February 28, 2014
Avis Budget Group acquires Edmonton Budget licensee
PARSIPPANY--Avis Budget Group, Inc. has agreed to acquire its existing Budget Car & Truck Rental licensee in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, comprising 26 rental locations in seven cities in total. This investment of approximately $30 million, plus the cost of acquired fleet, will enable the Company to expand its footprint of Company-operated locations while offering Budget customers a consistently outstanding rental experience and capturing a larger share of Canada's domestic, international-inbound and truck rental spend.
"Expanding our global footprint and enhancing our customer experience are two of our key strategic growth initiatives. Investing in our presence in Edmonton -- Alberta's capital, Canada's fifth-largest city and a world center for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries -- is consistent with these goals," said Ronald L. Nelson, Avis Budget Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Budget Edmonton has the largest and most diverse fleet in the area and is well-positioned for further growth and prosperity."
Budget has operated in Edmonton since 1963 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Founder Lionel Groberman started with a dozen vehicles and one wash bay attendant, and successfully grew the business to comprise locations today in Edmonton, Cold Lake, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon, with a fleet of more than 4,000 vehicles. These locations will now be integrated into Avis Budget Group's North America operating region, and managed by Avis Budget's Canada operations management team.
"This investment will enable us to substantially expand our Canadian fleet and capture a larger share of this expanding car rental market,"
said Tom Gartland, president, North America, Avis Budget Group. "In addition, by seizing the opportunity now to increase our presence in this market, we will be able to leverage our licensee's established presence and further enhance Budget brand loyalty and our profitable revenue growth."
Budget customers in Canada are served through a combination of corporate-operated locations and locations operated by independently-owned licensees. Avis Budget Group acquired its Budget licensee in Toronto in 2005, its Budget licensee in Ottawa in 2005, its Budget licensee for Newfoundland and Halifax in 2008, and its Budget licensee in Grand Prairie in 2012.
Avis Budget Group, Inc. is a leading global provider of vehicle rental services, both through its Avis and Budget brands, which have more than 10,000 rental locations in approximately 175 countries around the world, and through its Zipcar brand, which is the world's leading car sharing network, with more than 860,000 members. Avis Budget Group operates most of its car rental offices in North America, Europe and Australia directly, and operates primarily through licensees in other parts of the world. Avis Budget Group has approximately 29,000 employees and is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J