Latour acquires Dalair

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2022-12-14

Investment AB Latour has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Swegon Group AB, signed an agreement to acquire Dalair Ltd. Closing is expected to take place in January, 2023. The company was founded in 1981, has 150 employees, with the head office in Wednesbury and two additional sales offices in London and Manchester, UK. Net sales in 2021 amounted to GBP 17 m.

Dalair is a family-owned manufacturer of bespoke air handling units (AHU) based in Wednesbury just outside Birmingham. The company is one of the AHU market leaders in the UK, with a highly regarded brand and offers air handling units in various segments covering commercial buildings, offices, retail, health care and pharmaceutical industries.

“I am glad to welcome Dalair to the Swegon family. Dalair has over the last four decades become a renowned brand in the market that is well-known for their strong customer relationships and high-quality products. With the growing demand of bespoke AHU’s we now take an important step together with Dalair to complement and broaden Swegon’s offering in the UK and reach a wider customer base”, says Andreas Örje Wellstam, CEO at Swegon Group.

“With Swegon we see a continued successful journey for Dalair. We share the same focus on quality and aim to be a trusted and competent partner for our customers, which makes Swegon a perfect fit for us. We look forward to becoming a part of Swegon, which will enable us to strengthen our position in the UK even further”, says Glyn Moseley, founder of Dalair.

As an effect of the acquisition the net debt of the Latour Group is expected to increase with about SEK 0.4 billion.

Göteborg, 14 December, 2022

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Johan Hjertonsson, CEO

For further information, please contact:
Andreas Örje Wellstam, CEO Swegon +46 31 89 58 00
Rebecca Palm Ballesta, Corporate Development Swegon +46 31 89 58 00

Swegon Group is a market leading supplier in the field of indoor environment, offering solutions for ventilation, heating, cooling and climate optimisation, as well as connected services and expert technical support. Swegon has subsidiaries in and distributors all over the world and 19 production plants in Europe, North America and India. The company employs close to 3,000 people and a turnover of SEK 6 billion.

Investment AB Latour is a mixed investment company consisting primarily of a wholly-owned industrial operations and an investment portfolio of listing holdings in which Latour is the principal owner or one of the principal owners. The investment portfolio consists of ten substantial holdings with a market value of about SEK 68 billion. The wholly-owned industrial operations has an annual turnover of SEK 22 billion.

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Genstar Capital Joins GTCR as Investor in JSSI

SAN FRANCISCO and CHICAGO, November 11, 2022Genstar Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on investments in targeted segments of the financial services, healthcare, software, and industrials industries, today announced a significant investment in Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of aircraft maintenance support and financial tools for the business aviation industry. Genstar is partnering with existing investors GTCR, the Book family and JSSI’s management team to support the company’s next phase of growth.

For more than 30 years, JSSI has been delivering Hourly Cost Maintenance (HCM) Programs to the business aviation industry, partnering with aircraft owners and operators to help stabilize aircraft costs, assure high quality maintenance and provide enhanced customer service. JSSI also offers maintenance tracking software, a result of two notable acquisitions in the past 18 months, a global multi-channel parts distribution and engine leasing business (JSSI Parts & Leasing), and a subscription-based aircraft operating cost and performance guide (Conklin & de Decker), all of which provides synergistic benefits to aircraft operators.

The company has a global footprint across 85 countries, with 450 employees, including 75 technical advisors and product line specialists supporting 5,000+ aircraft and overseeing 10,000+ annual maintenance events. JSSI facilitates and streamlines carbon offset purchasing directly through its customer platform, allowing customers to monitor and reduce their carbon footprint. JSSI Parts & Leasing supports sustainable utilization through recycling of parts via aircraft teardowns and subsequent reuse of serviceable parts in maintenance and repair work.

Neil Book, Chief Executive Officer of JSSI, said, “We are laser focused on creating value for our customers by simplifying and easing the complexities of aircraft maintenance. My team and I are appreciative for the ongoing collaboration with GTCR, which has been a fun and rewarding partnership since 2020. As we start this next chapter, Genstar is an ideal partner, with a tremendous track record, to support our ambitious growth plan.”

