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Discovery Air announces pending acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International
Toronto, ON, December 5, 2013 – Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) announced today the pending acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International, Inc. (“ATSI”) by Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air).
ATSI is a U.S. airborne training services company based in Mesa, Arizona. It currently owns a fleet of ten (10) Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft and offers airborne training services, including, among other services, tactical “Red Air” services, fighter lead-in training, electronic warfare, radar theory and other combat tactics. Although ATSI currently has minimal operations and revenues, it previously provided airborne training services to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the Canadian Forces, and has also provided advanced operational test and evaluation services such as air-to-air refueling trials.
Jacob Shavit, Discovery Air’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are delighted to add ATSI to the Discovery Air Group of Companies. We believe there is significant growth potential in the airborne training services market and are excited about becoming an industry leader.”
Completion of the transaction remains subject to the approval of ATSI’s shareholders and other customary closing conditions. ATSI’s largest shareholder, which owns approximately 85% of ATSI’s issued and outstanding capital stock, has agreed to vote its shares in favor of the transaction in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Completion of the transaction was also subject to the receipt of approvals from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the U.S. Department of State, both of which have been received. Discovery Air expects the transaction to close within the next 30 days.
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This news release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws). Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “should” and variations thereof. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in Management’s Discussion and Analysis relating to Discovery Air’s financial statements, which are available at www.sedar.com.
In the case of Discovery Air’s future potential in the market, such expectations could be materially affected by, among other things, decisions by governments with respect to the outsourcing of airborne training requirements, actions taken by Discovery Air’s competitors, and changes in laws or procurement policies. As a result of such risks and uncertainties, it is possible that Discovery Air’s expectations may not be realized, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements.
Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.
ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
Discovery Air is a specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military; helicopter operations; air ambulance services; airborne fire services; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.
Discovery Air's Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).
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Discovery Air Defence is committed to being the premier provider of cost effective aviation solutions to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Government of Canada.
Discovery Air Defence is part of the Discovery Air family, which has a wealth of technical expertise in its subsidiaries, ranging from Fixed-wing to Rotary-wing for both Civil and Military products.
Discovery Air Defence operates a fleet of modified Alpha Jet aircraft in the airborne training services role. All Alpha Jet aircraft have been upgraded with state-of-the-art Martin Baker ejection seats and Dassault Canopy Escape systems.
Discovery Air Defence operates IAI Westwind 1124 aircraft, all special mission configured, to provide high-quality real-time training. The Westwinds have been modified with under-winged hard points, pylons and an internal winch to support Target Tow and Electronic Warfare missions. Top Discovery Air Defence's fleet of Westwinds stands ready to meet the demand for quality special mission combat support.