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Amadeus Seeks to Take Majority Control of Corporate Travel IT Firm i:FAO for $92.5 Million

@denschaal

Apr 03, 2014 9:40 am

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Amadeus has a lot of money collecting dust so it might as well acquire a few more hotel and corporate travel technology prizes. The days of Amadeus being known primarily as a global distribution system are such ancient history.

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Amadeus is broadening its reach into hotels and corporate travel technology. Its latest hoped-for acquisition is of i:FAO, a corporate IT specialist in Germany. Amadeus


Airline, travel agency and hotel IT company Amadeus went shopping again, and this time it signed agreements to acquire a 68.5% stake in Frankfurt-headquartered i:FAO, an IT specialist in corporate travel.

The acquisition is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Amadeus says the acquisition would enable it to round out its corporate travel offerings, enabling it to provide corporations with an “end-to-end” solution.”

i:FAO’s strength is in Germany, but it also has a large presence in other German-speaking countries, including Austria and Switzerland. Its operations touch the UK, Scandinavia and Central Europe, as well, says Louis Arnitz, i:FAO’s founder and CEO.

If the acquisition goes through, Amadeus would inherit some 170 i:FAO workers, including 100 developers. i:FAO’s executive management is expected to stay on, the companies say.

Madrid-based Amadeus has been on an acquisition binge, having acquired Newmarket International a few months ago for $500 millionĀ and airport IT firm UFIS Airport Solutions in February.

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