Global Jet Capital to acquire US$2.5bn corporate aircraft portfolio from GE Capital

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Global Jet Capital, a provider of financing solutions for large-cabin, long-range private jets, has announced it will purchase the aircraft lease and loan portfolio of GE Capital Corporate Aircraft in the Americas, which represents approximately US$2.5bn of net assets.

Shawn Vick, executive director of Global Jet Capital, said, “We are investing heavily in growing the business both organically and through strategic acquisitions such as this one with GE. This is a prime example of our industry expertise and investment capital coming together to evaluate and identify an opportunity to expand the business in a disciplined, carefully measured way.

“This is a remarkable portfolio of corporate aviation assets, and this investment underlines our confidence in the long-term growth prospects of the large cabin, long range private jet market. The price point of these aircraft ranges between US$25m and US$75m on average, and corporate users and high net worth individuals will seek competitive financing solutions rather than allocate their own cash resources which are better invested in their own businesses.”

In building the Corporate Aircraft portfolio, GE Capital has adhered to the most comprehensive underwriting and asset evaluation practices as well as industry-leading documentation and collateral securing processes, according to the company.

“We are pleased to sell our Corporate Aircraft financing portfolio to Global Jet Capital, a buyer that is fully committed to investing and growing the business,” said Keith Sherin, GE Capital chairman and CEO. “We know our customers will benefit from the combined strength and expertise of the Global Jet Capital team and will continue to receive the high level of service they have come to expect from us.”

Closing of the acquisition is contingent upon the completion of customary closing conditions and is expected to occur in stages over the next several months.

October 6, 2015

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