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Spirit AeroSystems plans public secondary stock offering

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.

Spirit AeroSystems plans to hold a public secondary offering of about 6.2 million shares of class A common stock, the company said Tuesday.

Spirit will not receive any of the proceeds from the offering, and the total number of shares of stock outstanding will not change as a result, it siad.

The shares are being offered primarily by affiliates of Onex Corp., and current and former members of Onex management. Onex expects to maintain voting control of Spirit following the offering.

Canadian investment firm Onex purchased Boeing’s commercial aircraft division in Wichita in 2005. In 2006, the company issued its initial public offering.

In other news Tuesday, Spirit said it intends to offer up to $300 million in senior unsecured notes due in 2022 in a private placement, the company said Tuesday.

Spirit will issue the notes, which will be “unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, on a senior unsecured basis,” it said in a news release.

The company plans to use the net proceeds from the offering and cash on hand to repurchase Spirit’s outstanding 7.5 percent senior notes due in 2017.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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