- U.S.$ 400,108,000 of 3.300 % Air Canada Pass Through Certificates, Series 2017-1, Class AA
- U.S.$ 172,198,000 of 3.550 % Air Canada Pass Through Certificates, Series 2017-1, Class A
- U.S.$ 146,875,000 of 3.700 % Air Canada Pass Through Certificates, Series 2017-1, Class B
MONTREAL, Dec. 8, 2017 Air Canada announced today the pricing of a private offering of three tranches of enhanced equipment trust certificates (the "Certificates"). The three tranches of certificates have a combined aggregate face amount of U.S. $719,181,000 and a weighted average interest rate of 3.422%.
The private offering is comprised of Class AA Certificates, Class A Certificates and Class B Certificates. The Class AA Certificates will have an interest rate of 3.300% per annum and a final expected distribution date of January 15, 2030. The Class A Certificates will have an interest rate of 3.550% per annum and a final expected distribution date of January 15, 2030. The Class B Certificates will have an interest rate of 3.700% per annum and a final expected distribution date of January 15, 2026.
"Our latest EETC offering was once again very well received by the institutional investors to whom it was directed, with each of the Class AA, Class A and Class B tranches rated 'Investment Grade' by the rating agencies," said Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "This fourth offering allows Air Canada to finance the acquisition of four new Boeing 787-9 and nine new Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft at very competitive terms. The weighted average interest rate of 3.422% and the 1.105% margin over the matched maturity benchmark U.S. Treasury yield both represent the lowest of the four EETC offerings Air Canada has conducted over the last four and half years, and brings the total amount raised under our EETC financings to nearly U.S.$3 billion. We are very pleased with the offering's reception which we believe reflects positively on our continued success in executing on the airline's strategy for sustainable, profitable growth."
Each class of Certificates will represent an interest in a related pass through trust. The trusts will use the proceeds from the offering to acquire equipment notes to be issued by Air Canada and secured by four new Boeing 787-9 aircraft and nine new Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery in 2018. The security interest in each of the aircraft will benefit from the protections of the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol thereto on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment, as enacted in Canada. Air Canada will use the proceeds from the sale of the equipment notes to finance the acquisition of these new aircraft.
The offering is expected to close on December 21, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. The Certificates will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and state securities laws. The Certificates will be offered and sold only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act, and to persons other than U.S. persons in transactions outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.
The Certificates will not be qualified for sale to the public under applicable Canadian securities laws and, accordingly, any offer and sale of the Certificates in Canada will be made on a basis that is exempt from the prospectus requirement of such securities laws.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell the Certificates or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Certificates, nor will there be any sale of the Certificates, in any state or jurisdiction where such offer, solicitation or sale is not permitted. The Certificates will be offered only through a preliminary and final offering memorandum and this press release is not intended to serve as the basis for any investment decision.