Goshawk Aviation to acquire SKY Leasing’s Irish subsidiary creating a top 10 aircraft lessor with a combined $9.1bn fleet

22.06.18

  • Accelerates Goshawk’s already fast growth trajectory, while maintaining a best-in-class fleet: Adds 51 young, liquid aircraft with long leases to create an attractive pro forma portfolio of 183 aircraft
  • Goshawk’s fleet will consist of in-demand, versatile and fuel efficient aircraft: Narrowbodies represent 77% of the portfolio which, has an average age of 3.0 years and an average lease term of 7.7 years
  • SKY Leasing’s complementary business will increase Goshawk’s diversification by adding 17 new lessees and 6 new countries for total exposure to 65 lessees and 35 countries
  • Goshawk’s supportive shareholders and prudent financing strategy provide opportunity for continued long-term growth

June 21, 2018

DUBLIN—Goshawk Aviation Limited (“Goshawk”) is pleased to announce that Goshawk will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SKY Leasing’s (“SKY”) Irish subsidiary, Sky Aviation Leasing International Limited (“SALI”). Goshawk is a leading commercial aircraft lessor and this acquisition will further enhance its business profile as the pro forma company will consist of 183 owned, managed and committed aircraft with a total fleet value of $9.1bn. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Goshawk will acquire the SALI aircraft leasing business comprising 51 owned and committed aircraft. The pro forma company will encapsulate Goshawk’s commitment to a young fleet with a well-managed maturity profile. Goshawk’s customer portfolio will be further diversified through the addition of 17 new lessees and 6 new countries resulting in a pro forma company with aircraft on lease to 65 lessees in 35 countries.

The transaction will be financed by a majority of unsecured debt financing, with assumption of the S-JETS ABS notes transferred with the acquisition and additional contribution from Goshawk’s shareholders. These sources of funds will further diversify Goshawk’s current financing sources. The financing profile of the transaction is overall credit enhancing to Goshawk, and will diversify its asset base and increase unencumbered assets.

With a pro forma fleet value of $9.1bn, this acquisition will place Goshawk as a top 10 leasing company within five years of its foundation in late 2013. Goshawk’s growth has been supported by its shareholders, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and NWS Holdings Limited, as they take a long-term investment view on the aircraft leasing sector which meets their objectives of generating attractive and steady returns.

Brian Cheng, Chairman of Goshawk and Executive Director of NWS Holdings, commented, “The acquisition is strategic and accelerates Goshawk’s growth while maintaining the quality of its portfolio. We continue to be confident about the aircraft leasing sector and look forward to the further evolution of Goshawk in the years ahead.”

“The acquisition of SALI represents an exciting milestone for Goshawk,” remarked Ruth Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Goshawk. “The SKY team has built a high-quality portfolio that aligns with our focus on young, liquid aircraft and furthers Goshawk’s growth objectives.”

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as exclusive financial advisor and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP served as legal counsel to Goshawk.

Key metrics

  • The acquisition of SALI represents an exciting milestone for Goshawk,” remarked Ruth Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Goshawk. “The SKY team has built a high-quality portfolio that aligns with our focus on young, liquid aircraft and furthers Goshawk’s growth objectives.
  • With a pro forma fleet value of $9.1bn, this acquisition will place Goshawk as a top 10 leasing company within five years of its foundation in late 2013. Goshawk’s growth has been supported by its shareholders, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and NWS Holdings Limited, as they take a long-term investment view on the aircraft leasing sector which meets their objectives of generating attractive and steady returns.
  • Goshawk will acquire the SALI aircraft leasing business comprising 51 owned and committed aircraft. The pro forma company will encapsulate Goshawk’s commitment to a young fleet with a well-managed maturity profile. Goshawk’s customer portfolio will be further diversified through the addition of 17 new lessees and 6 new countries resulting in a pro forma company with aircraft on lease to 65 lessees in 35 countries.
  Goshawk + SALI
Total fleet value $9.1bn
Total fleet (aircraft) 183
Average fleet age (years) 3.0
Average lease term remaining (years) 7.7
Customers 65
Countries 35