Boeing (BA), China Southern Airlines Enter ~$3.2B Dreamliner Purchase Agreement

October 12, 2016 7:59 AM EDT

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) shares are on watch following reports that the company and China Southern Airlines inked a $3.2 billion deal for 787-9 Dreamliners.

The following information is from a Hong Kong Stock Exchange announcement by China Southern Airlines:

The Board hereby announces that on 12 October 2016 (after trading hours), the Company entered into the Boeing Aircraft Acquisition Agreement with Boeing to purchase the Boeing Aircraft from Boeing.

Pursuant to Rule 14.22 of the Listing Rules, the relevant percentage ratio for the Transaction, aggregated with the Previous Boeing Aircraft Purchase, with regards to the consideration test under Rule 14.07 of the Listing Rules is above 100%. The Acquisition will together with the Previous Boeing Aircraft Purchase constitute a very substantial acquisition of the Company, therefore is also subject to the reporting, announcement and shareholders' approval requirements under the Listing Rules.


According to the information provided by Boeing, the catalogue price of each Boeing B787-9 aircraft is priced about US$271 million. Such catalogue price includes price for airframe and engine.

The Boeing Aircraft Acquisition Agreement was negotiated and entered into with customary business and industry practice. The aggregate actual consideration for the Boeing Aircraft, which is payable in cash, and determined after an arm’s length negotiation between the parties, is significantly lower than the catalogue price as provided by Boeing because of the substantial price concessions granted by Boeing in relation to the Boeing Aircraft. The Board (including the independent non-executive Directors) is of the view that there is no material impact of the price concessions obtained in the Acquisition on the operating costs of the Group.

In respect of the Acquisition, the Boeing Aircraft Acquisition Agreement contains confidentiality provisions restricting, among other things, disclosure of the consideration of the Acquisition. In addition, consistent with the customary practice of the local aviation industry, the consideration for the acquisition of the Boeing Aircraft is not customarily disclosed to the public. The Company has on separate occasions sought the consents of Boeing to the Company’s disclosure of certain information as required under Chapter 14 of the Listing Rules (including the relevant actual consideration involved) in the relevant announcements and circulars. Nonetheless, Boeing rejected the Company’s request in this respect, and insisted preservation of the confidentiality carried with such information to the extent possible. Disclosure of the actual consideration will result in the loss of the significant price concessions and hence a significant negative impact on the Group’s cost for the Acquisition and will therefore not be in the interest of the Company and its Shareholders as a whole. The Company has made an application to the Stock Exchange for a waiver from strict compliance with the relevant provisions under the Listing Rules in respect of the disclosure of the actual consideration for the Boeing Aircraft, and the Stock Exchange has granted such waiver.

The Board is of the view that the extent of the price concessions granted to the Company in the Acquisition is comparable with the price concessions that the Group had obtained in the past. The Company also believes that there is no material difference between the effect of the price concessions obtained in the Acquisition and each of the previous purchase on the Group’s operating costs taken as a whole.

Payment and delivery terms

The aggregate consideration for the Acquisition is payable by cash in United States dollars. The consideration will be partly payable by cash and partly by financing arrangements with banking institutions. The Company will make 2% of the total consideration in cash as advance payment as at the date of this announcement. The Boeing Aircraft will be delivered in stages to the Company during the period commencing from 2018 to 2020. The remaining consideration representing 98% of the total consideration will be paid to Boeing in instalments according to the respective delivery schedule for each of the relevant Boeing Aircraft from 2018 to 2020.

Source of funding

The Acquisition will be funded partly by internal resources of the Company and partly through commercial loans by commercial banks. Such commercial banks are not and will not be connected persons (as defined in the Listing Rules) of the Company. As of the date hereof, the Company has not entered into any agreement with any of these commercial banks for financing the Acquisition. The Company will follow the necessary legal procedures and will make the necessary disclosure in accordance with the Articles of Association and comply with the applicable Listing Rules when the Company enters into any agreement with any commercial bank for financing the Acquisition.

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