Milestone Aviation Group Surpasses US$ 2.2 Billion in Helicopters
Industry Leader Also Has an Additional US$ 3.0 Billion in Forward Orders
ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, today provided an operating update to the market in advance of Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo which includes information as of December 31, 2013.
Milestone’s fleet, which ranges from light-single to heavy-twin helicopters, now includes 143 aircraft valued at more than US$ 2.2 billion. The aircraft are leased to helicopter operators providing mission-critical services to offshore oil and gas, emergency medical services, search and rescue and other utility missions. The fleet, which has an average age of less than three years, is comprised of aircraft from original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) Sikorsky, Bell, Airbus Helicopters and AgustaWestland. The company has leases with 26 world-class operating partners working in over 20 countries on six continents.
Additionally, Milestone has firm and option orders with AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters and Sikorsky for over 130 helicopters valued at over US$ 3.0 billion at list prices delivering over the next five years. Milestone’s order book allows them to provide increased value to their partners by offering near-term delivery positions of in-demand aircraft.
Milestone Chairman and CEO Richard Santulli said, “Our strong growth has continued through 2013 and into 2014, and we are excited about our company’s future. We are incredibly thankful for the support we have received from our partners in the operating community, the OEM’s, service providers and financial institutions and investors who have made our growth possible. I am particularly proud of our team’s performance in delivering value and service to our customers. We look forward to providing additional capital, helicopters and ancillary support services to high-quality helicopter operators around the world.”
The company executed ten new financing facilities totalling US$ 2.2 billion in 2013. These facilities tapped multiple markets, including bank lending, life insurance companies and the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Some highlights include the first Ex-Im backed bond for the helicopter market, a US$ 600 million secured revolver, a US$ 200 million unsecured revolver, a US$ 80 million PDP facility and a US$ 575 million private placement with an investment grade corporate rating from Kroll. Milestone now has more than 40 financing partners and ample resources to execute its business plan.
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ABOUT MILESTONE AVIATION GROUP
Milestone Aviation Group is the global leader in helicopter leasing. Since launching in August 2010, and as of December 31, 2013, Milestone has acquired 143 aircraft valued at over US$ 2.2 billion and closed leases with 26 operators in over 20 countries on six continents. The company has a forward order book of over 130 firm and option aircraft valued at over US$ 3.0 billion. These near-term delivery positions of in-demand helicopters are made available for lease globally. Milestone partners with helicopter operators worldwide and supports them through 100 per cent operating lease financing. The company 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. 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.