Genstar’s investment in JSSI spanned a multi-vertical team across software, insurance and industrials, led by Eli Weiss, Ryan Clark and Rob Clark. “Genstar has a rich history investing across software, insurance and industrial distribution businesses and is excited to bring that unique perspective to help JSSI in its next chapter. JSSI is extremely well positioned to further its position in the private aircraft maintenance sector by leveraging its 30-year history in the industry. We are closely aligned with GTCR on how to create meaningful value and the JSSI team is poised to embark on its next chapter of growth. We look forward to working with Neil, his team and GTCR to further the company’s offerings and deliver value to customers,” said Weiss, Clark and Clark.

Craig A. Bondy, Managing Director at GTCR, added, “Since our investment in 2020 we have worked closely with Neil to accelerate JSSI’s growth, including completing two key acquisitions to significantly grow the company’s maintenance tracking software business and deliver advanced solutions to a wider cross section of the business aviation community. Genstar’s investment is a testament to the hard work of the JSSI team and the value proposition they deliver to customers.”

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to Genstar. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to GTCR.

About Genstar Capital

Genstar Capital (www.gencap.com) is a leading private equity firm that has been actively investing in high quality companies for over 30 years.  Based in San Francisco, Genstar works in partnership with its management teams and its network of strategic advisors to transform its portfolio companies into industry-leading businesses. Genstar currently has approximately $35 billion of assets under management and targets investments focused on targeted segments of the financial services, healthcare, industrials, and software industries.

About GTCR

Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm that pioneered The Leaders Strategy™ – finding and partnering with management leaders in core domains to identify, acquire and build market-leading companies through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. GTCR is focused on investing in transformative growth in companies in the Business & Consumer Services, Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Technology, Media & Telecommunications sectors. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $24 billion in over 270 companies, and the firm currently manages over $27 billion in equity capital. GTCR is based in Chicago with offices in New York and West Palm Beach. For more information, please visit www.gtcr.com. Follow us on LinkedIn.

About Jet Support Services, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), has been the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry. JSSI supports in excess of 5,000 business jets and helicopters across the globe through its maintenance programs and software and serves customers through an infrastructure of certified technical advisors. JSSI leverages this technical knowledge, experience, buying power and data to provide support at every stage of the aircraft lifecycle, from aircraft acquisition to aircraft teardown and part out. For more information, visit jetsupport.com.

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Jet Edge International Receives Further Investment from KKR

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January 12, 2022

$75 million in new funding to support continued business growth, adds 20 new Challenger and Gulfstream aircraft

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jet Edge International, the Ohio-based private aviation company, has raised an additional $75 million of funding from credit funds and accounts managed by KKR. The new funding expands KKR’s total credit and equity investments in Jet Edge to approximately $265 million over the past year.

Following the initial $150 million credit facility announced in June 2021, KKR has continued investing in Jet Edge amidst historic demand for its direct-to-consumer Reserve Membership program. Jet Edge will utilize the funding to further expand the company’s extensive Gulfstream and Challenger fleet.

“With KKR support, Jet Edge has grown the Reserve Membership program to record numbers,” comments Jet Edge International CEO Bill Papariella. “KKR’s most recent investment in Jet Edge speaks to its confidence in our mission to deliver scaled private aviation solutions with industry-leading service and new capital to support those efforts with continued fleet growth.”

Jet Edge has 20 additional Gulfstream & Challenger aircraft slated to be delivered in the first half of 2022 in addition to the 27 delivered in 2021, bringing its total fleet size to 95 aircraft.

Patrick Clancy, Director at KKR, said: “In a challenging environment, the Jet Edge team are executing on their strategy and have delivered impressive growth for the business in 2021 while maintaining a disciplined operating platform that puts their customers first. We are excited to increase our investment in order to further support the growth of Jet Edge’s fleet as they continue to expand their innovative Reserve membership and AdvantEdge product lines.”

In the past 12 months, Jet Edge has achieved 1,800% year-on-year growth in new member acquisitions. Jet Edge has solidified the company’s national footprint while providing a solid foundation to grow future membership programs.

