 million euros.

The value of the potential transaction for Sabre is approximately US $120 million, resulting primarily from the transfer of commercial liabilities and additionally the value of an expanded long-term commercial agreement, in which Bravofly Rumbo Group’s brands and lastminute.com would continue to use the Sabre global distribution system. The transaction would not have a material effect on Bravofly Rumbo Group’s net cash position.

Fabio Cannavale, Chairman of Bravofly Rumbo Group, comments: “lastminute.com is the perfect fit for Bravofly Rumbo Group. Its business complements and expands our offering in Europe and, with its strong presence in the hotel and vacation sector, diversifies our product revenue streams. We believe in the value and strength of lastminute.com’s iconic brand, which is recognized by more than 90 percent of European consumers.”

Sabre was advised by Houlihan Lokey, an international advisory-focused investment bank.

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