Spirit Airlines rejects JetBlue offer

Spirit Airlines rejects JetBlue offer

NEW YORK (Reuters): Spirit Airlines Inc (SAVE.N) on Tuesday rejected JetBlue Airways Corp’s (JBLU.O) sweetened takeover offer and recommended that shareholders vote in favor of a merger with Frontier Group Holdings Inc (ULCC.O) at a meeting on Thursday.
JetBlue had on Monday included a ticking fee of 10 cents per Spirit share in its offer, raising the deal value to $34.15 per share, representing a 51% premium to Spirit’s Monday closing price.
“The latest offer from JetBlue does nothing to address our Board’s serious concerns that a combination with them would not receive regulatory approval,” Spirit Chief Executive Ted Christie said in a statement.
Frontier’s cash-and-stock offer was valued at $22.03 per share as of Monday’s close.
Both JetBlue and Bill Franke-backed Frontier are locked in an intense bidding war for Spirit as they seek to create the fifth-largest airline that can take on the legacy players in the United States.
Shares of JetBlue and Frontier rose more than 3 percent, while Spirit was up about 2 percent in early trading amid a broader surge in travel stocks after China eased its quarantine rules.

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