Expedia to buy rival Orbitz in a deal worth about $1.38 billion

Feb 12, 2015

Expedia has agreed to purchase rival online travel company Orbitz Worldwide — which owns Orbitz.com and Cheaptickets.com — for about $1.38 billion, the company said Thursday.

Expedia (expe) will shell out $12 a share in cash, representing a premium of almost 25% over Orbitz's (oww) closing price Wednesday.

"We are attracted to the Orbitz Worldwide business because of its strong brands and impressive team," said Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia's President and CEO. "This acquisition will allow us to deliver best-in-class experiences to an even wider set of travelers all over the world."

Expedia is looking to increase its customer base in a highly competitive industry.

The Orbitz deal follows Expedia’s purchase of online travel site Travelocity for $280 million in cash in January.

Orbitz has successful business-to-business brands that attracted Expedia, including the Orbitz Partner Network and Orbitz for Business. The deal is subject to approval by the shareholders and other customary closing conditions.

—Reuters contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to change the deal value to $1.38 billion from the $1.33 billion originally reported.

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