About Jet Edge

Jet Edge is a leader in full-service global private aviation. As an integrated super-midsize and large cabin management operator and maintenance provider, Jet Edge services aircraft owners and charter flyers with a world-class operational platform and extends individual clients and corporations 365-day-a-year access to one of the most diverse and luxurious aircraft fleets in the world. Backed by unparalleled award-winning safety programs and overseen by a leadership team with wide-ranging experience in commercial and private aviation operations and management, Jet Edge delivers excellence in aircraft management, charter management, on-demand charter, aircraft sales, and maintenance. More information can be found at www.flyjetedge.com.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management and capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of The Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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Carlyle Aviation Partners Affiliate to Buy AMCK Aviation’s Portfolio of Aircraft

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NEW YORK and DUBLIN – Global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) announced today that Maverick Aviation Partnership LP (“Maverick”), an investment vehicle managed by Carlyle Aviation Partners, has signed an agreement to acquire AMCK Aviation’s (“AMCK”) portfolio of aircraft. Through the transaction, Maverick will acquire 125 primarily narrowbody aircraft and an order book of 20 A320/321 neo aircraft. The total appraised value of the existing fleet is in excess of $4 billion, not including the order book.

William Hoffman, Chairman of Carlyle Aviation Partners, said, “We are pleased to acquire AMCK’s attractive portfolio, comprised of primarily narrowbody aircraft whose lessee counterparties have performed well in the COVID operating environment. This transaction will help us enhance our capabilities for airline customers and all of our investors across the Carlyle Aviation platform.”

AMCK is a global aircraft leasing company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with regional offices in Tokyo, Japan and Irvine, California. It is owned by CK Asset Holdings Limited, the majority shareholder of AMCK, and Li Ka Shing (Global) Foundation.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022 and is conditioned upon the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Maverick’s primary investor is an affiliate of CPPIB Credit Investments Inc. (“CPPIB Credit Investments”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, an institution with a proven track record in aircraft leasing having previously owned a significant stake in AWAS, a Dublin-based aircraft lessor. Carlyle Aviation Partners will be the asset servicer for the vehicle.

Carlyle Aviation Partners is the commercial aviation investment and servicing arm of Carlyle’s $66 billion Global Credit platform. It is a multi-strategy aviation investment manager that seeks to capitalize on its extensive technical knowledge, in-depth industry expertise and long-standing presence in the aviation sector. As of September 30, 2021, and excluding the planned acquisition of AMCK’s portfolio, it has total assets under management of $8.3 billion, owns, manages or is committed to purchase 311 aircraft with 106 airline lessees in 56 countries, and employs a team of more than 95 in the US, Ireland and Singapore.

Goldman Sachs is leading the acquisition financing for the transaction. Milbank is acting as legal counsel to the Carlyle Aviation Partners managed investment vehicle with Kirkland & Ellis advising on the formation of Maverick.

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About Carlyle
Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit and Global Investment Solutions. With $293 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2021, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. Carlyle employs more than 1,800 people in 26 offices across five continents. Further information is available at www.carlyle.com. Follow Carlyle on Twitter @OneCarlyle.

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CK Asset Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1113) is a leading multinational corporation and has diverse capabilities with activities encompassing property development and investment, hotel and serviced suite operation, property and project management, aircraft leasing, pub operation and investment in infrastructure and utility asset operation.

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Carlyle Aviation Partners Affiliate to Buy AMCK Aviation’s Portfolio of Aircraft

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NEW YORK and DUBLIN – Global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) announced today that Maverick Aviation Partnership LP (“Maverick”), an investment vehicle managed by Carlyle Aviation Partners, has signed an agreement to acquire AMCK Aviation’s (“AMCK”) portfolio of aircraft. Through the transaction, Maverick will acquire 125 primarily narrowbody aircraft and an order book of 20 A320/321 neo aircraft. The total appraised value of the existing fleet is in excess of $4 billion, not including the order book.

William Hoffman, Chairman of Carlyle Aviation Partners, said, “We are pleased to acquire AMCK’s attractive portfolio, comprised of primarily narrowbody aircraft whose lessee counterparties have performed well in the COVID operating environment. This transaction will help us enhance our capabilities for airline customers and all of our investors across the Carlyle Aviation platform.”

AMCK is a global aircraft leasing company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with regional offices in Tokyo, Japan and Irvine, California. It is owned by CK Asset Holdings Limited, the majority shareholder of AMCK, and Li Ka Shing (Global) Foundation.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022 and is conditioned upon the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Maverick’s primary investor is an affiliate of CPPIB Credit Investments Inc. (“CPPIB Credit Investments”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, an institution with a proven track record in aircraft leasing having previously owned a significant stake in AWAS, a Dublin-based aircraft lessor. Carlyle Aviation Partners will be the asset servicer for the vehicle.

