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AerCap Completes Acquisition of ILFC from AIG

May 15, 2014, 06:40 AM
Filed Under: Mergers & Acquisitions

AerCap Holdings N.V. ("AerCap") has completed its previously announced acquisition of International Lease Finance Corporation ("ILFC") from American International Group, Inc. ("AIG") (NYSE: AIG). Under the terms of the agreement, AerCap paid AIG $3.0 billion in cash and 97,560,976 AerCap ordinary shares, which represents an approximately 46% ownership position in AerCap's ordinary share capital.

In connection with the acquisition, AerCap Ireland Capital Limited and AerCap Global Aviation Trust, each a wholly-owned subsidiary of AerCap, completed their previously announced offering of $2.6 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes (the "Notes"), consisting of three tranches of varying tenor in a private placement. The Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by AerCap and certain of its subsidiaries. The net proceeds of the private placement were used to finance part of the consideration payable in connection with the acquisition.

AerCap's new $2.75 billion four-year unsecured revolving credit facility became available as of the closing of the acquisition, replacing ILFC's $2.3 billion unsecured revolving credit facility. Additionally, as part of the transaction, AerCap procured from AIG a committed five-year $1.0 billion unsecured revolving credit facility.

AerCap's CEO Aengus Kelly commented on the completion of the acquisition: "With approximately $45 billion of assets coupled with a diverse fleet of 1,300 aircraft and an attractive forward order book, AerCap will be a driving force in the industry.  As such, we are well positioned to offer our customers on a global basis an unprecedented portfolio of best-in-class aircraft, while providing our shareholders tremendous growth prospects in the coming years.  Further, with our new colleagues from ILFC, we are truly excited about the prospects for the combined company with ample liquidity and capital resources to provide future growth to benefit all of our stakeholders."

In connection with the acquisition, Mr. Robert H. Benmosche, President and CEO of AIG, and Mr. David L. Herzog, Executive Vice President and CFO of AIG, have joined the Board of Directors of AerCap.

In addition to CEO Aengus Kelly, AerCap's senior executive team will be comprised of Keith Helming as Chief Financial Officer, Philip Scruggs as President & Chief Commercial Officer, and Erwin den Dikken as Chief Operating Officer.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, the company has offices in Los Angeles, Shannon, Dublin, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Singapore, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.

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