The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union’s long-term financing institution, has granted a second loan for Amadeus IT Group, S.A., subsidiary of Amadeus IT Holding S.A. (Amadeus: “AMS.MC”), a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, with the latter acting as the guarantor of the transaction.
The unsecured loan of €150 million has a nine year maturity. It will be used by Amadeus to finance research and development (R&D) activities in its Distribution business line between 2013 and 2015.
This loan is in addition to a previous €200 million loan received by Amadeus from the EIB in May last year, which had a nine year maturity and was made available to finance the R&D of a variety of projects in the IT Solutions business line between 2012 and 2014.
The EIB is the long-term lending institution of the European Union and is owned by its member states. The EIB Group will significantly step up its lending activities for the 2013 to 2015 period to support the recovery of growth in Europe. Following the Member States’ 2012 decision to increase the EIB’s capital, the EIB will lend an additional €60 billion over the next three years to promote sustainable growth and jobs, bringing annual lending volumes to €65-70 billion. One such goal is to promote the implementation of the knowledge economy, such as education, R&D and innovation.
Continued investment in innovative travel technology solutions is central to the Amadeus ethos. Approximately €2.4 billion was invested in R&D between 2004 and 2012, with €414 million invested in 2012 alone, representing 14.2% of revenues. Amadeus has sixteen R&D centres globally, currently housing over 4,500 people, and many of these are European based, including the central R&D centre in Nice, plus London, Antwerp, Aachen, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, and Warsaw.