July 11. Low-cost carrier Frontier Group Holdings Inc (ULCC.O) has declined to further raise its bid for takeover target Spirit Airlines Inc (SAVE.N), potentially drawing curtains on its months-long bidding war with JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O).
Spirit signed a cash-and-stock deal with rival Frontier in February to form a new no-frills airline and compete against big national carriers. In April, JetBlue jumped into the fray with an all-cash offer.
Since then, JetBlue and Frontier have been fighting to seal a deal, which would expand their domestic footprints and create the fifth largest U.S. airline.
In a letter to Spirit, Frontier Chief Executive Barry Biffle said the Florida-based ultra-low-cost carrier should consider last month’s revised merger agreement as its “last, best and final offer.”
He also expressed his company’s willingness to waive its right to match JetBlue’s latest offer.
Under the revised terms, Frontier agreed to bump up the cash component of the deal by $2 per share to $4.13 per share. The Denver-based carrier also increased its reverse termination fee to Spirit by $100 million to $350 million.