PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Maggiore Group, Italy's fourth-largest vehicle rental business. The net purchase price will be approximately $170 million, and the transaction is scheduled to close in second quarter 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

Operating through a network of more than 140 locations, Maggiore is the largest independent vehicle rental operator in Italy.  The acquisition is expected to add approximately $160 million of annual revenue and $30 million of Adjusted EBITDA to Avis Budget Group, once the two businesses have been fully integrated.

"Maggiore has an outstanding market presence in Italy for both car and van rentals, which makes the company an excellent addition to our existing operations there," said Ronald L. Nelson, Avis Budget Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The Italian vehicle rental market has been resilient and profitable, particularly in the peak summer season, and I'm excited that we will be able to acquire this business at a multiple that will be accretive to our earnings."

The transaction will make Avis Budget Group the largest vehicle rental company in Italy. Avis has operated in Italy since 1957, and Maggiore has operated in Italy since 1947.

"We deliver the Maggiore Group into the solid hands of Avis Budget, content that the Maggiore brand will be developed and strengthened in the long term in the global market," said Vittorio Maggiore, the group's president. "Avis Budget has always been committed to excellent customer service, a philosophy that the Maggiore Group has always believed in. I am sure that this common approach will be beneficial to our customers in the future."

Following the acquisition, Avis Budget Group will launch a Budget-Maggiore dual-branding strategy intended to build on the strength of Maggiore in the Italian market and to accelerate the development of the Budget Car Rental brand. The combined company will continue to provide van rentals under Maggiore's well-recognized AmicoBlu brand. Avis Budget expects to derive significant synergies from the transaction by leveraging the efficiencies and best practices of the two groups in Italy. It also plans to utilize Maggiore's well-respected brand and customer relationships to capture more international-outbound volume from Italy to other parts of the world.

Avis Budget expects to fund the acquisition with available cash and/or incremental corporate debt borrowings.

About Avis Budget Group

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 900,000 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 30,000 employees and is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. More information is available at www.avisbudgetgroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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