Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has agreed to acquire Omni Air International, a passenger ACMI and charter services provider with significant experience serving U.S. and allied foreign governments and commercial customers, for US$845 million, subject to customary adjustments. The company did not assume any debt in connection with the acquisition.
Omni Air is a leading provider of passenger airlift services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) via the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program, and a worldwide provider of full-service passenger charter and ACMI services. Omni Air also carries passengers worldwide for a variety of private sector customers and government services firms. Omni Air, founded in 1993, is an FAR Part 121 certificated and IATA Operational Safety Audit registered airline.
The combination with Omni Air is anticipated to add over US$430 million in annualized revenues to ATSG. It also exceeds ATSG’s investment hurdle and is expected to be immediately accretive to ATSG’s adjusted earnings per share in 2019, with Adjusted EBITDA in line with ATSG’s margin profile. After adjusting for the present value of tax benefits, which are estimated to be approximately US$85 million, the implied acquisition multiple is 5.8x Omni Air’s adjusted EBITDA for the trailing 12 months ending August 2018.