Carlyle Aviation Partners is the commercial aviation investment and servicing arm of Carlyle’s $66 billion Global Credit platform. It is a multi-strategy aviation investment manager that seeks to capitalize on its extensive technical knowledge, in-depth industry expertise and long-standing presence in the aviation sector. As of September 30, 2021, and excluding the planned acquisition of AMCK’s portfolio, it has total assets under management of $8.3 billion, owns, manages or is committed to purchase 311 aircraft with 106 airline lessees in 56 countries, and employs a team of more than 95 in the US, Ireland and Singapore.

Goldman Sachs is leading the acquisition financing for the transaction. Milbank is acting as legal counsel to the Carlyle Aviation Partners managed investment vehicle with Kirkland & Ellis advising on the formation of Maverick.

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About Carlyle
Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit and Global Investment Solutions. With $293 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2021, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. Carlyle employs more than 1,800 people in 26 offices across five continents. Further information is available at www.carlyle.com. Follow Carlyle on Twitter @OneCarlyle.

About CK Asset Holdings

CK Asset Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1113) is a leading multinational corporation and has diverse capabilities with activities encompassing property development and investment, hotel and serviced suite operation, property and project management, aircraft leasing, pub operation and investment in infrastructure and utility asset operation.

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Rolls-Royce Signs Agreement to sell ITP Aero

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Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR., ADR:RYCEY) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell 100% of ITP Aero to Bain Capital Private Equity, which is leading a consortium of investors, for approximately €1.7 billion. The consortium includes interests to be held by Spanish co-investors SAPA and JB Capital.

The proposed sale is a key element of Rolls-Royce’s disposal programme, announced on 27 August 2020, to raise proceeds of at least £2.0 billion, and is consistent with the company’s strategy of reducing capital intensity while maintaining a key long-term strategic supply relationship. Rolls-Royce will receive total cash proceeds (excluding any cash retained by Rolls-Royce) of approximately €1.7 billion, which will be used to help rebuild the Rolls-Royce balance sheet, in support of the company’s medium-term ambition to return to an investment grade credit profile. The proposed sale values ITP Aero at an enterprise value of approximately €1.8 billion. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Rolls-Royce and the consortium members and is subject to certain closing conditions, including customary regulatory clearances. It is expected to close in the first half of 2022.

Rolls-Royce Signs Agreement to sell ITP Aero

The consortium’s vision for an independent ITP Aero is to invest in growing the company’s products, regions and customers and further enhance its status as a Spanish national champion. ITP Aero’s partnership with Bain Capital and the consortium will allow it to further drive its strategy to be a pioneer of new technologies and world class manufacturing enabled by a highly skilled workforce. This strategy will see ITP Aero maintain and grow its position as a leading supplier of critical engine components to key civil aviation and defence aircraft platforms, further diversifying its customer base and supporting the next generation of aircraft, including in sustainable and low carbon technologies. The consortium fully recognises the importance of ITP Aero to Spain, the Basque Country, and the Spanish Government.

Rolls-Royce, the Bain Capital-led consortium and ITP Aero are pleased with their discussions with the Spanish and Basque governments about this transaction. The consortium led by Bain Capital supports the maintenance of jobs as well as the company’s future growth. Bain Capital is also open to negotiate the incorporation of further Spanish and Basque industrial partners in the consortium, representing up to 30% of the equity, until the end of June 2022.

Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce, said: “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone for our disposal programme as we work to strengthen our balance sheet, in support of our medium-term ambition to return to an investment grade credit profile. This agreement represents an attractive outcome for both Rolls-Royce and ITP Aero and we are also grateful to the Spanish and Basque Governments for the constructive discussions we have held with them during the process. The creation of an independent ITP Aero is a great opportunity for the company, its people and other stakeholders. A financially, technologically, and industrially strong ITP Aero is also vital to Rolls-Royce. The company will remain a key strategic supplier and partner for decades to come. We believe we have selected new owners willing to support the business for the long-term and build on its successful track record. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Carlos and our colleagues at ITP Aero in the future.”

Carlos Alzola, CEO, ITP Aero, said: “This transaction is a significant moment for all of us at ITP Aero. We will be able to further strengthen our position in the aerospace industry, continue to provide high levels of innovation and service to our customers and expand our business to capture significant growth opportunities. All of us at ITP Aero are eager to start the next chapter of our story as an independent company with a strong strategic plan and financial support behind us – building on our 30 years of success – to create a global leader in aerospace that is headquartered in the Basque Country in Spain. Our success is built on the effort of all of our colleagues around the world and I would like to thank each of them for their continued dedication.”

