• SMBC Aviation Capital will acquire Dublin based Goshawk Aviation for $6.7bn enterprise value
  • Landmark transaction that will create the largest Japanese owned aircraft lessor and the second largest global player by number of aircraft with total assets of c. $37bn (including orderbook)
  • Accelerates growth in line with SMBC Aviation Capital’s strategic focus on young narrowbody aircraft, which will represent over 82% of the combined fleet of over 709 owned and managed aircraft, with a further 261 exclusively new technology narrowbody aircraft on order
  • The transaction has the strong support of the business’ shareholders Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Sumitomo Corporation, allowing SMBC Aviation Capital to maintain strong Investment Grade ratings
  • Diversification of SMBC Aviation Capital’s customer base noting that any Goshawk owned aircraft that are located in Russia and subject to EU sanctions excluded from the transaction
  • The transaction will allow SMBC Aviation Capital to maintain its industry leading funding advantage and has the strong support of the business’ shareholders who will provide financing for the acquisition

May 16, 2022: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world's leading aircraft leasing companies, has today announced that it has reached agreement with NWS Holdings Limited and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited to acquire Goshawk Aviation (“Goshawk”), the Dublin-based global aircraft lessor.

The transaction brings together two strategically aligned and complementary businesses, creating the largest Japanese-owned aircraft lessor and the second largest global player by number of aircraft. The enlarged business will benefit from a best-in-class portfolio focused on new technology narrowbody aircraft and an industry leading funding advantage uniquely positioned to capitalise on opportunities presented by the sector recovery.

As part of the transaction, SMBC Aviation Capital will acquire a portfolio of 176 owned and managed aircraft. The combined business will have a portfolio of 709 owned and managed aircraft and an additional $13bn of orders from Boeing and Airbus comprising exclusively of 261 new technology narrowbody aircraft. Aircraft owned by Goshawk that are located in Russia are excluded from this transaction.

Peter Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, SMBC Aviation Capital said, “This is the right transaction for SMBC Aviation Capital, allowing us to better serve our customers in a fast-evolving sector whilst also accelerating our growth and delivering significant value for our shareholders. Goshawk is a high-quality business with assets and people that complement our own. The combined business will continue to have a disciplined focus on young, liquid, most in demand narrowbody aircraft with one of the most environmentally friendly portfolios of any major leasing company together with 261 new generation, fuel efficient aircraft on order.

We are undertaking this transaction at a strategic point in the cycle with a strong recovery building across the global airline industry and we expect the transaction to be accretive to SMBC Aviation Capital’s return on capital.”

Masaki Tachibana, President, Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Co., Ltd.said, “The 2012 acquisition of SMBC Aviation Capital has proven to be very successful and it is now a key strategic business for our group. As we enter this new cycle, SMBC Aviation Capital will be a core component in the growth of our international business. The shareholder is fully supportive of the proposed acquisition of Goshawk, which will further cement the group’s position as a leading player in the aviation financing sector.”

Transaction Overview

Under the terms of agreement, SMBC Aviation Capital will acquire Goshawk Management (Ireland), Goshawk’s Irish-incorporated operating entity together with associated corporate assets for an enterprise value of $6.7bn. The consideration will be subject to customary closing adjustments.

The transaction will be financed through a combination of debt and equity. Debt financing for the transaction will be sourced from the shareholders as well as the bank and capital markets. Equity for the transaction will be provided by SMBC Aviation Capital’s shareholders, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Sumitomo Corporation.

The combined business will continue to operate as SMBC Aviation Capital and will consist of a single corporate structure incorporated in the Republic of Ireland, with headquarters in Dublin. The transaction is subject to the receipt of relevant regulatory approvals and other closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2022.

Delivering benefits for shareholders and customers

The transaction will deliver significant benefits for SMBC Aviation Capital’s shareholders and the customers of both businesses:

  • The acquisition adds 24 airlines that are currently not customers of SMBC Aviation Capital.

Goldman Sachs International acted as exclusive financial adviser to SMBC Aviation Capital. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Milbank acted as the legal advisers to SMBC Aviation Capital.