Goldman Sachs backs AirBorn

AirBorn has received undisclosed financing from Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group. Deloitte Corporate Finance served as financial advisor to AirBorn on this transaction. Based in Georgetown, Texas, AirBorn is a producer of specialty electronics for the aerospace, defense, medical, industrial automation and energy sectors.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (“DCF”) is pleased to announce its role as the exclusive financial advisor to AirBorn, Inc. (“AirBorn” or the “Company”) in securing financing from Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group. AirBorn engaged DCF to assist in raising capital to help provide liquidity for shareholder-related matters and flexibility for corporate growth initiatives.
DCF’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) corporate finance experience was leveraged to assist in analyzing several factors affecting the Company’s future cash needs including obligations related to the Company’s S-Corp ESOP structure and synthetic equity positions.
“This transaction is consistent with our overall financing strategy to provide AirBorn with increased financial flexibility, and the ability to take advantage of large growth opportunities we have in the marketplace today. Having the right long-term financial partners is essential to that strategy and we are delighted to grow our existing relationship with Goldman Sachs. Providing our customers with the highest quality products and services in our industry is AirBorn’s top priority, and a strong financial foundation is critical to delivering on this mandate,” said Bob McGahan, chief financial officer of AirBorn, Inc.
“We are very pleased to have leveraged our extensive ESOP corporate finance experience and capital markets reach to assist AirBorn, Inc. in sourcing and negotiating a junior security,” remarked Lou Paone, managing director, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC, and head of DCF’s ESOP advisory practice.
About AirBorn, Inc.
AirBorn, Inc., based in Georgetown, Texas, is an employee-owned, international manufacturer of specialty electronics for the aerospace, defense, medical, industrial automation, and energy industries. The Company provides a comprehensive range of proprietary, mission-critical products, including electronic interconnects, flexible circuit boards, cable assemblies, electronic assemblies, and power supplies. AirBorn currently has several manufacturing facilities in the United States, as well as facilities in the United Kingdom and Canada.
About Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group
Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group (“GSSLG”) is the firm’s investment platform dedicated to providing financing solutions ranging from traditional senior bank debt through mezzanine solutions to middle market companies based in the US and Canada. GSSLG financings have traditionally supported leveraged and management buyouts, recapitalizations, expansion and growth financings, ESOPs as well as turnarounds, restructurings and exit financings. GSSLG’s typical investments target transactions ranging in size from $15 million to $200 million with a focus on a leadership role, supported by an emphasis on intrinsic value in addition to traditional credit analysis.
About Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC, an SEC registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA, is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and affiliate of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC provides deal execution and lead financial advisory services to large corporate, middle market, and private equity firms. Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC has access to the resources of the Corporate Finance Advisory practices of the member firms (and their affiliates) within the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited network of member firms. Together with Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC, these practices include in excess of 1,600 professionals, working collaboratively in 150 international locations. Investment banking products and services within the United States are offered exclusively through Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC. For more information, visit www.investmentbanking.deloitte.com. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

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