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Dubai Aerospace sells US aircraft maintenance firm StandardAero

Dubai Aerospace sells US aircraft maintenance firm StandardAero

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed but earlier reports hinted that the sale was worth at least $1.8 billion.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), an aircraft leasing and maintenance company majorly owned by the government of Dubai, has announced the sale of StandardAero to an affiliate of the investment firm Veritas Capital.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed but earlier reports hinted that the sale was worth at least $1.8 billion.

US-based StandardAero is a firm that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) for both commercial and military aircraft.

“DAE will now redeploy capital and refocus its efforts on building a world-class aerospace footprint anchored in Dubai,” Khalifa H. Al Daboos, DAE managing director said regarding the sale.

“We will focus on both organic and inorganic opportunities. DAE Capital will also aggressively acquire aircraft assets to expand its aircraft leasing portfolio with a current net book value of $3.7 billion.”

DAE, which was formed in 2006, purchased StandardAero in 2007 from Carlyle Group LP for a value of $1.8 billion.

The Dubai firm reportedly put up StandardAero for sale in 2010 but the plan was later shelved after an upturn in the aerospace market.

In 2013, DAE said that it was in talks with BBA Aviation Plc to merge some of their assets but those talks also fell through.

DAE reported a 43 per cent growth in profit during 2014 reaching nearly Dhs586 million compared to Dhs410 million in 2013.

The aircraft maintenance industry in the region has grown considerably, largely supported by the Gulf’s aviation boom.

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