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    NEWS | Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Babcock International

    CHC Sells Babcock’s UK Offshore Business to Ultimate Aviation

    CHC sold Babcock UK offshore business to South African Ultimate Aviation after last year acquisition was questioned by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)


    CHC Sells Babcock’s UK Offshore Business to Ultimate Aviation

    Helis, January 17, 2023 - CHC have sold the UK part of Offshore Helicopter Services (OHS, ex Babcock MCS Offshore) to South African operator Ultimate Aviation Group.

    CHC retained OHS Danish and Australian businesses.

    CHC issued the following press release:

    CHC Helicopter Group (CHC), the global helicopter company specialising in transportation and search and rescue operations, in addition to maintenance and overhaul services, announced the agreed sale of Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHS UK) to Ultimate Aviation Group, a South African headquartered international aviation business.

    OHS UK was acquired by CHC from FTSE 250 company Babcock International Group plc in 2021, along with Babcock’s offshore oil and gas operations in Denmark and Australia. Following a Phase 2 investigation by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the CMA determined in August 2022 that CHC would be required to divest OHS UK, and an auction process was undertaken for this purpose. A sale and purchase agreement was signed on 30 December 2022 under which CHC agreed to sell OHS UK to Ultimate Aviation Group.

    The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including the final approval of the sale by the CMA, and is expected to complete in the first calendar quarter of 2023.

    David Balevic, CHC President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “While we remain disappointed with the CMA’s decision and believe it was based on several fundamental misconceptions, we are glad to be close to completing this process through the sale of OHS UK to Ultimate Aviation. CHC’s talented team will continue to deliver outstanding levels of service and safety, quality and innovation, through our existing UK business.”

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    Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Babcock International
    Oil and Gas Industry in United Kingdom
    Ultimate Heli
    --Helicopters Markets & Finance
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    Offshore Helicopter Services