Ivano Sessa, Managing Director, and Tobias Weidner, a Principal, at Bain Capital Private Equity, said: “ITP Aero has a great track record in an industry which is vital to the global economy, with attractive long-term growth potential. We see significant potential in further accelerating ITP Aero’s growth trajectory and investments in new technologies. Together with our partners SAPA and JB Capital we think we bring a unique understanding and ability to support ITP Aero. We look forward to working with ITP Aero’s management, employees and other stakeholders including the Spanish and Basque governments to realise the significant growth potential that ITP Aero has as an independent company.”

In the year ended 31 December 2020, ITP Aero reported revenues of €735 million and underlying EBIT of €40 million. Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce’s former site at Hucknall, UK, was integrated into the ITP Aero business, with a structured plan to include the associated fabrications commodity supply chain in the short term. For the year ended 31 December 2020, the combined perimeter generated a pro-forma profit (loss) before tax1 of €(17) million, with pro-forma gross assets2 of €1.95 billion at 31 December 2020.

1Pro-Forma Profit Before Tax: Pro-forma Profit Before Tax attributable to ITP Aero and the transferred Hucknall sites and Fabrications commodities. The pro-forma Profit Before Tax excludes an €(108)m impact related to the in-year amortisation of the Purchase Price Allocations that arose following the Rolls-Royce acquisition of ITP in December 2017 and also excludes a €6m profit in relation to the deferred tax asset described under Gross Assets; both of them are only applicable to consolidated Rolls-Royce Group results.
2Gross Assets: Pro-forma Gross Assets attributable to ITP Aero and the transferred Hucknall sites and Fabrications commodities. The pro-forma Gross Assets excludes €1.042 billion of Purchase Price Allocations that arose following the Rolls-Royce acquisition of ITP in December 2017, and a further €18 million consolidation adjustment, which includes a deferred tax impact; both of them are only applicable to consolidated Rolls-Royce Group results.

Adjusted EBITDA for the combined perimeter was €119m for the year to end December 2020 and is considered as the combination of ITP Aero’s adjusted EBITDA and the pro-forma reported EBITDA of the Hucknall perimeter with associated fabrications supply chain, adjusted for the post-transaction supply agreement, perimeter carve out adjustments, restructuring costs and due diligence adjustments.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

1.    Rolls-Royce pioneers the power that matters to connect, power and protect society. We have pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2030 (excluding product testing) and joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in 2020, affirming our ambition to play a fundamental role in enabling the sectors in which we operate achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
2.    Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
3.    Annual underlying revenue was £11.76 billion in 2020 and we invested £1.25 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
4.    Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is publicly traded company (LSE: RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69)

About Bain Capital, LP

Bain Capital, LP is one of the world’s leading private investment firms with approximately $140 billion of assets under management that creates lasting impact for our investors, teams, businesses, and the communities in which we live. Since our founding in 1984, we’ve applied our insight and experience to organically expand into several asset classes including private equity, credit, public equity, venture capital and real estate, with offices on four continents.  Read more at baincapital.com.

About ITP Aero

ITP Aero is currently one of the leading aerospace and engine component suppliers in the world, employing approximately 4,300 people at its production centres in Spain, UK, Mexico, Malta and India. ITP Aero’s activities include the design, research and development, manufacturing and casting, assembly and testing of aeronautical modules and engines for commercial aviation and defence applications. It also provides maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for a wide range of business jet and defence engines, including providing MRO services to the Spanish Ministry of Defence. It has partnered with Rolls-Royce on all Trent civil aero engine programmes, manufacturing low pressure turbines, and is a partner on Rolls-Royce next generation UltraFan® engine. ITP Aero also designs and manufactures aeronautical modules and components for Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and Honeywell. In defence applications, ITP Aero is a consortium member for the engines powering the Eurofighter Typhoon, the A400M and the Tiger helicopter. Earlier this year, ITP Aero was confirmed as a main partner for the development of the engine for the FCAS programme. ITP Aero is led by Chief Executive, Carlos Alzola.

About SAPA

The SAPA Group is a leader in technologies for the mobility of heavy vehicles in the field of Defense and has facilities in Andoain (Gipuzkoa) and Detroit (Michigan). It is one of the most recognized companies both in wheeled and tracked transmissions for heavy vehicles and in energy generation, storage and distribution systems for them. It is a company with a long tradition and relationship with the Defense industrial sector, mainly in Spain, which has participated with its own technology in vehicle programs that the Ministry of Defense has launched in recent years.

