Babcock sold offshore operation to CHC for just £10M ($14M)

Babcock sold offshore operation to CHC for just £10M ($14M)

2-Sep-2021

Stock exchange returns by parent company Babcock International Group plc reveal that the company realised just £10 Million (US$13.79 at today’s rate) from the disposal of its offshore helicopter operations to CHC.  The release below refers to “about 30 aircraft” – and our sister organisation Parapex Media says it is exactly 30, made up as follows

  • Airbus H175 – 12 (UK 7, Denmark 3, East Timor 2)
  • Leonardo AW139 – 9 (Australia 6, UK Offshore SAR 2, UK parked 1)
  • Sikorsky S92 – 9 (UK 7, Australia 2)

The Babcock release follows:-

Babcock, the international aerospace, defence and security company, has completed the sale of its Oil and Gas aviation business to CHC Group, LLC (CHC) for a cash consideration of £10 million. 

The Oil and Gas business, which is part of the Group’s Aviation sector, provides offshore oil and gas crew transportation services in the UK, Denmark and Australia. It is headquartered in Aberdeen, UK, and employs over 500 people and operates around 30 aircraft across its three locations.

For the year ending 31 March 2021, it had revenue of £154 million, a loss before tax of £2 million and underlying operating profit of £2 million. As of 31 March 2021, it had gross assets of £256 million, net assets excluding cash of £21 million and net lease liabilities of £142 million.

The sale is part of Babcock’s targeted disposal programme, which aims to generate at least £400 million of proceeds. Proceeds from this transaction will be used to reduce net debt.

The agreement constitutes a class 2 transaction for the purposes of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Rules, and as such does not require Babcock shareholders’ approval.

Babcock CEO David Lockwood said:

“This disposal is part of our plan to streamline and focus the group on our key markets. Divesting at least £400 million of businesses will enable us to reduce complexity and increase our focus as we return Babcock to strength. The oil and gas aviation business has found a new home and we wish them all the best for the future.”

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