IAG considering Vueling options after board snub

Friday 08 March 2013 16.52
Vueling says IAG's €7 per share bid does not reflect its true value
Vueling says IAG's €7 per share bid does not reflect its true value

International Airlines Group said it was considering its options over its proposed takeover of Vueling.

This comes after the Spanish budget airline recommended shareholders reject IAG's offer.

The board of Vueling said that IAG's €7 per share bid did not reflect the airline's true value.

"We will reflect on Vueling's announcement and provide an update in due course," an IAG spokeswoman said today.

IAG already owns 45.85% of Vueling as well as British Airways and Iberia.

It offered in November to buy the rest of Barcelona-based Vueling in a bid to stem its losses in Spain and shake up its short-haul business in the country.

The offer represented a 28% premium at the time, but the share price of Vueling has since soared as the low-cost carrier's market share in Spain has grown and it posted a 300% jump in 2012 net profit.

Vueling is Spain's second largest carrier by passenger numbers.

IAG said last month it had ruled out raising its bid for Vueling, although it could waive the initial condition it set of a minimum acceptance of 90% of non-IAG shareholders. Vueling shareholders have until April 8 to say whether they will accept the offer.