Hawker Beechcraft Executes Exclusivity Agreement with Superior Aviation Regarding Strategic Combination

Superior intends to maintain Hawker Beechcraft's existing operations while also investing substantial capital in the company and its business and general aviation product line, saving thousands of American jobs, including in Wichita, and Little Rock...


If negotiations with Superior are not concluded in a timely manner, Hawker Beechcraft will proceed with seeking confirmation of the Joint Plan of Reorganization it filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on June 30, 2012, which contemplates Hawker Beechcraft emerging as a standalone entity with a more focused portfolio of aircraft.

Superior has received and expects to continue receiving the full support of the City of Beijing municipal government in completing the transaction. In addition, Superior is working to obtain all regulatory approvals from the Chinese central government for this foreign investment project. The transaction also is subject to approval by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and would be subject to additional customary U.S. regulatory reviews and approvals. Additionally, Bankruptcy Court approval is required for Hawker Beechcraft’s agreement to negotiate exclusively with Superior and for any definitive agreement that may be negotiated with Superior. The proposed combination of Hawker Beechcraft and Superior will not require a financing condition.

Hawker Beechcraft’s legal representative is Kirkland & Ellis LLP; its financial advisor is Perella Weinberg Partners LP; and its restructuring advisor is Alvarez & Marsal. Hawker Beechcraft entered into the exclusivity agreement in consultation with lenders holding a majority of the company’s pre-petition secured debt (Senior Secured Lenders). The Senior Secured Lenders’ legal representative is Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and their financial advisor is Houlihan Lokey.

Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. is an aerospace manufacturer that engages in the research & development, production and sale of general aviation engines and parts. Superior is 60 percent owned by Beijing Superior Aviation Technology Corporation Ltd., a closely-held private entity, and 40 percent owned by Beijing E-Town International Investment & Development Corporation Ltd., a company controlled by the Beijing municipal government that supports the financing of strategic investments in certain industries. Superior’s legal representative is Locke Lord LLP and its financial advisor is Grant Thornton.

Hawker Beechcraft is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

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