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Carlyle Group To Buy Landmark Aviation: Reports

Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP (CG: Quote) will buy Landmark Aviation from GTCR Golder Rauner and Platform Partners for $625 million, according to reports. Landmark Aviation operates one of the largest fixed based operation networks in the world, with 51 locations throughout the United States, Canada and France.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Equity capital for the transaction will come from Carlyle Partners V, a buyout fund, Carlyle Group said in a statement. Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets and Barclays have agreed to provide debt financing for the deal.

For Carlyle, this will mark the second time it has owned Landmark. The Washington D.C.-based formed the company in 2004 when it combined three businesses: Garrett Aviation Services, Piedmont Hawthorne and Associated Air Center. The firm sold Landmark in 2007 to aircraft leasing and maintenance company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in a deal valued at $766 million.

GTCR and co-investor Platform Partners LLC acquired the company for $435 million from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, with GTCR investing out of its ninth fund, a $2.75 billion vehicle raised in 2006.

Carlyle Group shares closed up 1.12% at $27.02 on Friday on the Nasdaq.

by RTT Staff Writer

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