Limerick, Ireland – March 25, 2015 – Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed on a five year US$85 million term loan facility led by Deutsche Bank AG. The company will use the proceeds to support its customers through the provision of further liquidity into the global helicopter market.
Alan Jenkins, CFO of Waypoint, said, “We are very pleased that Deutsche Bank AG has led this facility and joined our well diversified pool of over 20 lender relationships to date. Lenders recognise our leading position in the helicopter leasing sector and the tremendous job by our team in building scale and a global platform to support our customers for the long-term.”
Oliver Althoff, MD of Capital Markets and Treasury added, “Waypoint continues to execute on our financing strategy with this long-term financing providing match funding for the underlying leases. This facility will also free up excess liquidity to supplement our continued growth as we look forward through 2015 and beyond.”
This financing brings Waypoint’s total debt commitments to more than $1.2 billion and, together with its previously announced equity commitments, its total financing to $1.7 billion to support helicopter lease transactions for its diverse customer base. Waypoint’s acquired fleet includes more than 100 aircraft delivered and on lease and operating in 22 countries, with total assets of $1.2 billion.
About Waypoint Leasing:
Waypoint Leasing is a global helicopter leasing company that provides operating lease and financing solutions to helicopter operators worldwide. Headquartered in Limerick, Ireland, Waypoint Leasing differentiates itself with a senior management team that has direct helicopter operating and leasing experience in key helicopter markets around the world, having leased helicopters across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America. Waypoint Leasing serves a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, emergency medical service, search and rescue, firefighting and governmental support. Further information is available at www.waypointleasing.com.