As announced on April 30, 2015, Elior has acquired the 38.45% minority interest held by Corporacion Empresarial Emesa (“Emesa”) in its Spanish subsidiary, Areas. As a result of the acquisition, Elior now owns the entire capital of Areas.
In connection with this transaction, Emesa received a cash payment of €46 million as well as 9 million Elior shares (1,282,500 shares held in treasury and 7,717,500 newly-issued shares). It has therefore become a significant shareholder in Elior, holding 5.22% of the Company’s capital.
At Elior’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be held in 2016, the Company’s shareholders will be asked to approve a proposal for Emesa to become a member of Elior’s Board of Directors as from the close of the meeting.
With a workforce of 9,670 employees, Areas manages over 1,100 outlets in concession spaces such as airports, highway service plazas, train stations, shopping centers, exhibition venues and central city locations. Over 45 years, Areas has developed a strong network in 7 countries. In Spain, Areas is the leading operator of food and beverage services and retail establishments on motorways and in airports, including Madrid Barajas airport. In the United States, Areas has steadily strengthened its position since it won its first contract in 2006. It is now present in 10 airports, including Chicago and Los Angeles, and is the second largest operator on motorways, managing service plazas on both the Maryland and Florida turnpikes. In 2014, Areas generated revenue of €659 million.
The transaction will allow the Group to combine its European concession assets and teams in order to create a global player in the market and to extract significant operational, commercial and cost synergies. The new streamlined organization will benefit from strong multi-local expertise, an offering built on tailored and innovative concepts, and a unique portfolio of in-house and franchised brands.