BBA Aviation to buy Landmark for US$2.06b

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  • Thursday, 24 Sep 2015

BENGALURU: British aircraft services provider BBA Aviation Plc said it has proposed to acquire Landmark Aviation, owned by private equity firm Carlyle Group LP, for US$2.065bil, to increase its exposure in the aviation market in North America.

The acquisition will be funded via new debt facilities and a fully underwritten rights issue of 562,281,811 shares at an issue price of 133 pence per share, raising about £748mil, the company said yesterday.

Landmark Aviation has been exploring a sale as the corporate jet market is slowly recovering from a downturn sparked by the global financial crisis, helping valuations for companies offering services in the industry.

Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing sources, that BBA Aviation planned to acquire Landmark Aviation.

Houston, Texas-based Landmark Aviation provides engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, and nose-to-tail services that include airframe, interior refurbishment, paint and charter management for private aircraft.

BBA Aviation said the acquisition was expected to add to its EPS in 2017, and the return on invested capital was expected to exceed the weighted average cost of capital in 2018. – Reuters

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