Online retailer Lastminute.com has announced it will buy Holiday Autos, the world's biggest car rental broker, for up to £43m ($68m).
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The deal also gives the car hire firm's co-founder and chief executive Clive Jacobs a seat on the Lastminute board alongside Allan Leighton.
Lastminute will hand over £16m in cash and another £23.7m in shares.
The other £3.3m depends on Holiday Autos fulfilling certain performance criteria, with £1.6m going directly to Mr Jacobs if he stays with Lastminute.com till March next year.
Lastminute.com slipped back to a pre-tax loss in the final three months of last year, having briefly made it into the black the previous three months.
A decade apart
In a statement, the two companies said the acquisition would "substantially increase the size and scale of Lastminute.com", as well as saving an estimated £4m a year.
Lastminute.com also said that it expected to perform in line with expectations in the second half of the year, saying that its primarily short-haul business was dodging the worst of the current travel market slump.
While Lastminute.com was a product of the 1990s IT boom, Holiday Autos is a child of the 1980s.
Mr Jacobs and business partner Nick Stolberg founded the firm in 1988, but went their separate ways in 1995.
Since then the two have been at daggers drawn, with Mr Stolberg starting a rival firm, Autos Abroad.