Barcelona - - eDreams ODIGEO, the world’s largest online travel company in the flight sector and the largest publicly traded European e-commerce company by profitability, with more than 14 million customers in 42 countries worldwide, has today listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia Stock Exchanges. The company will use the ticker symbol '“EDR'”.
With five well-known brands, Opodo, Go Voyages, eDreams, Travellink and Liligo, the company offers the best deals on regular flights, charters, low-cost airlines, hotels, cruises, car rentals, cruises, holiday packages and travel insurance to its clients.
eDreams ODIGEO’s Chief Executive, Javier Perez-Tenessa de Block, said "We are delighted to bring eDreams ODIGEO to market as the largest European online travel company. This is a key moment for the business as we seek to build on our strong foundations and we believe that our global leadership position, state-of-the-art scalable technology platform, strong portfolio of brands, proven management team, scale and geographic footprint positions the company well for the next stage of its development. For me personally, this day signifies a huge step in what has been a long journey, turning an idea into a successful global business, and this investment will allow us to take the next step on our journey. “
eDreams ODIGEO, with an enterprise value of c. €1.5bn (based on the December 2013 balance sheet), becomes the largest-ever European Online Travel IPO, first ever Internet Startup IPO in Spain and first corporate listing in Spain since 2011.
About eDreams Odigeo
eDreams ODIGEO, the world’s largest online travel company in the flight sector and the largest publicly traded European e-commerce company by profitability, with more than 14 million customers in 42 countries worldwide. With five well-known brands;, Opodo, Go Voyages, eDreams, Travellink and Liligo, the company offers the best deals on regular flights, charters, low-cost airlines, hotels, cruises, car rentals, cruises, holiday packages andtravel insurance to its clients. eDreams ODIGEO is owned by Permira, Ardian, and its founders and executive team.
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In connection with the IPO, J.P. Morgan, as stabilization agent acting on behalf of itself and the other underwriters may to the extent permitted by, and in compliance with, applicable laws and regulations over-allot shares or effect transactions in any over the counter market or otherwise, with a view to supporting the market price of the shares at a level higher than that which might otherwise prevail in the open market. Such transactions may commence on or after the date of commencement of trading of the shares on the Spanish Stock Exchanges and will end no later than 30 days thereafter. In so doing, the stabilization agent shall act as principal and not as agent for the Company or the selling shareholders and any loss resulting from stabilization shall be borne, and any profit arising therefrom shall be beneficially retained, by the stabilization agent on behalf of itself and the other underwriters in the manner agreed between them. There is no assurance that such transactions will be undertaken and, if commenced, they may be discontinued at any time. There shall be no obligation on the stabilization agent to enter into such transactions. All such stabilization shall be conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
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