Global Infrastructure Partners take the lead on Signature Aviation bid

Global Infrastructure Partners take the lead on Signature Aviation bid

US private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), has taken the lead in the race to acquire FTSE 250 company Signature Aviation (SA). The companies announced on 11 January that they have reached agreement as to the terms of a recommended cash offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of SA, valuing the private jet service company at £3.4 bn. The offer represents a 51% premium as to SA’s share price on 16 December 2020, being the last business day prior to the offer period.

News of the offer comes just days after private equity group, Carlyle Investment Management expressed its interest in acquiring SA.  SA confirmed the approach on 7 January, however stated that no proposal has been received. Carlyle represents the latest of the potential bidders for the FTSE 250 company, with GIP and Blackstone both announcing possible offers for SA back in December. The competing bids have caused SA’s shares to soar above pre-pandemic levels, closing over 40% higher on 17 December, being the date of the GIP/Blackstone announcement. Since th

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