DUBLIN, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- FLY Leasing Limited (NYSE: FLY) ("FLY"), a global leader in aircraft leasing, today announced it contracted to sell 33 aircraft from its portfolio for a total of $985 million. This represents a $35 million pre-tax gain over approximate net book values as of June 30, 2015. The aircraft will transfer to the new owner over the course of 2015 and pro rata gains will be recognized at time of transfer of each aircraft. The sale is subject to customary closing conditions.
"The sale is a milestone in our ongoing fleet rejuvenation plan, producing approximately $425 million in unrestricted cash to invest in newer aircraft," said Colm Barrington, CEO of FLY. "The sale substantially reduces financial leverage, decreases exposure to some of our larger lessees and eliminates legacy accounting issues that have negatively impacted FLY's GAAP results. Combined with the previously announced 2015 dispositions, the number of aircraft 10+ years of age in FLY's fleet will decrease from 61 to 33. We believe these factors will help FLY increase return on equity."
In connection with the transaction, FLY's management will host a conference call on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 11:00 am Eastern Time. The call can be accessed live by dialing (U.S./Canada) 800-535-7056 or (International) +1 253-237-1145 and referencing code 70615870 at least five minutes before start time, or by visiting FLY's website at http://www.flyleasing.com under "Investor Relations". FLY will post presentation materials for the call under the "Investor Relations" tab on its website.
The webcast replay and presentation materials will be archived in the "Investor Relations" section of FLY's website for one year.
FLY is a global aircraft leasing company with a fleet of modern, high-demand and fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft. FLY leases its aircraft under multi-year operating lease contracts to a diverse group of airlines throughout the world. FLY is managed and serviced by BBAM LP, a worldwide leader in aircraft lease management and financing. For more information, visit www.flyleasing.com.
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