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Webjet expands its footprint in the fast growing Asian travel market

Webjet expands its footprint in the fast growing Asian travel market

Yesterday, Webjet announced the acquisition of Zuji for US$25m, or 4.6X estimated EBITDA of $5.4m, from Sabre Holdings.

Zuji adds $300m of Total Transaction Value (TTV) and expands Webjet’s footprint in the fast growing Asian travel market. For context, Webjet’s TTV for the year to June 2012 was $768m, up 30% year on year.

Zuji has strong brand awareness in Hong Kong (TTV of US$135m) and Singapore (TTV of US$135m) and Webjet will be working hard to expand this presence across the Asian region.

Webjet are conducting a capital raising at $3.60 per share to fund the entire purchase price and this should leave the company with over $30m of net cash on hand. The number of shares on issue will increase by 9.4% from 73.1m to 80.0m. There are $9m of synergies available and, if delivered, the acquisition will be mid single digit EPS accretive in the year to June 2014.

Given both the Montgomery [Private] Fund and The Montgomery Fund are shareholders of Webjet, we will be closely monitoring these forecasts.


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