About JB Capital

JB Capital is an independent financial services firm. Founded in 2008 by Javier Botín, its current chairman, JB Capital has a team of experienced professionals and access to a broad base of institutional investors and companies globally to whom it provides services in equity and fixed income markets, investment banking and asset management, with a deep knowledge of the Spanish and Portuguese markets.

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EQT Infrastructure to sell Unilode Aviation Solutions

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  • EQT Infrastructure to sell Unilode Aviation Solutions, the global market leader in specialty aviation infrastructure leasing, to Basalt Infrastructure Partners
  • Unilode provides mission critical equipment to the aviation industry through its unique pooling model that enables a superior and long-term economic proposition for all stakeholders
  • Under EQT Infrastructure’s ownership, the Company completed a transformative growth journey, more than doubled its EBITDA, developed an award-winning IoT solution creating the world’s largest digital Unit Load Devices fleet, while fortifying its global market leadership position

EQT is pleased to announce that the EQT Infrastructure II fund (“EQT Infrastructure”) has agreed to sell Unilode Aviation Solutions (“Unilode” or “the Company”) to Basalt Infrastructure Partners, an independent infrastructure investment firm with a transatlantic focus on mid-market infrastructure.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Unilode Aviation Solutions is the global market leader in specialty aviation infrastructure leasing. The Company owns and manages a fleet of 145,000 Unit Load Devices (ULD) that are provided under long-term, full-service leasing agreements to airlines and cargo carriers. ULDs are mission critical containers and pallets used for the transportation of baggage and cargo on aircraft. The Company operates a global network of c.50 service centers that offer a wide array of infrastructure servicing solutions for ULDs and galley carts. The Company launched short-term ULD leasing and digital solutions providing tangible internal benefits and high value-add for its customers, based on equipping ULDs with multi-sensor Bluetooth tags combined with a global interoperable reader infrastructure.

EQT Infrastructure acquired CHEP Aerospace Solutions from the global supply-chain logistics provider Brambles in 2016. Following a corporate carve-out and rebranding to Unilode, EQT Infrastructure initiated a transformative growth journey which allowed the Company to achieve a 100 percent renewal rate in full-service leasing and achieve several major new customers acquisitions.

In addition to steadily broadening its customer base and growing organically, Unilode has expanded its global footprint and opened new service centers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Under EQT Infrastructure’s ownership, Unilode also ventured into adjacent areas by introducing a short-term leasing offering in 2019 as natural extension and growth complement to its core product offering. Moreover, the Company launched an award-winning digital solution with the support of EQT’s in-house Digital Team, with Unilode today operating the world’s largest IoT-enabled ULD fleet.

Ulrich Köllensperger, Partner within EQT Infrastructure’s Advisory Team, said, “Unilode is a great example of EQT’s value creation strategy. Under the leadership of a new management team and a complementary industrial board we have made significant investments into the Company and implemented a customer centricity and operational focused value creation plan. Unilode’s growth story is underpinned by strong megatrends such as the sharing economy and digitization and the mission criticality of its offering has been proven during Covid-19 when the business has shown strong resilience. We wish the Company, management, and all its employees every success in the future.”

Benoit Dumont, CEO of Unilode, said, “I joined Unilode because I shared the vision of EQT to create the undisputed global market leader in ULD management. Under EQT’s ownership, we have significantly scaled the business, expanded our customer base and product offering and introduced an award-winning digital solution providing unprecedented insights and visibility for the air cargo supply chain. I see substantial further growth potential in the years to come driven by a new outsourcing wave currently emerging and supported by our pooling synergies and state-of-the art digital infrastructure.”

The transaction is expected to close during Q3 2021.

Deutsche Bank acted as financial advisor and Bär & Karrer as legal advisor to EQT Infrastructure.

About EQT
EQT is a purpose-driven global investment organization with more than EUR 67 billion in assets under management across 26 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas with total sales of approximately EUR 29 billion and more than 175,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

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About Unilode
Unilode owns and manages the world’s largest fleet of approximately 145,000 unit load devices (ULDs), for use in the aviation industry, and owns and operates the largest global network for the maintenance and repair of ULDs and inflight food service equipment. Unilode provides management, repair, short term leasing and digitalisation solutions to over 90 airlines through a network of more than 550 airports, 18 regional offices and 49 certified repair stations, supported by 600+ employees.

