Air Canada meddelte i dag, at overtagelsen af Aimia Inc.s Aeroplan-loyalitetsvirksomhed har ryddet lovgivningsmæssige krav efter modtagelsen af den krævede bekræftelse i henhold til Canada Transportation Act og et "intet handlingsbrev" udstedt af Canadian Competition Bureau. Dette følger indgåelsen af den endelige købsaftale med Aimia om overtagelse af Aimia Canada Inc., ejer og operatør af Aeroplan loyalitetsvirksomhed.
Concurrently with the signing of the share purchase agreement announced Nov. 26, 2018, Air Canada, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Visa Canada Corporation signed various commercial agreements relating to and in support of the acquisition, including credit card loyalty program and network agreements for future participation in Air Canada’s new loyalty program, all of which are conditional upon closing of the acquisition of Aimia Canada. Additionally, Air Canada remains in negotiations with American Express, which also issues Aeroplan co-branded products, to secure its continued participation in the Aeroplan program after 2020.
The aggregate purchase price for the acquisition of Aimia Canada consists of $450 million in cash subject to post-closing adjustments and includes the assumption of approximately $1.9 billion of Aeroplan Miles liability. Air Canada will receive payments from TD and CIBC in the aggregate amount of $822 million. Visa will also be making a payment to Air Canada. In addition, TD and CIBC will make payments to Air Canada, at closing, in the aggregate amount of $400 million as prepayments to be applied towards future monthly payments in respect of Aeroplan miles.
Lukningen af overtagelsen, der forventes at finde sted i januar 2019, er fortsat betinget af opfyldelsen af sædvanlige betingelser samt Aimia-aktionærgodkendelse, som Aimia vil søge på det særlige aktionærmøde, der er planlagt til 8. januar 2019.