Hours after, KKR said it would put $150 million behind Jet Edge to target NetJets, and as Wheels Up finalizes its SPAC merger with Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle, there is another potential M&A in the private aviation sector. Bloomberg reports Dubai-based Vista Global Holding may go public via a special purpose acquisition company.
The report says Vista Global could be valued at more than $10 billion, including debt. The report quotes “people familiar with the matter.”
Bloomberg adds Vista Global projects 2021 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of about $450 million. The dual byline report by Gillian Tan and Aaron Kirchfeld said they had not been able to identify Vista’s SPAC partner. Tan is a senior reporter based in New York and Kirchfield is an executive editor covering global deals from London, according to LinkedIn.
In April, Moody’s confirmed the ratings of Vista Global Holding Ltd. and VistaJet Malta Finance P.L.C. The outlook on both entities was changed to stable from ratings under review. This rating action concluded a review for a downgrade that began in January.
At the time, Moody’s commented, “Today’s rating action reflects Moody’s expectation that the recovery in business aviation flight activity will continue, enabling Vista Global to achieve: (1) a reduction of leverage below 7x debt/EBITDA by year-end 2021, (2) EBITA margin improving to double digit in percentage terms in the next 12-15 months, (3) the generation of sufficient free cash flow to meet the scheduled amortization of its aircraft financings. The decision is supported by Vista Global’s successful issuance of a $150 million tap to the existing $550 million senior unsecured notes due in 2024 (issued by VistaJet Malta Finance P.L.C. and co-issued by XO Management Holding Inc.) with the intention to use the proceeds to repay the equivalent of aircraft financing debt reducing the amount of aircraft financing debt in Vista Global’s capital structure and thereby extend its maturity profile and strengthen its capital structure.”
It noted, “As of 30 September 2020, the company had $111 million cash on its balance sheet while having fully drawn under its $51 million revolving credit facility, which we do not expect to be repaid during 2021. In our base scenario, we expect the company to be compliant with the springing financial covenant of 6.8x senior net leverage.”
In April it announced its VistaJet unit would go carbon neutral by 2025.