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Quickstep Holdings Limited, Australia’s leading independent carbon fiber composites manufacturer, announced that it has agreed terms for the purchase of Boeing Defence Australia’s aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability based in Tullamarine, Victoria.
Under the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement, Quickstep (through its wholly owned subsidiary, Quickstep Aerospace Services Pty Ltd) will acquire operating assets plus inventories and certain customer contracts from Boeing Australia Component Repairs Pty Ltd (BACR). Quickstep will also make offers to certain BACR employees and will take on employee liabilities for transferring employees and certain other business liabilities.
A top tier Australian bank has committed to funding the purchase as part of a refinancing package for Quickstep’s existing long-term loan, offering a reduced margin.
Completion is expected around the end of 2020 and is subject to Quickstep obtaining certain necessary regulatory approvals related to the operation of the facility. It is anticipated that the acquisition will be EPS accretive by year two.
BACR manages a wide range of composite, bonded and conventional metal aircraft structures for both commercial and military operators using leading edge equipment and state-of-the-art MRO know-how. The team has recent experience working with Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier aircraft, F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets, C-130J Hercules and CH-47 Chinooks. Quickstep intends to leverage its existing relationships and capabilities to broaden the scope of MRO work offered to include F-35 and other military and commercial work. Key approvals include all major regulatory bodies – CASA, FAA, EASA and DASR and Quickstep is working towards obtaining these certifications.