General Electric Announces Combination Of GECAS And AerCap

GE (GE) announced today an agreement to combine its GE Capital Aviation Services business, or GECAS, with AerCap Holdings N.V. (AER).

GE Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. said, "Today marks GE's transformation to a more focused, simpler, and stronger industrial company. Coupled with our continuing efforts to strengthen GE's performance, operations, and culture, this deal brings GE closer to our future-delivering value for the long term and leading the energy transition, precision health, and the future of flight."

Culp concluded, "This is the right time to further accelerate our transformation. This action will enable us to significantly de-risk GE and continue on our path to being a well-capitalized company. Building on our multi-year efforts to solidify our financial position, we expect to use the proceeds to further reduce debt for a total reduction of more than $70 billion since the end of 2018." After the deal closes, GE intends to use the transaction proceeds and its existing cash sources to reduce debt by approximately $30 billion, for an expected total reduction of more than $70 billion since the end of 2018. GE also expects to continue to execute significant additional debt reduction and increase earnings to reach its Industrial leverage target of less than 2.5x net debt to EBITDA over the next few years. Under the terms of the transaction agreement, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, GE will receive consideration valued at more than $30 billion, including approximately $24 billion in cash, 111.5 million ordinary shares equivalent to approximately 46 percent ownership of the combined company with a market value of approximately $6 billion as of March 9, 2021, and $1 billion paid in AerCap notes and/or cash upon closing. GE will transfer $34 billion of GECAS' net assets, including its engine leasing and Milestone helicopter leasing businesses, to AerCap. Current GECAS purchase obligations will transfer to AerCap, and GECAS's more than 400 employees also will transfer to AerCap upon completion of the transaction. Under a shareholders' agreement between GE and AerCap, at closing GE will be entitled to nominate two directors to newly created seats on AerCap's board.

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