• March 25, 2024

Amex GBT to buy rival CWT in $570m deal

Amex GBT to buy rival CWT in $570m deal

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American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire rival CWT in a transaction that values CWT at approximately $570 million.

The deal, which is subject to approval, would bring together two of the world’s largest travel management companies, both of which have sizeable meeting and events businesses.

Paul Abbott, Amex GBT’s CEO (pictured), said: “Bringing CWT onto the proven Amex GBT software and services model will create more choice for customers, more opportunities for people and more value for shareholders.”

After the acquisition closes, CWT customers would have access to Amex GBT’s proprietary software and services for travel and expense, including Neo1, Neo and Egencia, in addition to Select, which enables customers to integrate with leading technology partners. Customers would have access to the broadest portfolio of professional services, including meetings and events, consulting and sustainability solutions and Amex GBT’s marketplace would provide access to the most comprehensive and competitive content in the industry.

CWT CEO, Patrick Andersen, said: “Joining forces with Amex GBT helps accelerate our vision of a tech-enabled future for business travel, where people and technology combine to deliver an exceptional customer experience. We are highly confident in the value creation of the combined company.”

The transaction will be funded by a combination of stock and cash and is expected to close in the second half of 2024, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals.

CWT serves 4,000 customers and is expected to generate approximately $850 million of revenues and $70 million–$80 million of Adjusted EBITDA in 2024.

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