Affiliate of The Blackstone Group Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Cendant’s Travelport Unit for Approximately $4.3 Billion
Parsippany, NJ, June 30, 2006 — An announcement today by Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD) that it has agreed to sell its travel distribution services subsidiary, Travelport, to an affiliate of The Blackstone Group, marked Travelport’s prominence as one of the world’s largest and most geographically dispersed competitors in the $6 trillion global travel industry.
“As a private company, Travelport will now have considerably greater financial latitude and firepower to take advantage of burgeoning opportunities in the travel market,” said Jeff Clarke, Travelport’s president and CEO. “Our unmatched global reach and local expertise, together with our strong management team and unique portfolio of assets, is a great combination for future success in the flourishing travel space.”
“I believe Travelport is poised to become the most relevant global brand in the travel industry,” said Gordon Bethune, Travelport’s Chairman. “Whether you’re a traveler, travel professional or travel supplier, Travelport will offer more ways for its customers to create and enjoy exceptional travel experiences.”
- An integrated, focused leader in a dynamic $6 trillion industry that processes over 100 million transactions annually
- A network of more than 8,000 employees across more than 140 countries
- A well–established presence in the travel market of roughly 30 years and a portfolio of over 20 leading travel brands including Orbitz, Galileo and Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA)
- Travelport provides access to more than 400 airlines, 75,000 hotels, 28,000 car rental locations and 8,000 tourist attractions
- A Global Distribution System that occupies the number 1, 2 or 3 position on all continents
- Connecting travel suppliers to 52,000 travel agency locations and some of the world’s leading online travel sites including Orbitz, CheapTickets and ebookers
- Delivering over 17 million hotel bookings annually—that’s enough to fill every one of the guest rooms at the world’s largest hotel every night for over 15 years
- Reserving over 10.5 million cars per year—placed in one line, these rentals would stretch 24,000 miles; a line of vehicles long enough to circle the globe
- Galileo was voted Best Travel Distribution Company in 2005, Best Reservation System for 2006 and Best Corporate Technology in the UK for 2005
- Orbitz has received service awards from J.D. Power & Associates, The Independent Customer Respect Study and The Best in the Business Travel Awards
- Providing convenient, cost-saving e-ticketing on over 120 airlines, which not only saves the airlines millions of dollars annually but also saves 13 acres of forest per month
- Orbitz was the first, and we believe remains the only, online travel agency to offer a dedicated Customer Care Team—comprising former air traffic controllers and travel agents through the Orbitz TLC Center—that monitors US travel conditions and updates customers 24/7
Travelport today also unveiled its dynamic new logo/brand identity, which not only symbolizes the three key elements of travel—earth, sea and sky, but also embodies the continuous integration of the Company’s core businesses—Orbitz, Galileo and GTA; moving together in a forward motion.
“There has been a lot of excitement and anticipation around the development of our new logo,” Clarke said. “But we’re also cognizant that a brand isn’t just about a logo or a visual identity – its about defining who we are, what we stand for, our values and culture, and the value we deliver to our customers. I believe that in time, what will differentiate Travelport from its competitors will be a refreshing, unmatched brand proposition based on global expertise, extraordinary value and innovative customer service.”
Travelport is one of the world’s largest and most geographically diverse travel companies. With a network of over 8,000 local travel professionals working in more than 140 countries, Travelport delivers greater choice, more content and cost savings to travelers, travel professionals and travel suppliers every day. Travelport offers a wide range of business and consumer services, from distribution technology and travel packaging to retail sales and solutions. Travelport operates over 20 leading brands, including Orbitz, an online travel agency; Galileo, a global distribution system (GDS); and GTA, a wholesaler of global travel content.
About Cendant Corporation
Cendant Corporation is primarily a provider of travel and residential real estate services. With approximately 85,000 employees, New York City-based Cendant provides these services to businesses and consumers in over 100 countries. More information about Cendant, its companies, brands and current SEC filings may be obtained by visiting the Company's Web site at www.cendant.com.
About the Blackstone Group
The Blackstone Group, a global private investment and advisory firm, was founded in 1985. The firm has raised a total of approximately $59 billion for alternative asset investing since its formation of which roughly $27 billion has been for private equity investing. The Private Equity Group has over 60 experienced professionals with broad sector expertise. Blackstone’s other core businesses include Private Real Estate Investing, Corporate Debt Investing, Hedge Funds, Mutual Fund Management, Private Placement, Marketable Alternative Asset Management, and Investment Banking Advisory Services. Further information is available at http://www.blackstone.com.
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