Air Canada makes offer to purchase Transat

MONTREAL – Transat AT Inc. is in exclusive talks with Air Canada, which is offering roughly $520 million to buy the travel company.The Montreal-based company says it has agreed to a 30-day period of exclusive negotiations regarding a possible deal at a price of $13 per share.Transat shares closed at $10.58 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.BREAKING NEWS: Word of another possible airline acquisition this morning. Air Canada is in exclusive talks to acquire @airtransat for $520 million. The President and CEO of Transat the two have agreed to a 30-day period of exclusive negotiations. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/R8Awv17sOL— Amanda Wawryk (@AmandaWawryk) May 16, 2019The company offers vacation packages, hotel stays and air travel under the Transat and Air Transat brands.Transat says that after being solicited by several parties, its board has determined that it’s in the interests of Transat and its stakeholders to finalize negotiations on an exclusive basis with Air Canada.The company first disclosed that it had held preliminary talks regarding the possible sale of the company last month, but did not name the potential bidders at that time.

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