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Indian travel firm Yatra scraps merger deal with U.S.-based Ebix

(Reuters) - India's Yatra Online Inc said on Friday it was terminating a pending merger agreement with U.S. software firm Ebix Inc <EBIX.O>, and had filed a litigation seeking "substantial" damages for Ebix's alleged breach of deal terms.

Ebix had agreed https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yatra-online-m-a-ebix/software-firm-ebix-offers-to-buy-indias-ticketing-firm-yatra-idUSKBN1QS1PU to buy Yatra in 2019 for an enterprise value of $337.8 million, aiming to beef up its portfolio of Indian travel companies, including Mumbai-based Mercury Travels and Delhi-based Leisure Corp.

Indian travel services company Yatra said it is seeking damages against Ebix for breaching terms of their merger agreement, including clauses on representations and covenants.

Ebix did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

Separately, Yatra said it has implemented certain cost-saving measures starting April, including cutting management salaries by half and freezing salary hikes to weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business.

Shares of Yatra were about 8% lower in extended trading.

(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)