Kuwaiti firm Agility is to acquire Britain’s John Menzies for nearly £571 million in an effort to create an airport services giant as the aviation industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Menzies shareholders will receive 608 pence in cash per share, which, according to the Edinburgh-based company, represented a premium of about 81% to the Feb. 8 closing price, the day before it received Agility’s initial takeover approach.
Menzies will be combined with National Aviation Services, a unit of Kuwait’s Agility Public Warehousing Co. Agility currently holds a 19% stake in Menzies.
The combined group is expected to be the world’s largest airport services company by the number of countries it operates in and third largest by revenue, Menzies said.
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