Deal with Chinese company off
WICHITA, Kansas —Hawker Beechcraft intends to emerge from Chapter 11 protection as a standalone company, with officials reporting the company is no longer pursuing a deal with Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. because the two companies could not reach an agreement on the terms of a Plan Sponsorship Agreement.
Robert S. “Steve” Miller, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft, said, “We made the decision to proceed with the standalone Plan of Reorganization after determining that, despite our best efforts, the proposed transaction with Superior could not be completed on terms acceptable to the company. We are disappointed that the transaction did not come to fruition, but we protected ourselves by obtaining a $50 million deposit from Superior that is now fully non-refundable and property of the company. The go-forward business plan we have developed with our creditors ensures that we will emerge from this process in a strong operational and financial position, with an enhanced ability to compete well into the future.”
Upon its emergence from Chapter 11, the company intends to rename itself Beechcraft Corporation and will implement a business plan that focuses on its turboprop, piston, special mission and trainer/attack aircraft – the company’s most profitable products – and on its high margin parts, maintenance, repairs and refurbishment businesses, all of which have high growth potential, company officials said.
As part of this plan, the company, in consultation with its key creditors, is evaluating its strategic alternatives for the Hawker product lines, which could include a sale of some or all of those product lines, or a closure of the entire jet business if no satisfactory bids are received, officials add.
Hawker Beechcraft will soon file an amended Joint Plan of Reorganization (POR) with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company will also file an amended Disclosure Statement that describes the details of the proposed POR. The company intends to schedule a hearing on the Disclosure Statement Nov. 15.
Hawker Beechcraft’s key economic stakeholders, including holders of a majority of the company’s secured bank debt and unsecured bond debt, have already agreed to support the primary terms of the POR subject to Bankruptcy Court approval of the amended Disclosure Statement. Under the POR, pre-petition secured bank debt, unsecured bond debt, and general unsecured claims will be canceled and holders of such claims will receive equity in the reorganized company in the percentages negotiated by the major creditor groups at the time the company commenced its Chapter 11 proceedings, company officials explained.
The POR contemplates that Hawker Beechcraft’s $400 million debtor-in-possession (DIP) post-petition credit facility will be repaid fully in cash. In addition, the company will enter into a new financing package that will go into effect upon its emergence from Chapter 11.
The company has more than sufficient liquidity to complete its restructuring and expects to enter into an extension of its DIP post-petition credit facility, the maturity date of which would coincide with its anticipated emergence from Chapter 11 in the first quarter of 2013, company officials said.
For more information: HawkerBeechcraft.com