COCONUT CREEK, FL – April 30, 2021 – Willis Lease Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: WLFC) (“Willis”), a leading lessor of commercial jet engines, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Willis Engine Structured Trust VI (“WEST”), proposes to offer $336.7 million in aggregate principal amount of fixed rate notes (the “Notes”). It is expected that the Notes will be issued in three series, with the Series A Notes to be issued in an aggregate principal amount of approximately $278.6 million, the Series B Notes in an aggregate principal amount of approximately $38.7 million and the Series C Notes in an aggregate principal amount of approximately $19.4 million. The Notes will be secured by, among other things, WEST’s direct and indirect interests in a portfolio of 29 aircraft engines and one airframe, which WEST will acquire from Willis pursuant to an asset purchase agreement.
The net proceeds of the Notes will be primarily applied to (i) pay fees and expenses related to the issuance of the Notes and (ii) pay Willis periodically over a 270-day delivery period as consideration for the aircraft engines and the airframe acquired by WEST from Willis in connection with the financing. Willis will apply any net proceeds it receives for general corporate purposes.
The Notes being offered by WEST have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. The Notes are being offered only to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A under the Securities Act and outside the United States to non-U.S. persons in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.
This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of, the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This news release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act.