Dublin, Ireland (January 7, 2014) – Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has successfully completed the private placement of US$ 575 million of senior secured notes. The company intends to use the proceeds to fund the continued expansion of its business and to refinance existing debt.
The senior secured notes, which have an average maturity of 8 years with tranches of 7 to 10 years, was upsized to US$ 575 million from the original offering size of US$ 300 million to satisfy investor demand. Seventeen investors participated in the private placement, sixteen of which are new to Milestone.
“We believe the investment community’s strong support for this offering is further validation of our business model,” commented Daniel Rosenthal, Milestone’s President. “Through this private placement, we have extended debt maturities, reduced interest rate exposure and further diversified funding sources, positioning Milestone to continue delivering for our operating partners for years to come.”
As announced in October, Kroll Bond Rating Agency assigned Milestone an investment-grade issuer rating of “BBB” with a stable outlook. The offering of senior secured notes was rated “BBB+” by Kroll Bond Rating Agency.
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“Merrill”) served as Sole Bookrunner and Lead Placement Agent.
Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch (“DB”) and Nomura Securities International, Inc. (“Nomura”) served as Co-Lead Placement Agents; and Merrill, DB, Nomura, The Huntington Investment Company and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. served as Co-Placement Agents.
The senior secured notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the senior secured notes, nor shall it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.
Notes to the Editor:
ABOUT MILESTONE AVIATION GROUP
Milestone Aviation Group is the global leader in helicopter leasing. The company partners with helicopter operators worldwide and supports them through 100 per cent operating lease financing. Milestone provides financing for helicopters, serving a variety of industries, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, emergency medical services, police surveillance, mining and other utility missions. Since launching in August 2010, and as of September 30, 2013, Milestone had acquired more than 115 helicopters valued at over US$ 1.7 billion and closed leases with 25 operators in over 20 countries on six continents. Further information is available at www.milestoneaviation.com.
This press release contains forward‐looking statements. Forward‐looking statements involve uncertainties, risks and assumptions, since these statements include information concerning Milestone’s possible or assumed future results or performance, operations, business strategies, financing plans and potential growth opportunities. Forward‐looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and Milestone undertakes no obligation to update publicly or to revise any forward‐looking statements because of new information, future events or other factors. In light of the risks and uncertainties described above, the forward‐looking events and circumstances discussed herein might not occur and are not guarantees of future performance. Milestone’s actual results and performance could differ substantially from those anticipated in its forward‐looking statements.
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