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RBS announces sale of RBS Aviation Capital to a consortium of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group for $7.3bn (£4.7bn)

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc ("RBS") today announces that it has agreed to sell RBS Aviation Capital to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation ("SMBC"), acting on behalf of a consortium comprising its parent, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, and Sumitomo Corporation (the "Consortium").


As a result of the sale, the Consortium will acquire RBS Aviation Capital for an approximate consideration of $7.3bn, (£4.7bn), subject to certain post closing adjustments. Future order commitments of $3.7bn, (£2.4bn) will transfer with the business. The risk weighted assets associated with the Aviation Capital business are $2.5bn, (£1.6bn). It is expected that the sale will complete before the end of Q3 2012.

The proceeds from the transaction will further strengthen the Core Tier 1 capital position of the Group and will be used to reduce wholesale funding requirements and fund ongoing lending. The disposal is expected to reduce Non-Core Division’s third party assets by $7.0bn, (£4.5bn) on completion.

Commenting on the transaction, RBS Group Finance Director, Bruce Van Saun said, "Reaching agreement on a deal of this scale in such a volatile market is a significant success for our Non-Core Division and a credit to SMBC. This transaction further evidences our progress in reducing our Non-Core portfolio and returning the Group to a position of strength."


The Business

RBS Aviation Capital is a fully integrated aircraft leasing company which was established in 2001 and through organic growth has become the world’s fourth largest aircraft lessor by owned and managed fleet value.

The business, which has been profitable since inception, is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and employs 69 specialists based in Dublin and eight other locations in Europe, US and Asia. It currently owns 206 aircraft and has commitments to purchase a further 87 by 2015.

The sale of RBS Aviation Capital involves the disposal of the entire issued share capital of RBS Aerospace Limited, RBS Aerospace (UK) Limited and RBS Australia Leasing Pty Limited together with other assets comprising the RBS Aviation Capital operating lease business.

As of 30 June 2011, RBS Aviation Capital had gross assets of $7.2bn, (£4.6bn), and generated a profit (unaudited) of $89m, (£58m) in the six month period ended on that date.


Reason for the sale

RBS Aviation Capital was designated part of Non-Core in February 2009 following the Group's Strategic Review, which called for de-leveraging to strengthen the Group’s balance sheet, along with increased business focus.


The transaction

The transaction is conditional upon receipt of antitrust and regulatory approvals. It is also subject to customary termination provisions and may also be terminated by either party at any time after 14 September 2012 if the conditions precedent have not been satisfied on or by that date.



The total consideration payable to RBS, before the assumption of external indebtedness and working capital liabilities, is expected to be approximately $7.3bn, (£4.7bn). It is payable in cash on completion of the relevant transfer agreements, subject to certain post closing adjustments.


Employees and Management

The management team and staff of RBS Aviation Capital are highly regarded in the industry and will remain with the business. The management team will continue to manage the RBS Aviation Capital business going forward providing continuity for the staff and importantly its customers and suppliers.


Exchange rates used

The transaction is denominated in US Dollars. The figures presented in £ above have been converted using the exchange rate prevailing at 31 December 2011 of £1 to US$1.5475.


For further information contact

RBS Group Investor Relations

RBS Group Media Relations

Richard O'Connor, Head of Investor Relations

Michael Strachan, Group Media Centre

+44 207 672 1758

+44 131 523 4205


Forward looking statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those related to RBS's regulatory capital position, risk-weighted assets, impairment losses and credit exposures under certain specified scenarios. In addition, forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements typically containing words such as "intends", "expects", "anticipates", "targets", "plans", "estimates" and words of similar import. These statements concern or may affect future matters, such as RBS's future economic results, business plans and current strategies. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that might cause actual results and performance to differ materially from any expected future results or performance expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to differences in current expectations include, but are not limited to, legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments, competitive conditions, technological developments, exchange rate fluctuations and general economic conditions. These and other factors, risks and uncertainties that may impact any forward-looking statement or the Group's actual results are discussed in RBS's UK Annual Report and materials filed with, or furnished to, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, RBS's Reports on Form 6-K and most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as of the date of this announcement and RBS does not assume or undertake any obligation or responsibility to update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this announcement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.

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