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Amazon Takes Options to Buy Stake in Cargojet

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Amazon Takes Options to Buy Stake in Cargojet

(Bloomberg) -- Cargojet Inc. soared to a record high after Amazon.com Inc. signed a deal that would allow the online retailer to buy a stake in the Canadian cargo carrier.

Under the agreement, Mississauga, Ontario-based Cargojet will issue warrants to Amazon in two tranches to purchase variable voting shares that will vest based on the achievement of certain commercial milestones.

“Cargojet has been a key player in our Canadian middle mile operations for several years,” said Adam Baker, vice president global transportation at Amazon, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to build a longer-term relationship that will allow us to provide even faster service to Amazon customers in Canada.”

Cargojet surged as much as 20%, the biggest climb since February 2014. The first tranch will allow Amazon to buy up to 9.9% of Cargojet’s shares at an exercise price of C$91.78 each, a discount to the C$106 price in Toronto after the gain Friday. This will vest over 6.5 years, tied to the delivery by Amazon of up to C$400 million ($300 million) in business volumes to Cargojet over that time.

The second tranch for an additional 5% of Cargojet’s shares has a vesting tied to the delivery by Amazon of up to C$200 million in additional business after the first tranche of warrants is fully vested. The exercise price of this tranch will be set two years after the date of the agreement.

Cargojet said the agreement will generate additional revenue growth and be meaningfully accretive to earnings and cash flows over time. Its shares have climbed 28% this year, compared with a 13% gain for the S&P/TSX Composite Index.

CIBC Capital Markets advised Cargojet on the deal.

(Updates story with share price move in first and fourth paragraphs.)

--With assistance from Divya Balji.

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