Engineering support specialist Babcock International has entered a conditional agreement to acquire the Avincis group, the parent company of operators Inaer, Bond, Australian Helicopters and Norsk Helikopterservice, for £920 million ($1.5 billion). Completion of the proposed acquisition, from a vehicle owned mainly by KKR and Investindustrial, is conditional on approval by Babcock shareholders and antitrust authorities. The actual transaction is expected to take place this year.
Babcock International Group
Helicopter operator Avincis Group and engineering support specialist Babcock International, both UK-based, are in discussions about establishing a joint venture. The talks are exclusive but there is no certainty they will lead to any transaction, the two companies pointed out. The British press has described the talks as a prelude to a likely takeover of Avincis, currently owned by KKR and Investindustrial, by Babcock. However, the two companies dismissed such stories as speculation.