Icelandair-WOW takeover abandoned

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By victoria@aviationnews-online.com November 29, 2018 23:32

Icelandair-WOW takeover abandoned

Icelandair Group announced on November 29 that in the light of the worsening financial situation at WOW Air that the purchase agreement signed on November 5, has been cancelled. Both parties agree on this outcome, the airline group confirmed.

Icelandair Group warned in a stock exchange release last Monday (November 26) that it would be unlikely that all of the conditions in the share purchase agreement would be fulfilled by the shareholders’ meeting on November 30.

In a statement, Icelandair said that it is “unlikely” that the Board of Directors of Icelandair Group would recommend to the shareholders that they agree to the purchase agreement, adding that the Board does not intend to submit to the shareholders’ meeting a proposal to postpone decision-making on the purchase agreement. “Due to this this situation, both parties agree to abandon the aforementioned purchase agreement.”

“The planned acquisition of Icelandair Group of Wow air will not go through,” said Bogi Nils Bogason, Interim President & CEO of Icelandair Group. “The Board of Directors and management of both companies have worked on this project in earnest. This conclusion is certainly disappointing. We want to thank WOW air‘s management for a good cooperation in the project during recent weeks . All our best wishes go out to the owners and staff of the Wow air. ”

Skúli Mogensen, CEO and Founder of Wow air, said: “It was clear at the outset that it was an ambitious task to complete all the conditions of the share purchase agreement in this short period. We thank the Icelandair Group’s management team for this challenging project, and also wish the management and staff of Icelandair Group all the best.”

Icelandair Group will hold its shareholders’ meeting on Friday, November 30, as previously announced. An authorisation proposal for the Board to increase the share capital of Icelandair Group is on the agenda of the shareholders’ meeting.

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com November 29, 2018 23:32