Bristow Group and Columbia Helicopters have announced that Bristow and Columbia have mutually agreed to terminate Bristow’s agreement to acquire Columbia. In connection with the termination, Bristow has paid $20 million to Columbia. Bristow, Columbia and Columbia’s shareholders have agreed to release each other from all claims in connection with the purchase agreement and the related transactions.
“The decision to enter into a mutual termination of the purchase agreement was based on a number of developments following the entry into the agreement, which led both Bristow and Columbia to conclude that it was not possible to combine the two companies at this time,” stated Thomas C. Knudson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bristow. “We continue to value our relationship with Columbia and look forward to having the opportunity to work together in the future.” Steve Bandy, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia, said, “We continue to believe in the potential for collaboration between Bristow and Columbia, and the companies are actively considering mutually beneficial opportunities to work together.”