WILKES-BARRE, Pa. and SCRANTON, Pa., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Saker Aviation Services, Inc. (OTC Markets: SKAS) ("Saker" or the "Company"), an aviation services company specializing in ground-based services to the general aviation marketplace, today announced the acquisition of 100% of the stock of Phoenix Rising Aviation, Inc., a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firm located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma ("Phoenix Rising").
"We are excited to welcome Phoenix Rising Aviation, its owners, Warren Peck and Ronald "Pete" Cranick, and their skilled staff into the Saker Aviation family," stated Ron Ricciardi, Saker's President and CEO. "Phoenix Rising has proven its capability in the highly competitive MRO segment of our industry, providing outstanding customer service and quality mechanical craftsmanship for several years. We are also very happy that Warren and Pete have agreed to continue in their roles with the company to drive our united organizations to the next level."
Phoenix Rising Aviation is located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, approximately 45 miles north of Tulsa, where it offers MRO services specializing on Dassault Falcon jets. Specifically, Phoenix Rising focuses on servicing Falcon jets that Dassault no longer produces. Phoenix Rising competes very effectively for this business given its deep understanding of Falcon aircraft and advantageous location in Oklahoma.
"On behalf of all the employees of Phoenix Rising Aviation, we are pleased to join Saker Aviation and eagerly anticipate increasing and expanding our business in this new relationship," stated Warren Peck, Vice President of Phoenix Rising. "Pete and I entertained a transaction with a number of potential suitors. It wasn't until Saker came along that we found the right fit. Saker's core values closely match our own and we believe this similarity will make our transition seamless. And, from a business standpoint, being part of the larger Saker family gives Phoenix Rising greater capacity, broader scope, and enhances our capability to service our customer's aircraft."
Under the terms of the transaction, Saker made a $1.35 million cash payment at closing with up to $1.0 million more in potential installment payments payable over the next three years, dependent on the achievement of certain performance criteria. In addition, there are other performance-based incentives that Phoenix Rising may earn over the same three years.
The closing cash payment was funded through Saker's acquisition line of credit with PNC Bank, which was established as part of a broader financing package announced on May 17, 2013.
Saker was assisted in this transaction by Corporate Finance Associates as part of an engagement agreement announced by Saker on May 1, 2012.
"Corporate Finance Associates is pleased to have played a role in this successful transaction. We believe that Saker and Phoenix Rising are a great combination and we look forward to helping Saker find additional opportunities as the Saker team executes its strategic plan," said Joe Contaldo, Managing Director of Corporate Finance Associates and Chairman of CFA's Aviation and Aerospace Industry Practice Group.
About Saker Aviation Services, Inc.
Saker Aviation Services (www.SakerAviation.com) provides Fixed Base Operations (FBO) flight support services through a growing chain of US based facilities. Products include, but are not limited to, aircraft fueling, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), charter, hangar/tie-down, facility management, pilot support services, ground handling, operational consulting and other related services.
About Corporate Finance Associates
Founded in 1956, Corporate Finance Associates (CFA) is one of the largest and most experienced middle-market M&A Advisory and Investment Banking firms in the nation. The Firm's Aviation and Aerospace Industry Practice Group is comprised of senior professionals with significant experience advising, operating and/or owning companies in the industry. CFA has over 20 offices across the United States and Canada, three in India and 17 partner offices in Brazil, China and throughout Europe.
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SOURCE Saker Aviation Services, Inc.