More info: www.unilode.com

About Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP
Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP is a leading mid-market infrastructure firm wholly owned by its partners with offices in London and New York. The Basalt equity investment funds focus on investments in utilities, power, transport, and digital infrastructure in North America and Europe. Following the successful raising of Basalt III, the Basalt funds have over $5 billion in funds under management and have made investments in 20 companies across the three funds. The current team of 30 investment professionals continue to grow to support the Basalt franchise.

More info: www.basaltinfra.com

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KKR and Altavair Close Sale and Leaseback of Four Airbus A350-900 Aircraft with Singapore Airlines

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Altavair L.P., a leader in commercial aviation finance, announced today the closing of a sale and leaseback with Singapore Airlines (SIA) of four Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The acquisition was funded by funds and accounts managed by KKR, with Altavair acting as servicer on the assets.

“We were honored to be selected by Singapore Airlines to participate in these transactions,” said Steve Rimmer, CEO of Altavair. “Singapore Airlines is continually recognized as one of the top international carriers and we are extremely pleased to be continuing our relationship with them with this new agreement.”

“This transaction with Singapore Airlines is another exciting milestone as we continue to deepen our trusted relationships with leading carriers around the world,” said Dan Pietrzak and Brandon Freiman, Partners at KKR. “These four modern aircraft operated by a world-class airline are a great addition to Altavair’s portfolio.”

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management and capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life, and reinsurance products under the management of The Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

About Altavair L.P.

Altavair L.P. is an asset manager focusing on the acquisition of new and used commercial aircraft for leasing to domestic and international passenger airlines and cargo operators. Since its inception in 2003, Altavair has completed over $9 billion in commercial aircraft lease transactions with over 60 airline customers in 28 countries representing over 200 individual Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Altavair maintains offices in Seattle, London, Dublin and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.altavair.com.

Timothy O’Hara
+1 425-369-8062
timothy.ohara@altavair.com

Source: KKR and Altavair

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Carlyle Aviation Partners to Acquire Fly Leasing for $17.05 Per Share

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Largest Aircraft Fleet Acquisition for Carlyle Aviation Partners

NEW YORK – Global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) announced today that an affiliate of Carlyle Aviation Partners, the commercial aviation investment and servicing arm of Carlyle’s $56 billion Global Credit platform, has signed an agreement to acquire Fly Leasing Limited (NYSE: FLY), a global leader in aircraft leasing. Under the terms of the agreement, FLY shareholders will receive $17.05 per share in cash, representing a total valuation of approximately $520 million. The total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $2.36 billion. FLY’s portfolio of 84 aircraft and seven engines is on lease to 37 airlines in 22 countries.

William Hoffman, Chairman of Carlyle Aviation Partners, said, “This transaction, our largest fleet acquisition to date, will add 84 predominantly mid-life aircraft on lease to a diversified group of airlines to our managed portfolio. These aircraft fit strategically within our business and will give us an opportunity to create meaningful value for our investors.”

The FLY Board of Directors has approved the agreement, acting upon the recommendation of a special committee appointed by the Board of Directors consisting solely of independent and disinterested directors, and recommended that FLY shareholders vote in favor of the transaction.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and is conditioned upon the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including but not limited to, customary shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Carlyle Aviation Partners will use funds from its fifth aviation fund, SASOF V, for this acquisition.

Carlyle Aviation Partners is a multi-strategy aviation investment manager that seeks to capitalize on its extensive technical knowledge, in-depth industry expertise and long-standing presence in the aviation sector. It has total assets under management of $6.1 billion, with a team of more than 90 employees and offices in the US, Ireland and Singapore. Carlyle Aviation Partners has 246 aircraft owned, managed or committed to purchase with 93 airline lessees in 53 countries.

RBC Capital Markets is acting as financial advisor and providing financing to Carlyle Aviation Partners on the transaction.  Milbank LLP and Wakefield Quin Limited are acting as legal counsel to Carlyle Aviation Partners.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as financial advisor to FLY and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Clifford Chance US LLP, Conyers Dill & Pearman, and McCann FitzGerald are acting as FLY’s legal counsel.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel to BBAM LP, FLY’s manager and servicer.

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About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit and Investment Solutions. With $246 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2020, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. The Carlyle Group employs 1,825 people in 29 offices across five continents. Further information is available at www.carlyle.com. Follow The Carlyle Group on Twitter @OneCarlyle.

