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El Al Drops Most in 10 Months as Fimi Nixes Investment Deal

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. declined the most in almost 10 months after Fimi Opportunity Funds decided to back out of an investment of as much as $75 million for a stake in the country’s flagship carrier.

The stock plunged 9.3 percent, the most since Dec. 17, to 0.526 shekel at the close in Tel Aviv, with volume surging to almost 10 times the three-month daily average. El Al said it was notified by Fimi that the agreement was canceled after terms weren’t met, according to a bourse filing. In April, when the deal was announced, El Al said it was subject to the renegotiation of the carrier’s employee contracts.

The airline is struggling to boost profitability amid increasing competition after posting losses in four of the last five years. In February, El Al said it would cut 200 temporary jobs to trim costs.

To contact the reporter on this story: Shoshanna Solomon in Tel Aviv at ssolomon22@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Maedler at cmaedler@bloomberg.net

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