August 8, 2018 / 7:33 AM / 10 days ago

Japan's Orix says it will buy 30 pct stake in Avolon for $2.2 bln

TOKYO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Japan's Orix Corp said on Wednesday it would buy a 30 percent stake in aircraft leasing firm Avolon Holdings Ltd from China's HNA Group Co Ltd for $2.2 billion.

The acquisition is aimed at boosting its presence in the global aircraft leasing market, where demand is expected to grow on the back of a rise in low-cost carriers (LCCs) and passenger traffic, it said in a statement.

Orix will buy the stake through its fully owned aircraft leasing unit, Orix Aviation Systems Ltd. Dublin-based Avolon ranks the world's third-largest aircraft leasing firm, while Orix Aviation ranks 12th, according to Orix.

The transaction is expected to be completed by November, pending regulatory approvals, Orix said.

Avolon is owned by Bohai Capital, which is in turn controlled by HNA. (Reporting by Junko Fujita Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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