About FLY
FLY is a global aircraft leasing company with a fleet of modern and fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft. FLY leases its aircraft under multi-year operating lease contracts to a diverse group of airlines throughout the world. FLY is managed and serviced by BBAM LP, a worldwide leader in aircraft lease management and financing. For more information visit www.flyleasing.com.

Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed transaction involving Carlyle Aviation Partners and Fly Leasing Limited (“FLY”).  In connection with the proposed transaction, FLY intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a proxy statement.  Promptly after filing its proxy statement with the SEC, FLY will mail or otherwise provide the proxy statement and a proxy card to each shareholder of FLY entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed transaction.  This communication is not a substitute for the proxy statement or any other document that FLY may file with the SEC or send to its shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction.  BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, SHAREHOLDERS OF FLY ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION THAT FLY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.  The proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the proposed transaction (when they become available), and any other documents filed by FLY with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or at FLY’s website at www.flyleasing.com.

Participants in the Solicitation
This communication does not constitute a solicitation of proxy, an offer to purchase, or a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities.  FLY and its directors and executive officers are deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction.  Information regarding the names of such persons and their respective interests in the proposed transaction, by securities holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding these individuals is set forth in FLY’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on March 1, 2021.  These documents are (or, when filed, will be) available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or at FLY’s website at www.flyleasing.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. You can identify these statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “will,” “should,” “may,” “plans,” “continue,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “would,” “could,” “targets,” “projects,” “outlook,” “potential,” “predicts” and variations of these words and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements include these words. You should read statements that contain these words carefully because they discuss our plans, strategies, prospects and expectations concerning our business, operating results, financial condition and other similar matters. We believe that it is important to communicate our future expectations to our investors. There may be events in the future, however, that we are not able to predict accurately or control. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which we make it. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ, possibly materially from our expectations, include, but are not limited to, the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed transaction, including, the receipt of shareholder and regulatory approvals; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the proposed transaction; legal proceedings, judgments or settlements, including those that may be instituted against FLY, FLY’s board of directors and executive officers and others following the announcement of the proposed transaction; disruptions of current plans and operations caused by the announcement and pendency of the proposed transaction; potential difficulties in employee retention due to the announcement and pendency of the proposed transaction; the response of customers, suppliers, business partners and regulators to the announcement of the proposed transaction and the risks, uncertainties and other factors we identify in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in filings we and FLY make with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and it is not possible for us to predict or identify all of them. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Unless otherwise stated, all figures and statistics contained herein are as of December 31, 2020.  This release does not constitute an offer for any Carlyle fund.

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Christa Zipf
Christa.zipf@carlyle.com
347-621-8967

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AE Industrial Partners Completes Sale-Leaseback Transaction with Allegiant Air

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AE Industrial Partners Completes Sale-Leaseback Transaction with Allegiant Air

Boca Raton, FL – November 16, 2020 – AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets, announced today the completion of a sale and leaseback transaction with Allegiant Air (“Allegiant”) involving four Airbus A319 aircraft. The transaction is the firm’s first aircraft leasing transaction made from its AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities Fund, an aircraft and engine leasing investment platform launched early this year. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are excited to embark on this partnership with Allegiant and to complete the first aircraft leasing transaction for our AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities Fund,” said Mark Satran, Senior Managing Director at AEI. “We believe that Allegiant, with its low-cost, domestic leisure business model, is well-positioned for a strong return in 2021, as travelers look to reunite with family and friends. The workhorse nature of the A320 family aircraft is a great fit for our investors, and we’re impressed by what Allegiant’s management has rapidly accomplished during these turbulent times for the aviation industry.”

“The investment from AEI will provide Allegiant with greater flexibility as we address an unprecedented time in the industry. We were happy with the results of this transaction and look forward to an ongoing collaboration,” said Robert Neal, Treasurer and Vice President of Fleet & Corporate Finance at Allegiant.

About Allegiant Travel Company
Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with premier leisure experiences – from vacations to hometown family entertainment. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant’s all-Airbus fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF.

About AE Industrial Partners
AE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets. AE Industrial Partners invests in market-leading companies that can benefit from our deep industry knowledge, operating experience, and relationships throughout our target markets. AE Industrial Partners is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. Learn more at www.aeroequity.com.

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