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Carlyle Group buys back aviation firm

Abu Dhabi-backed company says it will buy back Landmark Aviation.
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Carlyle Group, the US private-equity firm in which Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company owns a 7.5 percent stake, said it will buy aircraft maintenance services company Landmark Aviation from GTCR and Platform Partners.

Carlyle has previously owned Landmark, making it one of the rare instances where a private equity firm is buying back a company after disposing of it.

While the financial details of the deal were not disclosed, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters in August that the company could be worth as much as US$700m.

Equity capital for the transaction will come from Carlyle Partners V, a buyout fund, Carlyle Group said in a statement.

Private equity firms GTCR and Platform Partners had bought Landmark in 2007 from state-run Dubai Aerospace Enterprise for an undisclosed sum.

Houston-based Landmark provides business aviation services, including aircraft charter and maintenance, in US, Canada and France.

Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets and Barclays have agreed to provide debt financing for the deal.

Last month, Carlyle hit the headlines when it struck two multi-billion dollar deals, including stakes in photo agency US-based Getty Images and China’s largest private medical check-up services company.

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