Ryanair says it plans to make a cash offer for Aer Lingus, which would value it at 694m euros ($883m; £561m). Ryanair will make the offer through a subsidiary called Coinside.
Ryanair already owns 30% of Aer Lingus.
On Monday, Ryanair’s existing holding was referred to the UK’s Competition Commission for a probe that could lead to it being forced to sell the stake.
When Ryanair tried to buy Aer Lingus in 2006, its attempt was blocked by the European Commission.
It said the 1.30 euro offer was a premium of 38.3% above Tuesday’s Aer Lingus closing price.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said: “This offer represents a significant opportunity to combine Aer Lingus with Ryanair, to form one strong Irish airline group capable of competing with Europe’s other major airline groups……
19th June, 2012
- Ryanair stake in Aer Lingus referred to UK Competition Commission: Irish Examiner (airportinformer.wordpress.com)
- Aer Lingus wins UK court battle to force Ryanair out as it’s top shareholder: Washington Post (airportinformer.wordpress.com)