AINalerts is reporting that Superior Aviation of Beijing, China, has agreed to acquire financially troubled Hawker Beechcraft for $1.79 billion. Under the terms of the “strategic combination,” Superior Aviation also agrees to make payments over the next six weeks of the “exclusivity period” to support ongoing jet-related operations as a means of sustaining the jet business until the transaction closes.
Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May this year, Hawker Beechcraft had expressed an intent to emerge from bankruptcy as a complete entity. However, the agreement with Superior does not include Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company (HBDC), which would remain a separate entity. HBDC would continue to manufacture the T-6 trainer and pursue certification of its derivative AT-6 light attack aircraft. In the event HBDC is subsequently sold to a buyer acceptable to the U.S. government, up to $400 million of the $1.79 billion purchase price would be refundable to Superior. According to Hawker Beechcraft, Superior intends to maintain the Wichita-based OEM’s existing operations while investing “substantial capital” in the company and its business and general aviation product line.
Superior Aviation Beijing is the company that bought Superior Air Parts out of bankruptcy in 2010. Its chairman is Cheng Shenzong, and its other holdings include Brantly International, Qingdao Brantly Investment Group, Weifang Freesky Aviation Industry and Qingdao Haili Helicopter Manufacturing.